What comes first–the idea for a project, or the images themselves?
Over the course of her career, curator and lecturer Sasha Wolf has heard countless young photographers say they often feel adrift in their own practices, wondering if they are doing it the “right” way. She was inspired to seek insight from a wide range of photographers about their approaches to making photographs, and, more important, a sustained body of work. Their responses are compiled in PhotoWork: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice. Below, twelve artists respond to the first question in the interview series:
Paul Graham was one of the very first British documentary photographers to work in colour. His first major series of pictures, made in 1981-2 along the A1 motorway in England, later published as A1 – the Great North Road, caught the country on the cusp of a new mood. In the motorway cafes of the industrial north, customers, mainly men, sat alone, detached from and somehow mocked by the brightly coloured, pre-formed plastic interiors, the brand names and neon signs.