Brandon Soderberg is not a photographer but he is a journalist and an open drug user and he came on the show to discuss the problems with “opioid crisis” photography and in general, how the media covers heroin users. Soderberg is a journalist based in Baltimore, Maryland who covers crime, drugs, and police. He is a former staffer at Spin, the former editor in chief of Baltimore City Paper and the co-founder of the short-lived Baltimore Beat. He has contributed to The Appeal, FACT Magazine, Pitchfork, Vice, Village Voice, and Washington City Paper, among other publications. He currently reviews cannabis for the Colorado Springs Independent and is writing I’ve Got A Monster, a book about the Baltimore police department’s Gun Trace Task Force scandal for St. Martin’s Press with his co-writer Baynard Woods. His most recent stories have been about a spy plane in Baltimore, a brutal police beating, and Johns Hopkins University students’ “disorientation guide.” He believes all drugs should be legal and loves dogs.
In our first Field Notes episode, we leave the studio and interview photojournalism seniors from the Baltimore School For The Arts who sat down for a candid talk about the future of the industry.
Kristen Chick is a freelance journalist who covers migration, women’s issues, and human rights in Europe and the Middle East. She has been published in the Washington Post, LA Times, Foreign Policy, and others.
Her explosive piece about sexual harassment in the photojournalism community for Columbia Journalism Review can be read here.
This week we talk with prolific documentary photographer Daniella Zalcman about her insight into colonialism in the United States, as well as her role as founder of Women Photograph, a project elevating the visions of women and non-binary photographers world wide.
Daniella Zalcman is a documentary photographer based in London and New York, whos work focuses on the legacies of colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America. She has received the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant, is a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the founder of Women Photograph.
What does it mean to photograph conflict? Where is the photographers place in a landscape of violence? This week we talk with Eros Hoagland about his book Reckoning at the Frontier.
Eros Hoagland is a prolific freelance photographer and videographer who’s work from the last 20 years spans from war zones in Afghanistan, to gangs in El Salvador, to on-set locations of major motion pictures. He’s been featured in the NY times, National Geographic, Time and more. His recent book, Reckoning at the Frontier, features photos from years spent along the border of the US and Mexico, primarily in Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez.
What does it mean to create an iconic image?
Robert Cohen’s photography career spans about 30 years, notably working at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and now as a staff photographer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His series on suburban homelessness was named a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography, but he is also known for his work covering the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after the death of Mike Brown. His image of a Edward Crawford throwing a tear gas canister away from a crowd of protesters is now an icon of the times, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo staff was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for its coverage of the protests.