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Jerry King Musser was born in Defiance, Pennsylvania in 1950. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Communications and presently makes his living as a visual designer. Jerry does not make a living snapping photographs. Other diversions include creating unusual video works and experiments in sound design. Jerry lives with his artist wife, Janette, in their Lancaster County, Pennsylvania home near the troubled waters of the Susquehanna River. 째째째째


°°°° Copyright 2011 Jerry King Musser °°°° All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from Jerry King Musser or his estate representative. °°°°


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°°°° All images appearing in this book were conceived, photographed, or otherwise created by Jerry King Musser. °°°°


A Possible Interview, in one act Viewer: So, from what I see, it seems you’ve taken a bunch of photos and assembled them into a book? Musser: Yeah—yeah, that’s right. Photos. Snapshots, really. Viewer: Oh, so you call them snapshots? Musser: Some, yes. Others are scenes or situations I’ve arranged, then used the camera to record the image. Viewer: Then, you distingish between a snapshot and a photograph? Musser: I suppose so. One type of image is recorded based on where I happen to be at the time, and I just point the camera and shoot. Then, there are times when I place things in a certain way, then shoot. Viewer: But, they’re both photographs? Musser: Yeah, sure. Both. But, one involves conscious planning. The other’s just a response. Viewer: Are there times when you think of a photographic image as art? —that it somehow transcends... Musser: I’m not comfortable with the word ‘art.’ I’m not all that happy with the word, or with its meaning—or, the meaning we’ve come to know. Viewer: And, that is? Musser: Honestly, I don’t know the meaning. And, maybe I never have. But, I’m certainly tired of hearing it bandied about. It’s become too precious—highfalutin. Viewer: You feel that way about anything called art, or just photographs that some call art? Musser: I don’t like the actual word. Art. Artist. Art gallery. Art association. Art school. It’s all hooey. Viewer: Then, why do you shoot photos. Why bother? Musser: Why not? It’s a nice experience. It makes me feel connected to the rest of the planet. By just recording an image I’ve come across, or have set up, I feel somehow associated with that moment in time... almost that I’ve stopped the moment. And, in turn, that makes me feel a bit timeless myself—at least, that I’m attached to a small historic moment. Well, not historic, but recorded moment. Viewer: Then, you don’t feel particularly concerned by the aesthetics of the act? It’s more about the feeling? Musser: I wouldn’t say that. But, sure, the aesthetics are there—certainly my aesthetic, be they good or bad. Viewer: Okay, so it is also about the creativity? It’s not just about emotions, or the physical act. It involves choices? Learned choices. I mean, what you choose to shoot and when you choose to shoot? Musser: It has as much to do with where I place the edges of the image as it does what I choose to record inside those edges. The edges—the editing—is more interesting to me–sometimes–than the content. Viewer: Finally, why spell it ‘foto’ and not ‘photo?’ Musser: ‘Foto’ has the same number of letters as ‘Book.’ And, it gives me four circles to use on the wrapper. °°°° columbia, pennsylvania usa february 2011


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