“Photography is freedom. It gives me license to explore the world.”
Michael Itkoff (born in 1981) 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.
Interview with Michael Itkoff
Michael, 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.
“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.”
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.