Interview with photographer | Marton Perlaki
I chose photography by necessity. At high school I wanted to major in drawing but the school direction had been taken over by the Church and the drawing class was cancelled. So I ended up majoring in religion. Having thus given up drawing, encouraged by a girl friend of mine I went into photography.
Who are some of your favorite photographers and why do you admire their work?
I have been fascinated by the quiet, austere visual world of the works of Harry Callahan and Richard Avedon. I usually prefer photographers who – instead of using eye- catching technical innovations – create fresh and lasting value merely with their refined way of looking at things and with their very attitude towards photography.
It is the creation itself and its process.
What equipment do you prefer to use and why?
I like handheld photography – that’s why I usually choose cameras that allow me free action during shootings. The fewer stands, lamps and other accessories I need to use the better I feel.
Describe your editing process (i.e. the way you go about selecting, retouching and printing your photographs).
Most of the time, I already have an idea during the shooting, which picture I am going to take at the selection. (If I am not the only one who decides – which occurs – the situation is more complicated.) At the end of the session I flip through the pictures and I order them into pairs. (If working with digital camera I make a couple of test adjustments on the computer already during the shooting.) I put aside the pictures I like “to rest” for a while. On the ones I still like even after two or three days I start the post production works (high res scanning, retouch etc.)
What are your plans and aspirations for the future regarding photography?
In May I am leaving for the USA for a while. Also for the future – pathetic as it may sound – my inmost desire is to make good pictures. As for the rest – time will show.