Staying inspired: I’m constantly looking for old photo books, magazines, resources in libraries and bookstores, and independently published pieces, like zines—and I like what artbook seller Karma publishes. VFILES (vfiles.com) has a great source of archived images with its connection to V Magazine’s library and archive.
Creative fuel: Music. Always music. I love strong, opinionated women who are relentlessly and unforgivingly themselves: Siouxsie Sioux, Lady Miss Kier of the band Deee-Lite, Exene Cervenka of the Los Angeles punk band X, the bands Hole and Sade, Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, and Sheila E.
Favorite part of the job: The opportunity to work with talented artists from so many different backgrounds and cultures, for example, during last year’s last fashion weeks. For a shoot in Amsterdam, I had never met the stylist, makeup artist or hair stylist, but it ended up being such a lovely and memorable shoot. We shot one day at a photo studio that was a renovated fifteenth-century monastery in the middle of the red-light district.