Q&A: Molly Matalon


Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. It’s somewhere between a picture by Stephen Shore, “Ginger Shore, Causeway Tampa Nov.17, 1977”, it’s a picture of his wife in a pool. Also a picture by Harry Callahan of his wife Eleanor “Eleanor, Chicago 1949”, her eyes are closed and she’s in water and the bottom of her hair is wet. How often do you take other people’s advice? I’m a Virgo so I am usually the one dishing out advice. Describe a personal hell. Sitting in a room filled with boys all talking about punk music and every time I try to add to the conversation one of them interrupts me. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? If you feel left out for doing something responsible you will be rewarded later in life. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? McDonald’s ability to take away and bring back the McRib. Are you aware of any conspiracies?

Mass media panic by means of a natural disaster. What is it that interests you about photography? Its ability to lie and tell truths at the same time. What is the worst thing about city life? Getting street harassed anywhere and at anytime. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Nicki Minaj. What was the last crime you witnessed? I was with my friend Claire about to leave my house and across the street we saw a delivery food guy get mugged by three teens. What is the best way to educate yourself? Read, go on the internet, ask questions. Most used camera? Mamiya RZ. Describe a cheap thrill. A tall man with long hair and tattoos. Are impulses more important than consequences? No. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Pack up my room/studio because I am moving to San Francisco.

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