Greetings! We thought you might be interested in viewing an online video interview with Steve Anchell. The interview was conducted by Alex Schulz at Photography Talk has chosen Anchell Photography Workshops to be included in their list of best photography workshops of 2018.

interview with steve anchell

Interviewer: Good morning, Steve Anchell. Thank you for joining us today. As a well-respected figure in the field of photography, we are excited to have this opportunity to interview you.

Steve Anchell: Thank you for having me. I’m thrilled to be here.

Interviewer: Let’s begin by discussing your passion for photography. How did you develop an interest in this field, and what motivated you to pursue it as a career?

Steve Anchell: My interest in photography started at a young age when my father gave me a film camera. I found myself captivated by the ability to freeze a moment in time. This sparked my curiosity in learning more about the art and science behind capturing images.

As I grew older, photography became my way of expressing my observations and experiences. It became a means of communication and a creative outlet. The more I delved into it, the more I realized that photography was not just a hobby but a calling. That realization motivated me to pursue it professionally.

Interviewer: You have contributed significantly to the photography community through your publications, workshops, and mentorship. What drives you to share your knowledge and expertise with others?

Steve Anchell: I believe strongly in the power of education and mentorship. Photography is an ever-evolving field, with emerging technologies and techniques constantly reshaping it. I feel a responsibility to share my experiences and knowledge so that aspiring photographers can have a solid foundation to build upon.

Moreover, through my workshops and mentorship programs, I have witnessed the transformative impact that learning from others can have on one’s growth as a photographer. It is immensely rewarding to see someone develop their skills and find their unique voice in photography.

Interviewer: You have authored several books, including “The Darkroom Cookbook” and “Mastering the Art of Black and White Photography.” Can you tell us a bit about your approach to writing and how you choose topics for your books?

Steve Anchell: When writing a book, my aim is to provide practical and accessible guidance to photographers at all levels. I try to make complex concepts simpler and guide readers through a step-by-step process, ensuring they grasp the fundamentals.

The topics for my books are often inspired by the questions and struggles faced by photographers I’ve encountered through my workshops and travels. I aim to address those areas where I see a need for guidance and support. For instance, “The Darkroom Cookbook” was born out of a desire to simplify traditional film development techniques, while “Mastering the Art of Black and White Photography” sought to explore the creative potential of the monochrome medium.

Interviewer: As technology continues to advance, do you feel that traditional film photography still holds relevance and importance in the digital age?

Steve Anchell: Absolutely. While digital photography has revolutionized the medium, there is still something magical about shooting with film. Film photography teaches patience, discipline, and a deeper understanding of the photographic process. It encourages photographers to slow down and consider every shot, rather than relying on the immediacy and endless shots that digital cameras offer.

Moreover, film photography has unique aesthetic qualities that cannot be perfectly replicated digitally. The grain, tonality, and depth of film images create a certain emotional impact that is difficult to reproduce in a digital format. So, despite the convenience of digital, film photography will always have its place and continued relevance.

Interviewer: Lastly, could you share any advice you would give to aspiring photographers who are just starting their journey?

Steve Anchell: First and foremost, I would encourage them to shoot as much as possible. Photography is a craft, and like any craft, it requires practice. The more you shoot, the more you learn and grow.

Secondly, I would suggest aspiring photographers not to shy away from experimentation. Be open to trying different genres, techniques, and styles. It is through experimentation that you discover your own unique vision and artistic voice.

Lastly, always seek feedback and learn from others. Join photography communities, take workshops, or find a mentor. Feedback offers invaluable insights and perspectives that can push your growth as a photographer.

Interviewer: Thank you, Steve Anchell, for sharing your wisdom and expertise with us today. It has been an honor to speak with you.

Steve Anchell: The pleasure is mine. Thank you for having me.