10 minutes with Dorothy Hong

Interviews with Photographers February 18, 2013 9:06 am

When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?

It was actually a little backwards how I fell into photography. I first chose it and then I realized I loved it. When I was applying to colleges in high school I knew i wanted to go to a school that was more focused towards a career I would like. I always knew I was interested in a creative field of some sort and just decided photography would be art I would pursue. I guess it was fate how it all worked out.

 

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

 

Who were some of the first photographers that inspired you?

I love Avedon of course. His portrait work is endlessly inspiring to me. His Marilyn Monroe portrait is hanging in my apartment. I always strive to achieve that amazing combination of simplicity and depth. Current photographers I love are Andrew Dosunmu, Tierney Gearon, Emma Hardy and a fellow SVA graduate, Peter Ash Lee.

 

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Who would your dream subject be?

That’s hard to say because anyone I would really love to shoot I would probably be so nervous to shoot that it would be a nerve wracking experience. My favorite subjects to shoot are just regular people with beautiful, interesting faces that have great style in locations and light that inspire me and drive my creativity, which usually doesn’t take much. Even just anyone in sunlight that’s dynamic, that you can sculpt and mold around a person is enough for me.

 

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Dorothy Hong

Any goals for the new year?

I’m really hoping to shoot a little more fashion or more kind of stylized portraiture this year.

 

(Dorothy is based in New York. See more of her work, here)

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