Jan 21 2019


Photo by Chris Leskovsek

I was going to title this post “Quality Vs. Quantity” but I feel like we’ve talked about it already a bunch. My usual schpiel is that if you shoot a ton your photos will get better over time, but now I am realizing this is not really true. You have to be learning from the results, but learning is only intentional if you have a goal.

For instance, let’s say you want to shoot for the New York Times. You will have have to “develop” all sorts of skills. But if you are just shooting for Tumblr, there really is no pressure to quickly learn to make better photos, it’s totally casual.

Most of the work we get for Hamburger Eyes is from photographers attempting to cross the border from hobbyist to working professional. Or people that cross this border back and forth all the time like me. In fact I pretty much live at this bordertown and sometimes I think I should run for Mayor.

Within the emails I get, I see the main problem that people don’t think about properly is knowing why they want to cross at all in the first place. They don’t have clarity. I think you get clarity through action. You have to go out there and play with cameras, play with assignments, and play with different techniques. But really here is the real answer: you want to make a living doing what you love to do. That’s it.

At minimum, let’s say rent and bills is $2500 per month. Can you sell enough products and services to make this much or more on a monthly basis? This should be your primary goal if you want to make a living doing anything besides working a regular job.

Jan 08 2019


Photo by Joshua Zucker

It is a dream to have Hamburger Eyes come out once a month. 120 pages every month. We have tried it many times with no success. I have been in hyper attack mode about making a production schedule for this entire year. That schedule includes regular postings on this site. You guys who have voted in the last poll have helped steer us in the right direction which makes it easier to figure out what to post on a weekly basis. So a huge thank you for that.

Looks like we will be featuring more photographers and writing more articles. Then once a month for new zines and books and will sprinkle in other things like videos and batches of photos. Thanks again!

Jan 07 2019


Photo by Johnny Salas

I started trying to come up with more content ideas for this here website. But then I thought maybe I’d just ask what you would like to see. I like the feedback. For instance while we get the most comments on the written articles, some just want to watch more videos on famous photographers.

Here are the basic categories on the site. Vote on which ones you would like to see more of. After this voting, we can see where we can expand. You can select more than 1 choice.

Also, I put zines and books in the vote. That means you don’t care about website content at all, you just want us to put out more zines and books.

What Do You Want To See More Of?

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Jan 05 2019


Photo by Ray Potes

You may have noticed the forums were deleted. There was just not enough action in there. That’s ok. But there was some really good content and info and resources while it was going. Here are some of the photo related podcasts that were listed by multiple members. There was more but with the dismantling of the forums, these are what remained. If you have some that we should check out, put a link in the comments! Enjoy.


Jan 03 2019

Stop Bath

Photo by David Root

I went to my friend’s house one time and he had been printing in his bathroom darkroom. His whole house smelled like stop bath. I don’t think it is the deadliest chemical in photography, but for sure it is the stinkiest. I told him he didn’t need to use it. He was somehow convinced that it was the most important ingredient and we argued for a bit. I said just do a straight water bath and change it often. He didn’t want to hear it.

A week went by and he said he looked it up and that I was right. While it is a good thing to stop development of a print before sticking it in the fixer, it isn’t necessary. Water worked just as good especially if you are just making rc prints and paying attention.

I bring this up because Happy New Years! It’s time to get to work and we think we might need more stuff to properly do what we are trying to do, but sometimes we don’t have all the right info. A new camera, a new lens, a printer. I’m guilty. I need everything. Guess what, we don’t need shit. We only need time and action. Let’s get busy. Let’s make stuff.

Dec 22 2018


Photo by Olivier Bekaert

It is the time of reflection, gang. Hamburger Eyes has been on a longggg journey and it hasn’t gotten much easier with time. This past year has been a super hectic one and I want to say that I am super grateful to all of you who are part of this. The photographers and the people supporting them.

We want to keep this train moving and get to the next level. For me that means more photos and more books.

We have attempted it over here, but never pulled it off and this year we are going to make a serious go of it. That is to put out at least 1 issue of Hamburger Eyes per month. There are many factors involved, but those factors are really just excuses.

So, this is turning out to be a public proclamation. 1 issue per month or minimum 12 issues served for 2019. In my head this should be easy, but in reality it will be some long nights. We can handle it.

Let’s get busy. Have a Happy Holidays and Happy New Years. May all of your wildest dreams come true.

Dec 10 2018


Photo by Zane Grant

What does productivity mean to you? I feel crazy busy these days but not productive at all. And when I am not productive is when I start feeling annoyed with myself. 

For me, making stuff is productive. Shooting photos is the input and showing them is the output. This feels like the machine of productivity that I am used to and want to be part of. 

Getting rid of massive amounts of stuff feels productive. Clearing space for new ideas feels productive. 

Running around town doing errands does not feel productive, but laundry does. Social media does not feel productive, but blogging does.

I don’t even know where I am going with this. I think prioritizing what is most important is what productivity is. In our case, photography. 

Warren Buffet said something along the lines of, “Write down 20 of the most important goals and things you need to do and accomplish. Spend a lot of time on it. Then take the top 3, and throw the rest away.”

