Artist Interviews

Uncovering artists’ passions through words and images. We’ve been talking with artists about their work for over ten years in various forms. More from the Diffusion archives coming soon.

Dan Estabrook interview (2011)

From the Diffusion archive (volume III) -- my Q&A with Dan Estabrook about his artwork, teaching, and print processes. Blue Mitchell: Where did you grow up and where do you currently reside? Dan Estabrook: I was born and raised in Boston, MA, but have been in Brooklyn...

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Louviere + Vanessa interview (2015)

A Dose of Magic: Blue Mitchell on Louviere + Vanessa Originally published on PDN's "Photo of the Day" feature, July 6, 2015 Imagine walking into a gallery, and being greeted by an enormous, shimmering, textured piece depicting a ferocious wolf-dog in an...

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Jeffrey T. Baker interview (2009)

"Don't Burn the Toast" Interview with Jeffrey T. Baker originally published in Diffusion Volume I, 2009, find it here! I’m a product of the Inland Empire in Southern California. Most of my childhood took place in Riverside, CA with a few formative years...

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Molly McCall interview

One Twelve's Santosh Korthiwada talks with Diffusion IX cover artist Molly McCall about her recent achievements, her history in art, and her thoughts on contemporary photo making. Santosh: First of all, congratulations on being a finalist of 2017 Photolucida Critical...

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Keith Taylor interview

Santosh Korthiwada talks with Keith Taylor about his work, hand-crafted processes and the state of photography. How did you take up photography? I grew up surrounded by photographers, both amateur and professional. My father was the main driving force, being a keen...

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Candice Rollerson interview

Sometimes our past is something we often find difficult to put into words, but San Francisco photographer Candice Rollerson translated her past and memories into handmade miniature constructions as way to reflect and process her emotions and experiences. We chatted...

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Ignacio Umana interview

Amidst a bustling moving city like San Francisco, photographer Ignacio Umana decided to look to the sea, searching for a sense of calm and quiet. We talked with Umana over the summer about photography and his most recent project Quietness, after his recent graduation...

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Claudia Luthi interview

This project (2008) is about a little girl's shoe that is traveling around the world going from photographer to photographer. In the past 5 years the shoe has been to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and North America and it has been photographed by 46...

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Galina Kurlat interview

I met Galina Kurlat in New Orleans last December at PhotoNola. I was immediately taken by her images and had some time to chat with her about the series Safe Distance. I wanted to know more about the project and her way of working so I asked her to share...

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Heidi Lender interview

When do you think you created your first successful photograph? What brought you to this moment? Your question made me do a little retrospective of my short life as a photographer! I'm not sure if I'd use the word successful, but the first image I created...

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Jake Shivery interview

Blue Mitchell: Please tell me a little bit about your background and how you became the Jake Shivery. Jake Shivery: Geez. Usual story – starts up out East, ends up out West. This ain’t my first port town. Can you explain your photographic process from...

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Zelda Zinn interview

Tell us more about your background and how you came to photography. I grew up in Houston, Texas in a big family. From my earliest days, I used to draw and dream up art projects. My parents are culture vultures and were always taking us on...

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Russell Joslin interview

How long have you been shooting self-portraits? For about 15 years. I had done some before that, but not with serious intent. Can you remember your first successful self-portrait? How did it come about? I really can’t remember a specific image that I would...

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Tom Chambers interview

Tell us more about your background (where you grew up; childhood experiences) and how you came to photography. I was born and raised on a farm in the Amish Country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Following high school, I entered the Navy where I served for...

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Doug Ethridge interview

Interview with Doug Ethridge conducted by photographer J Swofford (abnormalimage.com) Can you describe your first involvement in photography? Going way back to late grade school/junior high, I had an Instamatic camera that I used for taking snaps on family...

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Lane Collins interview

Tell us more about your background and how you came to photography. I grew up in North Carolina and started taking pictures as a teenager. My mother gave me my first SLR for my 16th birthday, and I started taking some photography classes at a local...

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Aline Smithson interview

  Where did you grow up and what was it like living there? I grew up in Los Angeles, in a wonderful neighborhood called Silverlake. It was an ethnically diverse area, with lots of artists and creative types, located near the original site of the Disney...

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Paul Karabinis interview

I grew up in Gainesville, Florida. In the 1960s it was your classic college town. Everything seemed to revolve around the University of Florida. I spent a lot of time on campus as both of my parents worked there. It was like a small village that had just...

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Bastien Desfriches Doria interview

I was born in Paris, France, but mostly lived in different areas of France. Until age 7 I lived in a small town near Montpellier in South France called Bezier. Then my family moved to Rennes, the capital city of the Brittany region, where I spent my...

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Natalie Young interview

Where did you grow up?  Can you tell me what it was like for you growing up?I had a great childhood, really. I grew up Texas and then Arkansas.  We lived in Houston until I was 12.  I went from living in the middle of a bustling area of Houston to living...

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Suzanne Rochette interview

Where did you grow up? Can you tell me what it was like for you growing up? I was born and raised in Quebec City, capital of the Province of Quebec in the French part of Canada. We had a cottage near the St-Laurence river where we spent all weekends,...

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Nhung Dang interview

Where did you grow up? Can you tell me what it was like for you growing up? I was originally born in Hanoi; my families were among the boat people who left Vietnam in the late 70s. We came to live in England where I grew up in the South, in a small town...

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Dorothy Shoes interview

Where did you grow up? Can you tell me what it was like for you growing up? I grow up in a small town in the middle of France. My mother is a writer, and my father was the boss of a high-quality restaurant. I say “was” because he died a few years ago. I...

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Zeb Andrews interview

  Where did you grow up? Can you tell me what it was like for you growing up? Originally I was born in Seattle and around the age of 4 or so, I moved to Yacolt, Washington. Yacolt is, or was, a pretty small ex-logging town out in what is referred to as...

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