Q&A: Martina Borsche


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Be patient. Be nice. What is it that interests you about photography? People and situations. Photography can lay bare aspects of people’s lives and personalities they don’t otherwise reveal. What is the worst thing about city life? Not being alone. The best thing is anonymity. What part of the planet would you like to explore? The Middle East, specifically Iran. And more of the United States. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Parallel universes. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Anthropology. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? A lot of moments. But I tell myself to take a mental picture and it hurts a little less.

Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. I can’t say photography, because it’s hard enough to get paid anyways. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Today I was looking at the image of a drowned baby on the coast of Greece by Enri Canaj in his series „The Wind Cries War“. It was really hard to see, but reminded me that it’s important not to look away when something hurts. How often do you take other people’s advice? Rarely. But I am working on it. Describe a personal hell. A cruise ship. I can’t imagine anything worse than being stuck in one place, without the option to leave at anytime. Take that and my fear of deep waters. Which living person do you most admire?

My mother. What was the last crime you witnessed? A woman being rude to a waiter. What is the best way to educate yourself? Experience. What is the next book you want to read? I’m currently working my way to the end of “American Indian Myths and Legends“ by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz. My mother read it to me as a child before going to bed and it’s a miracle I was able to sleep.What object do you want? A convertible. What object do you need? Nothing, really. Except toilette paper. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? A graveyard of embarrassment. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Yes, I am self-sufficient. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes, but you have to deal with the consequences. Which talent would you most like to have? I would like to be able to dance without looking ridiculous. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Walk, swim, eat, and sleep.

Martina is a U.S photographer based in Munich, Germany. She has worked for Art Review Magazine, Ayzit Bostan, Bureau Borsche, Intersection France, John Morgan Studio, NEON Magazin, Zeit Magazin, Spike Art Magazine, Süpergrüp, and The Plant Magazine. See more of Martina’s work at: martinaborsche.com