On this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we welcome photographer Rick McGinnis and curator Julie Grahame, to discuss blogging and archiving. While this is certainly a broad subject, we will focus on the work of our two guests while considering how best to keep your collection of photos vibrant and valuable.
Rick McGinnis is a veteran portrait, editorial, and travel photographer based in Toronto. Most of his assignments and self-assignments had been for local newspapers and magazines and, when this professional landscape changed and motivation was lacking, he almost got out of the business entirely. With a little encouragement, he began to explore the many images he had shot over the previous twenty years—some he had never even viewed—despite being gorgeous portraits of well-known musicians, actors, and artists.
The result of this deep dig was a blog he simply called someoldpicturesitook. The blog proved to be an avenue not only into his past, but to his future, because images never seen were now appreciated, discussed, shared, and ultimately, licensed. McGinnis is now on to a new travel blog and a new chapter in his career, and we will hear what he has learned along the way.
Curator, consultant and writer, Julie Grahame is the publisher of aCurator.com, a full-screen photography magazine, and the associated aCurator blog. She directed the Retna photo agency for 16 years and currently represents the estate of Yousuf Karsh for image licensing and maintains the extensive karsh.org website. We speak with Grahame about the benefits of a blog compared to a website, Instagram, or in her case, a webzine, and we discuss her relationship with the Karsh archive and insights she has drawn from licensing his iconic portraits.
Throughout the humorous conversation, we consider Google search tools, tagging, preferred blogging sites, and repurposing older work, but we also touch on the personal, professional, and historical importance of valuing and maintaining your photo collection.
Guests: Julie Grahame and Rick McGinnis
Rick McGinnis Blog
Captions – Podcast – Blogs and Archives
1- Fela Kuti, 1989 © Rick McGinnis
2- John Waters, 1987 © Rick McGinnis
3- Patti Smith, 1995 © Rick McGinnis
4- Jay McInerney, 1998 © Rick McGinnis
5- Bjork, 1997 © Rick McGinnis
6- Anne Hathaway, 2004 © Rick McGinnis
7- Rebecca Hall, 2016 © Rick McGinnis
8- Kinky Friedman, 2016 © Rick McGinnis
9- Dwight Eisenhower, 1946 © Yousuf Karsh
10- Ernest Hemingway, 1957 © Yousuf Karsh
11- Winston Churchill, 1941© Yousuf Karsh
12- Ansel Adams and Yousuf Karsh, Courtesy Yousuf Karsh Archive
13- Rick McGinnis © John Harris
14- Rick McGinnis and Julie Grahame © John Harris
15- Rick McGinnis, Allan Weitz, and Julie Grahame © John Harris