Feature / #Interview Interview → Mike Krim
November 15, 2015
Interview → Mike Krim
Interview → Mike Krim
You might remember Mike Krim's work from our studio visit with NYC-based band Skaters back in August. Between his photography and his daily hustle as a co-founder of Paper Work NYC, a collective formed in 2012, he perfectly embodies the creativity and eccentricity that characterize our #AlwaysOnTheRun ambassadors. Providing inspiration in the world of rare zines, books, photographs, prints, and original art, Krim and his gang curate group and solo shows exploring cutting edge ideas and imagery. See below for some of his favorite 35mm images from the past few years in New York as well as some words of wisdom.
 

Tell us a little bit about you, Paperwork and how you get your start in photography and publishing. My name is Michael Krim and Im currently living in New York City. My grandfather was a famous old school Hollywood photographer and my mother grew up in his studio immersed in art, so it kinda just came naturally that i would pick up the pieces and live a creative lifestyle. I got my start in publishing after helping a few people make and curate zines. I realized so many printers etc were scared to print certain material, so I created PAPER WORK NYC as a outlet for my friends and I to create and distribute our work freely.

Can you describe your style in a few words? Candid life style photography with a dark and sometimes sexual comedic twist.

Who are some of the mentors who helped to shape your style? When I was younger I was at a Estevan Oriol shoot and watching him how he communicated with his subjects and with the people on the street has always played a major part in my lifestyle photos. These days Jonathan Leader plays a major role in how I conduct my photos. He taught me to slow it down and actually get the photo right off the bat.

Who do you count among your biggest influencers, photographically or otherwise? New York City is my biggest influence there are so many characters here; it just never slows down. Terry Richardson’s shoot with Paz De la Hurte titled “At Home” is what I base all my female photos off of: Fun, candid, and sexy with no special tricks. Bussines wise, I was lucky enough to have KC Zoltan, owner of Known Gallery, take me under his wing at a young age. He tought me how to bring people together and create dope shit, always thankful for that and also my right hand man, Aaron Levant, of Agenda.

Is there an underlying philosophy that ties all your work together? Make iconic work that is marketable and relatable to the life I live.

What drives you? People drive me, both positive or negative. I am very competitive and believe we are only given life for a certain amount of time, so living, creating and doing whatever I want is crucial to my existence.

What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned in recent years? Oh man well I will say this, create your own lane and stay in it and shoot for the top. Nobody is going to give you hand outs, so get it yourself because nobody owes you shit. Its all about you and your squad nobody else. Be controversial because static makes people uncomfortable create Iconic work  and the more rumors the better ….. Its just Business don’t catch feelings.

What are you looking forward to? My sisters first solo show coming in FEB 2016 nothing better then watching your family shine.

What does being #AlwaysOnTheRun mean to you? I have a warrant in NY for not paying a ticket and i’m getting on a flight to LA in a few hours, so I think it means a lot to me at the moment.

Mike Krim

Mike Krim

Mike Krim

Mike Krim

Mike Krim

Mike Krim

Mike Krim

Mike Krim

 
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