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The Diffusion Tapes

Author: Blue Mitchell

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Conversations with artists, writers and curators working in the field of fine art photography. Created by Blue Mitchell, publisher of Diffusion, an annual "artfully crafted" photography magazine.
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Hi friends, I’m Blue Mitchell, photographer, publisher of Diffusion Annual, and now podcaster. You’re listening to the Diffusion Tapes, a podcast where I chat with photographers, curators and writers working in the field of fine art photography. More specifically, the tapes are conversations with people that I’ve befriended on my journey as an artist and publisher. In these conversations I get to learn a little more about these folks that I admire and respect and I’m inviting you into the conversation. Welcome to The Diffusion Tapes.
Tape no.1: George Slade

Tape no.1: George Slade

2018-12-1700:57:38

For Tape no.1 I sat down with writer, curator, historian, walking photographic encyclopedia, and guinea pig, George Slade. We talked about his history in photography, his passion for the medium and his camaraderie with Minnesota photographers. Recorded during Click! Photography Festival, October 2018. All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.Show notes:PhotoNOLAPhotolucidaClick!Aline SmithsonLenscratchBrian James CulbertsonPhoto-eyePhoto-eye book reviews by Georgere: photographicaMinnesota Center for PhotographyPhotographic Resource CenterAlec SothLittle Brown MushroomAlec Soth and George Slade conversation at Walker Art CenterSleeping by the Mississippi by Alec SothTom ArndtAlan TrachtenbergBen LifsonApertureMagnumTed HartwellTemple SmithMary Virginia SwansonNan RichardsonContact by Jake ShiveryJake ShiveryContact book review by GeorgeMcNight Artists FellowshipsTobia MakeoverMurmurations ExhibitTC PhotoGeorge’s LinkedinTHE DIFFUSION TAPES THEME SONG COMPOSED BY JEFF LOUVIEREDownload or stream the full length theme song:iTunes | Spotify | Cd Baby | Google Play | Amazon Music | Deezer
Tape no.2: Lori Vrba

Tape no.2: Lori Vrba

2019-01-1400:45:53

In Tape no2 I chat with Lori Vrba. Vrba is a multimedia/mixed media photographer, curator, retreat host, and fire eater. We talk about her journey in life, personal work, family, her friendship with Keith Carter, some notable exhibitions and her involvement with Pigs Fly Retreats and Click! Photography Festival. Recorded during that very festival, October 2018. All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.Show notes:Lori VrbaPhotoNOLAClick! Photography FestivalThe Light FactoryKeith CarterKeith Carter 50 years bookCassilhausNasher Museum of ArtTexas Monthly magazineJennifer YoffyLori Vrba - Piano FarmPiano Farm exhibit video from CrusadePiano Farm walkthrough from BluePDN magazineThe Louise Vitry House - HistoryA Gallery for Fine Art PhotographyFox Talbot Museum: TRIBE exhibitionInterview with Roger Watson, curator of the Fox Talbot MuseumPigs Fly RetreatsAnne BerryMurmurations ExhibitionHeidi KirkpatrickTobia MakeoverBryce LankardHorse and Buggy PressCenter for Photographic Art - Tribe ExhibitionThe Diffusion Tapes Theme Song + Music VideoTHE DIFFUSION TAPES THEME SONG COMPOSED BY JEFF LOUVIEREDownload or stream the full length theme song:iTunes | Spotify | Cd Baby | Google Play | Amazon Music | Deezer
In Diffusion Tape no.3, I visit with mixed media photographer and educator Heidi Kirkpatrick at her home and studio in Portland, Oregon. We talked a little about her history, her evolution from 2-d photography to 3-d photo objects, her camaraderie with fellow photographers, her themes of femininity and family history and how teaching has been one of the most rewarding parts of her photo career.Recorded Nov. 2 2018. All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.Show notes:Heidi KirkpatrickPhotolucidaLori VrbaDiffusion Tape no.2: Lori VrbaAnne GeorgeOregon College of Arts and CraftPhil HarrisBlue Moon Camera: Drinking with JakeClick! Photography FestivalJim LeisySusan Kae GrantBarbara CiurejRyan ZoghlinLishui Photography FestivalPhotolucida covers the 2013 Lishui FestivalMurmurations ExhibitionGriffin Museum of PhotographyBear KirkpatrickLacock AbbeyFox Talbot Museum: TRIBE exhibitionNorthwest AcademyNewspace Center for PhotographyCenter for Photographic Art: Tribe ExhibitionPortland Art Museum: brown bag seriesPortland Photo MonthRockland ColloidThe Diffusion Tapes Theme Song + Music VideoHeidi’s Portrait by William AnthonyTHE DIFFUSION TAPES THEME SONG COMPOSED BY JEFF LOUVIEREDownload or stream the full length theme song:iTunes | Spotify | Cd Baby | Google Play | Amazon Music | Deezer
In Diffusion Tape no.4 I had a sit down with Katharine T. Jacobs. I caught up with her while she was visiting Portland this past December. Katharine filled me in our her photo history, shared some personal stories, her challenges, and unpacks some of her photography baggage.Recorded Nov 2, 2018. All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.Show notes:Katherine T. JacobsSan Jose MFA ProgramMontana State UniversityCalifornia College of the ArtsBlue Moon Camera and MachinePortland Community CollegeType 55 filmOregon College of Art & CraftUrsula BartonAmerican Strangers seriesRainbow FestivalNew 55 filmStepmotherhood seriesHeavy Handed seriesLyceum PortlandFuji InstaxRay BidegainKatherine’s InstagramThe Diffusion Tapes Theme Song + Music VideoTHE DIFFUSION TAPES THEME SONG COMPOSED BY JEFF LOUVIEREDownload or stream the full length theme song:iTunes | Spotify | Cd Baby | Google Play | Amazon Music | Deezer
Tape no.5: Ray Bidegain

