Get Behind The Lens with Photographer Terry Tsiolis

As image makers, photographers capture the moments, subjects and feelings that drive our industry. The Lens gets behind the camera to highlight some of the industry’s leading photographers, how they got their start, and what inspires them.

How did you get your start?
I worked at Harper’s Bazaar under Liz Tilberis and Fabien Baron as a fashion assistant. I always took pictures for myself but working there surrounded by all that amazing talent, I realized taking pictures is what I really wanted to do. So I started focusing on photography until I had enough work where I felt comfortable to start on my own. After that it was really quick.

What has been one of your favorite projects?
My work at French Vogue and V magazine are probably my favorite.

What is your favorite location?
NYC.

What is your favorite TV show or film?
I like films more than TV. Any Greek film from the 60’s, Street Car Named Desire, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, basically anything from Elia Kazan, Ingmar Bergman, Almodovar, Fellini, Coppola. I could watch the same movie over and over if I really like it.

Who are some of your favorite artists? (musician, painter, etc.)
Etta James, Elvis, Mahalia Jackson, love hip hop music and soul. Some blue grass.
Painters I love: Picasso, El Greco, Pollock, Alice Neal, Nick Cave and Daniel Clurman.

Who would you like to sit next to at a dinner party?
Marlon Brando, Mick Jagger, Angelina Jolie, Socrates, and my Uncle George.

Who would you like to photograph that you haven’t?
Kate Moss.

What advice do you have for people who want to do what you do?
Fall in love with everyone you shoot.



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