Charles Mintz | Cleveland OH, USA

Short bio…

Photography is Chuck’s third career the result of a passion acquired in Maine many years ago. Becoming full time in 2008 changed the work in profound ways. Previously, the work showed people anonymously and was more about the public space. In this new time, the work has become intensely personal – often involving portraiture. This can be seen in The Album Project, Precious Objects, Costumes and, still in progress, Lustron Stories. Even Every Place – I Have Eve

You shoot film because…

I want the people in my projects to be participants, not subjects. The wooden camera makes the process much less technical, slower and more awkward. Exposures are long requiring the people in the picture to consciously hold still. In the end, it serves to ameliorate the power difference between them and and me.

Your photography feels like…

i want the viewer to see themselves in the experience of the people in my photographs. Then to ask questions about those things, ethical, historical and political. Again, it is no the film so much as the less technical and more interesting process.

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