An Interview with Jon Kersey
How long have you been taking photographs?
I started working in the darkroom twenty five years ago. I call that the beginning of my "serious photography".
Was there a specific event or era in your life that contributed to your decision to become a photographer?
I don't think there was a specific event but I was in high school in the late sixties and early seventies. Certain photographs from that period are burned into my mind. They brought ideas to people in a visceral way. Those photographs are an important part of that era's social history.
Who is your favorite photographer?
There are so many photographers I like it's hard to chose one. However, Bruce Davidson's work has always been near the top of my list. I love his portraits and he's a very good writer. The introduction to his book Subway is like reading a hip ethnography.
What is your favorite book on photography?
Again there are so many but Magnum Stories edited by Chris Boot is very good. It's an opportunity to read how sixty-one Magnum photographers' work from the germination of the story idea to the final edit. A close second is Bystander: A History of Street Photography by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz. They put street photography into an interesting historical and social context.