Q&A: Caiti Borruso


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? To find the things that make me hum. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? How poorly we treated women and how little we listened to them. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Your phone is listening to everything. What is it that interests you about photography? All of it. What is the worst thing about city life? People who don’t let passengers off the train before attempting to board. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? I don’t necessarily believe in astrology and horoscopes, but I fit the profile of a Scorpio uncannily well. Pick a field of sciences to be an expert within. Geology. What moment you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? The first time I had sex, I think. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Organizing archival photographs – the only unpaid work I ever did was an internship at the Met, and one of my tasks involved scanning Diane Arbus’s contact sheets for weeks on end. I would like that job back. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Rineke Dijkstra’s Self Portrait, 1991. I am grateful for that photograph – I needed to see it. And when I finally saw a print of it, completely unexpectedly – it was hidden in an elevator bank at the National Gallery of Art – I was floored. How often do you take other people’s advice? Less often than. I give people advice that I ought to be taking. Describe a personal hell. New York drivers on the Garden State Parkway. On what occasion do you lie? When I’m asked how well I’m doing and/or how recently I’ve eaten. What was the last crime you witnessed? Two NYPD officers forced a man off the train today for no apparent reason and made him wait for the next train.

What is the next book you want to read? I just bought Faulkner’s The Mansion today, and it’d be nice to read it right away instead of putting it on the shelf to rot with the other books I haven’t read. But I bought three books last week and haven’t started them, either. Ultimate camera? Digital Pentax 6×7 with a hotshoe. Most used camera? On the daily, my iPhone. Less often than daily, Pentax 6×7 with a 75mm lens. What object do you want? A big steel tanker desk. What object do you need? I think I’m out of milk, if that counts. Or new Keds; mine have sprung a leak. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950? I don’t know how to explain the internet to my grandfather, who is from the 1930s. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Nah, I’ve dropped a few heavy frames at work. Not my proudest moment. Describe a cheap thrill. Peeing in public. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Obama’s first few minutes in the Oval Office alone. Are impulses more important than consequences? If the consequences involve others, no. Which talent would you most like to have? Whistling. I sound like a baby bird when I try to do the Sopranos theme song. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? I’m about to get drunk to celebrate my birthday. I have a semi important phone call in the morning and a doctor’s appointment; I’m also picking up film, working a half day, and then seeing my therapist.

Caiti Borruso b. 1993 in central New Jersey, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in 2016 from the Pratt Institute and has featured in numerous exhibitions and publications, including ‘put your head in my lap’, Brethren Gallery (with Ellisa Keller), ‘Piece by Piece’ Recent Photography Alumni Exhibition at President’s Office Gallery, Pratt Institute, ‘All We Are’, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, curated by Ed Panar and Melissa Catanese, ‘Whale Creek is Flooding’, at Pratt Photography Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (solo) and VUU Super Special Volume 2, Issue 5. See more of Caiti’s work at — Website / Instagram.