1. I own & run an online magazine/blogazine called DAMNED MAG; we have around 25 contributors from all around the world, and we focus on fashion, politics, music, punk rock, literature, street art, things that matter, etc. As of today, DAMNED has been up and running for a week and a half, and we already have 800+ subscribed followers, have interviewed a couple of seriously cool artists & musicians...
2. Brad Elterman, if you haven't heard of him, is one of the best photographers of last century and continuing into this one. He's a living legend and I have admired his work for a very, very long time. Amongst countless others, he's photographed (and been on friendly terms with) Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, the Sex Pistols, the Runaways, the Who, the Ramones, Joan Jett, John Travolta, etc. He is amazing at what he does, and this description does not give him enough credit.
I was lucky enough to be able to contact Brad - we follow each other's blogs - and he agreed to be interviewed by me for the magazine! Stoked is not the right word; when I got the final email in a JOUR2221 lecture, I almost started crying because I couldn't believe my 'career' had come to this already. No, nobody got paid, and yeah, it's just a little online magazine... But for someone whose dream is to interview her idols and inspirations on a personal basis, this was just phenomenal.
As a long time admirer of his work, I was lucky enough to chat with Brad recently about Bob Dylan, blogging and what it truly means to be a photographer…
(Daisy Lola for DAMNED): Just to start us off with, Brad, you’ve worked with a lot of seriously amazing and influential people throughout your career - I’m personally most jealous of John Travolta, Debbie Harry and, of course, The Pistols, but who have been YOUR favourite people to work with over the years?
Were you a punk rocker yourself? I can imagine you pogo-ing!
What I love about your photos is how much soul and personality you capture; even your posed studio shots look like candids! What’s the trick to capturing this rare type of beauty?
Do you maintain any friendships now with the people you’ve photographed?
I think that being a photographer is like being a journalist in many ways - we’re the first writers of history if you think about it in the sense that your work will be used in fifty or a hundred years time when people are describing Bob Dylan! Does it ever overwhelm you, or did you always want to capture moments that would last forever?
Though you’re most famous for photographing icons, you have also done a lot of work with up and comers recently, I remember being particularly inspired by your shoot with Kris Kidd - how do you pick and choose who to photograph nowadays?
I asked my Tumblr followers what they wanted to hear from you, and the vast majority wanted to know if you have any tips for young, aspiring photographers?
And finally, I have to ask… Any anecdotes from photographing the Sex Pistols? I can imagine they’d have come out with some amazing one liners!
Thankyou so much Brad, DAMNED MAGAZINE is so honoured to speak with you!