Kurt Markus

Kurt Markus Interview on APE

Well again, I don’t want to psychoanalyze this whole thing, but if you think that you can make every picture just based on the technique, like “I want to be Irving Penn so if I do everything just based on Irving Penn’s technique I can do Irving Penn’s pictures,” you’re badly mistaken. It’s a lesson to learn, because you see where he uses light, you know what kind of film he uses and you think you can crack the nut by cracking his nut, but it never really works. That may be frustrating but for some people it’s a revelation that “hey, I’m unique, I do my own pictures.” That’s a difficult lesson to swallow, and I think most of us chase other people’s pictures.

-Kurt Markus via A Photo Editor

Full interview here

 

It Takes Guts To Make a Print

I read this great interview with photographer Kurt Markus on A Photo Editor recently and wanted to repost this section on PlayingWork. You can read the full interview here. That’s the revolution, because I’ve always thought of photography as an object. It’s not electronic information, it’s an object. I don’t believe in a photograph until I make a print. It doesn’t exist for me. It’s just like thin air. So from that perspective it looks to me like people are afraid. They’re afraid to commit to putting their name on an object and claiming it. They’re dodging the biggest bullet of all which is standing up for your work.

It takes guts to make a print. You know you have to convince yourself that this is you, that you’ve made this and that you’re putting your name on it, and you also have to believe that maybe somebody else either can appreciate the work you’ve done or can appreciate the fact that this is you. There’s nothing else to hide behind.

-Kurt Markus
These two paragraphs really stuck with me. When was the last time you made a print? It's easy to be consumed with bits and bytes and to forget that photography can be an object. I've been making more prints lately just to see how they feel in my hands. Most of them end up in a box. Some hang on my wall for a while. And others go straight to the recycling. Regardless of where they go, it just feels good to hold them and look at them in a different way.