While photographing interesting people is one of the best parts about my job, an even better part is the opportunity to pick their brains a bit about their area of expertise. After watching Hans Rosling's TED talk, that debunks many commonly-held perceptions about global health, I was able to talk with a bit about data visualization and the importance of making statistical data available to anyone who might want it. With NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, we had a long talk about the future of public radio and monetizing news content.
These conversations were fascinating to me, and covered topics that the subjects were passionate about which in turn, made them more engaging, dynamic subjects. Showing an interest in who they are also helps build some trust which is very helpful when asking a CEO to stand on a windy roof among satellite dishes for an hour.
Hans Rosling for BusinessWeek
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller for Middlebury College Magazine