Interview with Bill Wadman

Co-Host of On Taking Pictures, Bill Wadman

Co-Host of On Taking Pictures, Bill Wadman

This week we caught up with one of the co-hosts of On Taking Pictures, Mr. Bill Wadman. When not hosting a podcast about taking photos, Bill is out in the world actually taking photos, many of which have been featured on the cover of several national and international publications. Today, in a very special multi-media post, Bill lets us in on the beginnings of On Taking Pictures, his “hackintosh” hobby, and the Oscar shoo-in film he’s most looking forward to this summer.

Hi Bill! How’s it going?

Bill Wadman: It's going delightfully except for my back which I threw out a couple of days ago after sitting in a car for 4 days during a road trip to Toronto.

Who are you?

BW: My name is Bill Wadman, I'm a professional portrait photographer in New York City.

Where are you from?

BW: Originally from CT, but I've been in NYC for 15 years. I think that means that I can officially call myself a New Yorker. Maybe...



Tell us a little about your podcast, On Taking Pictures.

BW: On Taking Pictures is a show about photography, but it's as much about the creative process and navigating through the issues that surround the art, science, and history of making images. My co-host, Jeffery Saddoris, of Faded and Blurred, and I also talk through related news and issues, typically in an opinionated way.

What inspired you to start a podcast?

BW: Well Jeffery and I noticed that most photography podcasts come in two flavors. First are the shows all about the latest gear and basic camera settings. The same stuff over and over again. Lot's of 'what' and 'how' but no one was talking about 'why' we take pictures,

The second type is the interview show like our friend Ibarionex Perello's 'The Candid Frame'. That show is great, but it only gives us an hour with any particular guest. Not enough time to really dig deep.

No one was having a long term conversation, so we decided to start one ourselves.



What do you do outside of hosting On Taking Pictures?

BW: Often I've got a camera in my hands, shooting for editorial clients or my own personal projects, or a stylus, editing in Photoshop.

What are your interests outside of work and podcasting?

BW: I'm a bit of a workaholic, but I do enjoy building hackintoshes for myself and friends. If you don't know what that is -- I run Mac OS on custom computers that I build from parts. It's a lot of fun, far more current, and a whole lot cheaper for me than a Mac Pro.

What projects are you working on?

BW: Besides the show and my normal portrait taking I've started working on a book. I made a little short film the other day -- My first real foray into filmmaking. The first of what I hope to be many this summer.

What are you reading this summer?

I've got two books on my list at the moment -- a biography of Caravaggio by Andrew Graham-Dixon and one called Mastermind which supposedly teaches you how to think like Sherlock Holmes.

What movies are you most looking forward to this summer?

Hard to admit it because I don't even own a car, but I'm a sucker for a good Fast and Furious movie, so I'd have to say Fast 6 (slightly embarrassed about that).



Where can we find you on the internet?

My portfolio and other info are at, but I've got my blog, and I tweet as @billwadman.

Thanks, Bill! On Taking Pictures is a weekly show. Check out the full list of episodes on the 5by5 Website or subscribe and download new and past episodes via itunes.

Posted on May 23, 2013 and filed under Interviews, 5by5 Hosts.