Chosen as one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade by Photo District News Magazine, Seth Resnick is one of North America’s most prolific corporate, editorial and stock photographers. Seth is greatly in demand for his beautiful graphic images in both natural and created light. Resnick has been published in the world’s most prestigious magazines. His credits include over 2500 publications worldwide and his clients constitute a virtual list of Corporate America.
He is co-founder of D-65, an organization teaching digital workflow workshops, webinars, one-on-one training, tech support, and consulting for photographers, studios, agencies, and corporate art departments. Resnick is at the forefront of digital innovation working with Adobe, NEC, Canon, Xrite, Epson and others to help them formulate more useful products for photographers. Resnick is one of 78 photographers worldwide named as a Canon Explorer of Light. He is a member of the prestigious X-rite Colorati program as well as an Alpha/Beta and feature consultant for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
What’s the best thing about photography?
Totally stimulating and the ability to freeze time
What’s the worst thing about photography?
Failure can be very depressing
What’s the thing that interests you most about photography?
Trying to create something that someone standing next to me would not see
What’s the thing that interests you most about your own photographs?
Recognizing that I have my own unique style
What’s the thing that interests you most about other people’s photographs?
Their interpretation of their mind’s eye
Who were your early photographic influences?
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jay Maisel, Eric Meola, Pete Turner, Ernst Hass, Susan Meisalas
Who are your photographic influences now?
Same as above
Who were your early non-photographic influences?
Picasso, Monet, Hitchcock, Luis Bunuel, Van Gogh
Who are your non-photographic influences now?
Damien Hearst, Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol
What’s the most inspiring work of art you saw recently?
Prints at Jay Maisel’s studio
What’s the best thing about gear?
Keeps getting better and better
What’s the worst thing about gear?
Keeps getting better and better which means you are always buying
How do you know when an image doesn’t work?
Instant gut feeling
How do you know when an image is good?
When it makes you stop to study it
How do you know when an image is great?
When you can always remember it
What’s the most useful photographic mantra?
Always carry a camera
Do you practice another art form? (If so, which?)
What was the most significant visual moment in your life?
I did a long term story (20 plus years) on a little girl that was burned. Seeing her and having her smile at me the moment we met with her severely burned faced is a moment that I will never forget and a moment that changed my future.
Which was the most important image to you that got away?
Eric Heiden winning his 5th gold medal at the Olympics in 1980
What failure did you learn the most from?
Shooting an annual report with a brand new Nikon and having 50 rolls of Kodachrome come out blank.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Creating positive change for other photographers
What’s the thing you most hope to accomplish?
To create a vision that leaves an impression on others
If you had to do it all over again, what would you change?
I think I would have stopped taking commercial assignments and pursued my own personal visions sooner
If you had another life to live a completely different life, what would you choose to do?
I would be a lawyer or an extreme skier or a wine maker
What are the most important questions to you?
Questions that make me thin
What’s photography really all about?
How did photography change the world?
Provided us the ability to freeze time
How did photography change your world?
Answered my calling and gave me an ability to communicate
What’s the best thing about influence?
Makes you change
What’s the worst thing about influence?
Makes you change
What’s the worst thing about our times is?
What keeps you up at night?
I wake up from a deep sleep and plan things and solve problems. Ironically it is one of my most productive times.
What gets you going in the morning?
Everything. I love getting up early. Started to answer these questions at 5 AM today 🙂
What’s your favorite movie?
King of Hearts, Swept Away, Psycho, The Birds, Un Chien Andalou, 2001 Space Odyssey
What’s your favorite book?
1984 by George Orwell,
What’s your favorite foods?
Fois gras, Lobster, Sushi
What food do you hate the most?
What’s your favorite restaurant?
Delano sushi bar in Miami Beach
What’s your favorite city in the world that you travelled?
What’s your favorite thing to do on regular basis?
Go across the street and jump in the ocean, eat good sushi, shoot pictures
What’s your favorite piece of music?
Every Rolling Stone Song and every Crosby Stills and Nash song..
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
Love, good health , kids, and extra bucks to pay for them all
What is your greatest fear?
Who are your heroes in real life?
My Dad, my kids and my wife, Jay Maisel, and a crazy skier named Glen Plake
Which living person do you most admire?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Wine , Araujo specifically.
What is your favorite journey?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your greatest regret?
Not pursuing becoming a competitive extreme skier and not winning Powerball
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
President of EP, Fighting for others, kids
What is your favorite occupation / past time?
Working in a tropical fish store and working in a ski store
What do you most value in your friends?
Integrity, loyalty, intelligence and fun
What’s your mottos?
F… with me and I will f….you back harder than you have ever been f… before
If you can’t do the job right, don’t do it at all
You are as good as your last job
While two dogs fight for a bone a third dog gets away with it
When your in a hole stop digging
What is it that you most dislike?
Someone more obnoxious than me
How would you like to die?
Very old and no pain and quick