Seth Resnick

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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?
The economy

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?
Bad sushi

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?
My dad.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Very stubborn

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


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