Mr. Jon Premosch, Photographer
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Jon Premosch is a studio photographer for Buzzfeed who uses bright colors much like Jerry Seinfeld uses cars (and coffee). His loud, signature hues play character, they accentuate and draw analogies, and they primarily empower a level of humor with Premosch's subjects that make his photos as fun as they are instantly recognizable as his work, and most likely, not somebody else's.
As we've gathered, Mr. Premosch was initially inspired by his upbringing in Queens NY, with the requisite 90's hip-hop legend-set (Biggie, Tupac, et. al) playing soundtrack to his childhood. To learn more about his style and generally pick his brain as we've become big fans of his work, we chatted with him to learn more...
For starters, who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jon Premosch and I was born and raised in Queens, New York. I am currently working as a staff photographer for BuzzFeed where I shoot a variety of things including promos for shows, celebrity features and all sorts of other stuff.
My favorite recent purchase has to be my newest camera, the Nikon D850. It took 3 months for it to ship since they were on back order but it was well worth the wait. IT IS AMAZING!
I don't really have much time to read so recently the only thing I have been reading is emails and camera manuals. =)
I listen to all sorts of music but recently I have been listening to a lot of classic rap like Biggie, Wu Tang, Tupac, Beastie Boys, Eminem etc. as well as some newer stuff like Kendrick, Kanye, Drake, Tyler The Creator etc.
Hmmmm.. I would say the coolest experience I had this year was getting married at a haunted house. Not any haunted house tho, the actual house that they used to film the classic horror film Halloween. It was pretty awesome.
I pull a lot of inspiration from many places. I love working with color, humor and oddball style. I can draw inspiration from anything colorful. Sometimes it can be a episode of the Simpsons where I like the color schemes they are using or a music video or even a cereal box, I am constantly looking at the way colors and patterns interact with each other and trying to implement that into my work when possible. I do have some favorite photographers as well that I look at for inspiration such as William Eggleston, David Lachapelle and Tony Kelly who have mastered color. I love the way those photographers use light, color and humor to create dynamic imagery.
Best creative advice ever received?
The best creative advice I ever received was "be yourself no matter what, and don't let other people try to change you into what they want you to be." This is advice that I gave myself because I see a lot of artists trying to conform to what is hip right now instead of just creating what comes from within.
One person from history and one person still around you could photograph...
This one is really hard... Someone from the past, the first one that pops in my head is Biggie because he was the "King Of New York" when I was growing up and all the colorful Coogi sweaters he used to wear would look pretty cool in my shooting style. If were talking like way back in history before cameras even existed.. I would probably want to photograph Jesus because that would be a the most mind-blowing thing I could possibly add to my portfolio. As for people who are around now, thats even harder. If I had to pick one I think I would go with Dave Chapelle because he is a living legend and I can only imagine the kinds of ideas he would come up with. Oh also Elvis would be pretty cool! lol sorry thats too many, I wanna photograph everyone!
One word to describe your photos...
Agreed. Thanks Jon, for taking the time!