MÁRTON PERLAKI — Interview
Hungarian photographer currentlty living in New York.
Hello Márton, how are you?
Hello Tiffany and Dennis. I am fine thanks.
Can you introduce yourself ? Tell us more about you.
I am a 31 years old photographer from Budapest currently living in New York. Working mostly in fashion and portrait assignments.
What is your experience and approach to photography? When did you start?
I started photography at a relatively young age. When I was at grammar school. I originally wanted to major in drawing and painting. The year when I got admitted, the church took over the school so I had to take up religious studies instead. A friend of mine encouraged me to start a photography school…. I feel indebted to her for the rest of my life.
Can you tell us more about your work with TheRoom magazine?
We established the magazine as a group of friends in 2004. I am the picture director of the magazine ever since. My responsibility is to fill the magazine with great photographs/ photographers who are willing to do assignments for us with no budget. Tough job I am telling you.
On the other hand in this way I got the chance to work with great photographers like Daniel Sannwald, Ryan McGinley, Asger Carlsen, Charlie Engman , Peter Hapak, Hanna Putz , Glen Erler,… just to name a few.
Where is your studio based and what do you like about this place?
My “studio” is a tiny room in my New York apartment. What I like about it is actually the same thing what I hate about it : It’s too convenient.
What inspires and influences you?
I am a very curious person. I guess that is also a reason why I became a photographer. I was always fascinated by the magic of science, the human perception and nature and worlds beyond our imagination. The orbital world, I mean. I drew a lot of inspiration from optical illusions, scientific experiments and superstitions from all over the world.
Which books are on your bedside table?
“50 Psychology Classics”, but I like watching a good British comedy series on Netflix before going to bed.
The last word…
…is what we say before we die.
Interview : Dennis Moya & Tiffany Baehler – 01.14
Images ©Marton Perlaki.