Stathatos, John. (8 of 9). Oral History of British Photography

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    Interviewee's home, nr Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom

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    Stathatos, John, 1947-, (speaker, male)

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    Read, Shirley, (speaker, female)

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    Part 8. It's a show of new work. Based in Britain to do this, email has made this a lot easier. His own work has been concerned with the reading of landscape and, more recently, with the real and unreal. Just completed a collaborative piece with two French artists on images which are half photographs and half pencil drawings and text. A complex three part work. Will then do another collaborative piece called the Ruins of London. Also working on some almost unmediated, large format, colour images of light. Also working with an old Polaroid SX70, the first time for nearly 20 years he has been taking snapshots. Quite strange and pleasant to do it, unexpected results. Works from home. His wife is a sculptor and he sometimes uses her space in an ex factory building. Sometimes work has an emotional impetus, sometimes intellectual most of it is fairly carefully planned. An interest in landscape, it traces and processes of development because of the historical process. Making art and writing the most important things. Most photography has no commercial value. It does depend on being taken up by a particular kind of gallery which sells. Has British residency but still feels Greek. Easier to move between London and Greece. Greece a part of Europe, Britain may not recognise its own European-ness. Has a home in Greece and goes back often. Doesn't feel like an immigrant in Britain. Not part of a Greek community here as its either students or shipowners. A lot of Greek artists and students come through. Influenced to some extent by Roger Palmer, admires the work of Susan Trangmar. The abiding interest of photography now lies in the nature of the medium and its connection with reality, which hasn't been affected by the digital age. Gerhard Richter. Photography is multi- faceted and can simultaneously be a descriptive photograph, an historical document and a work of art. Believes digital photography a useful tool, uses it himself because of its convenience.

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