Tristan Spinski once told an interviewer that people don't remember photographers. People, he said, remember photographs.
But after Spinski spoke at the Front Page Cafe March 19, it was clear that people would remember him and his photographs.
The son of the late Victor Spinski, a UD
professor of ceramics, Spinski graduated with a degree in English,
planning to be a print journalist specializing in long-form features. He
worked odd jobs for a few years before deciding to get his master's
degree in journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
At one point, he found himself in two photography courses because all the writing courses
His graduate work earned him a photography fellowship that allowed him to pursue an interest he developed thanks to an undergraduate assignment at UD: the rodeo world.
After leaving Berkeley, Spinski worked as a landscaper, a busboy and an oyster shucker before
taking a job as a photographer at the Naples (Fla.) Daily News.
But, Spinski told The Image, Deconstructed, something was missing. He had to to find his own voice.
"I really didn't know how or what that would look like, or will look
like," he said. "But I know that I'm in love with photography that exists in the
space between art and documentary - photography that embraces and
communicates a feeling, an idea, a concept, but within the parameters of
nonfiction. This may sound vague or ridiculous, but that's how I feel
most of the time: vague and ridiculous. And so the images you see from
me now are the results of me taking these first steps to find myself in
Those images have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Mother Jones, Audubon,
Bloomberg, Politico and Rolling Stone. During his stint as a curator of everydayeverywhere, he told an interviewer that he wanted "to get beyond the serendipity of light and moment and get to something more evidentiary that speaks to larger issues."