Posted by Workbook on 03/26/2013 — Filed under: Features, Galleries, Headline, Interviews, Photography
We emailed Art Buyers and Art Producers around the world asking them to submit names of established photographers who are keeping it fresh and up-and-comers who they are keeping their eyes on. If you are an Art Buyer/Producer or an Art Director at an agency and want to submit a photographer anonymously for this column, please email: Suzanne.email@example.com.
Anonymous Art Producer:
I nominate Jeff Luker
How many years have you been in business?
That is sort of a hard question for me to answer; I have been taking photographs as long as I can remember, and I think every photo I have taken has in some way shaped my current path. But as far as considering it as a “business,” I guess I would have to say that within the last couple of years I have made the transition to “professional” photographer, which to me means that my main source of income now comes from photography, and I am no longer working another job to afford my photography pursuits.
Are you self-taught or photography-school taught?
I am self-taught by and large; I had a few photo courses in college, but I was studying filmmaking in school, which is not to say that studying cinema did not have a great influence on my photography.
Who was your greatest influence that inspired you to get into this business?
Probably William Eggleston. After I finished school, I was really dabbling in all different things; I was really into taking photos but was also writing, playing music, and trying to pursue a film career, and this was on top of working whatever menial jobs I had at the time. So it was difficult to have the time and energy for everything.
Then I moved to New York, and the first week I was there I saw the Eggleston retrospective at the Whitney. Something really changed inside me. I remember walking around the city after the show and just feeling like, for the first time, I really understood something about photography I previously hadn’t. And from then on that was it; my love affair with photography was all consuming, and I said this is it, this is all I want to do.(Read more)