Who is William Coupon, where are you based and what do you do?
Good question. I am an artist, based in New York City, specializing in studio portraiture and street/reportage.
During Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, You were asked by the United Nations and the United States Congress to exhibit your work, what work was exhibited and why were you chosen?
I was asked to attend and to photograph an indigenous people’s conference, the Kari Ooka Conference, which was happening simultaneously with the Earth Summit. The United Nations and the US Senate had asked me to exhibit the tribal leaders’ portraits as part of the United Nations Year of the Indigenous People, hosted by Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala. This was in 1994 ~ the conference was held in 1992.
Shooting 1 Time Magazine cover is an achievement you have done 15 Time Magazine covers and other big brands like Rolling Stone Magazine. What is your approach to big projects and what would you say would be your favorite of the cover.
Well, I don’t really consider those assignments any more difficult in approach to other projects. It is basically the same set-up, the approach is basically the same. Everything I do is simple ~ but to be simple can be complicated, especially if the results are multi-layered and the images clear in texture and tone, but unclear or decidedly ambiguous regarding the viewer’s perception. My favorite? my answer is that I have more favorite photographs than covers. Too much type! I like it to be simple. I do love my George Harrison, Elie Wiesel, and President George H. W. Bush covers.
You’ve shot numerous celebrities and politicians, who would you say is your favorite individual to have photographed?
I would’nt say that I don’t have a “favorite”. I love shooting in foreign countries with tribal subjects as much if not more than a known subject ~ even a President or world leader. I like common people probably best.
What advice would you give to young South African creatives looking to reach your level of skill?
Keep focused on what you want to see. Keep your vision realized so your technical aspects truly match your vision.
Where can our readers find your work?
http://corbis.com (for stock)
and on wikipedi