Q&A: Peter Marquez


What is your idea of perfect happiness? Drinking whiskey while printing in a darkroom. What is the most un-eatable food?  Probably that petrified shark thing from Iceland. You can no longer speak english, pick a new language. Pashto, i’d love to be able to go and travel Afghanistan. You will never love again, what now? Go to Afghanistan. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Eisenhower. Have you ever been coaxed into sex you didn’t want with a friend? I’m usually doing the coaxing. Is disappointment healthy? For sure. Is it healthy to meet your heroes? Only if you realize they’re just human beings. You have the superpower to control a single emotion in all people. Which emotion? Composure. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory.  The mixed smell of cigarettes and Marc Jacobs perfume reminds me of my sister instantly and has caused me to walk away from otherwise perfect young ladies. What do you think people say about your work? At this point i just hope they stop tumbling for more than a half a second to look at it.

Is there something wrong with kids today, and if so, what? The web of useless information only keeps growing. What vice would you like to have that you don’t already?  I’d like to be able to have my own darkroom to hide in all day. On what occasion do you lie? To avoid hurting people, which always ends up  blowing up in my face. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural?  Intelligent life on other planets. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t?  It’s hard for me to remember any time i didn’t have a camera. Name something that you would be willing to shorten your life by ten years to receive right now. Some steady work. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves?  People that take themselves way too serious.

Is western society still capable of full-scale revolutionary acts?  To quote max weber “the care for external goods should only lie on the shoulders of the ‘saint like a light cloak, which can be thrown aside at any moment.’ But fate decreed that the cloak should become an iron cage.“ Real talk. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The riots that just happened in mexico over the election. A museum of natural history and a museum of contemporary art are on fire. Who gets the water? Easy question for me, natural history museum. What characteristic is most common in your enemies? Over-confidence. Make a prediction for the future. Chaos. Ultimate camera? Is the same as any other. Most used camera? E-P1. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Shel Silverstein. Who are hero’s in real life?  Papa Marquez.

Peter Marquez – From the series What Came.