Milwaukee Photographer/Photography Instructor Kevin Miyazaki’s class blog features a nice little interview with Michael Wilson, a Cincinnati portrait photographer whose understated and honest work I’ve always found quite inspiring. I first was exposed to Wilson’s work from my good friend and former classmate, now Ohio University photographer Kevin Riddell, a Cincy fellow himself. Wilson seems to take his own path with his photos, he’s not trying too hard or pushing some crazy new techniques. He’s just honest, makes a good connection with his subjects and has a damn good eye, and that’s what I love about his work. His work is always a reminder to me that the connection to the subject is always important, visual tools, cliches and techniques aside.
What’s cool about the interview is that he fields questions from students in Miyazaki’s class, so if you’re currently going through school his insight might be valuable to you. If there were a good example of a photographer who has made it staying true to his vision, he would be one of them.