Podcast #48 has been posted, with Gerd Ludwig

by George on November 20, 2007

Photograph Courtesy of Gerd Ludwig

“If you go and photograph a beggar, it makes a huge difference whether you stand in front of the beggar—the same thing is true for children—if you stand in front of them, and point your camera down, or whether you physically go down on your knees, and try and see the world through their eyes, from their perspective. It makes a different picture. Your picture is determined by your physical point of view. But your physical point of view is also the result of your emotional relationship to that person, to that beggar, to that child, which in turn can be the result of your life perspective. So sometimes when asked ‘what’s the exposure of your image’ a photographer, a photojournalist would say, well it’s a 125th of a second, and in my case 60 years. Because in a great image, ideally your whole life perspective comes and culminates in that image. Flows into it.”
– Gerd Ludwig

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday November 20th, 2007 at the home of Greg Gorman in Los Angeles, Calfornia. Gerd sits down with George to have a conversation about working with National Geographic on many interesting and diverse assignments. We discuss how he photographed inside the Chernobyl reactor, about the victims, the environment, and many other aspects that particular assignment. After that we delve deeper into his early cross country road trips photographing in Europe and India, and how his education with Otto Steinert played a key role in his photographic perspective today.

Duration: 43:59

The podcast can be found on iTunes (in a day or two) by searching under Podcasts for “Lightroom”. The RSS feed is: http://rss.adobe.com/www/special/light_room.rss

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