20 Best Portraits Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about portraits ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best portraits podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Portraits Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Making Gay History | LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive

  • Publisher: Eric Marcus
  • Total Episodes: 93

Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

Radio Diaries

  • Publisher: Radio Diaries & Radiotopia
  • Total Episodes: 161

First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm

Portraits of Blue & Grey: The Biographical Civil War Podcast

  • Publisher: Recorded History Podcast Network
  • Total Episodes: 30

Portraits of Blue & Grey, hosted by Christopher Moore, is a biographical Civil War podcast that examines the lives of the most prominent, interesting, and influential figures of the United States Civil War Era.


  • Publisher: National Portrait Gallery
  • Total Episodes: 31

Art, biography, history and identity collide in this podcast from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Join Director Kim Sajet as she chats with artists, historians, and thought leaders about the big and small ways that portraits shape our world.

Master Your Lens

  • Publisher: Matthew Jordan Smith
  • Total Episodes: 201

The photography podcast dedicated to helping photographers take better pictures. Each week you’ll discover photo tips to create better portraits, improve your lighting, and get more clients. New episodes every Wednesday.

Time Sensitive Podcast

  • Publisher: The Slowdown
  • Total Episodes: 49

Time Sensitive is a podcast that features candid, revealing portraits of curious and courageous people in business, the arts, and beyond who have a distinct perspective on time. Co-hosts Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman respectively interview a leading mind who has made a profound impact in their field, contributed to the larger conversation, and is concerned with the planet we all share.

Portraits of Liberty

  • Publisher: Libertarianism.org
  • Total Episodes: 33

Portraits of Liberty investigates the lives and philosophies of thinkers throughout history who argued in favor of a freer world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Pledge Podcast

  • Publisher: Allison Daskal Hausman
  • Total Episodes: 29

The Pledge Podcast explores political activism through short audio portraits. We call it The Pledge because it celebrates activism as a commitment to the hard work of democracy. Making this pledge means taking risks, speaking out, working hard and fighting day after day. It’s not easy, and success is often slow and never guaranteed. But making a commitment—a pledge—can motivate us to stay engaged for the long haul, which is the only way to truly make change.

Your Photography Mentor

  • Publisher: David Molnar & Rich Coleman
  • Total Episodes: 48

It’s not easy to learn photography on your own. Join professional photographers David Molnar and Rich Coleman, as they share their best tips for capturing and editing pro-quality photos – — no matter if you’re into portraits, landscapes (or anything and everything in between!) David and Rich have diverse skill sets from their years of experience from their years of shooting weddings, landscapes, album covers, real estate and commercial photography…you name it, they’ve done it! And they’ll share what worked on these shoots and what didn’t (so you don’t make the same mistakes.) If you love photography, want to ramp up your photography game fast, or just want to hear some hilarious photography stories from David and Rich, this is the podcast for you.

Art and Stuff

  • Publisher: Art Fund
  • Total Episodes: 11

Taking a closer look at some of the most fascinating stuff inside our museums. From bits of buried treasure to iconic portraits to outlandish furniture, what do these things say about us? Each episode, we hear from a range of people who share their expertise and passion, revealing the incredible stories behind the objects we collect, curate and cherish.Art and Stuff is published by Art Fund, the UK’s national charity for art, which raises money for museums and galleries through the National Art Pass – a neat little card that gets you free or reduced-price entry to hundreds of great cultural venues and exhibitions around the country. The podcast is produced by Whistledown.

Very Good Music: A VGM Podcast

  • Publisher: bedroth & Shootkapow
  • Total Episodes: 51

Bedroth and Shootkapow take a parent/kid road trip through the wide world of VGM. Songs can come directly from games, be covers or remixes, or even just be inspired by existing VGM, but they always follow one rule: everything must be very good music! Subscribe to us on YouTube | Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/vgmvgm VGMVGM art by Naomi Rubin! Support out her work at patreon.com/naomirubin and read her comics on moonsproutstation.com! Drawn Portraits by Carlos Leon-Roman. Check him out at Instagram.com/kf_carlito Pixelart by Ben “The Diad” Dishman. Check him out @TheDiad on Twitter!

The Mirror of Antiquity

  • Publisher: Curtis Dozier
  • Total Episodes: 11

The Mirror of Antiquity features portraits of classical scholars that blend storytelling and academic research. Guests explore how their work on ancient Greece and Rome helps them understand the contemporary world and their own lives. Produced by Curtis Dozier with support from the Vassar College Department of Greek and Roman Studies. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

Photography 101

  • Publisher: Hannah
  • Total Episodes: 7

Photography 101 hosted by Hannah Grace Photography (@hannah.photography712) goes into the nitty-gritty of the wide world of photography. Every Sunday she digs into some aspect of photography, whether that be self-portraits, astrophotography, or good tripods. So tune in and grab some popcorn, this might take a while.

