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Q+A with Murray Hidary


How did you get into photography from music and entrepreneurial work?

The first camera I got was when I was 17, a gift from my parents for high school graduation. My mother was a strong, influence. She was a photographer when she was in her 20s and early 30s when I was a kid. She shot black and white work in our Brooklyn neighborhood and kept a darkroom in the basement. I grew up with these unique images on our kitchen wall: an old man taking a mid day nap slumped over in his chair, graffiti on a storefront gate, a dead sparrow on the concrete sidewalk, the elevated train tracks all within a few blocks of where I grew up.


Why photography and not, say, painting?

We've been around for 200,000 years and photography is a technology that's less than 200 years old. We've had pictographs, we've had paintings, we've had all types of expression but they are not exact light capturings.’ Photography is about capturing light in order to document something. Photographers can document the exact moment in a split second. It’s very powerful. It revolutionized human communication and understanding.


The word photography was coined in 1839, combining the Greek words meaning ‘to write’ and ‘light’ and this is what photographer, composer and entrepreneur Murray Hidary does so well. Hidary’s artistic journey began with the documentation of people and places in a journalistic fashion (Series 1 – 7), but rapidly evolved through Series 8 – 10 to explore his subjects—all the more deeply—through their abstraction. Today, a studied lack of focus (not to be mistaken for an absence of focus) makes him fluent in a Platonic language made up of light, color and form