Finding the Present Tense


An interview with Jon Popowich

“I like pictures that make you really wonder about the character – what is on his or her mind, who are they, what will they become? What was this slice of time I just carved out?”

Jon Popowich won our Street Life theme – judged by the legendary David Alan Harvey – with his towering, monumental image of a businessman on the streets of Tokyo. David described it as an ‘amazingly powerful picture’ with ‘so many absolutely perfect elements’. Fittingly, we wanted to ask Jon more about the image and his practice, and so put some questions to him. His responses were eloquent and considered, touching on his introduction to film photography, the majesty of Tokyo, and the realities of workshops led by famous photographers…