Tape no.5: Ray Bidegain

2019-07-2901:03:37

In Tape no.5 I visited photographer and educator Ray Bidegain at his home here in Portland, Oregon. We talked about his youth, his journey from commercial to fine art and his general thoughts on the craft of photography. Ray also turned the tables on me for the last few minutes of the chat.Recorded January 29th, 2019. All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.Show notes:Raybidegain.comFinding BeautyBrooks InstituteUniversity of ArizonaIrving PennRichard AvedonHelmut NewtonEdward WestonThe KramerRuth BernhardDevon RawlingsKeith CarterThe Daybooks of Edward WestonSusan de WittLyceum PortlandEmmitt GowanPortland Art MuseumPortland Photo CouncilMaxine Sferra - tintypistOne Twelve Publishing / DiffusionLori VrbaRay’s InstagramPhotolucidaTHE DIFFUSION TAPES THEME SONG COMPOSED BY JEFF LOUVIEREDownload or stream the full length theme song:iTunes | Spotify | Cd Baby | Google Play | Amazon Music | Deezer
For Tape no.6 Heather Evans Smith was in town to give an artist lecture at the Portland Art Museum and I was happy to sit with her for an evening recording session. We explored creative beginnings, the development of her artistic voice, plus she shared some entertaining anecdotes from her journey thus far.Recorded March 21st, 2019, All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.Show notes:Heather Evans SmithHeidi KirkpatrickPortland Art Museum - Brown Bag LecturesSeries: The Heart and the HeavySeries: AlterationsSeries: Seen Not HeardSeries: DomesticatedSeries: Self PortraitsBook: Seen Not HeardEdward ScissorhandsTim BurtonTwin PeaksDavid LynchPhoto: Let My Machine Talk to MeFilm inspired by “Let My Machine Talk to Me”: ChuckedClick! Photography FestivalMurmurations ExhibitionOutakes:Family TiesGrowing PainsKirk CameronMichael J FoxSit Ubu SitTHE DIFFUSION TAPES THEME SONG COMPOSED BY JEFF LOUVIEREDownload or stream the full length theme song:iTunes | Spotify | Cd Baby | Google Play | Amazon Music | Deezer
Tape no.7: Mike Sakasegawa

Tape no.7: Mike Sakasegawa

2019-11-2201:11:51

Back in March of this year I had the pleasure of sitting down with photographer, writer, and podcaster Mike Sakasegawa while he was in Portland attending a conference. I became aware of Mike a few years back because of his own podcast called Keep the Channel Open where he primarily converses with photographers and writers. In our conversation we talk about his work, the authenticity of photography, his podcasting projects, and his progression as a photographer, writer, and activist. And of course we had to dissect his famous viral lemon video.Recorded March 27th, 2019, All conversations are recorded face-to-face. These are… the Diffusion Tapes.Show notes:Blue as guest on Keep the Channel Open podcastAWP ConferenceMedium Photography FestivalMike Sakasegawa websiteKeep The Channel Open PodcastLikewise MediaLikewise Fiction PodcastSeries: All Good ThingsSeries: It Forgets youAline SmithsonJeff AscoughBlake AndrewsThe lemon videoLittle Shop of HorrorsJerry TakigawaCenter for Photographic ArtMatika WilburMatika Wilbur as guest on Keep the Channel Open podcastThe Lie Beneath the Story of My Family’s Asian American DreamToni MorrisonTHE DIFFUSION TAPES THEME SONG COMPOSED BY JEFF LOUVIEREDownload or stream the full length theme song:iTunes | Spotify | Cd Baby | Google Play | Amazon Music | Deezer
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