Photojazz Five: Meredith Kleiber Interview 1

Photojazz Five (n.) Five questions to and five photos from a street photographer.

If Norman Rockwell were a photographer…and a young woman…and alive, she would be Meredith Kleiber. When it comes to street photography centered on the more timelessness elements of daily life, she’s been my favorite since the moment I first encountered her work a few years ago. I also count her work as being among the street photos that have directly influenced how I see things when I’m walking around with a camera and looking for compositions.

In one brief statement, define street photography.
Street photography organizes the chaos of a single moment into one frame that will never be captured again; it turns entropy into art.

How would you define your artistic style (I.e. What defines your visual ‘uniqueness’)
I try to create frames that look as if they could have been shot decades ago in order to convey a sense of timelessness. Although that doesn’t come across in all of my photos, since it’s pretty hard to avoid the signs of the times, but I think some of my best frames look like they were shot in a different era.

How did you get into street photography?
I’ve always been interested in photography, but it wasn’t until I got my first post-college job in Philadelphia that I fell in love with street photography. I would walk around during lunchtime, and scenes would fly past me that would make me think to myself, “I really wish I had a camera right now”. That led me to purchase my first “big-girl” camera, a Canon 20D, in October 2006. I started shooting everything in sight, not even caring that my first thousand frames or so were garbage. It felt great to shoot. Now, five years later, I own a lot more cameras, but predominantly shoot street with my Canon EOS 3 loaded with Tri-X and a 20mm lens. I still haven’t graduated to a rangefinder, but hope to come up with the money to buy one soon!

What influences your work (can be anything)?
I love the lines and shapes that I encounter every day in the city, and a lot of the time I aim to create a graphically and geometrically heavy composition. Also, I love old men in hats!

Who are your top 5 street togs?
Right now, I’m really digging the work of Vivian Meier. It boggles my mind that no one knew of her massive talent while she was alive. Other major influences include Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, James Nachtwey, and Joel Meyerowitz.

Meredith Kleiber is a 27-year-old photographer who lives and works in Philadelphia. Her work can be seen on her website (which she says will be receiving a major update soon) and on her blog.

Authors Note: I need to apologize for the lack of articles over the past couple of weeks. I kinda-sorta fell down and broke my wrist. Thankfully, it wasn’t my camera-hand and I’m using an Olympus E-P2, which is easy to use one-handed.

About Brian

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.

  • Meredith

    thanks for this opportunity, brian! it looks great!