10 minutes with Brian Finke
When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?
You have two published books and another one coming out this Fall – do your books start as personal projects or assignments? Is it important for you to have a personal project going on on the side?
It’s most exciting when it’s a coloration of both personal and commercial. The editorial clients I regularly work with always know what I’m working on personally, what I’m mulling over with on a daily basis. So it’s great when assignments come up that’s the same subject matter as a current personal project, it’s really ideal. I also love how each other, commercial and personal, influence one another, trying new things, introduced to new material, they’re great influences on another. And what’s starting to happening recently, is I get a call for a commercial assignment and the art director or editor says… this could be your next book. It’s an exciting way to start an assignment.
Do you remember the first photographer whose work you loved?
When I was like 12 years old I discovered the photographs of W. Eugene Smith, in the book about his life entitled “Let Truth Be the Prejudice” and the seed was planted.
Any words of wisdom for the up and comers?
Explore all the new creative venues for getting your photos out there.
(Brian is based in New York. See more of his work, here)