Q&A: Sophie Barbasch


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Life is uncertain, eat desert first. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Microwaves. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Yes, relating to UFOs in the Midwest and the CIA! I cannot say anything more… What is it that interests you about photography? It lets me be in real life and in my imagination at the same moment. What is the worst thing about city life? People peeing in the subway. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Central America. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Once I made a video about pet psychics…they are probably not the most plausible. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Neuroscience / reading people’s minds. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? On a horseback ride at dusk in the mountains in 2001.

Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I like Gabriel Orozco’s “My Hands are my Heart” diptych – a guy is holding a ball of clay and molding it. You can’t see his face. It is very simple and moving. How often do you take other people’s advice? Rarely, but I seek it constantly. Describe a personal hell. Waiting in an endless line at the post office. Which living person do you most admire? My brother. On what occasion do you lie? Trick question! What was the last crime you witnessed? People shoplifting from a children’s clothing store. What is the best way to educate yourself? Listening to people who are willing to talk about their lives. What is the next book you want to read? Gilead. Ultimate camera? Mamiya 7 II. Most used camera? Mamiya 645. What object do you want? A fancy espresso maker.

What object do you need Organizational boxes. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? It defies the laws of time and space…you will never focus on anything again…you will see lots of amazing pictures of cats…you will read lots of fake news articles…and sometimes think they are real. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Yes. Describe a cheap thrill. Roller coasters. Are impulses more important than consequences? I usually look before I leap and then leap anyway. Which talent would you most like to have? I’d like to be a good dancer. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Save my computer from hackers that are remotely installing “World of Warcraft” games. Seriously.

Sophie Barbasch – From the series Tornado Season, Fault Line and The Source Of Heat.