Since the age of six, Mark Steinmetz can remember carrying a camera, and for more than three decades he has been transforming the ordinary and the everyday into lyrical monochromatic photographs that often transcend the literal, and are uniquely saturated with a sense of meaning, poignancy and timelessness that is both immediately familiar and surprisingly profound.

AS: Aaron Schuman

MS: Mark Steinmetz

AS: What motivates you to go out and take photographs?

MS: If I don’t have anything heavy hanging over my head, like working on my taxes, I usually feel frisky enough to go out and photograph. Lately, I’ve been travelling a lot for teaching, and in those cases I check out my new terrain. When at home in Athens, Georgia, I have been busy printing and working on books, and I’ve also been working on

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