John Jude Sullivan
– Born in New York City
– Bachelor of Arts Long Island University, New York
– Post-graduate coursework at UCLA and Otis-Parsons School of Design Los Angeles.
– SIPA Press Photographer 1984-88 (*TIME Sept.85)
– Currently Photography teacher at Dodson Visual and Performing Arts Magnet, Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca.
– My approach on the street is simple. Show respect by getting in close without being intrusive or obnoxious. I also try to always be cognizant to photograph a location and its people from the inside. This means walking in and around the neighborhoods, some of which might not be the safest or outwardly attractive, but if it’s where most of the indigenous population lives, works, and plays then that’s where I want to be as well. I carry only two lenses in my camera bag. A 55mm and a 28mm. They keep me close to what I’m photographing. I mostly avoid the tourist areas since they usually lack cultural realism that’s not either contrived or staged for the visitors. I have nothing against tourists, but I want my images to reflect what the majority of the people that live there experience everyday. I get photographically inspired by living in and walking through the neighborhoods, experiencing and seeing the people going about their everyday lives, and interacting with one another and their surrounding environment. The evening rush hour, a bus stop, the outdoor markets, the streets and back alleys. For me, this is where the flavor of the local culture lives, and this is where I try to put myself when I shoot.