Photograph by Tom Starkweather
Episode 2.7 – James Chororos
“Your own photography is never enough. Every photographer who has lasted has depended on other peoples pictures too – photographs that may be public or private, serious or funny but that carry with them a reminder of community.” – Robert Adams
I like this Robert Adams quote. I’ve been reading Why People Photograph the last few months. It’s a good read, but also incredibly boring at times. I do most of my reading on the internet which really isn’t intellectually or creatively healthy for you, me or anyone. So I’m incorporating real books back into my ‘content’ stream. It’s not an ambitious plan, basically I’m going to finish the books I’ve bought over the last 15 years but have never read. I mean, I must have bought them for some reason, right? Might as well figure out why, but I’m not hopeful. Some of these books look fucking terrible.
Anyway, when we first started talking about guests to bring on, Eddy mentioned his friend James Chororos, so we set up a time to have a chat. I was excited that he owned a copy of A Kind of Rapture by Robert Bergman, which I hadn’t seen before. Eddy was kind of enough to host this episode at his place in Greenpoint, so I’m going to let him say a few words about James.
I thought James would make a great guest on the LPV Show. He is a former architect turned photographer. In a very short matter of time, he cultivated a large audience completely on his own. It’s not an easy thing to do, but then again, his work speaks for itself.
A year after I first met James, an editorial shoot was cancelled on us last minute. We decided to use the scheduled time to make something different from what we had originally planned to do. We made a few portraits that we thought were interesting and from there started carving out time every month to make more. We still do this today. We research, scout, experiment, discuss and bounce ideas back and forth for future projects. While some artists prefer to work alone, we’ve enjoyed teaming up. In the coming months we’ll be premiering a new set featuring Grado Labs.
Bryan is a similarly admirable creator. He built a large audience as an editor while still finding the time to get out and make photographs. I’m really impressed by that and respect the craft that goes into any kind of audience engagement. It’s one of the biggest hurdles in making art, and I love seeing when it works. So, selfishly, I wanted these two to sit down and talk.
Spreads from A Kind of Rapture by Robert Bergman
Executive Producer / Host Bryan Formhals
Audio Engineer and Music by Tom Starkweather