|Richard Kern | pornography as a prop|
Q: How particular is the portrait to the person?
A: Usually, I have a list of things I would like to shoot. If an idea is a bit too weird, I save it for a model who seems to have less restrictions than others. For example, lots of women don’t want to show anything below the belt. If a model has too many restrictions at our first meeting, there will not be a second meeting. Some models have challenged me to come up with something they will not do.
Q: Are there instances where the model’s suggestion for a shot is too much for you?
A: No, that’s usually where I say, “let me check the lights first”.
Q&A, Feature, New York
DRE: Do you like video?
RK: Digital photography and video are excellent because you don’t need to do any gigantic setup. It’s immediate. Lily’s shoot took 15 minutes. It doesn’t matter if you screw up because you just keep going. Film stock is a big hassle. I have a book coming out in the fall that is all film though.
Daniel Robert Epstein (suicidegirls.com)
photo: courtesy Feature, New York