Q&A: Thomas Albdorf


Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Astrophysics. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? I can’t recall a specific one. If I missed something important, I tend to simply recreate it afterwards.Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Astrophysicist. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Four light-blue sponges, directly lit with a flash, sit on top of each other on a dark background. How often do you take other people’s advice? Constantly. Describe a personal hell. Too personal, if the answer should be honest. Which living person do you most admire? Can’t decide, too many come to mind. On what occasion do you lie? “Did you listen to me?”. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Nope. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? If Artificial Super Intelligence hits us soon (which seems rather likely), there won’t be human future generations to be baffled.

Are you aware of any conspiracies? Nope. What is it that interests you about photography? It’s current transition from a “singular decisive moment” towards being an open space of possibilities, a space of an infinite number of potential renderings. What is the worst thing about city life? Cars. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Impossible, but: the deep sea. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? What would supernatural mean? If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? I despise the concept of leadership. What was the last crime you witnessed? Can’t recall one, seriously. At least nothing I’d consider a crime. What is the best way to educate yourself? The Internet. What is the next book you want to read? “Los detectives salvajes” by Roberto Bolaño. Ultimate camera? Mamiya 645. Most used camera? Mamiya 645.

What object do you want? None. What object do you need? See above.How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? It’s a home depot super market library erotic pet store the size of the world. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Nope. Describe a cheap thrill. English is a second language to me, is this porn related? Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Landing on the moon was pretty epic, but then again there’s NASA’s flickr with hi-res imagery, so that’s covered. Are impulses more important than consequences? Depending on context. Which talent would you most like to have? Favorite daydreams: professional skateboarder or footballer. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Sleep, family, photography, family, watching football, sleep.

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