By Scoop Malinowski
First memory of photography: My father asking me to take pictures of the family with a Kodak camera.
Inspirations: Reading many books about adventures like Bob Morane, Jack Kerouac, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Edgar Allen Poe, Comte de Lautréamont(Isidore Lucien Ducasse.
Favorite movies: Pierrot le fou, Jean-Luc Godard, The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola and Midnight In Paris from Woody Allen.
First famous person you met or encountered: René Lévesque, prime minister of Québec – I took a picture of him but didn’t have a chance to talk with him. He was the best prime minister of the century. He inspired me so much and following that I did photo – exhibits “Images of Quebec” in Buenos Aires, Mexico, Caracas, Québec, Aix-en Provence and La Havana.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Vanilla.
Greatest moment in your career: My 40th photo exhibit in Manhattan in 2008: “Manhattan Insights” the intimate look at a neighborhood.”
Most painful moment of your career: Taking pictures of people in the streets of Caracas when they were in despair living on the streets.
Funny career memory: Taking a picture of a woman’s breast in a New York show.
Embarrassing career memory: A woman asking me to take a nude picture of her because she was so vain. I didn’t do it.
Favorite subjects to photograph: Jazzmen, Singers, Architecture photos of New York, Nature’s shot and Womens pictures.
Favorite artists: Modigliani, Fellini, Andy Warhol, Albert Camus, John Lennon, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Charlie Musselwhite, Miles Davis, Léo Ferré, Billie Holliday, Joni Mitchell and Charlie Mingus.
Favorite photographers: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and Paul Almasy, whom I had the luck to meet in Paris in 79.
People qualities most admired: Humility, honesty, perfectionism, generosity, aperture and creativity.