A Chat with Photographer Harvey Stein

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Watch Episode One of "Real Exposures"Join us for an in depth conversation with the acclaimed photographer, teacher, and author Harvey Stein in our new video series entitled Real Exposures. Find out what drove Harvey to walk away from his MBA and a career in engineering to pursue photography in his late 20's. He shares how and where he finds inspiration, his camera and lens choices for capturing people on the street, and how photography saved his life...

Here's episode one of Real Exposures, we hope you enjoy it!


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Just excellent. This is a wonderful value add of being a customer. Very well done.

I enjoyed the personal reflections of a photographer who has been doing this for 30+ years. It offers insight to the process of getting the image.

Great interview. I don't remember seeing this kind of interview before on B&H, but I hope it continues. (Also, great new blog -- I just subscribed to the RSS feed.)

 This was a pretty good interview.  Hope B&H continue these interviews.  It answered a few questions that i did have about what to photograph.  

this is a great feature and will be used by Me aften in the future............Thanx

Paul wrote:

This is a great feature and will be used by Me often in the future............Thanx

It was a very interesting interview about Harvey as a person and somewhat less about Harvey as a photographer.  

I am surprised that B&H would interview him given his disdain for any new equipment, especially digital.  (He has two old Leica film cameras, the old Canon 5D and one lens, and he does not own a printer.  He further advised against getting involved with new technology, sort of.)

I am still in shock that B&H would not pre-screen this.  You can't sell with that kind of recommendation.

 Wow!  I am so impressed with this addition to B&H.  This was a terrific interview and very interesting.  Stein felt very comfortable with you and offered up some wonderful insights into his work.  I will be back for more.

 Wow!  I am so impressed with this addition to B&H.  This was a terrific interview and very interesting.  Stein felt very comfortable with you and offered up some wonderful insights into his work.  I will be back for more.

I am very impressed with this interview and the forsight B&H has to allow their customers such open acess to great photographers. This reinforces my belief that B&H is the resource for all of my photographic needs! Please continue the great work!!

This is exactly what I love to see, interviews with the masters. Harvey's work is wonderful and David (and company) did a great job with this interview.

Please do more!

Thank you B&H.

Thank you Harvey Stein, very well done  David.

It helps a lot.

Really it's great.

we need more !!

Idea for a project after buying a new camera and lens:

Pick a theme or color.

Pick a color - On BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit system) I decided to shoot Yellow.  I was surprised how many yellow thing I found.  A friend picked pink and is constantly shooting pink things.

Waiting for my ride (again at BART) I spent 20 minutes shooting all the things that BART does to keep pigeons off their equipment.

Very Nice!  I hope you will continue with the interviews.  I personally prefer wide lenses but must correct Stein's long lens remark:  two, at least interesting and historical pictures:   Hugh van Es's helicopter evacuation from a roof top in Saigon and Charlie Cole's 'tank man' picture immediately after the Tianamen demonstrations in Beijing.  

I was encouraged a bit by this. I have a 5D and shoot sports and community events for a local town Tv station, mixing video and stills on Aperture. I have a 24-70 lens but the word "lens" means little to me because I'm coming from a video background. (I started out as a photographer but got into video via local Tv in the 1980's and never really understood lenses.) However, I note that all the "real" photographers have zoom lenses. I have to get right up in the faces of my subjects to shoot them.

When he said a good photograph was never shot with a zoom lens I felt better. Maybe when I shoot sports I should have a longer one, but the limitation forces me to get up away from my "safe" corner, risk annoying people, and get the good shot. People are momentarily annoyed, if at all, but a good photo is forever.

I'm a little younger than he is and I work in video so I have a fair understanding of Final Cut and am now learning Aperture. (I never could get my head around Photo Shop but didn't spend a lot of time with it either.) However, I like that he produces good stuff with his old ways. I do think though, there does come a time when the technology becomes so distant from the old method that the old method just can't compete. Latest and greatest thing--you don't have to know that. But the things you can do with these new programs just blows away the dark room and maybe he should consider spending a little time on these new ways. It's a bit like bow and arrow technology V. gunpowder. 

Great insights. I will be using his techniques. Maybe I'll meet him in New York sometime.