Q&A: Zhao Qian


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? If you can handle it, then push it. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? You need to talk to others, don’t to be shy. Are you aware of any conspiracies? The master is always right. What is it that interests you about photography? Viewers believe images to be truth, but they can never represent reality. What is the worst thing about city life? Bored and boring. What part of the planet would you like to explore? My community. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Travel through space-time. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? I don’t want to be a leader. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Psychology. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Work in a movie theater or book store. How often do you take other people’s advice? Not often, It depends on who’s giving it. Describe a personal hell. Opening receptions. Every one just talking, eating, drinking and exchanging business cards. Which living person do you most admire? My friend and teacher – Jamil Hellu, he always pushes and helps me.

What was the last crime you witnessed? When I was in high school, I stole my father’s money to buy cigarettes and alcohol. What is the best way to educate yourself? To be an honest viewer. Even though it is sometimes hard. What is the next book you want to read? Roberto Bola “2666”, I really love his novel. I have tried to read it several times, but given up every time. This book is really too too thick. Ultimate camera? I don’t have one. Most used camera? Iphone and sony a7. I love small cameras. What object do you need? Wine and cigarettes. I am always stressed, they make me relax. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? No, I’ve been exhausted recently. Describe a cheap thrill. To be alone with wine and a good movie. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. This age is my age. I love it. Are impulses more important than consequences? Half Half. Which talent would you most like to have? To be a better cook but never get fat. I’ve been eating too much recently. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? To be alone with wine and a good movie.

from Zhao Qian’ Offcut, The Edge. See more on his website here.