READ THE LATEST INTERVIEW WITH SANTE AT http://www.vogue.it/en/people-are-talking-about/art-photo-design/2010/12/sante-d-orazio
READ THE LATEST INTERVIEW WITH SANTE AT http://www.vogue.it/en/people-are-talking-about/art-photo-design/2010/12/sante-d-orazio
Christopher Michael: You had mentioned before how Madonna was the most collaborative person in terms of the artistic process out of everyone you've ever shot, what made you decide to put her on the cover of your new book in particular?
Tom Munro: Well I guess, she is perhaps Madonna and one of the most iconic figures, but the actual idea came to me to use the book as a means of highlighting an African charity that I've been working with called Meak. After the collaboration with Madonna, she invited me to go to Malawi with her for a week, which I did in April of last year. I saw all of the things she was doing there, so I asked her if I could include Raising Malawi (www.raisingmalawi.org) as one of the beneficiaries of whatever proceeds we manage to make from selling the prints. So in the end, it sort of just seemed a natural step to put her on the cover with Raising Malawi being included in the book.
CM: In your works, you tend to be a walker between worlds in a sense, with your hands both in celebrity as well as fashion. Which realm of your work would you say defines you more?
TM: I think the celebrity portraits sort of materialized and came about through celebrity endorsements, from fragrances and that sort of thing. I also had a contract with Details for 3-4 years and I shot a lot of male celebrities. I ended up building relationships with, you know, Justin [Timberlake] and Patrick [Dempsey]. So when they were endorsing products we got together on those, like with Justin and the Givenchy fragrance, Play. I've also done various things with Leo [Di Caprio] for his film promotions and such. We've just done something with Warner Brothers for Inception, his new movie. With Patrick Dempsey, we've done Avon fragrances and such, so it was really through editorials and stuff that I've managed to work into these celebrity endorsements. I don't know, I suppose one becomes known for taking celebrity portraits but it's something that was sort of a progression for me from being a fashion photographer and was never something I really pursued, it just evolved I guess.
CM: Obviously, the subject of celebrities moving in on the territory previously dominated by the models is a conversation that's been going on for years at this point. Do you feel it's something that's finally stabilized or do you think that celebrities continue to gain more ground as time goes by?
TM: Well, certainly in terms of advertising it still seems to be pretty strong. However, it seems to be more cosmetics and fragrances, and less about fashion, in terms of what celebrities take on. I think there are kind of defined areas that celebrities really tend to occupy and that there is room for everyone in the end.
CM: I like the idea of looking at it that way...I read that photography was something that you started to play with in your mid 20's after you had been travelling and that one of the places you had been travelling to at the time was Bali. It's one of my favorite places and has such an incredibly spiritual nature to it, I wanted to find out if you had any sort of revelation during your time there at all? Or if photography was born of some other process going on in your life at that time...
TM: I was traveling with a bunch of friends and we were sort of getting up to no good and having a good time. Basically, taking pictures was just a hobby; a friend said that I should do it seriously. For me, the idea of making a living as a fashion photographer, particularly having grown up on the country side of England, to move to New York and become a fashion photographer was sort of a very alien concept. When I had returned to London I had been travelling for a period of 9 months already I think, and a friend of mine was taking a photography course and suggested I take it with him so I did. It wasn't born of some undying passion or anything, it was more of a 'why not give it a go' sort of thing. That class ended up being a provincial course that led me to transfer to the London Institute, which took me to Parsons and New York. One thing lead to another and I started working with Steven Meisel. It was during my time working with him that I thought this was sort of my time to actually do this and be serious about it. It was a great experience working for him, when I left, I was 32 and I really just thought, I have to make this work because I'm too old to change tracks now, so I just stuck at it basically... not to say that I didn't enjoy it.
CM: What would you say are amongst the most prominent traits you learned from your time working for Steven?
