City Magazine’s Need To Know Photographer Feature/Interview.

In September I got a really fun assignment for CITY Magazine: shoot a portrait of a photographer with a similar style and have my photo taken by that photographer. Ryan Pfluger and I were matched up and spent a fun and beautiful afternoon walking around Prospect Park taking photos of each other. His photo of me went on my interview page, and mine on his.

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This is the photo they ran of him:

And this was the second contender (I actually answered the last question about this photo because I thought it was going to run):

And here are outtakes I liked:

Thanks to the magic of OCR I was able to get the text of the interview extracted from the scan.

Based in Brooklyn, New York. Educated at Boston University, with a degree in photojournalism.
Clients include: Esquire, Dwell, Rolling Stone, NYLON, Thkion, Sony Ericsson.

Describe your style in three words. Spontaneous. visceral and natural.

What is your greatest challenge as a photographer? Overcoming ageism in the industry was hard for me. I’ve come to realize that because I look really young. when I meet with photo editors and art directors they often think I’m just out of school, or still in school and have no experience. I always have to make sure my work speaks for itself, and that I stay visible with promotion, and shoot all the time.

What are your favorite types of assignments to receive? I love shooting portraits and documentary assignments when the photo editor understands my style and gives me the freedom to execute the job the way I’m most comfortable doing it. I use very little production in my shoots, and mostly shoot with natural light and without an assistant—changing up shots and locations on the fly. I prefer as little interference as possible between myself and the subject. I believe that the more production elements there are onset, the more the subject will feel like they’re performing. I’d rather document what the subject is like when they act like the cameras are olf. I also like to mix up directing a subject and just letting things happen on their own, and finding interesting angles mid viewpoints that tell a story.

What is something or someone that you would love to photograph one day? Behind the scenes at a Led Zeppelin reunion tour!

What were you trying to capture on your photo of Ryan Pfluger? My photograph of Ryan was shot during my favorite time of day—magic hour! Ryan exudes a lot of confi-dence and believes strongly in his work, as evidenced by the anecdotes on his blog about his shoots, projects, and interactions with people. I wanted to capture that confidence and mix it with my style (natural light, shallow depth of field). He was never self-conscious in front of the camera, and he’s extremely photogenic, which made my job very easy.

Comments 3

  1. Jake wrote:

    Hey E ! Nice shots and everything .
    I have a question ; what lens do you used exspecially at the second picture? Answer in here please 🙂

    Posted 23 Dec 2010 at 5:42 pm
  2. admin wrote:

    50 f/1.4.

    Posted 23 Dec 2010 at 6:09 pm
  3. Daeja wrote:

    Beautiful Work! I hear you on the age ism thing, I look super young too… BUT that made this project different and so fun, and its great to see other “young” artists!

    Posted 10 Jan 2011 at 10:12 pm