FEATURING: Matt Salacuse
WHAT'S YOUR PERSONAL MISSION?
I live for the photo that I take today that I will look at in 20 years from today. Often when I am about to click the shutter I think to myself "will this photo be more interesting to you in 20 years?" If the answer is yes, I click the shutter. If the answer is no, I still click the shutter and then wait and see.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING AND HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
I am a professional photographer and I have been shooting since I have been in college. I am slightly dyslexic so book learning came hard to me. So I picked a visual medium to study. To this day, I do not know how my father kept a straight face when I showed him a freshman photo portfolio of squirrels in Washington Square Park and I said, "Dad, I am going to be a photographer.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?
As an editorial photographer you are constantly trying to impose your vision on a subject to be seen in a way that they are not used to. This usually takes 10 levels of P.R. approval and meetings and cajoling. I photographed rapper French Montana this year for Billboard Magazine and I found myself at his mansion in New Jersey with a monster pool out back. So I ran down the ideas for a shoot with him and sheepishly added, "and a shot of you in the pool." To which he added, "oh great, I haven't been in it yet." I was so unprepared for a yes that I literally had to borrow my assistants shorts to get in the pool.
ANY PERSON YOU WANT TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO FOR YOUR GROWTH IN THE INDUSTRY?
Kindest and most supportive photo editor, Michele Romero at Entertainment Weekly. Photo editor that gave me my first break: Deborah Boardley. Photographer pals that challenged me, Michael Schmelling, Emily Shur, Chad Griffith, and Kareem Black. Steel sharpens steel. And Stacey Pittman at Esquire, the photo editor I liked so much that I married her.
WHO INTRODUCED YOU TO ADHESIVE? WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST EVENT?
I was friends with co-founder Shabnam when she was just talking about Adhesive over a few drinks. A few drinks begat a few more and they really created Adhesive. I am always impressed with this sort of enterprise. The one's literally drawn on the back of a cocktail napkin.
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