Hot and Cold Salad bar by Fall 2006 Hot Shot Joseph Holmes
Currently residing in: Brooklyn, NY
Taking pictures is extremely gratifying. There are mornings when I'm wandering through Soho or Tribeca or Chinatown, when the sunlight is fine and diffuse and the air takes on an unfamiliar tint, when the hydrants and street debris seem a little too purposely arranged, maybe a little coy or ironic, and it's at those times that I'm seized by the feeling that the whole city is a film set. I imagine a crew of little film-set elves passing through during the night, sprinkling film-set dust everywhere and preparing the street for the arrival of camera operators, focus pullers, and little elf teamsters in their little denim jackets and white Adidas. On those days, we all live in a film set and I'm the set photographer.
I was born in 1954 and raised in a tiny factory town in rural Pennsylvania where my father taught me how to take pictures and use the darkroom; I spent many years shooting nothing but black and white film. I lived in various towns and cities in the Midwest and East before settling in Brooklyn in 1984 where I now live with my wife and two children. I teach photography at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.