David George Brommer is a New York City-based photographer specializing in alternative culture. In the mid-90’s David was the creative mind behind Suspect Photography, a studio-gallery acclaimed for exhibiting maverick and emerging photographers. David’s fascination with dark subject matter and the use of religious and mythological elements in his compositions resulted in an aesthetically unique body of work. He is well versed in techniques ranging from pixels to platinum and enjoys using a wide range of camera gear to obtain the final image. During the past two decades, his extensive oeuvre has been widely shown across the country in several solo and collective exhibitions. In recent years, David has become a sought-after speaker on matters of contemporary photography as well as technical teaching. Among others, David has taught seminars at the International Center of Photography, The Maine Media Workshops, and nationwide industry conventions. Currently David is the Director of the B&H Photo Event Space overseeing and developing the educational content for customers of B&H Photo. Visit David Brommer’s popular website at www.suspectphotography.com.
DOMINIQUE JAMES: How did you get started in photography?
DAVID GEORGE BROMMER: A few things were responsible, the Polaroid Sun 600 camera my Mom and Dad gave me, my brother who was into the photography fad of the 1970s, and my uncle Harold who was an advanced photo hobbyist. I joined the Colonia High School Year Book club when I was a sophomore and that gave me access to a darkroom which I fell in love with. In high school I preferred the art classes and had a great teacher George Bates, but what really made me gravitate to photography was poor sketching and drafting skills. I was able to create what was in my mind with camera and lens far better than with pen, brush and hand.
DJ: What kind of pictures do you like to take?
DGB: I am mostly known for portraits, and the specialty of Goth and subculture. But in the past decade have really branched out to include landscape.
DJ: Who or what would you consider as influential to your photography?
DGB: Richard Avedon. I love his clean and technical approach to portraiture.
DJ: What’s your favorite camera and lens?
DGB: That changes with the times and what I’m currently working on. I have an extensive collection of cameras from sub miniature Minoxes to 8x10 view cameras. If I was pressed I’d say, the Fujifilm XPro1 for digital and the Deardorff 8x10 for film. But I really don’t have a favorite, because I love all my cameras equally. For lenses I like the troika of a wide, standard and portrait-short telephoto.
DJ: Any other particular piece of photo gear that you like using?
DGB: First let’s say the man makes the picture, not the camera. At this moment the last camera I shot with is the Deardorff, but the week before that I shot with my Hassalblad.
DJ: Do you edit and enhance your pictures before showing them?
DGB: Of course, don’t we all?
DJ: How do you share your pictures and to whom?
DGB: I have a popular blog www.suspectphotography.com and I use social media like Facebook and Twitter.
DJ: How do you store or archive your pictures?
DGB: Pretty darn well.
DJ: What advice can you share with others?
DGB: I’m working on a book called Finding and Developing Photographic Style and my focus is education right now. So where do I begin? In short, I suggest working on self-assigned projects that have a beginning, middle and end, that you set up when planning the project.
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