178 minutes | Oct 7, 2020

Episode 082 - Sephi Bergerson | Author, Documentary photographer, & Founder of SILK Inspire

Sephi Bergerson is an international reportage and documentary photographer. He has also authored coffee table books that cover street foods, wedding traditions, polio eradication and trucking, all across India. Currently based in Goa, India, h See his website Follow him on Instagram Like his Facebook page Watch his YouTube channel Listen to his journey from growing up and studying photography in Israel, and travelling the world, to now working on a bunch of personal photography projects that allow for spiritual explorations. Sephi stumbled onto wedding photography when on of his friends invited him to document her sister's wedding. Later, he went on to become one of most sought after artists to shoot wedding ceremonies among India's upper middle class. Sephi first ventured into the bustling and chaotic cities across the country. He captured a delicious assortment of 50 street foods that are enjoyed in India. You can buy his book Street Food of India. Portraits in Lockdown Sephi used Facetime to create portraits of individuals, couples, and families during the historic lockdown period through 2020. Horn Please: Trucking in India showcases the lives and realities of truckers in India. SILK by Sephi Bergerson is a specialty luxury wedding photography service offered by Sephi Bergerson and a curated team of freelance photographers. Discerning couples can commission him to capture memories of your big day in a candid and photojournalistic style. See their website Follow them on Instagram Also mentioned in this episode 23 Hours to Kill - A Canticle for Leibowitz - Adam - Aghora: At the left hand of God - Aghoris - Alfred Hitchcock - Ambassador car - Amber Bergerson - Analog photography - Andres Serrano - Ansel Adams - Arizona - ASMR - Bengali wedding rituals - Better Photography - Blade Runner - Carlos Castaneda - Chakras & Yoga - Chess - Conde Nast - Curlie's - David Bowie - Delhi Photo Festival - Devika Daulet-Singh - Elon Musk - Eva Bergerson - Exodus from Egypt - Facetime - Falafel (different types) - Glenn Richmann - Gordon Hempton - Greenwich Village - Jama Masjid - Jerry Seinfeld - Hyderabadi Muslim wedding - India - Israeli military - Israeli army knife - Israeli falafel - Jaffa - Jimmy Days - Josh - Kashmiri Pandit wedding - Ladhaki Buddhist wedding - Leah Bergerson - Life - Manhattan - Marijuana - Mick Jagger - Moses - National Geographic - New Mexico - New York - Old Delhi - Old Testament - Pharaoh - Pita bread - Piss Christ - Poi - Polaroid - Triumph Over Polio (polio eradication drive in India) - Prickly Pear - Quiet Parks International - Raëlian - River Nile - Roger Ballen - Sandro Botticelli - Scarface - Sex on the Beach - Shefi Carmi-Bergerson - Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi - Sikh wedding rituals - Street food in India - Sunaparanta Goa Center of Arts - Syrian Christian wedding - Tam Brahm wedding rituals - The Big Lebowski - The Birth of Venus - The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly - The Leela Kovalam - The Teachings of Don Juan - Traditional Indian attire - Udaipur - Vada Pav - Vogue - Woodburns - World Health Organization - Yellow badge - UNICEF - Zone-system Timestamps for reference 03:37 Woodburns Whisky 04:25 Sephi's bartending and other adventures in New York 18:06 The seed of Sephi's interest in photography 20:06 From analog to digital photography 24:49 Is it the art or the artist? Importance of working on personal projects 30:48 Shooting weddings in India 34:29 Documenting stories and photographs for the books 40:32 Street foods in India & in Israel - the book and more 49:55 Portraits of Lockdown, and remote photography 01:00:03 Is the party over for photography as a career? 01:04:54 Shooting for NGO projects 01:10:07 Learning about relationship while shooting weddings 01:13:45 Talking about religious rituals 01:19:15 Sephi's project on religion 01:27:23 Other controversial works on religion 01:30:26 Having a diverse portfolio 01:36:09 Religion reprise 01:38:40 Random ASMR of drinking water 01:39:22 A bit about quiet spaces and nature 01:43:32 Is religion natural? Is it an organism? 01:51:43 Questioning stories in religious scriptures 01:55:24 Are humans being harvested? 01:58:03 Psychedelics, religion, and art 02:00:56 The Overview Effect 02:01:50 Understanding patriotism, geographical and social sentiments 02:03:43 Humans and animals respecting each other in this ecosystem 02:04:34 Education, and our sources of knowledge 02:08:41 Sephi is still on a spiritual quest to find himself through photography 02:12:52 Sephi's idea of spirituality 02:19:05 A little backstory about Nikhil Shankar 02:22:01 More conscious stuff, the five layers of yogic experiences 02:27:28 Talking about Roger Ballen 02:35:31 A case for more art to be in public spaces 02:43:00 SILK by Sephi Bergerson 02:46:29 Learning photography in institutions 02:48:40 Influences of being a photographer on family life and parenting ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryA Quiet Thought by Wayne Jones Angel Guides by Jesse Gallagher Fresno Alley by Josh & The Overtimers Song of Sadhana by Jesse Gallagher All photographs by Sephi Bergerson, unless otherwise stated. Sephi's black and white portrait by Joe McNally
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