A photographer on a talk show? You coulda knocked me down with a feather.
(Longtime readers know that one of my pet peeves is that 90% of the guests on talk shows are actors, because the same people that own the movie studios own the television stations, yadda yadda yadda shuddup Mike.)
Ben Lowy on the second-best fake news show on television*. (There's a short commercial first.) He was there because he got an assignment from Rolling Stone to cover the Daily Show for an article, and they were impressed with him when they got to know him.
(UPDATE: Here's a link with no commercial that works outside of the U.S. Thanks to Carsten S. for this.) (UPDATE on the UPDATE: Unfortunately I can't check where the links work and where they don't. I've been hearing from various people who can't get to it, for which I apologize. —Mike)
Jon talked about Ben's new book, Iraq Perspectives, which, among other things, was selected by William Eggleston as the winner of the The Center for Documentary Studies / Honickman First Book Prize in Photography.
Here's Ben's website. And congratulations to him for demonstrating on the air that not all photographers are necessarily princess-killing, predatory pederast terrorists.
*I'm not going to say what the #1 fake news show is, but it rhymes with a snoozing ox.
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Featured Comment by Dave Levingston: "Well, it's not a first. I remember when my childhood hero, David Douglas Duncan, was on 'The Tonight Show.' The big shocks were his amazingly high-pitched voice...certainly not what I had imagined it would sound like...and the way Johnny casually tossed his prints around, dropping one if I remember right. But that one pales beside Imogen Cunningham's appearance on the same show. I don't know how old she was, but she must have been close to 90. She looked about four feet tall and wore a Mao hat with a red star. She took control of the show and wouldn't let Johnny go to commercial. He was way too wise to battle with this little fireball of a woman and just laughed and let her have her way. It was wonderful to watch. Of course, photographers were viewed differently back in those good old days."