SVA alumnus Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao (MFA 2005 Photography, Video and Related Media) was interviewed by Peggy Roalf in Design Arts Daily recently. Aside from discussing his “Habitat 7” series, which was his MFA Thesis project and also won the New York Times Magazine “Capture the Times” photo contest in 2005, the Taiwan-born photographer explained how moving to Queens in 1999—and living along the 7 train line ever since—has shaped his work.
“While I’ve been living along these tracks for years, I am still constantly awed by the complexity of the communities formed alongside it as well as the harmony in which so many people of distinct backgrounds are able to live,” Liao told Design Arts Daily. “I set out to photograph the ‘habitat’ of the 7 Line as I came to see it, with a focus on not the individual but the people as a whole, as well as their relationship with their environment.”
As for his process, Liao said, “Working with an 8×10 camera, every session of shooting is well planned. Since I know the neighborhood well, I carefully make notes on seasonal light, and human activities. On average, I revisited the sites at least 3 or 4 times at different time of day and in different seasons.”
To read the full interview, visit Design Arts Daily.