Q&A: Sasha Bezzubov


What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Making a plan for the day following. What is your nationality? Good ol’ US of A. What nationality would you like to be alternatively? I would like to inhabit a world without them. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Virtues, by definition cannot be overrated. What is your biggest regret? My nationality. Summer or winter? or Spring or Fall? Would you like to see more or less political correctness? If by being less politically correct you mean being able to unleash a torrent of racism, anti-Semitism and Muslim hatred, or being able to make demeaning remarks about women, or to say something cruel about a gay person or an illegal immigrant the disabled – then I stand for the tyranny of political correctness. Otherwise, who the f*ck cares. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Go where no man has gone before, to the end of the earth, into the middle of nowhere. Where do you think the most dangerous place on Earth is? My head? Sierra Leone? A car? Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Try to do as little harm as possible.

You can no longer speak english, pick a new language. Spanglish? What was the last crime you witnessed? During a 3 month stay in Jerusalem I witnessed a systematic and ongoing destruction of Palestinian homes, culture and way of life. There is no sadder sight than seeing your own people – I am Jewish – engage as a nation, in a systemic dispossession, ethnic cleansing and general abuse of their much weaker neighbors. And, to add insult to injury, to see my own government (ol’ US of A) financially and politically support such abuse. Also, today in the subway I saw a pimp and his hooker having a very loud argument over who gets a seat in the overcrowded train. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? Kangaroos. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to.The moon landing, just to know with certainty whether it really happened or was staged in a New Mexico studio. Make a prediction for the future. The seas will rise, the planet will warm, the climate will become ferocious, there will be very little water, nuclear power plants will unleash radiation, the world fisheries will disappear, financial collapse, civil wars and Kodak will discontinue large format film.

Your favorite painter? Edouard Monet. Invent a swear-word. This has to be said quickly: Fuckyouverymuch.. Create the name for a virus that will decimate the population. AnthroPo. How would you dress if you were suddenly an elderly man? Shirts and blazers like William S. Burroughs of course. What is the next book you want to read? Planet of Slums by Mike Davis. What is the worst thing to happen to a man? Being convicted for looking at pictures, even if those pictures are child pornography. Who would you never work for, no matter how much they offered to pay? The Pentagon. Describe a cheap thrill. Playing with the loose teeth in my mouth when I was very young. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Natural History. Which religion seems most tempting? I’m not sure if tempting is the right word, but Buddhism? Ultimate camera? 8×10. Most used camera? 4×5 inch metal field Wista. Which living person do you most admire? There are two: The Dalai Lama and Jessica, my wife. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Ivan Karamazov, from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.

Sasha Bezzubov – From the series Wildfire.