Podcast: Seeing in Sixes with Brooks Jensen and Episode 4 of "Dispatch"


Structure and limitation is the key to the artistic process. This is the idea that opens our conversation with photographer and publisher Brooks Jensen. In addition to his work as a fine-art photographer, Jensen is well recognized as the publisher of LensWork, the beautiful print magazine (and website) about photographs (not cameras!). We speak with him about LensWork’s “Seeing in Sixes” competition, in which photographers submit a series of just six images with the idea that this limited number forces efficiency and creativity. Our discussion glides to other topics, such as the purpose of art, digital versus analog preservation, and the simple joy of creating and sharing your work.

On the second half of our show we return for Episode Four of “Dispatch,” with Adriane Ohanesian. In this segment, Ohanesian talks about the cameras, lenses, and gear she uses in covering breaking and long-form news in Africa. She compares her newer Sony mirrorless to her Canon “tanks,” and offers insight on working in some of the toughest conditions imaginable.

Ohanesian also continues to detail her assignment work and, on this occasion, she is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with rangers combating illegal poaching and mining in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. She tells of the region and its struggle for resources, and of the dangers, both natural and human, which confront locals and visitors. Chronicling her time with the rangers and her miles-long hikes through thick jungle, she shares thoughts on developing the photo narrative she hopes to relate with understated humor, and prepares us for the next chapter to this story, which ultimately turns quite tragic.

Guests: Brooks Jensen and Adriane Ohanesian

"Shoji – In Praise of Shadows," from Seeing in Sixes Brooks Jensen


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


Another excellent show.

I've a growing addiction to your podcasts, though I admit in the beginning, I found them very NY-centric. That's all changed: I've been captivated by the reports from East Africa; I was fascinated by the underwater photographers from Asia and Mexico.

Today's listening on the train included the newest show about six image photo stories with input from Hemingway and Welles - truly enlightening listening.

I've sharing your podcasts with family, friends and fellow photographers and I'll continue to do so.

Bravo for an excellent show, and please keep it going!

Best regards, julian

Thanks so much for your wonderful comment, and thanks so much for your continued support!

Thank you so much Julian, we really appreciate the comment ....and particularly your reference to our serial segment "Dispatch". Thanks again for the support. 

Dear Allan, John, Jason and Lawrence,

Thank you so very much for this brilliant podcast. They are all interesting, but this one introduced me to Brooks Jensen and Lenswork. Perhaps it's my age, but Brooks really speaks to my angst over the last few years in attempting to take more than just single images. The Six images format, with text, is exactly resonating with how I see photography. I listened twice as he spoke about art and how the cream always rises. I was pleased to look at his website and portfolio, and that's exactly what I want to do. I have been working on a series of small photo books for some time but could not find the best way to choreograph them until I listed to this podcast.  Unfortunately, it's making me go back and do things differently all over, again !!! 

As trite as this seems, I would like to let you know that on the basis of your podcasts and the Explora concept in general, I have committed myself to buying future gear from B&H. It won't be much, but it is my sign of appreciation. 

Dennis Linden, Medford Oregon

Dennis - Thank you so much for listening, and for those kind words! 

Thank you Dennis, it's comments like these that make it all worthwhile.