Michael Hintlian is a full-time documentary photographer based in Boston and conducts workshops in Central America and India. He currently directs the Documentary Photography department at the New England School of Photography and is a Graduate Mentor at the Art Institute of Boston. Introduced to photography and Leica cameras through his father at a young age, Michael describes, in the interview below, how important it is for him to shoot every day.
Q: As a whole, the images in this portfolio come across to me as conveying “the texture of daily life” in New England. They are dispassionate and non-judgmental, but full of emotion even when the images are devoid of people. Do you agree, and can you say something about what you think these images achieve, and communicate to the viewer?
A: Maybe, I can’t say. It is true the pictures are about daily life seen through a bus or train window. And they are about the photographer working with that fabric to make an interesting picture; it is a very cool problem at 30 or 40 miles per hour. I also think the viewer is responsible for whatever he or she takes away, I don’t concern myself.