Q&A: Christopher Nunn


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Focus. Cut out the noise. Relax. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Our narcissism. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Brexit. What is it that interests you about photography? Engaging with lives and situations I wouldn’t otherwise have access to, understanding something about the times in which I lived, or something like that. What is the worst thing about city life? Cars. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Really far north Arctic. Also Japan is high on my list of places to visit. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Forensic or astronomy.

Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Video game tester, or winter caretaker in a Shining-esque hotel, preferably a combination of the two. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Probably something by Don McCullin when I was younger. How often do you take other people’s advice? All the time, then usually discard it and trust my instincts which are often wrong! Describe a personal hell. Being at one of the big fancy photoworld art fairs. Take your pick. On what occasion do you lie? When writing interviews. What is the best way to educate yourself? Travel, experience different cultures, read. What is the next book you want to read? I’m currently reading Crow Never Dies by my friend Larry Frolick. Ultimate camera? Some sort of ultra compact digital medium format camera that doesn’t cost the earth. Most used camera? Mamiya RZ67 and more recently Canon 5D3. And my phone.

Whatever works. What object do you want? Some sort of ultra compact digital medium format camera that doesn’t cost the earth. What object do you need? I don’t really need anything. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? Your ultimate fantasy and worst nightmare rolled into one. With a Rick Astley soundtrack. Describe a cheap thrill. Viktor Tsoi and cheap wine. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The fall of the Berlin wall. Or the slightly less historically important final concert of Viktor Tsoi. Are impulses more important than consequences? I think a lot of the time yes. Which talent would you most like to have? Piano genius. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Catching up on unfinished jobs, cooking, sleeping.

Featured – Christopher Nunn’ currently untitled long term project made in Ukraine between February 2013 to present. Many of these images can be found in the book Holy Water Published by Village Press which is available now on Christopher’s website: christophernunn.co.uk