Podcast: Norman Reedus—Art Is as Art Does (Encore Presentation)


This episode was first published in January 2018. The Canon sweepstakes mentioned in the episode has long since ended and is no longer valid.

For some photographers, the phrase “run and gun” has a negative connotation, but when you’re Norman Reedus, that description takes on a much cooler meaning, one that is accurate to his style and a compliment to his ability to “sense a moment.” Reedus, most recognized for his acting work on the television series, “The Walking Dead” and “Ride with Norman Reedus,” is first and always an artist: a sculptor, a director, and author of the photography books, “The Sun’s Coming Up… Like a Big Bald Head” and his latest, “Portraits from the Woods,” which is a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of “The Walking Dead.” Both books are available at Big Bald Gallery.

With the travel demands of working on films and television, Reedus’s photography becomes a way to engage with his locations and document his adventures but, through the eyes of an artist, his work is more than just famous locales and behind-the-scenes fun. He brings a personal vision, humorous and dark, to images he captures and does so with an experimenter’s touch, using a variety of cameras and styles. We talk with Reedus about his start in photography, his stylistic approaches, gear choices, and what he has learned from his time in front of a camera that helps with his work behind one. However, with a guest like Reedus—generous with his time and tales—you let the conversation flow, and we also discuss his series “Ride,” the influence of Laurie Anderson, fan selfies, his love of horror films, and a range of other topics.

While recording this episode, the Tom Waits line, “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things,” kept popping into my head. I’m not sure this line best reflects Reedus’s work, but I am sure there is a Tom Waits line that does. This episode was a real treat for us at the B&H Photography Podcast, and we hope you feel the same in the listening.

Allan Weitz and Norman Reedus, 2017 © John Harris
Allan Weitz and Norman Reedus, 2017 © John Harris

Guest: Norman Reedus

Photograph © Norman Reedus

Cooks in the Kitchen with Kitten, Max Security Prison, Moscow © Norman Reedus
Exercise, Max Security Prison, Moscow © Norman Reedus
Tulum 2 © Norman Reedus
Undecided Soldier © Norman Reedus
San Diego © Norman Reedus
Cover from “Portraits from the Woods,” 2020 © Norman Reedus

Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Senior Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Shawn C Steiner