Hand Boils with Jeremy Liebman
We first saw Jeremy Liebman‘s work on the blog run by our friends over at Blood Of The Young, and after doing a little more searching, realised that Jeremy really is gifted in a wide array of photographic disciplines. He nails fashion, commercial, personal and portraits like a man who’s been taking photos for years beyond his age. Those portraits are often of people who could accurately be described as true innovators – people like George Lois, Lawrence Weiner and Nobuyoshi Araki – so Jeremy’s in good stead already. Here, listen to him talk about himself.
“I was born in Berkeley, California, and moved to Dallas, Texas when I was six. I studied at the University of Texas at Austin, in an interdisciplinary liberal arts program called Plan 2, which incorporated a wide array of subjects—philosophy, physics, theoretical math, literature, etc. I’ve always had really broad interests and would’ve been restless in art school, so it was a great experience. I asked my dad, who used to be a very serious amateur photographer, to teach me photography when I was 19. I spent a lot of time with old issues of Aperture from the 80s and photography books by Diane Arbus, Bill Brandt, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Josef Koudelka, and Max Yavno.
“I moved to New York immediately after graduation and started assisting and doing odd jobs in the industry. Since I didn’t have much of a technical background, I paid a lot of attention to the photographers I worked for, learning to C-print and light and use large format cameras. I was really interested in using a slick commercial language to show more prosaic subject matter. After a while that approach started to feel too staid for me, so I’ve scaled back to 35mm film without artificial light, but with some of the same ideas and concerns about vision, communication, and vulgarity.”