PODCAST EPISODE #11: Alexa Keefe, National Geographic photo producer

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I am hooked on exquisite photographs.

I subscribe to several blogs that curate great photography — I wrote about them in a recent entry — and I find myself constantly coming back to them as I scroll through the various feeds and media that dominate my daily reading.

And I am absolutely not alone.

Alexa Keefe is a photography producer for National Geographic and curates the “Photo of the Day” series for the magazine’s web site. And with every picture she posts, thousands of viewers share it.

Keefe is my guest on this week’s Telling The Story podcast.

She has worked as a photo archivist and editor, but now Keefe is responsible for curating beautiful content in an era where photographs are more ubiquitous than ever. In doing this, sites like National Geographic have thrived. On the podcast, we discuss why.

“With the ubiquity of photographs on the web now, I think the focus has shifted toward curation,” Keefe said. “There’s just so much to look at, so much to consume, that I think we need that more and more.”

Keefe and I delve into other subjects as well, such as:

  • What she looks for in a great photograph: “I’m looking at things that I find beautiful. I’m always looking for situations where someone has looked at it just a little bit differently, taking it out of the everyday and into the exceptional.”
  • The joys of her job: “I really enjoy being able to spend time every month with these amazing photographs and figure out the best way to put them together.”
  • Her advice for amateur photographs: “It’s all about how you, as a photographer, are viewing the situation — what makes it interesting to you?”

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