Dec 03 2018


This is Ed Templeton signing copies of his latest book at Arcana Books. One of the best photo books stores on the planet and it happens to be 2 minutes from my house.

I was blogging about how different editing for books is vs. editing for zines, prints, and internet. Each seems to have its own dialect, boundaries, and obstacles. As you get older you find out that you may be more fluent in some of these languages than others.

It’s easy to say that a “winning” photo would translate on any medium, sure. But that is the short game. The long game isn’t about 1 photo, it’s about all of your photos and how you choose to set them free into the world. Maybe one will end up on a wall in a mansion in Malibu, maybe a big group of them will end up in a book on a shelf at the thrift store.

When you are making these things you get into the subtle dimensions like paper texture, ink texture, stiffness of cover, etc. Then you have the literal dimensions of the book and the spine width. Then you have the 4th dimension of time, the physical flipping of the pages and the sequencing of photos.

On the other hand, on a blog there is scrolling. And it is infinite. There are screen dimensions vs website dimensions. There are your resolutions vs their resolutions. And there is a built in attention deficit disorder meter running.

I am probably over thinking it, but all this is part of the craft. If we are to be called photographers, then we are to be called craftsmen I think.

Nov 27 2018

Down by the Hudson

Photos by Caleb Stein
Text by Amitava Kumar

I don’t know what post-industrial decline means. It is a vague notion in my head. Boarded-up homes, the husk of dead factories with broken windows and overgrown grass, businesses gone to seed. And the people? The people are missing in this picture of decay in my mind. When I first came to Poughkeepsie fifteen years ago, I was told by an academic that while there were pockets of prosperity in Hudson Valley, this town had suffered from post-industrial decline. I’m not a sociologist and I cannot say with certainty if such a statement is even true. But what draws me to Caleb Stein’s images is that he provides us the people missing from my mental picture. And what’s surprising about these images, no, what’s honest about them is that instead of people, we get faces. Individual lives. Their wealth of stories and secrets are shielded from us—mysteries that we cannot part—but we wonder and ask questions because that is what I think the photographer himself is doing. Hello? How are you? How is your day going? I imagine him asking this over and over again with the same people who then begin to treat him as a neighbor that he undoubtedly is. The photographer as everyman. On the street, in parks, and at the watering hole where we see that his eye is as clear as the water. Consider the remarkable image of the Prom Boy, a picture taken on the street on which I live. This image does fill me with wonder. Such a fine, even tender, mix of contradictions: the large flower in the buttonhole, the bandage on the nose, the slightly askew bowtie, the bruised eye, the stubbornly dignified gaze… I could go on. I don’t know whether I’m right or wrong in saying any of this about the young man. All I can be certain about is that this is what living is about, this tussle with the real, this strange encounter across divisions of race and class, in a rectangular visual space. This is life.


Nov 22 2018

Everybody Street

This is from Chris Leskovsek

I still remember when I landed in NZ back in 2011 and I took my camera out (the studio) for the first time as a sole means to make sense about this new world around me. I was homesick, depressed, and wandering but it quickly became a form of self expression about my fears, what I like and dislike about society, document new places and meeting new people.

Yet it wasn’t until sometime in 2012, while talking to a creative director, when he mentioned to me that some of my photos reminded him of Daido Moriyama. To whom? I said. Then, after reading about this graphic designer turned photographer, the term ‘street photography’ came about. Google didn’t offer much at the time, other than Cartier-Bresson and Magnum, however ‘Everybody Street’ came up as a Kickstarter campaign. I clicked and thought, how interesting.

Fast forward to 2013 when the movie came out and luckily for me it was immediately available to purchase online, so I bought it right there, the whole deal you know with the extras and what not, through Vimeo. Hit ‘play’ and I still remember the opening line from Joel Meyerowitz when he says, “…some photographers go to the street and other photographers go to the studio… some people want to pretend its a movie and some other photographers step into the world and say ‘show me'”.

It clicked with me on so many levels at the time and still does in many ways. I think this is a movie that celebrates photography in it’s pure sense. A bunch of NY photographers, young and old, from different paths in life that photograph the odd, the funny, the bad and anything in between about our everyday life and celebrate the importance of telling our stories not just as photographers/artists, but as human beings and using perhaps one of most democratic mediums we have at our reach, a photo camera.

If you haven’t seen it, well now it’s free and I think its a must regardless if you are or not into the whole label of ‘street photography’. I think there’s something in there for everyone simply interested in the act of photography itself.

So now you know the drill… get some snacks and drinks, don’t forget those one… yeah… no… the other ones, yeah those cheeky ones!… and play it even if you have seen it already, just do it! Now it’s free!

PS. I found about Hamburger Eyes through this movie while researching more about Cheryl and Boogie, true story!

Nov 22 2018


Photo by Olivier Bekaert

Thank you to everyone on this journey with us. We only exist because of all the submissions we get. We only exist because people buy our zines and hoodies. We have come a long way and look forward to the long road ahead. Thanks again and again.

Photo by Reuben Radding

Photo by Caleb Stein