Podcast: The Benefits of a Long-Term Project for Your Photography

While their approaches are distinct, photographers Dennis Livesey and John Harris both have benefited from taking the long road. As their experience exemplifies, there are many joys and successes to be found in approaching a photo subject with a long-term commitment in mind. Relationships grow, errors are made and improvement is organic as you spend significant time working with one subject. Eventually, the harvests are reaped and the time put into your project is paid back many times over. Citing examples from their work (Livesey’s train photography and Harris’s documentary work), we distinguish between “series” and “projects” and discuss the benefits, foibles, and eventual outcomes of the long-term project.

Guests: Dennis Livesey and John Harris

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Photos by Dennis Livesey
Photos by John Harris

Allan Weitz (left) and Dennis Livesey


Host: Allan Weitz
Producer: John Harris
Engineer: Jason Tables
Executive Producers: Bryan Formhals, Mark Zuppe


This was a really interesting and informative podcast. I particularly liked the described moment of epiphany when an idea for a project comes about and then how it evolves as the journey continues.

We just interviewed 8 of the 2015 Guggenheim Fellows of Photography and asked them to share their advice for working on long-term projects and the answers we recieved were very similar to those of Dennis and John. You should check it out! http://bit.ly/1S2dnsY  

Thanks ONWARD...will do!