Conversation with Bruce Giffin
Years working as an artist: 30 years
Preferred Medium: Straight Photography
What is currently your favorite:
Work of Art: Le Manege de monsieur barre, 1955 by Robert Doisneau.
Piece of advice: No tricks, no gimmicks, no schemes…Just do good work…If you get caught tricking someone, they will never trust you again.
Do you collect anything? I’ve been told that I collect collections…
How would you describe your subject matter or the content of your work? Simply Street Photography
How did you and Bowen end up working with each other?
We were in an exhibit together last year and he asked me if I would send some samples for a possible collaboration. I expected something like Hollywood squares but what I got was remarkable!
You both have a strong body of work that involves people – what do you find the most rewarding and challenging about presenting images of people?
I shoot everything that moves, but I believe that portraiture is the basis of photography. If you take what the subject gives you instead of trying to control the subject, a lot of the time they will give you a glimpse of their soul!
Do you have a day job? What is it? How does it influence your current work?
No day job for 30 years!
What are you presently inspired by— are there particular things you are reading, listening to or looking at to fuel your work? I believe that all music, all art, all films, all conversations influence one’s work. You don’t consciously think about what’s happening. You just absorb it at some level!
Do you see your work as relating to any current movement or direction in visual art or culture? Which other artists might your work be in conversation with?
I don’t have any intellectual basis for my work. I just look and click the shutter…Sometimes somebody will approach me and feel intimidated about a gallery or an exhibit. I offer them a PHD. in art appreciation…If you like it, its good…