Philip-Lorca diCorcia Discussing ‘Hustlers’ & ‘Thousand’

“In fashion, the more a model acts like a model, the less successful the pictures are for me. And it’s kind of the same with the hustlers and the pole dancers: the more self-conscious they are and try to give me what they think I want, the less interesting it is.”

An Interview with Joel Meyerowitz – Creating A Sense of Place

“There is a dawning awareness that you feel good in this place. Something here makes you attentive, brings you to an awakened state. But you can’t know that beforehand.” Interview by Constance Sullivan, from Creating A Sense of Place, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990 CS: Why do you choose to photograph a particular place? Why the Cape? […]

The Muse of Place and Time: An Interview with William Christenberry (2004-2005)

“This is and always will be where my heart is. It is what I care about.”   The Muse of Place and Time: An Interview with William Christenberry This interview is the culmination of numerous conversations between Christenberry and the author from October 2004 through August 2005. By Robert Hirsch RH: Describe your family background […]

Interview with Roy Stryker (1972)

Edited transcript of a lengthy 1972 interview with Stryker. Conducted by Robert J. Doherty, F. Jack Hurley, Jay M. Kloner, and Carl G. Ryant. R: Could you tell us just briefly about your background before you went to Washington in the thirties? Now, let’s see. After I got out of high school, I started to […]

SALLY MANN: “Sally Mann”

By Dana Cox Sally Mann has been quoted as saying, “Art’s role… is almost nefarious. It’s to challenge expectation. To push a little bit, whether that’s aesthetically, politically, or culturally (McQuaid, p.1).” Sally Mann is an artist who became well-known for the controversial photographs of her three children, Jessie, Emmet, and Virginia. She was born […]

INTERVIEW: “Interview with Camilo Jose Vergara” (2007)

Interview with Camilo Jose Vergara By Jesse Serwer What is it about American cities that draws you to document them versus, say, ghettos in other places like your native Chile? CJV: Here is where I live. I can’t just take the bus and go to Mexico. After a while you become interested in what’s around […]

Mary Margaret McBride with Weegee (1945)

“I know every block, every sign-post, every cop, every beggar, every . . . everything.”   Interview with Weegee and Mary Margaret McBride for station WEAF on July 11, 1945 ANNOUNCER: It’s one o’clock, and here transcribed is Mary Margaret McBride. MARY MARGARET MCBRIDE: Who’s always been madly in love with New York City, but […]

Joel Meyerowitz On Frank, Winogrand and the Sixties (1987)

 “I thought that to make photographs, you froze everybody before the fact, but Robert never froze them except in the camera. So that was a revelation.”   Excerpt from “Still Going”, from Bystander: A History of Street Photography (2001) by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz CW: The name we are giving to this final chapter, “Still […]

INTERVIEW: “An Interview with Arnold Newman”

Arms Dealer Arnold Krupp By Alexis Anne Clements Alexis Clements: When you prepare for a photo shoot are you more methodical or spontaneous? Arnold Newman: Both of the above. Whenever I want to photograph someone, I read about them. I read biographies. If they are painters or scientists, I know their work. This is all […]

INTERVIEW: “Interview with Beaumont Newhall” (1965)

Beaumont Newhall at his home outside Albuquerque, 1974 by Bill Jay Interview with Beaumont Newhall Conducted by Joseph Trovato at the George Eastman House. January 23, 1965. JOSEPH TROVATO: This interview with Mr. Beaumont Newhall is taking place at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, January 23, 1965. Mr. Newhall, your name has been associated with […]

INTERVIEW: “Interview with Yousuf Karsh” (1988)

Sir John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, 1875 – 1940. Governor General of Canada, 1937. Interview with Yousuf Karsh By Bob Bishop, June, 1988 Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh’s quest for the “perfect portrait” spans fifty years and illustrates the faces of the world’s most accomplished men and women. His detailed likenesses reveal what he calls the […]

A Student Chat with Gilles Peress (1998)

“Let’s be honest. There is no such a thing as objectivity, and there is no action that is not in part driven by the subconscious, whether it be individual or collective.”   On March 18, 1998, Gilles Peress participated in a chat with students of Gretchen Garlinghouse’s advanced photography class at College Preparatory School in […]