TM: Prior to working for him I worked for a more commercial photographer in London and we'd go to Miami and put a long lens on the camera and that was pretty much it. The first shoot I did with Steven where I was sort of being 'tried out' was an Italian Vogue shoot with Christy Turlington and a few other girls. Christy was standing in a galvanized bathtub with Wellington boots on in the middle of the garden with a headscarf on in black and white, and it was so removed from wide angle lenses and things and anything else I had experienced before. Over the years, apart from learning technique and lighting, I just basically learned to open my eyes and sort of explore things creatively, further than I certainly had ever thought of doing before. Steven is an incredibly versatile photographer, probably the most versatile photographer, so when I left I certainly didn't have his talent and still don't but I understood how to light in many different ways... Where I came from, everything was very formulaic and I sort of knew where to put the camera in order to make someone's legs long and that sort of thing. So I was kind of winging it to begin with, I didn't have my own style or voice yet. I mean if you know how to light and you know and understand composition, that's half the battle I think. You obviously also have to have an affinity for beauty; it's all those things combined. I sort of left Steven with having learned all those elements in my head, and it was truly a great experience. He would take pictures in no light, whereas in my previous position in London we would have stopped shooting by then. With Steven, he pushed film as far as it would go in those days before everyone started using digital... You know, he would purposely shake the camera or knock it or something in order to create more emotion from the slightly blurred effect. All the things that one wouldn't do because everything had to be sharp and precise, it was just a discipline and a different approach to photography.
CM: You've just referenced the arrival of digital and the exodus of film which reminds me of something that Olivier Theyskens mentioned as well... How in times past, the legendary photographers would both create and maintain their work and reputation on 10 epic shoots a year. Whereas now, with the arrival of digital there is such an impatient pressure to mass produce everything and photographers are not given the time to really find a moment of grace caught on camera. Do you feel that to be true even since you've started?
TM: It's interesting because I've been having this conversation with my agent recently. The industry has changed so much from the days of Avedon and Newton and Penn. They would do one editorial a month perhaps, like you said- it was a limited amount of editorial, or a book that would really define them. They had to keep evolving then within each work, which is one of the most difficult challenges of being a fashion photographer... You have to keep re-inventing yourself but sort of within the borders of your own world. It makes it difficult to draw that fine line between cranking it out every day and trying to approach it with more of an intellectual fashion with a sort of greater honesty towards yourself. It's hard to do that when you are shooting back to back. I mean, in the last couple of years I've done roughly 60 shoots a year and running from one airport or plane to the next and getting off a plane and going to a job, it's hard. I'm not sure it's the right way to be doing it, but it's not all bad because it means there is a demand and something one should be grateful for. I think it's just how the business has evolved and it's still very much about images, but perhaps less so than it was 20 years ago. The immediacy of digital has a huge part in that evolution. I mean, it used to take a week to pull something together and now you do it as you go along throughout the day. I mean, when we used to shoot film we'd be doing Polaroids and then spending 30 minutes trying to get back to what you achieved in the polaroid. That's one of the best things about digital photography, that you don't have to go back and get it because you already have it.
CM: What do you find to be the most relevant subject or change that's occurring in the business today?
TM: Certainly there is a sort of movement towards embracing femininity and we clearly went through a period that was all about androgyny and boyish models so I'd say that's obviously changed. Maybe it's also because I'm getting older (laughs). But in fashion photography, you are embracing their intellect, their beauty, and their sexuality and in my pictures I like to portray women with certain strength. I think for me, shooting young girls who are androgynous is sort of quite hard to bring that (strength) across. I've never really been a huge fan of the really young models in terms of shooting them. We are all conditioned to view the world and fashion in a certain way, and it gets very political when the girls look anorexic and 99.9 % of the population doesn't look like that. At the end of the day we are selling clothes and, like seeing a film, fashion creates something for people to aspire to or want to be a part of and it has to ensue those emotions. In turn, part of one's job as a fashion photographer is to create something that people aspire to, and because of social demand we like to see something slightly more idyllic than a model absent of gender or legal age.
CM: What do you hope is the next great big shift and leap in fashion photography?
TM: I like shooting beautiful women so what's going on now works wonderfully for me. I think looking back on fashion photography from the 60's, 70's and 80's the women were beautiful women. I think that there is a handful of girls now that fall into that category... I think that hopefully we can stay in a world that is believable. I mean there are always going to be people that are more beautiful than others but it's about celebrating femininity and intellect and beauty. That's actually a really hard question because on the other hand, the sort of shock factor of the 80's and punk was equally interesting but in a completely different way. I think that we are going through a good moment for me and in terms of where the industry is but it would be boring if it stayed the same. Things have to keep evolving which is why models and photographers all change. You have to stay on top of the game and I don't know what the next stage is going to be...
Christopher Michael: As someone who's really grown up and been nurtured by London, what is your sort of perception of New York in comparison, as a different market?
Anthony Maule: Well, you come to New York to make money don't you?!! It's a business here and you have to have a product to sell; that's the message you get when you come here. London still aspires much more to the ideal of being avant-garde, so the spirit there is still much more about creation over commercialism.
I would recommend everyone go to London when they first start out just to experience it. I mean, I can only really talk about it from my own perspective but when I first went to London it was the mid-late 90's, there was this big energy there back then. It was cool to be the poor struggling artist and I think there's always been this general opinion that everyone has about London being this hub of creative energy.
It's partly to do with the history of punk culture being born in the UK, even though aesthetically it doesn't really exist on the street as much anymore. The spirit of punk still exists in many different ways and maybe always did even before it became a brand... It's just inherent to British culture to be like, "What the hell, I'm going to do what I want." People from all over still want to buy into that so they come, they feed off of it for a while and they learn how to be individual. London's really good at that.
Christopher Michael: How did you meet the editors you work with?
Anthony Maule: The connection to Andrew [Richardson], Karl [Templer] and Olivier [Rizzo] was all through Guido, Marie [Chaix] was more of a sort of organic process. Sometimes it seems that you just meet up with people and it kind of clicks or it doesn't. I'd seen Marie's work and she'd seen mine, we both liked each others' work and it sort of went from there. We met up and 2 weeks later we shot a story for Acne Paper, it just sort of clicked. That was quite special.
I have a great relationship with Andrew as well... his office is around the corner. I'm interested in what he's doing with Richardson Magazine; I think it's the perfect voice for him and we are always kind of throwing crazy ideas around. He's rather subversive...he always likes to kind of subvert the flow (laughs). That's why I really enjoy working with him, because he's someone who will really question something over and over and I find it more interesting to work with those kinds of people. I like the way he thinks and the way he references things. It's nice for me to work with someone who thinks like a photographer.
Christopher Michael: It seems that you have your teams that you enjoy working with and have a great creative rapport with them...but there is always that one person that you really sort of look forward to working with one day...Who is that person for you?
Anthony Maule: That I've not worked with? Big Mac....I've not met him (laughs). I've read in some of your previous interviews about this sort of cross-generational period where the new generations are having the chance to work with their icons and I kind of feel like I've been very fortunate so early in my career to work with a lot of my icons already. To be able to collaborate with people like Fabien and Olivier [Rizzo] already I just sort of went...off the wall, in a way. I didn't preconceive any of that, I was just surrounded by people like Julian [Watson] and Guido who were incredibly supportive, believed in me, and were interested in launching my career...Melanie Ward is another incredible stylist that I'd really like to work with. People like that, like Melanie and Joe, they are kind of structured, simplistic, and graphic. I'm just naturally drawn to those kinds of people. I'm a bit like that kid out of that Rodriguez film "Planet Terror"...you know, the one with the toy dinosaur that says, "I want to eat your brains and gain your knowledge." I'm just fascinated by people with experience and history in this business. I just see what we do as such a privilege that I want to use it to educate myself, it makes it feel more real for me that way. I have to say though that I'm just as interested in working with people from my own generation and younger, it is totally different but you can learn from everyone I think and especially now the younger generations seem totally in control of the future so I'm looking at working with a broader range of people now.......I'd love to work with Panos too, his work just kills me.
Christopher Michael: Dream publication?
Anthony Maule: French Vogue.
Christopher Michael: Do you look at the arrival of digital as the reason behind an over saturation in fashion photography? Or do you look at it as the reason behind an increased sense of opportunity for people to work within the business...
Anthony Maule: Well it's postmodernism, isn't it? That's it. Perhaps it's a weird term to use but that's how I see it. That's the world we live in now, everything is over saturated so that everything, in itself, is very modern and relevant. But it's both really....of course there's more opportunity now and than there ever was and digital has definitely made it more accessible to everyone, but I think we all start to see that technology is bringing something very different, very new, to the table and it is very exciting. It will force change and that's a good thing. The people that adapt to it and embrace it are ultimately the people that will survive.
Christopher Michael: You were saying print pages are being threatened as we head toward online media, yet somehow during economic threats and the arrival of the online publishing world there seems to be numerous sort of niche print publications opening up...
Anthony Maule: I think that will always happen. We always need independent voices no matter what format they come in, but you know, the idea of the print magazine as a luxury item is nothing new. Portfolio was luxury, Egoiste was luxury; the idea has been around for years but I think for a while now that's the only thing that print media has been left to aspire to become...As digital takes over, print publications will simply become more and more desirable and collectable. So that's the point, if you can back it, it's still an interesting time for the independent voice in print media now and maybe that's why you've seen the interest, because they could see that happening and they're passionate about what they do. Look at Self-Service, it's the perfect example... it's like buying a book, it's the same price as a book!! (laughs). It's totally decadent and embracing the times in its own way. I love it! There's something very nostalgic about print media now and we still need those people who are obsessed with it to keep it alive.
Christopher Michael: What would you say is the best way to start?
Anthony Maule: At the end of the day I don't think there is one route. I think there is the route for you, what feels right and is organic for you is your way to go. For me, the path was just very natural. I knew I wanted to be a photographer when I was 14. I was in school and I wasn't thinking too much about my future really but then I had these tutors who, when I graduated art school, were like listen, if you want to be a fashion photographer just go to London...so I went to London. Then, for a long time I was happy just to feed off the industry and see what was out there before I even thought about what it was that I wanted to contribute. I really needed that period of experience first before I was "ready" and I was educating myself with the industry too. There was so much that was new to me when I first moved to London. It can feel very intimidating at the beginning so the best advice you'll get from me would be to gain as much experience at the beginning as possible, stay focused on your work, and be patient.
Christopher Michael: So what about now, what's next? What can we look forward to this season?
Anthony Maule: Ah, hah! Well, this season will be very exciting... lots of changes, new editors...I don't want to say too much. It's just all evolving and the industry is so transient, what I say today is going to be different tomorrow anyway, so that's it. I'm really excited about what's going to happen over the next 12 months...
Christopher Michael: You were born in Norway, your Father is Pakistani and you went to school in London...Where or when did Berlin come into the picture?
Benjamin: I moved to Berlin on a whim; I've always liked the city. Originally it was only going to be for three months but it ended up being hard to leave. Initially, I wanted to take a break from doing fashion full on; I studied fine art, and I kind of wanted to continue doing that. In London I always felt like I was really surrounded by fashion...Obviously I love doing it but I just needed to get away from being in the middle of it. Berlin is the perfect place... There, I have much more time to work on my art and such.
Christopher Michael: Everyone tends to obsess over art & fashion as a sort of team phrase..and you seem to really epitomize the mixture of those two things quite well...
Benjamin: Well I studied fine art, there was no study of photography. The reason why I got involved in fashion was because of Katy England and Alister Mackie. They saw one of my shows when I was in college and they asked me to do projects for Dazed and Confused. In the beginning, I was doing a lot of photography and drawing together..and from there I ended up doing a lot with Nicola. We were all friends from before but we started working together also. I never really studied photography- everything I know technically are things I just sort of accumulated over time. It's funny to think back over the years and how "oh now I'm a photographer," etc...
Christopher Michael: I remember the spirituality issue of Acne Paper and that incredible story of yours that I emailed about... and your response was "thank you, it was very close to my heart," and I was curious as to what exactly you meant by that...
Benjamin: It just felt like a very natural thing. Fashion is so much collaboration between people and sometimes the brief or the idea or the styling is not exactly how you personally want it to be, and sometimes that can be interesting. This particular story felt very reminiscent of how I started photography... taking pictures of my friends, quite romantic, and in the forest... with my family and friends... It felt like a very natural approach...
Christopher Michael: Do you find it very hard to work within the constraints of having to include the right fashion credits and such when doing a story?
Benjamin: Well I think you just get used to it, but it has definitely become a lot worse. When I first started, it wasn't the 90's but it still felt a lot more free... It wasn't so important what the credits were... Now, you just have to accept that this is the way it is, I guess. Even so, that can be a nice challenge. I also felt that, because of the way everything got so commercialized, I had to work on my "other side" and work in a realm with less constraint.
Christopher Michael: And what about this ever present "fog and mist" of yours,..Is that something that you've always loved in general or...?
Benjamin: I guess my pictures have always been very soft. I was joking the other day because I found out I have to start wearing glasses so I said, "I wonder if my pictures will start to be sharp from now on?" (laughs). My starting point was always sort of a documentary approach and then it became more elaborate and I started staging fashion shoots...but there is always that element of natural in there. I like natural lighting, etc...and even if that's not possible, I like to at least have it look natural. I know people often say that my pictures are dreamy but for me it is more. I'm not so into fantasy...I actually like that people in my pictures are quite real and believable somehow; It may not always be so obvious but I like that they are real people. I am quite a spiritual person in some ways, not any kind of religious way but... friends always joke that I'm a new-age lesbian...I grew up in Norway on the country side so you just spend all the time in a forest, and that's a very important part of me. In my teens I was always very political, very eco-warrior...chaining myself to railroad tracks, living in squats and being a very left and very politically involved person. I think that all still plays a part in how I try to approach fashion. There are lthings I've been asked to do that I couldn't because I felt they were very wrong politically. For instance- shooting fur... which is a problem with Nicola because he loves fur (laughs)! I love fashion but I'm not too fond of capitalism, and obviously as a photographer, a lot of what you do is selling stuff and I'm just not so interested in the "stuff" somehow. I love fashion imagery but not necessarily everything else that comes with it...
Christopher Michael: People love to overanalyze and I think they clearly read too far into things, so I could be off, but I look at the way you shoot women and men and it seems you shoot them with the same perspective... showing the opposite gender qualities in both. Is that something you find true?
Benjamin: A lot of my work has a lot of play on androgyny; I did this story years ago with Nicola where we had this girl cast as a boy and everyone thought it was this homoerotic story between these two boys but actually it was a boy and a girl. Some of my best friends are trannies and drag queens and I photograph them a lot but with more of a sort of documentary approach. For me, fashion images are interesting when there is a play on gender in it, not drag necessarily but sexual ambiguity...I don't think about it so much because it's become such a part of the fashion aesthetic, the androgyny, but it's definitely something that's present in my work.
Christopher Michael: You have such a fantastic mix of talents and it seems as though artists will always reserve some of their works for their own 'private lives' or what not, but right now amongst your many mediums, photography is what is most in the public eye...Is there any other medium in which we will be seeing more of your work from in the time to come?
