Q&A: Kovi Konowiecki


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Don’t take things too seriously and enjoy the process. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? How morbidly addicted we are to our smart phones. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Yes, long live 2pac Shakur. What is it that interests you about photography? Creating something raw and physical out of seemingly mundane moments. What is the worst thing about city life? Thom Yorke said it best; being packed like sardines in a crushed tin box. What part of the planet would you like to explore? More of the midwest US and South America. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Telekinesis. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Martin Luther King Jr. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Astrophysics. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Hulk Hogan stopped next to me in a convertible during rush hour traffic. He then looked at me and gave me the shocka.

Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Professional footballer in Spain. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. First one that comes to mind is the portrait of William Eggleston’s Uncle Adyn Schuyler Senior with his assistant Jasper Staples in Cassidy Bayou, Mississippi. How often do you take other people’s advice? Very often, almost every day. Describe a personal hell. Sitting in an office from 9:00 to 5:00. Which living person do you most admire? My mother. On what occasion do you lie? Sometimes when I’m taking photos and people suspiciously or aggressively approach me. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to use the “I’m taking pictures for a school project” line. What was the last crime you witnessed? Politics. What is the best way to educate yourself? Surround yourself with people you look up to, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. What is the next book you want to read? Jim Harrison’s “Legends of the Fall”. Ultimate camera? I’m a believer in using whatever I feel is right for a particular body of work. I think a lot of people focus so much on their equipment that they lose focus on what they’re taking a picture of and the interactions they create, whether it be a place or a subject. For me, the interaction and the intimacy is a huge part of the process, and the medium can of course contribute to that intimacy. Having said all that, probably a 4×5 Chamonix.

Most used camera? iPhone on an every day basis and Mamiya RZ 67 PRO II for my art. What object do you want? A time machine. What object do you need? I always need a soccer ball around. You never know when your’re going to get the urge. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? A dark hole of nothingness that contains everything you will ever need to know. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? On a good day. Describe a cheap thrill. Launching water balloons at passing cars (I promise I haven’t done it since I was a kid). Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Sandy Koufax’s first no hitter for the Dodgers. Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes, that’s pretty much how I approach every single photograph I take. Which talent would you most like to have? Reading people’s minds would be pretty awesome. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Engage in a cycle of making pictures and re-watching every episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Kovi Konowiecki was born and raised in Long Beach, California. After pursuing a professional career in football in Germany and Israel, Kovi received his Master of Arts in photography from the University of the Arts London. His work lies between documentary and fine art, often focusing on portraiture and telling stories that reveal his identity, including his experiences of growing up in Long Beach.

Kovi Konowiecki from the series ‘Delivering Flowers to Grandpa Jack’. See more of Kovi’s Work — Website / Instagram