In this episode, our final of the season, we are joined by photographer Graham MacIndoe and writer Susan Stellin to discuss their new memoir Chancers, which tells the story of their relationship over the course of Graham’s heroin addiction, arrest and imprisonment at Riker’s Island and Immigration Detention, and eventual release and road to recovery. In the second half of the show, we discuss a few brilliant photobooks as well Graham’s early days as an aspiring photographer in New York in the 90s.
We are thrilled to have this episode as the season finale. I’ve known Graham for a few years now and ended up reading the book in about three days. It’s a great story that covers some very relevant contemporary issues in an innovative way. Graham and Susan are two of the most thoughtful, intelligent people I’ve met in New York, so it was a great to have this conversation with them.
Born in Scotland, Graham MacIndoe studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art and received a master’s degree in photography at the Royal College of Art in London. He is an adjunct professor of photography at Parsons The New School in New York City as well as a working photographer. Graham’s photographs have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, New York, Harpers, Fast Company, W, Details, I.D., Vice and Esquire. His work has been shown widely, most recently at Little Big Man Gallery in Los Angeles where he had his first solo exhibition All In – Buying Into the Drug Trade in conjunction with the release of a book by Little Big Man Books.
Susan Stellin is a reporter and frequent contributor to The New York Times,where she worked as an editor for several years. She is the author of How to Travel Practically Anywhere, a travel planning guide, and has a B.A. in political science from Stanford University.
We would like to send a special thank you to Graham and Susan for hosting our wrap party. It was a blast.
And thank you for turning in this season! It was an inspiring season. We hope you enjoyed it and discovered a few new photographers and photobooks.
Books and Projects Discussed
- Chancers by Graham MacIndoe and Susan Stellin
- American Exile by Graham MacIndoe and Susan Stellin
- All in/Sel-portraits by Graham MacIndoe
- Graham MacIndoe Instagram/Sketches from new book
- Robert Frank Aspesi catalogs
- In Flagrante by Chris Killip
- Conversations with the Dead by Danny Lyon
Executive Producer / Host Bryan Formhals
Executive Producer / Audio Engineer / Music Tom Starkweather
Co-Host / Producer / Photographer Brett A. Davis
Recorded at June 27th, 2016 at Stockholm Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn