“I don’t like to over conceptualize a shoot, and technical details are usually secondary. Just give me light, and the right muse to make magic.” Michael Epps Photography
Michael Epps is an editorial and portrait photographer from the USA currently based in New York City. He has a degree in film, from the “City University of New York”. Michael Epps studied photography at the school of life. For Michael Epps photography means to bring “a bit of beauty with soul into the world.”
Artist statement: “Art deserves an audience.”
Michael Epps, why did you become a photographer? And what does photography mean to you?
Photography is the visual language I use to speak. The camera is an extension of ME. It’s what I do. In my own way, I like to think I’m bringing a bit of beauty with soul into the world. I can’t, and won’t do anything else.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process? How do you plan and execute a project? Both technically and conceptually?
For me it all starts with the model. I have to be inspired by them in some way, and it goes beyond physical beauty.
I don’t like to over conceptualize a shoot, and technical details are usually secondary. Just give me light, and the right muse to make magic.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
Richard Avedon is someone I deeply admire. His work constantly challenges me to really see who is in front of my camera.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
“Shut up and take the picture.” By my mother.
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What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
I mostly shoot with a Leica D-Lux 6, and a Nikon d300. I also love my Pentax k1000, Holga, and Lubitel.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
In general, I prefer to see photography, rather than read about it. However, I absolutely love “2HeadS” by Gonzalo Bernard. He’s always informative, and enlightening. The work he presents is always inspiring.
What book about photography would you recommend?
“Film has had a much greater influence on my aesthetic eye, than any still image or book.”
“Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century”. It’s an amazing anthology of his work. His passion and curiosity is imprinted on every image he created. I’d also highly recommend watching films, both classic and contemporary.
Film has had a much greater influence on my aesthetic eye, than any still image or book.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to get started with photography?
Shoot what you love, and shoot often. As an artist, being true to yourself is the most radical thing you can ever do.
More information about editorial and portrait photographer Michael Epps
Official homepage “Michael Epps Photography”: www.michael-epps.com