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Ari Marcopoulos "Directory" Book

Photographer Ari Marcopoulos has amassed an enviable catalog of photos and relationships over

Photographer Ari Marcopoulos has amassed an enviable catalog of photos and relationships over his 30-year career. His upcoming book titled Directory is a testament to the photographer and filmmaker’s documentation exploits with 1,200 pages representing a good chunk of his favorite photos. Interview Magazine conducted a short interview with Marcopoulos including how he went about the book and some background information. Directory will be published by Rizzoli and Nieves with a release on March 5. Some of the questions and answers from the interview can be seen below.

KEN MILLER: How do you edit a 1200-page book?

ARI MARCOPOULOS: You don’t edit. We just took a stack [of photos] and then laid them on top of each other.

Your early work was black and white, then you switched to color. Why switch back to black and white?

I didn’t really switch back. I shoot both color and black and white still—predominantly color. The [images in the book] are all copies, so most of the originals are color photos.

How did you arrive at the photocopied printing style you’ve been using for the last few years?

I have been making photocopies for years, first just as a tool to figure out book layouts, but always loving the look. Then it was a question of being tired of endless tinkering to get a “perfect” color print. With photocopies, it’s all pretty straightforward.

Why was it important to keep the date stamps in the digital photos—especially since they’re not chronological or a daily diary?

Dates can be important. It’s a nice way to remember when I took [the photo] without having to rack my brain or look in the archives. It also makes every photo important, because there is the date. I can take a picture of nothing, but at least we know when I took it.

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