Monday, October 27, 2008

A question for our readers

If you could ask a successful emerging or established artist any question, what would it be? I constantly read interviews with artists from around the world, yet often I am left with an unanswered question or two.
So in the never-ending quest to find answers, let me know what those questions would be. Feel free to leave them in the comments section.

Thanks for your help.



  1. i also read a lot of interviews especially on jorg colberg's blog and personally, i am interested to know how established photographers in particular, strike a balance between work and family life.

    i also am interested to know how other photographers have influenced their work.

  2. I don't know if I can add any "new" questions, but I can describe how I interview other artists. As I routinely get asked interviews myself, I know what I like and don't like.

    So I tend to open a dialogue that you might have with that person as if you were both bellied up to a bar. You wouldn't just ask them a list of questions 1-10 in person. You'd ask a question and that answer will lead you to the next and so on. Sometimes you even find some good stuff when it leads off track. It does take longer this way, as you have to wait for each email response to find your next question. But I find that for me and for the artist it shows more personality and that is what I really want to know about an artist when I read an interview. I don't care so much about their thought process as much as I'd like to know if they were someone I could belly up to the bar with.

    my 2¢

  3. Excellent thoughts gentlemen and thanks for your time. Anyone else want to chime in on this ?

  4. Lately I'm interested in hearing about process and the practical path.

    By process, I mean everything from how artists get an idea for a body of work, the struggles and obstacles they faced while making it, and how they feel about it/look back on it once it has come to fruition. I'm making an effort to be more transparent in this way on my own blog, since I want to see it in others.

    By practical path, I mean what was involved in getting to where they are as a photographer. When they look back on their photography career (however new it may be), what were the baby steps and milestones that got them to where they are now? And what are they doing at the moment to get their work seen? Do they have to work another job or are they supporting themselves with photography? Etc... :)

  5. I'm in agreement with Aaron..and I'd be happy to belly up to the bar at any time. I think that interviews are often too serious and photographers feel like they have to be a font of knowledge rather than real about who they are. I always like how the Vanity Fair interviews throw the person off course by asking a very obvious question that no one dares touch, but does it with humor.
    And Dennis has a point about how we make it all work...

  6. When I've interviewed photographers (for articles I've published), my favorite question is, how did you get started? My second favorite is, what kind of music do you like? The first yields stories; the second, aesthetic sensibilities.