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TWiP Guest

I  joined Frederick Van Johnson as a TWiP guest on his podcast, “This Week In Photo, episode #484” –  along with portrait photographer Joseph Linaschke.

Cheryl Machat Dorskind Guest Twip photo

Topics Discussed

  • DJI’s new Mavic Pro drone folds up and fits in your hand
  • Flickr remains relevant while Yahoo circles the drain
  • Panasonic’s GH5 to arrive in 2017 with 4K video at 60 fps & 6K video
  • Using clarity and flash to emphasize blemishes

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At the end of the podcast I recommended two inspiring books

M Train by Patti Smith

TWiP Guest book suggestion

Patti Smith is a writer, a performer, and visual artist.  Winner of the National Book Award for Just Kids, M Train is a memoir discussing Smith’s photographic muses; the how, where and why of the photographs, as well as other captivating ruminations.

“Some months before our first wedding anniversary Fred told me that if I promised to give him a child he would first take me anywhere in in the world. Without hesitation I chose Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, a border town in northwest French Guiana, on the North Atlantic coast of South America….

A letter arrived. It was from the director of Casa Azul, home and resting place of Frida Kahlo, requesting I give a talk centering on the artist’s revolutionary life and work. In return I would be granted permission to photograph her belongings, the talismans of her life. Time to travel, to acquiesce to fate. For although I craved solitude, I decided I could not pass on an opportunity to speak in the same garden that I had longed to enter as a young girl. I would enter the house inhabited by Frida and Diego Rivera, and walk through rooms I had only seen in books. I would be back in Mexico.”

~Patti Smith

Hold Still by Sally Mann

TWiP Guest book sugggestion
Sally Mann is one of contemporary’s most renown photographers, having received NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Grants and her photography is held in major institutions internationally. In this memoir, Sally Mann includes both narrative and images. It is a page-turner!

“These are not my children at all,” she writes. “These are children in a photograph. They represent my children at a fraction of a second on one particular afternoon with infinite variables of light, expression, posture, muscle tension, mood, wind and shade.”

“…the kids were visually sophisticated, involved in setting the scene, in producing the desired effects for the images and in editing them. When I was putting together ‘Immediate Family,’ I gave each child the pictures of themselves and asked them to remove those they didn’t want published.”

~Sally Mann

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“Photographing Children Naturally” Reviews


Photographing Children Naturally by Cheryl Machat Dorskind

Photographing Children Naturally by Cheryl Machat Dorskind click here to purchase

“…the book is elegant, the photographs stunning… and the sentiment within Cheryl Machat Dorskind’s style lovely and utterly charming. I love her work and I think the people and children she photographs are fortunate to have themselves “captured” for a moment in time by the internal lens within her creative mind’s eye, as well as the technological and mechanical one within her camera…the one that listens to Cheryl’s creative interpretation of what she sees, of what is in front of her…”

                                                    ~Giselle Minoli (click to read the full review)

“Glad to see your work! I am so very tired of photographers arranging overly sentimental images and contrived settings.”

                                                   ~BJ Bolender

“Cheryl, Congratulations on the ebook! Your print book (and online class) on photographing children got me through my very first family photo shoot, 2 years ago, and is still one of my go-to’s when I need some ideas or references. I recently was a photographer for a mission in Haiti with so many children there…your teaching on the basic principles of taking pictures of children stuck with me and led to some amazing pictures and a very happy customer. All the best to you… Downloaded the eBook last night. It has something for everyone who photographs children—from the basics to recommendations on equipment, lighting, and photo shoots.”

                                                   ~Kris Jensen McGarigle  (Hang Onto Your Hat Photography)

“Enthralled by her eBook that came out this week…Great advice, quotes, along with compelling imagery.”

                                                  ~Karen Meyers (Karen Meyers Photography)

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