PHOTOGRAPHERS

Alex Majoli — Alex Webb — Bruno Barbey — Chien-Chi Chang — Chris Steele-Perkins — Christopher Anderson — Constantine Manos — Cristina Garcia Rodero — David Alan Harvey — Eli Reed — Ian Berry — Jonas Bendiksen — Martin Parr — Matt Stuart — Nikos Economopoulos — Olivia Arthur — Steve McCurry — Thomas Hoepker


CHRIS STEELE PERKINS

“I find generally photography is a pleasurable experience. I feel really lucky to spend my life as a photographer. It’s given me a lot of pleasure over the years.”

It’s one of those questions I often get asked: “Which is your most pleasurable photograph?” I honestly don’t have one. I mean, generally, I find photography is a pleasurable experience, even if it’s kind of tough.

 

I did a sort of self-portrait with my wife not that long ago, because she was always telling me we are never in photographs together, as I’m always taking them. So I did a photograph on a tripod of us at home. It’s a scrappy picture, but it’s really nice because it’s me and my wife. Recently that’s possibly been one of the most pleasurable things I’ve done. I guess authenticity is one of the drivers of photography, if not the driver of artistic endeavor.

 

I believe most artists do what they do because they’re trying to make sense of the world and it’s something they want to leave behind. Something which makes sense of the world a little bit, something to give to the next generation.

 

I think, without authenticity, why do the work?


MARTIN PARR

“What’s fascinating to me is to see how different cultures have different approaches towards pleasure.”

I have taken photographs on beaches all over the world. And what you’ll find is that the habits are very different. So if you go to India, everyone’s basically fully dressed when they go into the sea. If you go to Brazil, people have got as few clothes on as humanly possible.

 

But there are certain things that keep resounding—I mean, love, pleasure, pain—and you can photograph these things over a different, and long, period, and, ultimately, the circumstances change, but the emotion is always constant.

 

So I guess I’m not saying that people have more pleasure now, or less, but it’s always there, and of course it’s one of the things I’m looking to illustrate through my photographs.

 

When you’re out taking photographs, from time to time you run into a problem because someone doesn’t like to be photographed, so that’s a difficult moment to deal with.

 

Some people get very angry. But generally speaking, people are very happy to share their pleasure with you, and they acknowledge the photographer is there and they know what you’re doing.


IAN BERRY

“What’s really pleasurable is when a photograph actually comes together — not just the great moment, but also as a shape.”

I’m an amateur photographer who makes a living taking photographs and I enjoy traveling, I enjoy meeting people. For me the whole thing is a pleasure. It brings together all the things I enjoy.

I kind of started my life as an introvert, but because you’re always trying to get into places that are inaccessible, you become yourself more extroverted. I’m still basically an introvert who extroverts. Because you have to; you have to get on with people from every walk of life.

You can be shooting poor people in a refugee camp one day, and the next day you could be photographing Bill Gates. So, yes, one changes, over a period. But, basically, to make life pleasurable, I just take photographs. It’s what I can do and it works for me.

The one great pleasure, and I can only emphasize it, is that even in the middle of a war, you can have a great moment and then you can make a great picture out of it.

At the end of the day we are not brain surgeons, and, for me, the only real reason for being a photojournalist is to be able to tell people on one side of the world what’s happening on the other side of the world.