When did you decide to become a photographer?
It was an organic process. I saw the work of photographers like Cartier-Bresson, Frank, Kertesz and others and knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life.
How would you define your style of photography?
I work on the street photograph life. It dictates to me what happens. Not me.
I work fast and seek an "out of the corner of the eye" immediacy and energy. One camera: a Leica M. One lens: 35 mm. Worry about nothing but what is going on in front of me.
Who are the most influential photographers in your career?
The work of the photographers mentioned above still move me. Practically, I worked with Annie Leibovitz and Joel Meyerowitz in New York and Michel Comte in Los Angeles. Meyerowitz introduced me to Leica's. Leibovitz, probably the all round strongest photographer I have ever worked with, showed me how to make photographs every day, no excuses. Deliver the goods. Period. Comte showed me how a photographer's kinetic energy can translate into energy in photographs.
What is your favorite lens?
35 mm lens on a Leica M camera.
Have you given up something to be a photographer?
Yes, a house, cars, starting a large family, you name it. I live like a monk so that I can express myself while maintaining a unique point of view. If you are unwilling to sacrifice, don't become a photographer.
What personal changes and achievements have resulted through the photography you make?
Walking and walking and more walking with an open mind and open eyes. Photographs will come but not on a schedule.
Do you prefer photographs taken in color or black and white?
Black and White.
What photograph for you is a memorable one?
Veiled Infant, China. It stunned me to witness such a moment in time.
Your best moment as a photographer?
I hope it lies ahead.
And your worst moment? …
Living in New York and LA and not being able to afford to break free and do the kind of work I am doing now. I also had some of my best moments then too. Life is that way...
Who should never want to become a professional photographer?
Those who live life without expectations, especially material ones.