Q&A: Sasha Phyars-Burgess


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Help where you can when you can. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? I dunno how far off are we talking? 10 generations from now, they’ll be like wtf the ipad was heavy as hell! 1000 generations from now, they’ll be like you sure let white supremacy and capitalism run off the rails. Are you aware of any conspiracies Girl, where do I begin? What is it that interests you about photography? The lies and truths photography can and cannot tell. Who is represented and how are they represented. The way things look photographed. What is the worst thing about city life? Increasing cost of housing, and in some places, the lack of available fresh produce. What part of the planet would you like to explore? The part of the planet that exists without inequality. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Restless spirits. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? None. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Physics (particularly the study of light). What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? I was once riding a bike around with a few friends in a beach town, but during the off season. We rode down a small hill, and the sun was setting and one my my friends turn her head back and looked at me, right as she rode out of the shade into the sun. I think the memory might be better than the picture though.

Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Review movies. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. The photograph of Emmet Till in his casket. How often do you take other people’s advice? It depends on who is giving it. Describe a personal hell. Being too cold. Which living person do you most admire? My mom. On what occasion do you lie? When I need to. What was the last crime you witnessed? Unsure. What is the best way to educate yourself? Reading, then going out into the world and experiencing and questioning. Read some more. What is the next book you want to read? A brief history of seven killings by Marlon James. Ultimate camera? A light camera with great image quality, that is digital but looks like film. Most used camera? Canon 5d MarkIII. What object do you want? Not an object but I really want to lose my American accent in Spanish. What object do you need? Nothing right now. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? What do you want to know/see? Go type it into that machine over there and check it out. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Nope. Describe a cheap thrill. Jumping off of tall rocks into water. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Great question, but no idea. Are impulses more important than consequences? They are both equally important. Which talent would you most like to have? Sing and play a bunch of instruments. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? First finish this key lime pie, then Going to photograph for a bit, and eat some food from El Jardin Vegetable. Maybe walk around a bit later tonight.

Sasha Phyars-Burgess was born in Brooklyn, New York to Trinidadian parents, and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Bard college in 2010 with a BA in Photography where she studied with An-My Le, Tim Davis, Barbara Ess, Michael Vahrenwald, and Larry Fink. Upon graduation she worked for Larry Fink for one year before moving to Berlin, Germany and Trinidad and Tobago. She is interested in using photography education as community empowerment, the African diaspora, particularly in the Caribbean and Latin America, as well learning about Pennsylvania. – See more of Sasha’s work –  Website / Tumblr.