This profile is an interview with a San Francisco photographer, inspired by the exhibition The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936–1951 and the #SFphotohunt Instagram contest. This interview is with #SFphotohunt contest winner Rita Harowitz.
|Winner photograph of the "Kisser" challenge of #SFphotohunt.|
Do you have a favorite place to photograph? Where is it and why?
I'm always scanning my surroundings for images. Someone or something will catch my eye and I'll know instantly that I want to take that photo. I don't always know when I've a taken a great shot but I know the potential for a good shot when I see it.
Do you work analog/digital, or both? What are the advantages of your chosen medium?
|The winning entry to the #SecretSpaces challenge of #SFphotohunt, and the winner of the contest overall.|
How did you discover photography and what was your first camera?
My father introduced me to photography when I was a child. We would develop family photos together in a corner of the den that was set aside as a make-shift darkroom. I got my first camera through Blue Chip trading stamps (hopefully some people know what those are). It was a Kodak brownie instamatic and I was ten years old. I still have my first photos that I took out on the elementary school playground.
Do you belong to a community of fellow photographers? If so, what do you think this contributes to your photographic practice?
I belong to a community of photographers that I met on Flickr years ago. I was fortunate to have found Flickr when it first became a social network site back in, I think, 2002. I still go out shooting with people I met on there ten years ago and I've travelled the world to visit and photograph alongside others whom I came to know from afar on Flickr. Flickr made the world more accessible to me and enriched my life in ways beyond photography. It allowed me to use my camera to connect with others on so many levels. The world seems smaller and more "one" as a result.
What is your must-have photo gear / who are other must-see photographers?
Do you have any stories about a time you took a photo on the street, and something unexpected happened?
I don't have a story that jumps out at me. But there have been many instances of unexpected gratefulness for having seen and been able to capture a moment in time.
Do you have a favorite subject?
To riff on my friend Cynthia's quote "The best camera is the one you have with you." My favorite subject is the person I'm with.