Dialogues with Great Photographers - Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund interview - Sara: Your work is multi-dimensional and has layers of meaning. Would you mind explaining the meaning behind a couple of pictures? Let’s take Dogs on the Beach and The Wedding, two works we have here at Holden Luntz Gallery. Skoglund: I believe that the meaning of making art in today’s complex world is simply in actually doing it. Many people imagine things, but fewer carry them out. Other than that, there is only the meaning that can be inferred from...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Jamie Baldridge

Jamie Baldridge interview - Sara: What first drew you to photography and what keeps you there? Baldridge: I was first drawn to photography by the immediacy of the image and the alchemy of the process. I am very impulsive and obsessive and photography fits those drives perfectly. It is these very same qualities that still keep me interested, however, the medium is even more immediate and the alchemy is a brew of ones and zeroes. Sara: Where does your natural ability for photography come from?...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Gary Monroe

Gary Monroe interview - Sara: You and I have at least one thing in common: we are both Florida natives! Tell me what you found so interesting about Florida when you first decided it would make a good subject for photography. Monroe: We are natives to different Floridas. The changes, especially to South Florida since the millennia, have been stunning; it’s the same location but another place. I never imagined myself as making historical photographs but now I see, and even appreciate,...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Fernando Delgado

Fernando Delgado interview - Sara: What first drew you to photography and what keeps you there? Delgado: When I think design, concept, theme, or storyline, I have a pretty clear vision of the finished product. That mental picture is usually a photographic image. I love the process of bringing that idea to life, and it comes quite naturally to me. I guess you can say I have a photographic instinct and a passion for making images. Sara: You had some quite amazing teachers and mentors...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Dana Gluckstein

Dana Gluckstein interview - Sara: In a video I watched, you said you felt a “calling” to travel to remote places to photograph Indigenous Peoples and cultures. From where did this calling derive? Gluckstein: There are a variety of answers. I grew up in a very cultured family and we did some traveling outside of the US, to places like Mexico and Europe, where I first experienced other cultures. My mother was very interested in art, and she and my father collected. We had a collection of...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt interview - Sara: Do you think your travels as a young child, from France to Italy to the United States, affected your vision of the world and contributed to how you made your pictures? Erwitt: Of course it did, and constant travels throughout my private and professional life continue to do so. Sara: If not from these early experiences, then from where do you think your sensitivity and keen observational skills to the world around you come? Erwitt: Just general curiosity is the...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Ben Schonzeit

Ben Schonzeit interview - Sara: From where do you think your talent as an artist derived? Schonzeit: Honestly I think it’s genetic. My mother was a singer, and my father, who was in the furniture business, had a great eye. There were always interesting objects around the house. We also had a small collection of very good paintings, mainly Dutch and American. On top of that, I kind of always was an artist. When I was three years old I was drawing better than the average kid. While they...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Harry Benson

Harry Benson interview - Sara: In 2009 you were made a CBE, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth, which is a tremendous honor. And in 2007 you received an honorary doctorate from Glasgow University, your hometown. You just returned from a trip to Scotland, where you received another prestigious award. Can you tell me what it was for? And how was your trip? Benson: In June 2013 I received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of St. Andrews....

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Jo Whaley

Jo Whaley interview - Sara: What first drew you to photography and what keeps you there? Whaley: In painting, every stroke is injected with the artist’s personality. What I found interesting about photography was that I could create images that were “artistically neutral.” I was looking for an anonymous quality in my work, which placed the focus on the image and not the artist. Sara: Why was it important for you to create “artistically neutral” work? Whaley...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Michael Kahn

Michael Kahn interview - Sara: What first drew you to photography and what keeps you there? Kahn: My mother gave me a 35mm film camera when I was 13 years old. I was introduced to black and white photography and the traditional darkroom when I was in school. Directly out of high school I went to work in a commercial studio. I did advertising and portrait work before I started to take freelance assignments for lifestyle magazines. In 1988, I started a two-year long project to compile a book on the...