WHO? I am Ximena Echague. I was born in Buenos Aires, became a photographer in Europe and now live between New York and Brussels. I am always on the move and feel equally at home in Europe, America or Asia.
Interview with Orietta Gelardin Spinola
WHO? I am a graphic designer born in Madrid to an American father and an Italian mother. I have been very inspired by my mother’s social photography, as well as by one of my three brothers who used to shoot on the streets during the 70’s and 80’s.
Julia Baier in Conversation with Blake Andrews
Blake Andrews: Where did you grow up?
Julia Baier: I grew up in the south of Germany, in Bavaria in a small town, Passau, next to three rivers.
Blake Andrews: How did you first get interested in photography?
Julia Baier: My interest in photography first started when it was clear that I would leave the town to go study elsewhere. So it was the classical aspect of photography to archive and to hold on things to keep it better in memory. I went to buy my first camera, a Minolta X300. And I also did my first internship in a small photo shop in Passau — this was the best I could do. The person working in the photo lab introduced me to b/w photography, so I fell completely in love with darkroom work.
Interview with Margarita Mavromichalis
WHO? I come from a family of Greek diplomats and, in my entire life, I have never lived for more than four years anywhere in the world (I will spare myself doing the math!). I had a French education, spoke Greek at home, English soon became a predominant language of mine and I also speak German and Spanish.
Interview with Meral Güler
WHO? I am a British artist living in Los Angeles. My father was an engineer and I spent my childhood watching him capture our lives on cine film. With accuracy and precision, he memorialised our adventures.
Interview with Sebastian Siadecki
WHO? My name is Sebastian Siadecki. I live in Durham, North Carolina, but I still consider New York City to be home. I grew up in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, the only child of immigrants from Poland. I lived in NYC from when I started college, one week before 9/11, until 2018, but I still make frequent trips back whenever I can.
Interview with Phillip Jenkins
WHO? Born in Swansea, South Wales, some of my earliest memories is having a camera in my hand. I remember running around the streets as a child taking pictures of people passing by, even though the camera I was using had no film in it.
Interview with Silvia S. Hagge
WHO? Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina 51 years ago, from an early age, I was attracted to different cultures. A Spanish-English translator and teacher turned into a stewardess who enjoys traveling to remote places.
Interview with Roza Vulf
WHO? I was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. I lived in Vilnius most of my adult life and then in my 40s I moved to Germany. Later, I relocated to Rome, where I reside now. Since I was a teenager I have always had a tight connection with photography. In high school I interned at a local newspaper in Vilnius. I wanted to explore photography world and dreamed to become a professional.
Jack Simpson in Conversation with Blake Andrews
Blake Andrews: Where are you from and how did you first get into photography?
Jack Simpson: Well I was born in Michigan and grew up in North Carolina. I moved out to San Francisco in 2010 and have been in the San Francisco Bay area ever since. When I first moved to San Francisco all I could afford was a studio apartment in the notorious Tenderloin district. I began documenting the things I would see in my neighborhood and on my way to work with an iPhone 3 or whatever was available, an old Nikon…Fights, crime scenes, crazy characters— you name it, the place was begging to be photographed.