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Janette Beckman Biofile

Published by on June 12, 2013 filed under BioFiles   ·   Comments (0)
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Occupation: Photographer.

Residence: New York City.

Born: London, England.

Hobbies/Interests: “Photography, painting, looking at people, street culture, and gardening.”

Favorite Movies: “Goodfellas, Raging Bull.”

Musical Tastes: “Very varied. Everything from punk to soul to R&B. Everything from Marvin Gaye to Johnny Rotten.”

Early Photography Memory: “I was in London during the Punk Era. So I pretty much witnessed all the punks, and the mods, the kids on the street. And photographing The Clash in Milan and going to clubs and all of that stuff. Seeing Johnny Rotten play in a club in London when I was drunk. Stuff like that were my first memories of photography.”

Greatest Career Moment: “Kate Moss just bought one of my photographs about two hours ago in a gallery in London. And it’s a picture of Shane McGowan – he’s a famous punk, he was in a group called The Pogues.”

Most Painful Moment: “Meeting Bill Cosby – and being very disappointed. (Not friendly?) Not at all. Somewhat rude. I was taking his photograph for Nickelodeon, he had that Little Bill cartoon and they hired me to photograph him. For publicity for his show. And he was somewhat rude to me. Not to mention four hours late. So. And I’ve always been a really big fan of his. So it was a bit disappointing.”

Pre-Shoot Feeling: “Anticipation and excitement.”

Childhood Dream: “I wanted to be an artist.”

First Job: “Was painting eyes on little wooden baby Jesus, little Christmas toys. Working for a woman who made handmade toys in London (age 14).”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Chocolate.”

Embarrassing Career Memory: “I went to photograph The Police for their second album cover, Zenyatta Mondatta. And this photo shoot was in these woods in Holland, like, far away. Far away from any town. Maybe about a five hour drive. And I didn’t have an assistant. And I had all my equipment and I got there. And I set up my camera and all the lights and everything. And the cord to go from the camera to make the lights flash didn’t work. And we were in the middle of nowhere. It was kind of funny. It was a strange experience. So I had to think of another idea. Which is why, if you look at The Police’s second album cover, they look almost like silhouettes. I didn’t have any light.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “Wow. Good heart. Good spirit. Good vibes. (Publicist says “Money!”) I don’t care about money. No, money isn’t it. Definitely good heart and spirit. People who are open. Open to things in life. Open to all sorts of people. People that aren’t snobbish. Generosity.”

Education: London College of Printing.

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