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Interview

The Beginning


John Sexton ©1999 Anne Larsen
PDN
Tell us about how your interest in photography started.

JOHN SEXTON
It actually began out of an interest in drag racing of all things. I was on the pit crew of a professional dragster. And my brother who had been in Vietnam came back with a 35mm camera. And because of my access to areas around the track I would take pictures. And friends of mine that had photography class in high school would develop the film and make prints and I'd take them back to the track and give 'em away or try and sell them. Much to my parents' dismay, I majored in photography in college.

PDN
What were your first photographic ambitions?

JOHN SEXTON
Originally I wanted to be an industrial photographer, mainly because it's what one of my photography professors had done.


The Turning Point

PDN
Which photographers did you admire as a young man?

JOHN SEXTON
As part of my studies I went to see an exhibition by three photographers: Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Winn Bullock in Pasadena, California, and I had never seen photographs such as those before where the prints really glowed. I'd never had a photograph in front of me that made your heartbeat skip and catch your breath. It was truly an inspiring experience.


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