Shane McCauley Interview: Bumping Continent to Continent and Blowing Heads With Music

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It’s called 128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo’s Visual Guide to Music, Culture, and Everything In Between (Universe, 2012) and it was Los Angeles photographer Shane McCauley’s first major project with Diplo. Since 128 BPM, McCauley has gone on to shoot with nearly everybody: Tequila makers. Music magazines. High-end fashionistas. Standard print mainstays. And new media behemoths.

Yet McCauley didn’t start out like many other photographers. In high school, he listened to Jawbreaker, Fifteen, and Minor Threat. He went to shows in restaurants that never hosted another. He took risks and stayed away from doing things too safe. He has even said that he might have ended up dead if not for photography. In that light, it’s easy to see why McCauley’s work has a little more grit — to him, photography isn’t just therapeutic performance. It’s first craft then always, always work.

In this interview, McCauley tells us how he got his start, explains why if you go to beautiful places, you’re not always going to make beautiful work, and talks music — lots of music. Go to the end to see some of his favorite images paired to some of his favorite songs.

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Jeffrey Boudreau Interview: Bold Portraits Captured by a Shy Photographer

Jeff Boudreau

Jeff Boudreau lives and works in London. He has worked with Vans, Tank, Aksu, and DROP magazine, among many others. In 2013, he shot and directed a video for Vogue, and, this past year, he was shortlisted for the APA / Lucie Foundation’s prestigious grant for his ongoing personal series.

In this interview, Jeff talks about how he started shooting his friends skateboarding, explains why he gets real close with his frames, and reveals how a shy person like him can make strong and bold work.

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Graeme Mitchell Interview: Not Thinking About It Yet Thinking All The Time

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Some notes before the interview. This conversation took place via email between an office and an apartment in Los Angeles. I wrote the questions toward the end of the night of September 23rd. Near morning. But early or late enough to be considered neither morning nor night. Either way, I wrote them, proofread that, then went to bed.

I have the impression that this conversation could have taken place in the corner of a dark bar. Either there or a church that nobody attends. In fact, this church must have already been forgotten. Graeme Mitchell says he spent a morning on his answers. Mitchell has worked with W magazine, the New York Times, and New York Magazine, among many others.

In this interview, Mitchell talks about how he transitioned into photography, explains some ideas behind his work, and engages in a conversation like an old friend would.

The answers and their questions have been edited and reformatted to aid readability. 

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Audrey Guiraud Interview: Cityscape Photography as You’ve Never Seen

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I know very little. One thing I know: you could live your life seeing only what’s necessary. Either you’ve lived seeing the same things over and over or you haven’t. I’m afraid that when I go all that I’ll see are the things I spent my life forgetting: the numbers of an ATM machine, the concrete of a forgotten highway, the green lights suddenly red. My last memories: one blur of the inconsequential.

That’s my hell. But what if you wouldn’t mind it? What if a flood of inconsequential images is what you want? To be treated with things that do no harm, instead of remembering all the faces you’ll no longer see. Meaning corresponds to what you’ve experienced. That’s perspective, and perspective is why I really want to share Audrey Guiraud’s work.

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Jared Thomas Kocka Interview: Leaving Everything Behind to Shoot Photography

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A few weeks back, I found an article in Complex that I really loved. It was titled The Top 25 Young Photographers to Keep Your Eye On. It was a fantastic selection of photographers. Our interviews with Catherine Scrivener, Ira Chernova, and Jessica Lehrman started from there. But the article wasn’t only an article. It was a list.

And at the top of this list, Complex‘s number one young photographer to keep your eye on, was Jared Thomas Kocka. Going from working at Dominos to shooting LA’s best models, Kocka makes work that’s vibrant and clean. But describing his work would be the least interesting thing to write. If you want to read about an artist who left everything he knew to create his art, or if you need inspiration at all, just read his story.

In this interview, Kocka talks about how he got his start in photography, explains his move from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, and reveals why his parents are his greatest influences.

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Jessica Lehrman Interview: Capturing Stories You’re Meant to Tell

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On page SR6 of Sunday’s New York Times, an article appeared with the headline “A Family Hits the Road”. In it, documentary photographer Jessica Lehrman writes about a 3,365 mile journey taken this past summer with her family. The article begins: “Rusted Root’s song ‘Send Me on My Way’ is blaring as my sister, Cassidy, winds our little Nissan Sentra through the serpentine roads of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon. The fresh basil my dad bought as a ‘car freshener’ is wilting on the dash . . . ”

Lehrman goes on to write about her childhood, of moving town-to-town in a RV, and about hiking canyons, handling rattlesnakes, and finding herself on the road — all between the ages of nine and twelve. But tucked at the very end, sounding as a whisper or a dedication, is a sentence about a small tattoo written on her wrist. This tattoo is a word, and the word a symbol. For her family, though, it’s a dedication: Gypsy.

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A Day on Set: Janna Park’s Fashion Shoot

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A while back, we had the chance to interview fashion photographer Janna Park. In that interview, I rambled on about sad movies and her work’s intimacy (you know, the usual dramatic flairs I never put down). Anyway, we really liked her work, so when she asked if we’d like to feature her again, we said, “Sure, but can we do something different?”

Different means different things to different people. Differences are just similarities for different things. For example, I love reading poetry, and assuming you’re mature and saved yourself from suffering from it, you probably don’t, so we might have that difference between us, but in reading poetry, I’m also similar to someone who loves poetry (these are my most special people). But different right now, for this particular article that you’re reading, means that this interview isn’t really an interview. It’s, well, an interview + MORE!

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Catherine Scrivener Interview: The Beauty of Photographing Life’s Many Small Moments

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If you divide your life into its many great movements, you’ll find a year, or maybe more, to every great change in your life. Then, if you continued and repeated — separating from these movements, these parts of a song, your life’s similarly themed notes — you’ll find, from the years, the days you considered your worst; days where nothing could be better. Then, it all again: dividing, separating, repeating.

After some time, you’ll see your days separated into its many small moments. And you’ll soon discover in these small moments even more smaller impressions. At the end, you’ll see your life’s enormity divided into its indivisible instances. You’ll have reached the fabric of memories, the instances of one smile, one word, one image: you’ll have arrived at the language of photography.

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Maja Daniels Interview: Heartbreaking Photos of Those Suffering from Alzheimer’s

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The ward’s entrance is also its exit. Once you enter, the door behind you locks. To look back you’d have to see through windows that are hardly larger than your face. To the residents entering this ward, the door and its windows are the first things they see of their new home. Soon, however, in being a locked exit, the door will become the only thing between them and the memories outside.

Swedish photographer Maja Daniels hadn’t anticipated that this door would become Into Oblivion’s main focus. But after working three years inside a geriatric care center for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, she began to understand the door’s hold on the residents there. She saw, firsthand, how they interacted with it.

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Ira Chernova Interview: Elegant Monochrome Portraits of the Fashion World

You won’t meet many people like Ira Chernova — unless you already know a heavily tattooed Russian who’s both a well-known model and a highly talented fashion photographer. Named by Complex as one of 25 young photographers to keep your eye on, Chernova’s been gaining attention for her moody, highly intuitive, and largely black-and-white portraits.

Based in New York, Chernova has already worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry — both behind and in front of the camera. And being a music lover, she’s even toured with one of the most popular experimental metal bands in the entire world: The Dillinger Escape Plan (that video above is hers). She’s excellent proof that you can find success doing what you love.

In this brief interview, Chernova talks about how she got her start in photography, explains how she made a couple of her photographs, and reveals why she shoots in black-and-white.

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