Jeffrey Boudreau Interview: Bold Portraits Captured by a Shy Photographer

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Jeff Boudreau lives and works in London. He has worked with Vans, Tank, Aksu, and DROP magazine, among many others. In 2013, he shot and directed a video for Vogue, and, this past year, he was shortlisted for the APA / Lucie Foundation’s prestigious grant for his ongoing personal series.

In this interview, Jeff talks about how he started shooting his friends skateboarding, explains why he gets real close with his frames, and reveals how a shy person like him can make strong and bold work.

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Graeme Mitchell Interview: Not Thinking About It Yet Thinking All The Time

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Some notes before the interview. This conversation took place via email between an office and an apartment in Los Angeles. I wrote the questions toward the end of the night of September 23rd. Near morning. But early or late enough to be considered neither morning nor night. Either way, I wrote them, proofread that, then went to bed.

I have the impression that this conversation could have taken place in the corner of a dark bar. Either there or a church that nobody attends. In fact, this church must have already been forgotten. Graeme Mitchell says he spent a morning on his answers. Mitchell has worked with W magazine, the New York Times, and New York Magazine, among many others.

In this interview, Mitchell talks about how he transitioned into photography, explains some ideas behind his work, and engages in a conversation like an old friend would.

The answers and their questions have been edited and reformatted to aid readability. 

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If Bruce Gilden Critqued Your Photos, This Is What He Might Say

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Nobody likes hearing their s*** stinks. No one. Not one single person. Anything you do you do with your entire ability. But imagine having your photographs critiqued in front of millions by a man who’s known for speaking his mind. Well, Vice being Vice, they created a web series that does exactly that. It’s called, “Take or Leave It with Bruce Gilden”.

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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Give Yourself Realistic Looking Facial Hair

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There are few things existing in this world — and I am being completely honest — that truly matter. Only a handful of things. A good cup of coffee is one. A great conversation is another. An addiction to living — yes, this, too. But, among these things of things, there is only one thing that matters. One so special it will change your life. It is this Photoshop tutorial. It is the only thing that matters.

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New to Street Photography? 8 Things You Need to Learn

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If every genre of photography has its stereotypical shooter, street photography’s stereotype might be one of the worse. Starting with Weegee, the street photographer’s image hasn’t improved much from the idea that only confrontational young dudes, or old grumpy grandpas like Bruce Gilden, practice it. But that’s cool. Street photography isn’t for everybody.

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Audrey Guiraud Interview: Cityscape Photography as You’ve Never Seen

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I know very little. One thing I know: you could live your life seeing only what’s necessary. Either you’ve lived seeing the same things over and over or you haven’t. I’m afraid that when I go all that I’ll see are the things I spent my life forgetting: the numbers of an ATM machine, the concrete of a forgotten highway, the green lights suddenly red. My last memories: one blur of the inconsequential.

That’s my hell. But what if you wouldn’t mind it? What if a flood of inconsequential images is what you want? To be treated with things that do no harm, instead of remembering all the faces you’ll no longer see. Meaning corresponds to what you’ve experienced. That’s perspective, and perspective is why I really want to share Audrey Guiraud’s work.

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Jared Thomas Kocka Interview: Leaving Everything Behind to Shoot Photography

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A few weeks back, I found an article in Complex that I really loved. It was titled The Top 25 Young Photographers to Keep Your Eye On. It was a fantastic selection of photographers. Our interviews with Catherine Scrivener, Ira Chernova, and Jessica Lehrman started from there. But the article wasn’t only an article. It was a list.

And at the top of this list, Complex‘s number one young photographer to keep your eye on, was Jared Thomas Kocka. Going from working at Dominos to shooting LA’s best models, Kocka makes work that’s vibrant and clean. But describing his work would be the least interesting thing to write. If you want to read about an artist who left everything he knew to create his art, or if you need inspiration at all, just read his story.

In this interview, Kocka talks about how he got his start in photography, explains his move from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, and reveals why his parents are his greatest influences.

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Lighting Tutorial: How to Build Your Own Monster LED Panel

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Saying light is important to photography is like saying color is fundamental to painting. It’s obvious enough to be a joke. But what isn’t a joke is saving money. Unlike a painter, a photographer can bankrupt themselves buying equipment fundamental to their work. That’s why I needed to share this video with you. In it, you’ll learn how to build your very own super-bright LED panel for about $70.

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Let’s Talk About Leica’s Newest M-System Commercial

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Leica’s most recent commercial, co-presented by National Geographic, is crazy. It’s dazzling. No, it’s numbing. Wait, no, it’s entertaining? I don’t know what I just watched, but for some reason I liked it. Camera tilts. Pans. SWOOSHES. And horses, all the pretty horses. If Michael Bay and Paul Revere were forced — for some unholy reason — to make a Leica commercial, this video would be the result.

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