Sunday, 21 October 2012

The Documentary Photographer Podcast – Episode 10: Dave Walsh – The Dialogue Between Photographer and Viewer

Have you ever thought about the relationship between the photographer, their work and the viewer? It's a key consideration for any documentary photographer. How much should we reveal? How much should we explain? What role should we allow the viewer in the interpretation of the photograph?

These are questions Dave Walsh has considered. The answers have guided his vision and his photographic voice.

Dave is a man with a complex outlook of the world. He is able to articulate environmental issues in a nuanced way that reflects the complexities of the challenges that the planet faces. "There are things to lament. There are things to celebrate," he says. He emphasizes the need to empower people so that they can take ownership of the planet and contribute to its continued health - something he hopes his photography helps to achieve.

During our conversation, Dave gives great insight about getting access to remote regions as well as actively designing your life to achieve your ambitions.

To listen to the episode, hit the play button at the top of this post.

Dave Walsh - Iceberg under cloud, Kangerdlussuaq Fjord, East Greenland
Iceberg under cloud, Kangerdlussuaq Fjord, East Greenland © 2009 David Walsh

Links and more info

Dave Walsh's Website
Forbes article about Joel Sternfeld and that photograph


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