Forging Relationships in Photography Projects w/ Naomi Harris | WC Ep. 8

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In episode eight of our ongoing YouTube series, World Class, Vistek video producer Dale Sood Skypes with award winning documentary photographer Naomi Harris.

Multiple award-winning documentary photographer Naomi Harris knows how to settle in for the long haul. She’s logged a year with Seniors in Miami Beach (Haddon Hall), five years with swingers (America Swings), seven years in theme parks (EUSA), and even drove 30,000 km across America “talking with, and photographing, a variety of people affiliated with both the Democratic and the Republican parties as well as those who didn’t, or couldn’t, vote” in an effort to figure out how the polls and the media got it so wrong with the 2016 American election (The First 100 Days).

In this episode of World Class, we discuss the key elements in telling stories over long periods of time; like how to forge strong, trusting relationships and how to fund long term projects.

In for the long haul: forging relationships in long term photography projects w/ Naomi Harris

Chapter Time Stamps

1:59 – Intro & Naomi’s back story
11:22 – Haddon Hall (2001)
13:25 – Approaching & meeting subjects
22:20 – Project Planning
26:25 – Case Study: EUSA (2008-2015)
34:48 – Gaining access to subjects
40:13 – Funding long term projects
46:04 – Advice for long term projects
48.10 – Value in doing long term projects
54:08 – What makes a good photograph?
1:01:46 – Performance art & self portraiture
1:03:21 – Advice to new or young photographers

If you’re always on the go and want to listen to our interview with Naomi Harris you can stream the Podcast here

Follow Naomi Harris and view more of her work using the links below:

Naomi’s Website
Circuit Gallery

About Vistek’s World Class Interview Series

Vistek World Class is a skype-based in-depth discussion & tutorial series with the industry’s top photographers, cinematographers, and visual artists.

In each episode, we dive deep into the guest’s life and work and pull out some incredible insights and tips that you can immediately put into practice in your own projects.

This series knows no bounds as we search the globe to uncover some of the profession’s greatest talents!

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