“Photography is freedom. It gives me license to explore the world.” Michael Itkoff
Michael Itkoff. Born in 1981, Michael Itkoff is a contemporary photographer currently based in North Carolina (USA). He holds a BA in photography from Sarah Lawrence College and a MFA from ICP-Bard.
Michael Itkoff, what was your first camera and photographic experience?
Vivitar point and shoot P.O.S.
I was photographing David Robinson at a 76ers/Spurs game when I was 10 years old.
Why did you become a photographer and what does photography mean to you?
Photography is freedom. It gives me license to explore the world!
Which photographer has inspired you most and why?
Joel Sternfeld showed me the light as an undergrad at SLC.
“High Line Stories”: Joel Sternfeld
“No individual photo explains anything. That’s what makes photography such a wonderful and problematic medium. It is the photographer’s job to get this medium to say what you need it to say. Because photography has a certain verisimilitude, it has gained a currency as truthful – but photographs have always been convincing lies.” Joel Sternfeld
How would you describe your photographic style and creative process?
Simple and complex.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your photographic projects?
Everywhere! I always have one eye open for inspiration.
What kind of photography equipment and photographic supplies do you use?
Mamiya 7 and Canon 5D.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a professional photographer?
Don’t quit your day job.
More information about photographer Michael Itkoff
Official homepage: www.michaelitkoff.com