Podcast: Building and Curating a Photography Blog


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 a 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

Fela Kuti, 1989 © Rick McGinnis
John Waters, 1987 © Rick McGinnis
Patti Smith, 1995 © Rick McGinnis
Jay McInerney, 1998 © Rick McGinnis
Bjork, 1997 © Rick McGinnis
Anne Hathaway, 2004 © Rick McGinnis
Rebecca Hall, 2016 © Rick McGinnis
Kinky Friedman, 2016 © Rick McGinnis
Dwight Eisenhower, 1946 © Yousuf Karsh
Ernest Hemingway, 1957 © Yousuf Karsh
Winston Churchill, 1941© Yousuf Karsh
Ansel Adams and Yousuf Karsh, Courtesy Yousuf Karsh Archive
Rick McGinnis © John Harris
Rick McGinnis and Julie Grahame © John Harris
Rick McGinnis, Allan Weitz, and Julie Grahame © John Harris


Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Senior Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves