Interviews

André Lichtenberg interview - Alex: You grew up in Brazil and now live and work in the UK, how do your origin and your current surroundings influence your work and the imagery you decide to capture? Lichtenberg: I was born in South Brazil, from a family of mixed European background. My grandparents were of German, Austrian and Portuguese descent. I grew up in Porto Alegre, a large city, and remember being attracted to architecture and the urban environment from an early age. We also had occasional...
Robert Farber interview - Kyle: What originally led you to be a photographer and what has kept you there? Farber: I always wanted to be a painter and I wanted to go to school for art, but my parents wouldn’t allow me to go. At that time they thought it would be a waste. So I never went to school for photography, I was self-taught. You can imagine when I picked up my first camera after college I knew nothing technically. The resulting images were grainy, soft, and some off-color. Different from what a...
Jeff Bark interview - Kyle: When were you first drawn to photography? Which artists have the strongest influence on your vision? Bark: I first realized I wanted to be a photographer when I was twelve years old and sent letters to the biggest names in fashion. I got no response. Now it’s not photographers who inspire me, but painters and directors such as David Lynch, Otto Dix, Walt Disney, and Eric Fischl. Kyle: Starting in the 1980s you shot fashion photography for such publications as Vogue and Harper’...
Marcus Leatherdale interview - Kyle: What impact did your time as Robert Mapplethorpe’s office manager in the early 1980s have on your work? What did you learn from also being one of his subjects? Leatherdale: Robert was very inspirational in my early years. Working as his studio manager in New York City gave me insight into the running of an art studio and how it functioned as a whole. It also made me realize my priorities, both professionally and emotionally. I learned to appreciate and enjoy the day-to...
Dimitris Yeros interview - Kyle: You are Greek and live in the nation today. Have classical art and, more specifically, classical statuary informed your photography at all? Yeros: You could say that I grew up inside the Greek archaeological museums. My mother came from a small village which has been in the same location for the past 4000 to 5000 years. It’s four miles from mythical Delphi with its famous museum that houses the magnificent sculptures of male youths known as the kouroi, one of the most...
Norman Seeff interview - Kyle: You practiced medicine for a few years in your native South Africa during your twenties. What made you move to New York City in 1968 to pursue a photography career? Seeff: I was working in emergency medicine in Soweto just outside of Johannesburg. This was during the apartheid era. It got a little dangerous for me because I was anti-apartheid and the government didn’t like my politics or my friends who were all activists. Since childhood, I had always had a fascination...
Alison Wright interview - Kyle: Was there something or somebody early in your life that first drew you to photography and travel? Wright: My mother was a British flight attendant for Pan Am, so I say I definitely developed my wanderlust in utero traveling with my parents. I had this wonderful teacher in high school, Mr. Lee, who cared enough to take me aside and teach me how to use my first SLR camera. I remember being fifteen years old and it was the first time that I heard the word “photojournalist”...
David Yarrow interview - Kyle: How did your passion for photography begin? Yarrow: I always wanted to be a sportsman, but I wasn’t that good at it. I thought if I can’t compete, then the next best thing I can do is photograph people who are competing. I went out to Mexico for the World Cup in 1986 when I was 20 because the journalists in the union were on strike, and I wasn’t in the union, so I got to go. The sun was very high at the final match, but I got a great shot of the Argentine footballer...
Michael James O'Brien interview - Kyle: It is often mentioned that you studied under Walker Evans while obtaining your MFA at Yale University. What did you gain from this experience? O'Brien: I gained almost everything. I had a solo seminar with him and as often as we discussed photography, we discussed, for example, French Symbolist Poetry. Then he would zero around to something at the heart of the photos I was showing him and make some connection that helped me see through to what I was trying to do...
Albert Watson interview - Kyle: Over the last four decades you have photographed a wide range of subjects in various styles, so what makes an image a Watson image?” Watson: I think it all just comes back to what my training was and how it’s all finished. But one thing that is very, very important to me, and on a scale from one to ten it’s a nine and a half or a ten, is the finished product. There are so many photographers right now and they just send them out to a lab. They produce the print for them and...