Q&A: Clint Woodside


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Do what ever you want, just make sure that it doesn’t make it difficult for other people doing what THEY want. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? The internet and our fixation with celebrity, and how those intersect. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Yes. What is it that interests you about photography? I am not a good writer, this is my way of storytelling. I like the idea of everyone getting their own story from my work. it’s like a strange game of telephone. What is the worst thing about city life? Parking tickets. What part of the planet would you like to explore? I only have 8 states left before I have done all 50 here in America, and that is something I have been a little fixated on… but I also would like to surf Noosa pretty bad. Indonesia keeps calling my name too. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Flipping a coin is actually controlled by forces from beyond. (maybe not.) If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Gandhi is pretty chill. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Astronomy, maybe time travel (which in some ways is the same thing.) Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Isn’t that what photography is? Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I’m not sure it’s the most important i’ve ever seen, but the picture of Lazarus Department store that Stephen Shore took kind of opened my mind some when I needed it.

How often do you take other people’s advice? I listen to it always, I don’t always follow it. (sometimes I do though.) Describe a personal hell. Walking very slowly in a crowd… like a street festival. Which living person do you most admire? Maybe Ian Mackaye? but that’s weird. Maybe my dad? that’s also weird. What was the last crime you witnessed? I am sure it was some sort of graffiti… maybe trespassing? Not really sure… I did an illegal u-turn on the way to the studio today… does that count? What is the best way to educate yourself? By doing. (with a few youtube instructional videos along the way.) What is the next book you want to read? I am a horrible reader… I wish I could say something better… but that 10 volume set of Democratic Forest by William Eggleston. Ultimate camera? That google camera used for google maps street view… thats crazy… OH! or maybe that one they used in the matrix that got all the angels! (i think that was actually like a thousand cameras surrounding a scene… or something.) Most used camera? Kind of a toss up between my Leica M7/and my Mamiya 7ii. What object do you want? I do not want what I haven’t got. Although… I wouldn’t mind one of those digital medium format cameras Alec Soth used for the pictures in songbook, damn those look good. What object do you need? I hate to say it… but i think some sort of correspondence device. (more or less my Iphone… man… that’s gross.)

How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? You know encyclopedia britannica? yeah… imagine that plus all of the constant useless knowledge like what dress Jane Mansfield is wearing right now, stuffed in a very tiny rolodex… that plus porn… what do you mean “what’s porn?”?? Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? I am ok with it… but I could be stronger. Describe a cheap thrill. Instagram. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. I’ve always kind of wanted to be a presidential photographer… but still shoot the way I shoot now… so i think maybe it would make for some heavy work to be in the helicopter after Nixon left office. Man… that dude sucked. Being a war photographer would be pretty harsh… any of them. there are far too many to choose from. Are impulses more important than consequences? No, but often the right impulses bring on positive consequences… so yes?? Which talent would you most like to have? Is reading a talent? I am such a bad reader… is folding space a talent? I would do that. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Send you this email, get lunch, start a new freelance job designing a book of Black Flag Pettibon fliers, put together a press packet for my book that just came out, mail order for Deadbeat, design a zine for a friend who has a show in a couple weeks, finish up a freelance job I have for Damiani (just gotta send the files…) go buy film, have a cup of coffee, watch Jeopardy with my lady, sleep, dinner with some friends, look over paper stocks with Tobin, replace a door knob for our front door, research architects for the house, post something on instagram, pick up film at the lab, maybe take a picture of something… not necessarily in that order.

b. 1976 in Buffalo, NY, Clint Woodside is a photographer, curator and the founder of Deadbeat Club, a publisher and distributor of small books and publications whose archive features titles with Todd Hido, Ed Templeton, Deanna Templeton, Patrick O’Dell, Tobin Yelland, Andrea Sonnenberg, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Jerry Hsu among many others. His work has been shown in New York City, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Australia. Clint currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Clint Woodside’s Undercover Cars is availble now as a book through Kill Your Idols, you can make it yours right here. Undercover Cars is 68 pages, hardcover and printed full color offset, looks like  6.75” x 9” and comes in an Edition of 500 with an essay by Mike Slack.