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Voice of the Masters
Archive Audio

 

About this archive

In this Voice of the Masters audio archive, we present recordings and excerpts from interviews and workshops gathered over half a century. Original cassette (and in a few cases reel-to-reel) recordings have been converted to downloadable MP3 files. This is a unique opportunity to hear some of photography's great masters speak about their craft with the passion and clarity that is only available by hearing them "live" via these archive recordings.

The Project

The existing archive of audio recordings in Brooks' possession approaches 500 analog recordings, mostly cassettes. The current challenge is to convert these files to digital MP3 archives and then to post them here. It's an "ongoing" project that may take some years to complete. Check back weekly for new additions and news.

Also, because most of these originals are from cassette — and rarely under ideal conditions — the audio quality varies. In spite of these technical limitations, we hope the content of these archives add an important component not just to your creative live, but possibly to your understanding of photographic history as practiced by the photographers who appear in these tapes.

Do you have any recordings?

In fact, we'd love to see this grow to a more universal archive. If you have audio recordings that you've made of photographers you think the LensWork readers might be interested in, we'd love to add them to this archive. (We can convert them from tape to MP3 for you, too.) Drop us an email and let's discuss it!

Look for new audio from our archives to be posted here every Friday.


Posted
10 Jul 2020
Runtime 38:03

Ted Orland, 1985

A presentation of his hand-colored work at a Portland Photographic Workshop at Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon coast. Original recording from April 1985.


Posted
03 Jul 2020
Runtime 1:22:34

Duane Michals, 1995

A talk at the Portland Art Museum, sponsored by the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts.


Posted
26 June 2020
Runtime 1:36:02

Shedrich Williames, 1987

A presentation at a Portland Photographers' Forum Oregon coast beach retreat


Posted
19 Jun 2020
Runtime 41:02

Jay Dusard and Don Kirby, 1990

A workshop critique of photographs by Brooks Jensen


Posted
12 June 2020
Runtime 19:44

Stu Levy, 1984

Presents his work, Portland Photographic Workshop at Shore Acres, Oregon


Posted
05 Jun 2020
Runtime 1:17:11

Eleanor Caponigro, 1985

On book design and printing, May 1985 - At a Friends of Photography Workshop on Publication.


Posted
29 May 2020
Runtime 39:18

Brett Weston, 1965

In conversation with Gerry Robinson, 1965-68.


Posted
22 May 2020
Runtime 2:22:52

Harrison Branch, 1983

Jan 1983 - At a Portland Photographer's Forum seminar


Posted
15 May 2020
Runtime 1:32:28

Don Worth, 1984

Retrospective talk at Pacific Northwest College of Art, July 1984


Posted
08 May 2020
Runtime 54:07

David Bayles, 1987

Jan 1987 - Print commentaries at a monthly Portland Photographers Forum meeting.


Posted
01 May 2020
Runtime 32:48

Ruth Bernhard, 1981

Recorded in 1981 at an Ansel Adams workshop


Posted
24 Apr 2020
Runtime 55:15

David Featherstone, 1985

At a Friends of Photography workshop on publication, disussing the FOP Untitled series, recorded in June 1985


Posted
17 Apr 2020
Runtime 22:31

Oliver Gagliani, 1997

Interviewed in 1997 about his Italy abstracts


Posted
10 Apr 2002
Runtime 1:02:21

Frances Baer, 2002

Discusses her life with Morley Baer, his photography, and their relationships with Edward Weston, recorded 26 Aug 2002


Posted
03 Apr 2020
Runtime 1:11:08

John Sexton, 1985

at a Friends of Photography Fine Print Workshop in June 1985


Posted
27 Mar 2020
Runtime 1:02:59

Don Ross, 1976

On Edward Weston, interviewed by Bernie Freemesser in 1976


Posted
20 Mar 2020
Runtime 1:03:52

Minor White, 1963

Print commentaries from 1963


Posted
13 Mar 2020
Runtime 44:20

Todd Walker, 1994

On handmade books and photographs off the wall, from an interview in the spring of 1994.


Posted
06 Mar 2020
Runtime 1:17:34

Christopher Burkett, 1998

Original recording at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Feb 12, 1998.


