Depth of Field: Timothy Allen

Depth of Field: Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen

I am starting a new “season” of the Depth of Field Podcast with the impressive work of Timothy Allen.  As I start this new season, I’m not able to promise any frequency of releases or number of episodes, but I don’t want to let it go by the wayside.  Thank you to all of you who reached out and asked for new material.  I will to continue with the quality of guests and interviews that you’ve come to expect, so let’s get started.

In case you somehow haven’t seen his inspirational work, Timothy Allen is an English photographer and filmmaker best known for his work with isolated cultures and people around the world. He shot into the public light with his work on the BBC documentary series, Human Planet. Timothy was the stills photographer for the series and traveled with the crew all around the world. He was put in charge of the Human Planet blog by the BBC where you can see many of his fantastic images. They later did a Human Planet book with all of Timothy’s images.

This show took an unexpected turn during the interview. I had thought we would be talking all about travel and some great adventure stories from the road. Not so much. What we got was some amazing advice on business and marketing from a very successful photographer. This interview is rich! I love doing this show for just this reason. Incredible insight into the life of a working photographer.

By the way, we have a new Facebook feed and iTunes feed. We would appreciate your follows, comments and likes. Rating us on iTunes is one of the best ways to get this new season in front of new listeners. Thank you for your help.



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About The Author

Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.


  1. Miss Photo 76

    God, all sounds a bit grubby.
    Money, Money, Money… ! glad to hear he’s really valuing the work of his zero hours interns by just paying them expenses – he sounds like a bit of conceited, selfish hypocrite to me.

    And I wonder if Eagle hunters he’s exploiting are also “sitting pretty and doing alright in life” – I suspect not or they wouldn’t have to become extras in the Timothy Allen show. Seriously, how’s you’re karma ?

    • Matt Brandon

      Maybe you missed the point of the podcast. The whole series is about what it takes to be a working photographer. We were talking about making a living as a photographer. Regarding the local people, Timothy brings a lot of business to these people that they would not normally have. I am not sure if you heard, but in the interview he stated, he pays for his time with these people, which isn’t done my many photographers professional or otherwise.

  2. simon garvey

    Hi Matt, I’ve just listened to the podcast and I found it fascinating and not what I expected (nor did the two of you by the sounds of things). I’m not in photography as a business but I think this could easily be the Business of Photography 101 and some more as you discussed adaptations to the changing environment. I must be a dinosaur as I’m sure Timothy said he was a little behind things by only being on Facebook – I only got on Facebook 12 months ago!

    I also really enjoyed your interview style and your active listening which made the conversation flow easily.

    Timothy mentiond ‘the BBC radio programme ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ of FOOC as it is often abbreviated (even in polite circles, honest). It’s a must listen for me and has been for years as BBC correspondents are allowed off-piste for an extended time (by radio standards).

    Thanks, Simon

    • Matt Brandon

      Thanks, Simon. Yes, this interview did turn in a different direction – but one I was pleased with. Don’t think this podcast is only for pros. That’s never been the point. It’s about the working professional, but for every photographer. You don’t need to be a “pro” to find takeaways as you just stated. Glad you enjoyed it. Please feel free to leave a comment or rating on iTunes. However their algorithm works, it help get the show in front more folks.



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