Jonathan Auch

Who Am I ?


Fall 2012

1: Who am I?

I am Jonathan Lucas Auch.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I am a photographer. I take people’s photographs, usually without their permission. I am always working on getting closer and I’m not just talking about physical proximity.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I was born in New York City in 1984. My earliest years were in the old Italian neighborhood on the corner of Houston Street and LaGuardia Place. Where am I going? Probably bankruptcy. Turns out street photography is as lucrative as poetry. Before then I’ll try to take as many honest photographs as possible.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

Cultural Heroes? Ernest Hemingway, James Nachtwey, Chris Hedges, Pablo Neruda, Ludwig Wittgenstein, John Berger, Caravaggio, Pablo Picasso, Diado Moriyama, Bruce Gilden, Karl Marx, Goya, and Sitting Bull. Personal? My father and my mother.

5: What book is your bible?

I try not to read the same book twice. I am not religious and I detest dogma. If a poet or author has written a single original line, the kind of line that avoids cliché, the kind of line that makes you see the world for what it is and is honest, then I will try to read everything they have ever written.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

Some things I love are wintergreen lifesavers, dust, the smell of concrete, rusted fences, peeling paint, shredded plastic bags caught in barbwire, lonely empty places in urban settings, graffiti or how people claim spaces, and creased and calloused hands. Some things I hate are hipstamatic, instagram, the commercialization of asethtics, philosophy, specifically French philosophy, totalitarianism in any form, idealism, those who slink around in packs like jackals, people who smile only with their mouths and not with their eyes, television, meaningless conversations, people who are mean to children, men who hit their wives, beautiful women with no kindness, dishonest or mundane opinions masquerading as profound, she-wolves, capitalist sharks, politicians, bad arguments, and gum.

7: What is your raison d’être?

Like most of us; to try and get by, and pay the rent without suffering intellectual and emotional death.

8: What is your favorite color?


9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?


10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

I avoid hotspots whenever possible. However, if the bar is old and made of wood and the place smells like stale beer and decade old stories, and it isn’t the type of place that’s make-believe, a theme bar with faux trimmings, populated with those who is usurp culture, and there isn’t damn music playing, and people are talking, and they buy you a whiskey every once in awhile, I might be there.

11: What turns you on?

People who have faces like a dried riverbed, mud,  the rain on wet skin and wet clothes, form, light, knobby joints, and angular limbs. Shapely mouths and bright red lipstick. Wrinkles adjescent to beautiful eyes.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

What is your favorite verb?

Jonathan Lucas Auch was born in New York City in 1984. He studied painting at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California. Upon returning to New York, and training as printer, Jonathan worked for three years as the exhibition printer and assitant for photojournalist James Nachtwey, where he was responsible for all print production used in exhibits, periodicals, galleries, and museums. As a freelance photographer, Jonathan works on both the street and as a photo and video producer who reports on a variety of stories all of which focus on political, cultural and emotional isolation, alienation, loneliness, racism ,and discrimination.


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Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Ceara Maria Burns

Photography by David Paul Larson

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Jonathan Auch, West St, NYC, Photography by David Paul Larson

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