Magazine article The Fader

How to Shoot a Photographer and Get Away with It: Behind the Scenes with Tyler, the Creator

Magazine article The Fader

How to Shoot a Photographer and Get Away with It: Behind the Scenes with Tyler, the Creator

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Mark Peckmezian: Tyler emailed me out of the blue two months ago saying he was a fan of my work. We chatted a bit, and we agreed that I would shoot him at some point--like a portrait of him just for my own artwork. Then it came up that The FADER was doing a story. I guess Tyler mentioned my name to Geordie, the photo director. So I was sort of, in a way, picked by Tyler to shoot it. I think it's really good when the subject likes the work of the photographer because then it means there's trust, and they are more willing to meet you halfway.

On Tuesday I met up with Tyler at his store in Hollywood, mostly just to get acquainted. I think he wanted to meet me somewhere first and feel me out, to see if we got along before he invited me to his house. I think for him it was very important that we got along personally. We talked about photography, and he was showing me his funny little snapshots. It's worth noting that his photo work is really good. I'm not just saying that; he had some really good shots in there. One that I loved was this photo of a kid sitting on a couch that was all red. The skin tone was way off, like he had green skin.

Tyler mentioned a few times to me that he hates photographers and hates photo shoots. I'm not sure what his rationale is, but I can imagine that for him he is very often paired up with photographers that are kind of annoying and lame, and that he doesn't like being bossed around or made to do something stupid. It's a bit exhausting being followed around and having someone flash a camera in your face all day. …

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