Renowned photographer Ari Marcopoulos is about to release a new publication entitled Directory. The book amasses some 1,200 pages documenting the photographer and filmmaker’s documentation exploits spanning some 30 years. To provide us with greater insight to the book that releases on March 5, Interview Magazine have conducted a short interview with Ari Marcopoulos making for a worthwhile read.
KEN MILLER: How do you edit a 1200-page book?
ARI MARCOPOULOS: You don’t edit. We just took a stack [of photos] and then laid them on top of each other.
Your early work was black and white, then you switched to color. Why switch back to black and white?
I didn’t really switch back. I shoot both color and black and white still—predominantly color. The [images in the book] are all copies, so most of the originals are color photos.
How did you arrive at the photocopied printing style you’ve been using for the last few years?
I have been making photocopies for years, first just as a tool to figure out book layouts, but always loving the look. Then it was a question of being tired of endless tinkering to get a “perfect” color print. With photocopies, it’s all pretty straightforward.
Why was it important to keep the date stamps in the digital photos—especially since they’re not chronological or a daily diary?
Dates can be important. It’s a nice way to remember when I took [the photo] without having to rack my brain or look in the archives. It also makes every photo important, because there is the date. I can take a picture of nothing, but at least we know when I took it.
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