Take 5 Tuesday with Jodi Peckman

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This week we caught up with Jodi Peckman, director of photography for Rolling Stone Magazine and one of our Photography.Book.Now jurors. Jodi’s worked with some of the most influential photographers of our time for one of the most iconic magazines, so to say she has an eye for great imagery and design would be, well, a gross understatement. Here’s Jodi’s take on our Take 5…

How and when did you get involved in photography?
Well, I just recently realized I was the photo editor of my high school yearbook. I had absolutely no recollection of this until I pulled it out and looked at it. So I guess that would be my first involvement. After that I went on to study photography in College and then immediately after that ended up in the editorial world of photos. I’ve been working here at my current job at Rolling Stone for a long long time.

Digital or film – which do you prefer?
I prefer film. Too much information in digital for me. I don’t need to see all that!

What do you see as the future of photography books?
I love photography books so I’m pretty biased. I don’t know all that much about the industry in general but I’m a firm believer that books in general will live forever. And if they do then photography books will be around for a long time. Can you imagine viewing a photo book on a Kindle! That would be a catastrophic.

How has critiquing images changed how you look through the lens?
I haven’t looked through a lens in 20 years except when on a shoot and I look through the photographer’s lens, which they probably don’t appreciate. And I can’t think of anything worse than being on the other side of the lens. I can’t stand getting my picture taken – unless it’s with Obama which I allowed to happen last year.

Who do you think is the most influential photographer of the 20th century?
I recently had dinner with a few art and photo critics who basically told me that photography couldn’t exist without Ansel Adams, in fact they made me feel as if I wouldn’t exist without Ansel Adams. They made a pretty good case however, Avedon, Nachtwey, Penn, I don’t know if they are the most influential but they are some of my favorites for sure.

Big thanks to Jodi for taking part in this week’s Take 5 Tuesday – check back next week for another installment and don’t forget to submit your book to Photography.Book.Now!

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