AIR077: Andrew Bernstein – Senior NBA Photographer | Podcast

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Andrew Bernstein - Senior NBA PhotographerSenior NBA Photographer and Director of Photography for Staples Center, Andrew Bernstein.

 

He hasn’t played a single minute in the NBA. However, Andy Bernstein is a perennial contender for league MVP (Most Valuable Photographer). The 2017 NBA Finals will mark the 35th-consecutive time that Andy has covered the Association’s showcase event.

We discuss Andy’s rise from amateur shutterbug – his love for the camera was fostered by a (teenage) trip to the Western United States with his dad – to becoming one of the world’s greatest sports photographers.

Highlights of our conversation include Andy’s memories of an iconic rendition of the national anthem at his first All-Star Game (1983), his crucial involvement in creating the (taken from his bio) position of Senior Director of NBA Photos – a position he held for 25 years – a discussion about the meteoric changes in camera technology over recent decades and of course, he details wonderful stories behind how some of his most-historic photos came to be.

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan - Come Fly with MeFather and son - James Jordan celebrates with Michael Jordan

Topics / links discussed (include):

  • Marvin Gaye’s amazing performance at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game

  • Follow Andy’s wonderful output on Instagram:
 

#FBF @lakers vs. @celtics tonight brings back memories of another era in the rivalry. @nba #showtime #larrylegend #magicjohnson

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People mentioned in this episode, include: Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Lon Rosen, Terry Lyons, Pat Riley, David Stern, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant & Porter McKinnon.

 

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AIR047: David Bridgers – Michael Jordan’s childhood friend | Podcast

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L to R: David Bridgers, Michael Jordan & Derek Betts | Copyright © Sports Illustrated

Michael Jordan’s lifelong friend and confidant, David Bridgers.

A unique episode. Ross Franco is a North Carolinian friend of mine. We connected, through my podcast – one of the many great outcomes I’ve experienced, since creating the show. Ross is a great friend of David Bridgers. Ross and I have previously discussed the possibility of inviting David on the podcast, as a guest. When the opportunity presented itself, we were both very pleased. The three of us had a great chat.

Prior to speaking with Ross and David, I wasn’t sure if our conversation would necessarily make for an interesting podcast episode. However, five minutes into proceedings, that all changed. This is simply three guys, talking all-things Michael Jordan, from a perspective you’d be very hard-pressed to top. You’ll learn the origins of Bridgers’ relationship with Jordan. The two first met, at just seven years of age! We cover David’s enduring friendship with Michael and his experiences with the Jordan family, plus, David’s close bond with Ross.

Ross tried his best to not be involved in this audio recording. He suggested that David should speak solely with me. From my point of view, that was never going to happen. Thanks again Ross, for making this conversation possible. I hope you – the listener – enjoy it.

 

Links to topics discussed (photos will be added):

SI Vault: The Unlikeliest Homeboy

In all Airness: Brush with Greatness – Michael Jordan

Ross Franco online: Twitter

 

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AIR034: Steve Lipofsky – NBA Photographer (formerly, 23 years with the Boston Celtics) | Podcast

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Professional photographer (formerly, 23 years with the Boston Celtics), Steve Lipofsky.

Steve has been a professional photographer in excess of 25 years. We talk about his entry into photography as a youngster, the early years spent honing his skills, plus, his wide-ranging experiences, including, working with former and current Presidents (Clinton and Obama).

Steve’s work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including Sports Illustrated and TIME – we talk about those opportunities, too. It’s also interesting to learn about Steve’s technical skills; he opens up about the pros and cons of pre-digital photography and the challenges of taking memorable photos.

We discuss Steve’s 23-year tenure as the official Boston Celtics photographer, starting (full-time) in 1982. He was also official photographer for the newly-crowned, 2013 World Series Champion, Boston Red Sox.

There’s also plenty of discussion about Boston’s ‘Big Three’; Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. Plus, we talk about Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson and of course, the great Red Auerbach.

 

Links to topics discussed (more added soon):

Steve Lipofsky online: WebsiteFacebook Page

 

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