Questions for Jeremy…
Who has had the biggest influence in your photography career and why?
Hmmm, probably Jimmy Abegg. He was an early mentor and the first guy to tell me to pick up a camera and start shooting. My parents were also a huge influence obviously. They supported me no matter what.
You have photographed many famous individuals, what have you learn from that experience?
I’ve learned that they’re normal people just like the rest of us. They have the same insecurities, if not worse, than all of us. But I love the pressure of shooting famous people. It’s always a very complicated puzzle you have to solve, between getting the shot and playing politics with multiple cooks in the kitchen. I love a good challenge.
A lot of folks may not know about your work with the Reconciliation project. Can you share just a bit about that?
Well, it’s hard to briefly explain. But basically I took portraits last summer of genocide survivors standing with the murderers of their families, who they have now reconciled with. Pretty powerful to say the least. The photos can be seen at http://jeremycowart.com/2011/11/voices-of-reconciliation/
If you could had the chance to reshoot one of your assignments which would it be and what would you do differently?
Sorry, nothing is coming to mind for this one. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done lots of terrible shoots and failed miserably many times but I can’t think of anything specific.
What would you like to be doing in 5 years artistically.
Growing. That’s the number one goal. I like to keep people guessing. I can’t even predict a year from now. Gosh, who knows what 5 years will bring. But I know it will be fun!!
What is the best advice you ever received?
“You should get a camera and start shooting.” – Jimmy Abegg
You just recently posted a video about Joseph Kony… tell me about him and how you got involved.
It’s a campaign that my friends at Invisible Children have launched. I’ve known them for many years now and fully support what they’re doing. Basically they’re trying to track down a war criminal (Joseph Kony) and have him arrested and his killing spree ended. They are literally changing the world with social media and it’s inspiring to watch. Honored to call them friends.
(side note… the video of Joseph Kony has now gone viral, so you probably know about it by now… if not just google Joseph Kony)