Q&A: Alexander Coggin


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? ‘The right thing at the wrong time is still the wrong thing.’ – It’s helped me be at ease with my life’s journey, and not to force anything that I don’t think I’m ready for, no matter how amazing they would be. Timing is everything. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? How quickly we gave up on non-digital life. We’ve been living in a facebook world for less than a decade but boy did we run fast into the future. What is it that interests you about photography? How something can look photographed, how that’s different from reality – it never gets old. What is the worst thing about city life? The unpredictability of strangers’ behaviour. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Ethology (the study of Animal’s behaviour) – I swear sometimes I look around me and all I see are mammalian impulses. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? My childhood.

Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Voiceovers for animation. How often do you take other people’s advice? Not often, I’m pretty stubborn. But I’m working on it! Describe a personal hell. Any place with too many men. What is the next book you want to read? Looking for a good biography actually. Most used camera? Nikon d800 with a hand flash. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? I would literally never want to be faced with this task. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? No! Not at all – god my arms are so weak.  Describe a cheap thrill. Escalators. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The first night aboard the Titanic. Which talent would you most like to have? Piano-playing. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Work, shoot, edit, repeat.

Alexander Coggin, b.1985 is an American photographer, artist and theatre actor living in Berlin, Germany. His work has been published online and in print, including features with It’s Nice That, Ignant, Vice, Fotografia Magazine, C41 and Ain’t Bad Magazine. Coggin is represented by House Of Juba in the UK. See more of Alexander Coggin’s work on his website.