Ma Chère Maw-Maw: Documenting Cajun & Creole Grandmothers of South Louisiana

  • Publisher: mawmawproject
  • Total Episodes: 2

This project began with the idea of making a book of portraits and bios of each of the grandmothers. We recorded the interviews for the purpose of having notes. While the book is still in progress we decided, especially during these hard times, it would be wonderful to hear these ladies in their own voice.

At Home With The Creative Coalition

  • Publisher: Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition
  • Total Episodes: 21

At Home With the Creative Coalition brings you intimate portraits, key moments of discovery, and “art and soul” with exciting and thought-provoking interviews with iconic personalities from the entertainment industry, from the boardroom to the big screen, from LA to DC. Hosted by Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition — the leading, national, nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization of the arts and entertainment industry. With an impressive list of accomplishments to her credit, including having won numerous awards and honors for her public affairs work, Ms. Bronk has a wide range of experience including Capitol Hill strategist, author, and speaker. She has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. She has also been a guest on numerous broadcasts and hosts a weekly segment on WBAI-FM.

Edge of Fame

  • Publisher: WBUR & The Washington Post
  • Total Episodes: 12

An exploration of the life that happens before, behind, and beyond the spotlight. Host Geoff Edgers paints intimate, sound-rich, and surprising portraits of some of the most creative people in the world. The first season includes: Norm Macdonald, Ava Duvernay, Ms. Pat, Hanson and David Letterman. A collaboration between WBUR and The Washington Post.

Death in the Digital Age

  • Publisher: Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow Katie Thornton
  • Total Episodes: 6

Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow producing “Death in the Digital Age,” a multimedia project about how and where we remember the dead in our urbanized, digitized world. Tune in for sonic portraits and podcasts.

citybooks – podcasts – OTHER

  • Publisher: Vlaams-Nederlands Huis – deBuren
  • Total Episodes: 82

citybooks is a principally literary residential project for authors, photographers and video artists. They make unique city portraits in commission of the Flemish-Dutch House deBuren. You can read, listen to, watch and download these city portraits everywhere, free of charge. The citybooks are made available as text, e-book and podcast, and will shape an extensive network of the ‘United States of Europe’. Travel without moving! To find out more, go to www.citybooks.eu.

The David Cassidy Connections

  • Publisher: Louise Poynton
  • Total Episodes: 27

Remembering the superstar of the 1970s, David Cassidy, his legacy and how he connected with a generation. Fans and colleagues who worked with him remember his influence and impact. Journalist Louise Poynton has been a fan since 1971 and her book Cherish David Cassidy A Legacy of Love, published April 2020 is an award-winning finalist in the American Book Fest Best Book awards. She gives readers a grandstand seat for a journey from the 1970s when teenagers all over the world first fell in love with the biggest teen idol of that decade. This podcast series is a companion to the book with fans speaking in their own words about their lives and sharing more of their stories and cherished memories. The David Cassidy Connections offers a mix of interviews with fans, friends and colleagues who worked with him as they reflect on his music and career and how it influenced their own career path. Louise, who for more than 20 years was a Sports Editor on regional newspapers in the UK, invited fans to share their memories of falling in love with him; they explain in raw honesty why he has been so important in their lives. A project she started working on a couple of years before David died, she was overwhelmed with heartfelt stories from around the world, which not only celebrate his life but paint a picture of the personal journey fans have been through over the past 50 years. This year marks would have been his 70th birthday – April 12 -50 years since The Partridge Family was first aired on television, and I Think I Love You was the biggest selling record of the year, outselling Let It Be. Now in a celebration of his life, fans, friends and peers including Neil Sedaka, explain in their own words how David impacted on them, his influence and friendship; the lasting legacy of love and music he left. These memories, which echo across time, have been written by his fans in their own words, and now they talk in this series about him. Cherish also includes a collection of beautiful poems composed over the past 50 years, many previously unpublished stunning images from professional photographers and portraits drawn by fans. Every story in Cherish is a singular experience, a thematic journey but when brought together they provide stops on the adventure with David at the heart of everything his fans have ever done. Hit subscribe and get ready for the journey. Let’s make something special happen.

Frida Kahlo

  • Publisher: Mazoun Alnuaimi
  • Total Episodes: 5

This podcast is about Frida kahlo, a famous Mexican painter, known for her self-portraits, with her brush she recorded her life, she dated herself and took us with her on a journey into the world of colours. Frida Kahlo is considered today as one of modern art icons, her name turned into a commercial commodity, printed on T-shirts, mugs and gift boxes and her career is summed up in braids and thick knotted eyebrows. #PRSQU #Mass4025-f20

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