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2018 Spaces First Place Winner Profile – Alan Karchmer

By July 2, 2018Contests, Spaces 2018

Washington, D.C.
Image © Alan Karchmer
University of Southwest Louisiana Natatorium, Ashe Broussard Weinzettle Architects

University of Southwest Louisiana Natatorium

First Place – Editorial

ASMP: What was your inspiration for taking this photo?

Alan Karchmer: The pool is the heart of this campus recreation center and has a quality of serenity about it. I used the reflective surface of the pool in an uncharacteristically still moment to mirror the calm order and pattern of the exterior wall.

ASMP: Is there anything unique about your style or approach?

AK: I continue to work slowly and analytically like I did when I used a view camera for the first 25 years of my career.

ASMP: What type of lighting did you use for this image or series?

AK: Natural light, which I always prefer if at all possible.

ASMP: How long have you been shooting this type of photography?

AK: Forty Years

ASMP: What other photographers’ or artists’ work inspires you?

AK: Ezra Stoller and Julius Shulman, the early masters of commercial architectural photography on one end, Timothy Hursley who I think inspired a generational shift in the 1980s in how architecture is interpreted in photographs, and Iwan Baan who rose in the digital age and shoots with the (apparent) ease and spontaneity enabled by DSLR photography.

ASMP: When did you join ASMP and what do you find most valuable about your membership?

AK: Strength in numbers of a group of photographers who stood for quality, and respect for the value of their work.

ASMP: What is the more important relationship you’ve formed through your ASMP membership?

AK: Finding assistants.

ASMP: What kind of gear do you use?

AK: Alpa XY medium format technical camera, Phase One IQ260 back, Really Right Stuff tripod with Arca Swiss Cube head, MacBookPro computer with Capture One and Photoshop, Instand portable laptop stand.

ASMP: What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started your career as a photographer?

AK: When you think the phone will never ring again it always does.

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