by Alan Carville Published 01/11/2010
Your own mentors (living or dead)
My biggest influence in photography came from Rick Smolan, the co-founder of the Day in the Life Photography series. Not so much because of the imagery, but from the sheer determination to pull off a grand scale project.
The Day in the Life series consisted of some of the world's best photo journalists photographing continuously for 24 hours. My biggest single career move came when I decided to do a similar project on Malta. I invited photographers to meet and photograph continually for a week (not all at the same time). The Malta 24/7 project became the largest attended exhibition on the island and the only one featured on Euro news.
What do you think will be the next big thing in the industry?
Technology makes us faster and more accurate. Yet most of the technology emulates ways of how traditional photographers used to do things. There are photographers who know very little about photography but take great pictures. And there are photographers who know every bit of theory who take the coldest, clinically dead images. If you make people believe something is fashionable and you can convince them that you know what you are talking about, then they will follow. One thing is for sure - the theory of light will never change. Art is an idea - photography is the trade. As long as you have new ideas there will always be a supply.
Your plans for the next five years?
My aim is to develop educational aspects of photography. There are a lot of books out there but there still appears to be a huge educational gap. Practice does not make perfect - perfect practice makes perfect.
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