Episode 3.4 – Qiana Mestrich


Recorded January 9th, 2016 at Stockholm Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn

In this episode, photographer Qiana Mestrich (Founder of Dodge & Burn), joins us to discuss her new book Hard to Place, blogging in photoland, art and motherhood, diversity in photography and much more.

Qiana is a graduate of the ICP-Bard College MFA in Advanced Photographic Practice, and received her B.A. with a concentration in photography from Sarah Lawrence College.  She is currently the Associate Director of Digital Content and Engagement at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York.

In 2007, Qiana started the blog Dodge & Burn: Diversity in Photography History. “With interviews and profiles of photographers of color, the blog aims to provide a more inclusive version of photography history, featuring contributions to the medium by underrepresented cultures. “ She’s currently working on a book version of the blog which will be out in 2017.

For the photobook discussion, Qiana brought Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders, Imogen Cunningham Photographs, Emmet Gowin Photographs, and How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood.

I’ve been following Qiana on web for several years, so it was nice to finally meet in person to talk about her projects, life and photography. If you are in New York, an exhibit of Hard to Place will be showing at Booklyn in Greenpoint. It runs from February 6, to March 15, 2016. The book can be purchased on Booklyn’s site.


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Executive Producer / Host Bryan Formhals

Executive Producer / Audio Engineer / Music  Tom Starkweather

Special thanks to Eddy Vallante and Brett A. Davis

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