Q&A: Christine Osinski — (Summer Days) Staten Island


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? I think about karma and try to be good. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? The incompetence and hate. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Apart from the current American administration, I try not to be aware because I do think conspiracies exist. What is it that interests you about photography? How very odd it is. What is the worst thing about city life? Noise that wakes you up at night. What part of the planet would you like to explore? It’s better to explore through your imagination. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Light and wind are supernatural to me and these are phenomena that I experience. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? I would never align myself with a leader in history. I am not a joiner. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Botany. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? A golden lit late summer day in the early 1980s as the wind blew through the hair of my cousin and aunt. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Tutoring someone to read. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen.
The sonograms of my sons. How often do you take other people’s advice? I always take good advice.

Describe a personal hell. Having bad karma. Which living person do you most admire? Admiration is over-rated. On what occasion do you lie? About my height. I always say I’m one inch taller. What is the last crime you witnessed? I was on a roof about a mile from the World Trade Towers on 9-11. What is the best way to educate yourself? You must be fascinated by things. What is the next book you want to read? The Sell Out by Paul Beatty. Ultimate camera? Deardorff. Most used camera? Linhof Technica and Mamiya RZ. What object do you want? A large flat file to store my prints. What object do you need? A large flat file to store my prints. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950s? A way to get instant information with unknown accuracy. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? No. I’d like to be a lot stronger. Describe a cheap thrill. Listening to Aretha on my boombox. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The last plane landing of Amelia Earhart. Are impulses more important than consequences? Impulses. You can act on impulses. Consequences are not controllable. Which talent would you most like to have? I’m not sure what good talent is. Hard work always trumps talent. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Have a good night’s sleep then make some good pictures.

Christine Osinski’s work has been included in recent exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum, NYC; Alice Austen Museum, NYC; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.; Arsenal Gallery in NYC’s Central Park; Joseph Bellows Gallery and Sasha Wolf Gallery.

In 2005, Osinski became a Guggenheim Fellow and she received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation inaugural photography grant in 2015. Her work has also received support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Graham Foundation and Lightwork among other grants.

Osinski’s photographs can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Girl’s Club Foundation, Miami; Museum of the City of New York; New York Public Library; The Smithsonian Institute and in numerous other museums and collections.

Photographs and reviews of her work have appeared recently in: The New York Times; The New York Times Sunday Magazine; The New Yorker; BBC News; The Daily Telegraph; The Guardian; The Wall Street Journal; The Atlantic: City Lab; i-D/Vice; Time-Light Box; vogue.com; The Boston Globe; Slate; American Suburb X; Philadelphia Magazine, as well as in numerous books and additional periodicals.

Christine Osinski received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University School of Art.

Christine Osinski’s Summer Days Staten Island is available online through Damiani and D.A.P/Artbook. To see more of her work visit — Website / Instagram.