The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Julie Grahame

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

Julie Grahame acurator portrait(Michael Putland)

I met Julie Grahame, editor in chief of while speaking on a panel discussion back in November of 2011. From compelling photo stories to Yousuf Karsh tattoos, Julie does an amazing job of collecting and curating – aCurator has been recognized by as one of the best photography blogs in the world. It was extraordinary meeting her and I’m happy to have her explain the meaning of life. I’ll let Julie tell the rest…

1. Name one actor in one movie to represent you as a teenager?

This question is keeping me up at night.  In college I had a flat-top haircut and they called me Tony Curtis.

2. What is your preferred vehicle or mode of transportation?

My feet.

3. What is your favorite beverage for creative inspiration?

Coffee! Coffee!

4. Name your favorite band/singer and album?

Got to be The Smiths – first, eponymous LP.

5. How did you get where you are today?

A good basic education, common sense, and a jumbo jet.

6. Where do you source your inspiration?

Online, where the wind and social media take me; from gallery shows; from books; from friends.

7. What is your philosophy on creating?

I don’t so much create myself, as exploit those who do. I mean expose, not exploit. Sorry.

8. Describe a defining moment in your career that has led you to where you are today?

In 1989 I took my college portfolio to a job interview for a position filing slides at a photo agency. Things went rapidly uphill and I was running the place in a year.

9. Name one person you dream of photographing and why?

I don’t shoot, but if I did I would want to photograph someone I loathe, a fundamentalist politician perhaps.

10. If the world is ending in 2012, how will you change your life plan?

This end-of-the-world prediction stuff is really irritating – no more supernatural nonsense, please! But, to paraphrase Spike Milligan, if you don’t have a plan, nothing can go wrong.

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