Q & A with Ed Templeton

Ed Templeton is a photographer, artist, and skateboard executive based on Huntington Beach, CA. (This interview was compiled from two chats...

SO, that leads to the answer. I think I am drawn to anything that is interesting to me, mostly people and how they present themselves and act. I trust my eye and sensibilities as I walk around to guide me. I probably err on the side of being a tad cynical. I like shooting people most. I think that is the hardest kind of photo to take, so I enjoy the rush of getting close and seeing and and trying to compose and capture a little slice of reality that can transcend the moment and tell a story on its own. Although I'm sure many of mine do not succeed on that level, and of course they are open to varying interpretations, that's the idea.

Joining the Dots: Episode One with Ed Templeton

DJ, filmmaker and subcultural superstar Don Letts sits down with a new guest to discuss their life and work. This week, he meets legendary skateboarder and artist Ed Templeton.

Joining the Dots is a new Huck podcast. Each week DJ, filmmaker and subcultural superstar Don Letts sits down with a new guest to discuss their life and work. This week, he meets legendary skateboarder and artist Ed Templeton.

Juxtapoz Magazine - "Rolling Through the Shadows" @ Leica Gallery, LA

We are excited to show you today works from an upcoming show at Leica Gallery in Los Angeles, "Rolling Through the Shadows," featuring some the l...

We are excited to show you today works from an upcoming show at Leica Gallery in Los Angeles, 'Rolling Through the Shadows," featuring some the leading skate photographers from this generation including Anthony Acosta, Ray Barbee, Joe Brook, Thomas Campbell, Jerry Hsu, Jon Humphries, Greg Hunt, Atiba Jefferson, Dennis McGrath, Fred Mortagne, Arto Saari, Ed Templeton and Tobin Yelland.

Interview: Ed Templeton’s Wayward Cognitions | American Photo

Ed Templeton has spent the last twenty years documenting youth culture from the streets. A former professional skateboarder, Ed’s interest in photography and art was driven, in part, by the founding of his company Toy Machine. This year, Templeton released Wayward Cognitions (Um Yeah Arts). Here, Templeton talks about diving into his immense archives for the new book and the things that catch his eye on his daily photo missions. 

Ed Templeton: Plastic Plant Places at Photomonth « The Leica Camera

Robert Frank said “Black and White is the color of photography” and I really like that statement. I think taking out the color gives a photo a timeless quality. I think color can ruin a perfectly well composed photo, and conversely color can sometimes raise a mediocre photo into a beautiful one. I just like uniformity and the starkness

Ed Templeton: A Professional Skateboarder Turns Artist

Photographer and professional skateboarder Ed Templeton uses his Leica M6 to capture images of skateboarding life. In this portrait, he gives us a clearer picture…

My photography has not changed very much over the years. I’ve been resisting technology and sticking to the same thing. The biggest change for me would be adding a 28mm lens into the mix because I’ve been mostly a straight black and white 50 mm lens photographer since the beginning. That’s the classic street setup. I was just out today shooting with a 50mm with no filters, no bells and whistles, no frills — just a straight Leica M6, 50mm lens, and black-and-white film, Tri-X. I hope they keep making it!

AMERICANSUBURB X: ED TEMPLETON: "Deformer and the Will to Not Be F-cked…"

Eleven years in the making and compiling more than 30 years of material, Ed Templeton’s scrapbook of his upbringing in suburban Orange County California is a much-anticipated book. Its photographs give a sun-drenched glimpse of what it might be like to be young and alive in the “suburban domestic incubator” of Orange County, conveyed in the idiom of Nan Goldin or Larry Clark (and with a sharp eye for the streets that recalls Garry Winogrand or Eugene Richards).

Advance Review: "Deformer" by Ed Templeton- Juxtapoz

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Eleven years in the making and spanning 30 years of material, Deformer chronicles Templeton’s err… unique life and upbringing through photographs, journal excerpts, letters from his strict grandfather, religious notes from his mother, personal sketches, and artwork.

Check it out here.