Q&A: Kathryn Allen Hurni


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? A little bit of faith never hurt anyone. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Fax machines… Lets be honest they baffle me now. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Media narratives. What is it that interests you about photography?  It’s an emotional release, and a practice I keep coming back to no matter what. What is the worst thing about city life?  Cost of living, and distractions from photographing. Also, all the trash on the ground. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Alaska. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Deja vu. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? George Washington. He was a reluctant leader. Anyone who is eager for power, I distrust. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Physics (a nod to my father). What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Usually, that happens in my dreams. I’ll come across the most surreal landscape and my camera will jam. I then repeat the dream over and over in an attempt to capture the moment. I wake up devastated. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Hand Model. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Thats tough. I suppose family photos are the most important. They remind me that there was life before me, and there will be life after me. How often do you take other people’s advice? My parent’s advice is always to make my own decisions, unless it’s to do with my hair. My mom says I should never go lighter than a honey blonde. Describe a personal hell. Me, alone with my thoughts for more than 20 mins when I’m tired.

Which living person do you most admire? Whatever I say will seem pat, so I’m skipping this one. On what occasion do you lie? Whenever I don’t want to tell the truth. What was the last crime you witnessed? My friend rolled through a red light, and got a ticket. She proceeded to rip the ticket up in front of the cop. What is the best way to educate yourself? By doing. What is the next book you want to read? Frankenstein, or another really good gothic novel. Ultimate camera? Hasselblad x1d. Most used camera? Mamiya 7II. What object do you want? A car. What object do you need? A home. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? It’s a pervasive communication device that eclipses long distances quickly and traffics information, somewhat akin to the home rotary phone of the 1950’s. And just like home phones, you get a lot of unwanted telemarketers. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? My squat game is strong, but don’t ask me to do any pushups. Describe a cheap thrill. Lotto Scratch offs. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to.  When electricity first became widely accessible in NYC. Are impulses more important than consequences? Photographically, impulses far outweigh the consequences. Which talent would you most like to have? The talent of being unapologetic about who I am. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? I’ll probably prank one of my friends within the next 24 hours.

Kathryn Allen Hurni, b. 1984 is a NY based photographer and received her B.F.A. at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited with Aperture Gallery, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Black Box Gallery, and published by T Magazine, W Magazine, DETAILS, and WSJ among others. To see more of Kathryn Allen Hurni’s work visit — Website / Instagram.