New Interview: David Williams
“Growing up my mother took a lot of photographs and made scrap books from our family vacations. But I really started taking pictures at local hardcore and punk shows in high school. I grew up heavily influenced by my dad, who loved Bruce Springsteen, and an older brother, who skateboarded and played in a lot of bands. I never had the talent or patience to learn how to play an instrument, so I began photographing shows. I wanted to contribute more to the ‘scene' than just being a spectator. Once I realized how difficult it was to make a living off of photographing bands I started to focus on documentary and editorial work,” says David Williams in our new interview with him on our site. David talks about his work shooting freelance (for companies like The New Yorker, Bloomberg, VICE), his project on photographing men with their cats, and his lack of connection to his hometown of Denver.
New Interview: Ruby Jurecka
"My preference towards analog emerged during my final years of high school. I studied Literature, Film and Visual Art in Hong Kong, and so much of what I was passionate about in my learning lent itself to the use of montage, postmodernism, documentary and memory. Capturing this and attempting this all with digital just got boring. There’s so much out there with analog. It took honest experimentation with digital and analog photography to understand the limitations and implications of different mediums."
New Interview: James J. Robinson
"I don’t think artists have a responsibility to inject political ideology into their work to be honest. I think it happens naturally a lot of the time, but I don’t believe in logical positivism – that absolutely everything can be explained or justified in an artwork. It’s just as valid to create something that is governed by emotion and feeling as it is to create subtext behind everything,” says James. J. Robinson. "My work tends to lean into political territory just because the times are so politically charged and I’m feeling so motivated to change things. I’m a queer person of color and I’m constantly reminded of how difficult it is for people to have intersectional identities. Photos and videos are ‘sculpting time’ (in the words of Andrei Tarkovsky), so for me it’s important to reflect my opinions on global warming and oppression that are so ingrained into culture right now."
These interviews are from the first year. They live in a different format than the other ones above, due to how we made the issues the first year. Selects can be found here.