Q&A: Daniel Weiss


What is the best way to educate yourself? Drop out of school, but read a lot. Which living person do you most admire? Bob Dylan. On what occasion do you lie? Filling out questionnaires. Do you google too much? Yes, don’t know enough off the top of my head. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I underuse more than I overuse. Do you believe in world peace? I’d like to, but it ain’t gonna happen. Does the modern world impress you? It depresses me. In the event of a disaster, where would you go? I’d go take pictures. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Paul Newman. Is disappointment healthy? I hope so… Is it healthy to meet your heroes? If you’re lucky enough to.

When are you most aware you are aging? When I can’t skateboard like I used to. Ultimate camera? 8 x 10 Deardorff view camera. Most used camera? Leica M2. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Sure. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Will have to consult the Ouija Board. What is your nationality? New Yorker. What nationality would you like to be alternatively? American, sometimes. What is it that interests you about photography? The pursuit of good photographs. Are you aware of any conspiracies? The x-files.

Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Don’t blow it. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? I have dreams where I’m trying to take pictures but I can’t seem to focus the camera. Does that count? Make a prediction for the future. Things will get a lot worse before they get better. What essential life skills are schools neglecting to teach our children? Peace, love, understanding and calligraphy. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. Tea-soaked cake. You have the superpower to control a single emotion in all people. Which emotion? Move people to tears. Last words before death? Take care of my negatives.

Daniel Weiss – From the series New York.