Sam Hessamian

Interview made by Elza

Tell us a little bit about you?
I’m a fashion photographer currently living and working in New York City.

Did you go to school to study photography? How long have you been a
I went to film school, and I studied both film directing and
cinematography. I’ve been shooting seriously since 2005-2006.

How would you describe your style?
I’ve never analyzed these things, but from what I hear, I’d say my
style of work is cinematic and raw.

What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I’ve used all kinds of cameras and shot with most available mediums,
from large-format Polaroid to 35mm film. I’ve used everything in between,
as well. I’m not loyal to any camera or camera manufacturer. I’ve never
had the perfect camera. I’m still searching for that one.

If you had to choose one lens, which one would it be and why?
These days I primarily use 50mm lenses. When I first started I
preferred more wide-angle lenses – 20mm and 28mm lenses. But now I
strictly use 50mm lenses.

Are you a Mac or PC lover?
I prefer Mac.

Do you plan on buying any new equipment, and if so, what do you have your eyes on?
I have my eyes on a Leica. I haven’t decided on the model. Perhaps an
M2 or an M5. But I don’t think much about equipment these days. I’ll use
anything to get my point across.

What gives you ideas and inspires you?
When I first started, I was inspired by cinema and by music. Rock n’
Roll. Bebop Jazz. Though now I’m more inspired by people and by places.

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about photography?
The business aspects of photography. That’s the most challenging.

The first photographer that comes to your mind and why?
Probably Juergen Teller. Because his work is heavily driven by subject
matter, which is what makes it strong. He doesn’t just shoot pretty
pictures, where style overpowers subject matter. He has a distinct style,
and it’s strong, but his subjects are not there to serve the style.

If you could be invisible for one day with your camera…
I’d like to shoot a woman I’m in love with as she moves about her day.
I like to shoot people thinking and being when they are in that alone
space. That could be invasion of privacy, of course, but I guess I’ll deal
with the moral question when I figure out a way to vanish into thin air.

I’ve learned the most from…

What talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could sing. Or play the saxophone like Charlie Parker.

What is your greatest fear?

Something that is overrated?
Fashion Photography.

If you could have lunch with anyone famous, who would it be?
Jean-Luc Godard.

Your favourite film (movie) of all time?
“À Bout de Soufflé” by Jean-Luc Godard

First thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Free my friends from financial hardships. Then perhaps I would use that
money to help others. But my friends come first.

Which five words would your friends use to describe you?
This is a tough one. I’m not sure.

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