Q&A: Daniel Gentelev


Which living person do you most admire? Gene Hackman. On what occasion do you lie? You only lie to two people in your life: your girlfriend and the police. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Bublic. Do you believe in world peace? world peace is not well reflected in our human history. Does the modern world impress you? As long as we have wine everything is fine. In the event of a disaster, where would you go? to eat. Do you google too much? there is never too much when you explore. What is the worst thing to happen to a man? Loosing control of his thoughts. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? i don’t believe in leaders. Is disappointment healthy? I believe that you only learn from your failures. Is it healthy to meet your heroes? I say kill your idols.

When are you most aware you are aging? when i sleep. Ultimate camera? Mamiya 7 digital medium format. Most used camera? Hasselblad. What is the best way to educate yourself? learning something new everyday. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? There were many. Make a prediction for the future. People are crazy and times are strange. What essential life skills are schools neglecting to teach our children? listening. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. fuel. You have the superpower to control a single emotion in all people. Which emotion? empathy.

Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? yes. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? youth. What is your nationality? Israeli, but i was born in Russia. What nationality would you like to be alternatively? Swedish. I love everything about Sweden. What is it that interests you about photography? the things that happened to me. this is why i started to recorded it. i wasn’t making a point. Are you aware of any conspiracies? most of them. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? i have my own way of philosophy.Take your work seriously but not yourself seriously.

Daniel Gentelev – From the series The Secret of my Endurance.