Q&A: Ramírez Suassi


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Must breed, drink, rot through motion. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? The abysmal difference between rich and poor. Are you aware of any conspiracies? No, but there must be a few. What is it that interests you about photography? What gives me pleasure about photography is its inherent strangeness and the pleasure that I get from its significants within my imaginative universe. What is the worst thing about city life? Too many people. What part of the planet would you like to explore? The countries surrounding the Aral Sea. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? All the supernatural interplays with time and space. That frees and encloses, like photography. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Nelson Mandela or Bugs Bunny. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Oceanography. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Many, because the photographs I most remember are the ones I didn’t take.

Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. I could think of many things… But I’m a rather good cook and I wouldn’t mind working in a soup kitchen. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Ouf! Difficult. Whichever image has an “aura” and obliges one to look, reflecting the gaze of the one looking at it. How often do you take other people’s advice? I know it is a defect, but not very often. Describe a personal hell. Melancholy, it makes me work but it’s hell to live with. Which living person do you most admire? My dad. On what occasion do you lie? In moments such as these. What was the last crime you witnessed? A forest fire. What is the best way to educate yourself? I believe in the proverb that says: “he that knows how to ask is usually wiser than he that answers too readily”. What is the next book you want to read? A book of the last poems of Ingeborg Bachmann. Ultimate camera? I have no preference. Most used camera? Fuji GF670.

What object do you want? A good fishing rod also a good camera would be useful. What object do you need? A good camera also a good fishing rod would be useful. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? In the same way that I would explain the electric light to someone from the 1850’s. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? I’m still able to carry a tripod and a few cameras. Describe a cheap thrill. My thrills never come cheap. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The fall of the Berlin wall. Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes. Which talent would you most like to have? To make the perfect mayonnaise. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? To fish for squid.

Ramírez Suassi – from the series “calle de la canción del olvido”.