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The Fine Art of Photography .........



 INTERVIEW with Craig Morey



Photo © 2000 Kyoung Sook Lee

Interview with Craig Morey.

Q. How long have you been interested in photography?

A. Since childhood, I suppose. I annoyed my family by constantly asking them to pose for snapshots. By the time I was a teenager, they were calling me "C.B." (short for Cecille B. DeMille) because I had a tendency to direct them into unusual positions and was rarely satisfied with just capturing the moment. I also remember clipping interesting photos out of magazines when I was even younger.

Q. What first got you interested?

A. I think I've had an innate interest in images all my life, but it really awoke in college (at Indiana University) when I became involved with a girl who was in the photography dept. She would visit me in my dorm room at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning after having worked in the darkroom all evening. I was quite impressed that the photo school would allow students to work there all night long, and I started spending more time with her and her photo classmates. I soon discovered students and teachers who were infinitely more interesting than the folks I was meeting in the psychology dept., and that rekindled my interest in taking pictures.

Q. Who were your major influences?

A. I have always been attracted to the black & white work of Avedon and Penn and Norman Seef. Also, while I was in college, Ralph Gibson was very active in b&w and it was one particular photo of his - a white horse's head with a woman's hand resting on it - which I mark as the epiphany or the turning point in my understanding of the photographic image. I can't describe it in words very well (and isn't that the real point of photography after all, to describe without words), but seeing that picture at that time helped me realize all at once the great simplicity and the great complexity of photography.

But even that step would not have been possible without the guidance of Henry Holmes Smith, the photo dept. chairman. Smith came from the old Bauhaus school of visual arts and transmitted to us such a passion for images that we all learned, for the first time, that it was alright to love looking at and taking pictures, without having to explain why.

Q. Do you have formal photographic education, or are you self-taught?

A. I would have to say both. I learned a great deal in the art dept. at I.U., but that taught me nothing about earning a living as a photographer. My technical training came as a result of being an assistant - first, in a large "assembly line" studio where we shot everything from wine glasses to underwear, and later, in the studios of various advertising and fashion photographers.







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