Photo blog Look Underfoot recently tagged me in some type of blogging-chain-letter-type of thing, requesting that I publish 7 things about myself that most people do not know. Hmmm...wtf I ask?? I am flattered that someone...like the Look Underfoot lady for instance, wants to know my secrets...but I just don't know who else would want to know this stuff? And some of the really personal stuff, well...I just think you will end up burdened by such information. But I'll do it if we keep it to the history of photography...k?
None the less...I need a blog today, so here goes:
1. In 1989, my girlfriend and I sat on the bed in a Motel 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, looked up Joel-Peter Witkin in the phone book, found that he was listed, dialed the number....and he answered.
2. In 1984 I was in high school and attended a lecture with my parents by photographer Duane Michaels at Skidmore College in Saratoga, N.Y. In 2000 I was having dinner with blogger Olivier Laude and artist Thorina Rose. As we were speaking we realized we were all at the same lecture, Laude and Rose were students at the college at that time. WASW?!?! ( What A Small World ! )
3. When I was 19, a girlfriend wrote a letter to photographer Larry Clark and purchased a signed poster from Clark's project "Teenage Lust" for me as a birthday gift, depicting a girl masturbating her boyfriend in the backseat of a car. I hung it in my room at home, though my parents often hid it behind blankets when guests or repairmen came to the home. Clark included a nice note with the poster, requesting a photograph of ourselves from her as part of the exchange. I have that note to this day.
4. While on an editorial assignment in NYC, I met the shooter who later went on to gain national attention as the anonymous blogger Bitter Photographer.
5. I once had an email exchange with famed literary hoax J.T. LeRoy.
6. In 2005 I sat in a conference room of The New Yorker with their photo editors. They looked at my project "Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews" and asked me, un-smiling, "Why would you ever think we'd want to see this project?"
7. Um....I think that may be it. The last one was a good one though...it counts as two.