Posted
28 Feb 2020
Runtime 14:40

Rod Dresser, 1985

On Oriental Seagull gelatin silver paper
Original recording at a Friends of Photography Workshop, June 1985


Posted
21 Feb 2020
Runtime 5:27

Jack Welpot, 1985

On the Nude
Original recording at an FOP Workshop in June 1985.


Posted
14 Feb 2020
Runtime 35:17

Brett Weston, 1977

Original recording from 1977. Interviewed at the home of Gerry Robinson in Portland, Oregon.


Posted
07 Feb 2020
Runtime 31:36

Bill Jay, Interview, 2006

Original interview about Men Like Me from Feb 2006 when we published work from his book in LensWork #63.


Posted
31 Jan 2020
Runtime 1:21:44

David Hiser, 1986
National Geographic photographer

Original recording from Jul 1986 at the Portland Art Museum.


Posted
24 January 2020
Runtime 1:03:09

Goodwin Harding, 1983

A presentation on Platinum-Palladium Printing, from Oct 1983 to the Portland Photographic Workshop.


Posted
17 January 2020
Runtime 1:34:55

Leland Rice, 1984

On California Photography Since f/64
Original recording from Jul 1984; a talk at Linfield College


Posted
10 January 2020
Runtime 25:32

Beaumont Newhall, 1984

Discusses Ansel Adams
Original recording from 1984; thanks to Gerry Robinson for access to this recording


Posted
3 January 2020
Runtime 1:01:25

Duane Michals, 1995

Interviewed by Brooks Jensen
Original recording from 1995; Portland, Oregon


Posted
29 March 2016
Runtime 21:29

Chip Hooper, 1999

Chip Hooper
1962-2016

We'll miss Chip Hooper, but we'll enjoy the results of his creative vision in his work. I can think of no better way to celebrate his life than by sharing this audio interview from April 1999, published in the LensWork Multimedia Library.

Read more about Chip Hooper at LensWork Daily.


Posted
28 May 2014
Runtime 19:27

Dick Hedges, David Best, and Brooks Jensen, 1986 Part 2

"In 1986, I visited Seattle for an evening of print sharing and conversation with two new photographic friends — David Grant Best and Dick Hedges. For reasons I've now long forgotten, I tape recorded that conversation as we looked at each other’s prints and talked photography. Now, some 28 years later as I look back on that evening, I'm fascinated how the seeds of what eventually blossomed as LensWork — and my personal philosophy of photography — were manifest even in this early conversation. Here, just for fun, is an excerpt of that evening's conversation from three decades ago." ~ Brooks Jensen


Posted
22 May 2014
Runtime 18:01

Dick Hedges, David Best, and Brooks Jensen, 1986 Part 1

"In 1986, I visited Seattle for an evening of print sharing and conversation with two new photographic friends — David Grant Best and Dick Hedges. For reasons I've now long forgotten, I tape recorded that conversation as we looked at each other’s prints and talked photography. Now, some 28 years later as I look back on that evening, I'm fascinated how the seeds of what eventually blossomed as LensWork — and my personal philosophy of photography — were manifest even in this early conversation. Here, just for fun, is an excerpt of that evening's conversation from three decades ago." ~ Brooks Jensen


Posted
14 May 2014
Runtime 22:49

Martha Casanave, 1988

Raw cassette audio of Martha Casanave giving a presentation at the Portland Photographer's Forum in February 1988.


Posted
7-May-2014
Runtime 15:09

Paul Caponigro, 1984

Workshop Excerpt raw cassette audio recorded by Stewart Harvey in June 1984 at the Stillwater Workshop.


Posted
22-Apr-2014
Runtime 21:18

Ansel Adams, 1981

Workshop Excerpt raw cassette audio originally recorded in 1981.


Posted
7-Mar-2013
Runtime 50:27

Peter Elliott, 2002

In 2002, we interviewed Peter Elliott about his project and book, Home Front. We included a typed transcription of the interview in LensWork #44 — long before we began using such interviews as audio media with the launch of LensWork Extended with issue #57. This is the first time the original audio interview has been made available.


Posted
22-Jul-2011
Runtime 5:02

Morley Baer, 1985

Where Inspiration Comes From
This is an excerpt from a tape that was given to me by Stewart Harvey of Portland, Oregon. It was recorded at a workshop in 1985.


Posted
22-Jul-2011
Runtime 9:01

David Bayles, 1989

At the Portland Photographer's Forum monthly meeting, sometime in 1989.