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This interview features veteran photographer Jack Radcliffe. His photographs capture the audience' interest as each image portay the complexity of the subject and the environment. A truly inspiring visual artist, he establishes a genuine relationship with the people he photographs and this adds an interesting element to his final image. Get to know more about Jack Radcliffe in this amazing interview.
We'd like to know more about you. Can you tell us more about yourself?
When I was drafted into the Marines in 1966 it changed the course of my life. Since I was unable to finish my PHD program in Sociology or pursue my other creative interest I picked up the camera and never put it down. I was hired by Harford Community College in Maryland and started a photography program that I directed for thirty-five years. During all of my time in that position I continued to take photographs and work in the darkroom every week.
When did your love for photography begin?
My love for photography began in 1967 at Camp LeJune in North Carolina. I regret starting out trying to escape my surroundings by taking photographs of landscape in the rural countryside instead of my fellow Marines, I would love to have that record.
Emotions are said to be an important aspect of photography. How crucial is this element for you as a photographer?
Emotional content is essential to my work, I've sometimes refer to my work as psychological portraiture. I photograph people for years and sometimes decades, in birth as well as death, we both grow older and our relationships evolve or dissolve. These images are in part self portraits not observations from a passive observer.
Does the people/scenery you capture influence you as a photographer?
Every inch of the image is part of the portrait and of equal importance, if it is not essential to the goal of the photograph it is not there. In one of my classes I used to give an assignment to describe every square inch of the photograph. After a semester of this exercise they never looked at a photograph in the same way.
What tools of the trade do you use most often?
I have used a Hasselblad 6x6 and when I had difficulty focusing that camera as my eyes changed I switched to a Mamiya 645 autofocus and in August 2010 I started using a Canon EOS5D and after thirty-five years of darkroom worked I moved to the computer.