Benjamin: I did a video last summer that we shot in Ibiza with video artist Lars Laumann who lives here in New York actually. It was a triple projection video based around the death of Nico in Ibiza; so I definitely want to work more in film. That collaboration was really fun. I'm also working on a book; I've done some small sort of self-published things but I'm trying to do a real proper sort of book. I'm still young but I've kind of done quite a lot over a big period of time and I feel if I do a book people will get a better perspective of what I do. I take seasons off from fashion and work more on exhibitions and some people only know my exhibition work...The ones that don't necessary follow fashion, they know that I do it, but don't really see it. And most people from fashion don't know that I do these exhibitions. I really would like to do something that brings the two sides together. So I'm working on doing that properly...within the next year, I'm thinking.
Christopher Michael: You're very lucky to have success and not be enslaved by it. Many people get so caught up in what they love and the ambition, etc... For you to enjoy the success and still have time to enjoy your gardening in Berlin is a luxury that not many people can boast! You told me after the i-D shoot with Tanga that she was perfect for the story and it made me wonder what your trick is to casting... How do you come about making model decisions for a project?
Benjamin: Well I love the collaborative process, with the stylist and such. Everyone has their type of models that they like more than others. With Tanga, I thought she was perfect. I like people that are sort of characters, and that are women, and that's what she is like...It also depends on the publication. A lot of the models I like, they may not be into... and what they really like is not always going to be what I'm into. I feel that I lean more towards the older girls. I think people are a little bored of the non-entity models and have become more interested in characters...When I started I was very much about prolonging my youth by photographing young people in a way; this was kind of like a documentary approach with teenagers. I feel as I've grown up more it feels a little fake to do this sort of youth culture, and when you say "older" models, it's basically women around 30, which is my age, so I guess it makes sense.
Q. You've emerged quite beautifully and it seems that your pictures only ever appeared in great magazines, what was the secret to such a perfect launch?
••• Thank you honey! I think for me it has been about having a great agent and being fortunate enough to start working with Edward Enninful a few years back. The right stylist at the right time can change your career there is no doubt about it. I have a fantastic supportive network of people around me who give me great advice, like when to say no to certain things and not to spread myself thin. It's a bit cliche but I always believed in quality rather than quantity but it is also very hard when your starting out to say 'no' as you want to do everything that comes up and shoot as much as possible. But what you don't do is just as important as what you do. It's helpful to have people to remind of you of that.
Q. You once told me that it was your dream to shoot for Italian Vogue, and you are now shooting for them quite often, what's the next dream publication you wish to tackle?
••• A book of my personal work would be something I would love to do. I have a project I worked on for about 7 years, all on polaroid, all self portraits and abstracts, it's been tucked away for the last few years. I have also just started a project with Charlotte Stockdale too which we are both really excited about so we feel we might give that a good year to shoot in between fashion action but we want to exhibit the images when it's done.
Q. From following your stories I find you to have a very cinematic aesthetic, it's something I attribute to your incredible lighting, but also to the concepts you tend to execute..are you the creator of such ideas or do you find that most of the stories are a collaboration between you and the stylist your working with?
••• It's always a collaboration once you start discussing an idea with the editor your working with, whether it's something I bring or they do doesn't matter, once your 'into it' it belongs to the team. I tend to get really involved on every level but it is different with everyone and changes depending on the shoot. Collaborating is a huge part of the fun and inspiration for me. Lighting is another thing altogether and I love to light! I'm really into lighting that doesn't look labored which i guess gives a cinematic quality and i do find a lot of inspiration in cinema, the capturing of emotion, a tale to tell, to try and evoke a feeling even if it comes out abstract in the image.
Q. You live in both London as well as New York, do you find any differences in your inspiration and idea's between the two places or do you feel that your creative is without attachment to your current geographical location?
••• New York for me is about work and madness, London is more introspective and calm. I would have to say I think clearer in London but get crazy ideas out of New York. It took me so long to fall for London, there were many years of struggling to survive here that maybe my love for it is deeper, it won me over. But hey who wants one without the other!
