10 minutes with Matthew Mahon

Interviews with Photographers January 17, 2011 12:45 pm

Name: Matthew Mahon

Location: Austin, Texas

I woke up this morning feeling: tight, and slightly sore, because of a workout I did last night called  “BLACKOUT,” and excited because tonight I am having Sushi with Beth

My dream assignment: There was a woman, Liz Kreutz, that followed Lance Armstrong everyday in 2009 photographing his come back to the Tour De France. She was hand selected by Lance. All she did, everyday, was photograph him training, eating, being drug tested, taking interviews and dealing with the throngs of fans and attention. My education was in documentary photography, so that to me would have been a dream assignment, not because I also enjoy racing bicycles but because it is a look into the life of one of the most famous and greatest international athletes of our time.  I would so enjoy to focus on just one person like that for a solid year. My top picks would be President Obama or Jay Z.

If cameras all turned to stone, I would probably be: I enjoy marketing. One of my favorite parts of being a photographer is selling myself. I enjoy making and showing portfolios, websites and promo material. So I guess I would give marketing a try, however if cameras all ACTUALLY turned to stone, I think we all might have more to worry about that what we would do for a living.

If I started a magazine, it would be on: I would never be so foolish

I am inspired by: Passion! I love to see and meet people that are passionate about whatever there “thing” is. It could be a politician going into office for his first term and really believing that he/she is going to really change America or a child that just loves to play soccer. I always recognize it when I see and I just love to experience other people’s enthusiasm for life

I am discouraged by: Complacency. I get frustrated when people argue for their own limitations

An editor is most helpful when: they are clear and reasonable about what they want. that gives me a  road map and then will often allow me to see other possibilities along the way of meeting their objective.

Matthew Mahon

Matthew Mahon

Matthew Mahon

Matthew Mahon

Matthew Mahon

(see more of Matthew’s work, here.)

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