Every now and then, Susan Stamberg says “Aww, the heck with it.” The art she’d like to report on is too complicated to explain on the radio because of the lack of visuals. In fact, Susan says it’s always a challenge to report on the visual arts.
But that doesn’t stop her. Over the years, as Special Correspondent for NPR, Susan has mastered the craft of radio reporting about photographs and paintings and the like.
On this episode of HowSound, Susan lays out how she verbally “hangs a picture in front of the microphone” describing the photography of Nan Goldin, the conceptual art of John Baldessari, Jasper Johns’ pop art, and two self-portraits by Rembrandt.
One key to her process: read a script describing the art to someone who’s never seen it.
This and other tips including selecting telling details, meting out description, and casting surprising characters for a story on today’s HowSound with one of the legends of public media.