Q. Eva Herzigova told us after shooting with you for Vogue Italia, that you had inspired her more than any other photographer had in sometime..Some would assume that it's your fresh point of view, what would you say the reason is?
••• Wow...that's such a huge compliment! Thank you Eva! I'm kinda lost for words now actually. She was an inspiration for me too, I loved watching her , her expressions, she is a strong beautiful intelligent woman with tons of charisma! We had such a great time on our shoot, I think it was just a meeting of minds and a great energy from the start. I didn't want to control her too much, with a model like Eva you shoot her for who she is, it's like working with an actress and to reign her in too much would feel wrong to me.
Q. What do you think about the Return of the Icons and Supermodels?
••• Bring it on! There is such a need and space for powerful experienced women in the industry who know themselves and are confident about who they are in the world. These things only truly come with time. Don't get me wrong there are young new girls out there who are fantastic but it's the way forward to mix it up more and show the full spectrum of what being a woman is about.
Q. What's an Emma Summerton girl?
••• She is a little weird, sexy, a bit tough, slightly mad and appreciates another women.
Q. You've recently made a habit out of shooting Janete Friedrich, aside from the obvious allure of her almost Art like beauty..what is it that you find so inspiring about her as a model?
•••There is something so weird about shooting Janete! She speaks hardly any english so the communication between us is very much about gestures, showing her a mood, and she just gets it and it's wonderful to watch. She is very 'in her body'...very comfortable, so i think she feels the picture because there is little verbal communication. Besides that she has a extraordinary beauty that is so refreshing, reminiscent of a silent movie actress, or a character from another time.
It seems KT is a name that stirs thoughts of free flowing fashion and cool kid publications, how would you describe your own aesthetic? I like to capture the strength and beauty of the model as a character as well as the spirit and light of a location. cinematic / dynamic? How old were you when you first realized that you wanted to be a Fashion Photographer? Seriously like 5 or 6 years ago. I had done a million other things skirting it (magazine work, photo agency work, ad agency work), and realized I wanted to make the pictures. Who are some of your biggest inspirations in the business? Model, photographer, editor, artist, designer or otherwise....?
It seems KT is a name that stirs thoughts of free flowing fashion and cool kid publications, how would you describe your own aesthetic?
I like to capture the strength and beauty of the model as a character as well as the spirit and light of a location. cinematic / dynamic?
How old were you when you first realized that you wanted to be a Fashion Photographer?
Seriously like 5 or 6 years ago. I had done a million other things skirting it (magazine work, photo agency work, ad agency work), and realized I wanted to make the pictures.
Who are some of your biggest inspirations in the business? Model, photographer, editor, artist, designer or otherwise....?
It's impossible to make this a permanent list cause I'm always finding new things about people to inspire me... people who are passionate and not afraid to try a bunch of things like: Lauren Hutton, Dolly Parton, Chris Christopherson, Verushka, and recently I met Rie Rassmusen which was cool. And people who master their aesthetics and concepts: Cindy Sherman, Helmut Newton, RIchard Prince, YSLaurent, Robert Altman, Jimmie Hendrix
I feel like every photographer has a dream publication that they've always wanted to shoot for, one that sort of represents the pinnacle moment of success for them...which is that magazine for you?
Self Sevice + French Vogue
Right now the business has changed for everyone, on so many levels and some look at it as a refreshing consolidation of the business...bringing it back to basics so to speak..do you think that this has created more room for new talent? Or pushed them out?
I think there will always be room for good work.
You've recently done your first Film, I had the privilege of attending the screening and it was definitely something that left everyone wondering if you will be using that medium more moving forward? Do you intend on another film project anytime in the near future?
Yes I'm working on another script about a wandering man in the 70s in search of a utopian life. I loved the process of writing and shooting and editing a narrative film and would like to do it again. I will also be incorporating moving image into my fashion work more and more.