Interview w/ Glen E. Friedman • Photographer, “The Idealist” “Fuck You Heroes”

SM: Please describe the image you would choose If you wore a photograph as a face for a week.

GEF: I could never do anything remotely like that. But I guess it would be someone who was recognizable and politically inspiring to me, to hope to inspire others.

SM: When was the last time you felt like you were in the right place at the right time?

GEF: I feel as though I’m usually in the correct place at the correct time.

SM: When was the last time you doubted the limits of coincidence?

GEF: I haven’t.

SM: Please describe a good deed that someone has done for you.

GEF: Many people have prepared food for me or educated me in one way or another. These are the greatest deeds anyone has done for me.

SM: Please add an anecdote to our growing collection.

GEF: There is no way for me to pick just one, I’m full of them, next time anyone reading this sees me they should just ask me for one, a bit more specific to a subject or period of time.

SM: When was the last time you found yourself fascinated by something you found on the street?

GEF: I am fascinated in one way or another by things I see on the street almost everyday.

SM: What do people seem to want from you most of the time, and what would you rather them have?

GEF: Most people seem to want obedience, while i rather them have my ideals.

SM: If it was really true that photographs steal a part of your soul, and in order to enter the afterlife properly, you had to get back all the photographs ever taken of you, what would you ask for as payment from all the people who came looking to get back the pictures you’d taken of them?

GEF: I would never ask for actual payment from a subject in such an instance, Only continued permission to use copies of the same pictures of them respectfully to share their spirit and inspiration after they are gone.

SM: What was your last run-in with a lunatic?

GEF: I have run-ins with lunatics all the time, but on an airplane, with an insanely fascist stewardess, was the last really memorable one. I spoke with Craig Stecyk on the phone a few minutes ago, that can certainly qualify as the “last run-in”

SM: Please describe an impressionable moment from childhood.

GEF: Hiding from the police.

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