Here we asked the four photographers to offer up their cultural picks — books, music and film — that move them in some way, that aid in how they see things.
Daniel C. Dennett: Brainchildren: Essays of Designing Minds — Great collection of essays, such as The Practical Requirements for Making a Conscious Robot, and The Unimagined Preposterousness of Zombies
Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities — Beautiful.
Julian Jaynes: The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind — Although widely criticized, it is both fascinating and terrifying.
Chuck Palahniuk: Survivor — Clever and dark
A Clockwork Orange: Tedious and brutal, like any fine Kubrick film
Polyester: Foot-stomping fun
12 Monkeys: Bruce Willis is most tolerable when he seems confused
Deerhoof: Milk Man and The Runners Four
Critters Buggin: Host and Guest
Stereolab: I never tire of Dots and Loops — (See theme for The Price is Right)
Edd Kalehoff:Theme for The Price is Right — Musical perfectio
John Barry: Soundtracks for Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.
Herbie Hancock: HeadHunters and Thrust.
Ayn Rand: We The Living
Lauren Slater: Lying
Nick Flynn: Another Bull Shit Night in Suck City
Mötley Crüe: Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock band
Anything Bukowski, E.E. Cummings and Margaret Atwood: Words to describe why ... epic, raw life
Wild at Heart
As for music, I really love Regina Spektor for her innovative style, and Iron and Wine. Iron and Wine’s music always compels me to make art out of dirt, a lot of the lyrics are very earthy and organic, but overall very peaceful. I am also a classic rock junkie, which I definitely get from my dad. When he would pick me up after school, he would play 94.7 on the radio and quiz me about every song that came on, soon enough I could recognize any classic rock musician. Led Zepplin, Queen, Hendrix, Cat Stevens, Simon & Garfunkel, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, I don’t know what I would do without these guys.
I don’t think there is a movie in the world that will ever top Michelle Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which I believe was written by Andy Kaufman, who also did the movie Adaptation, which I also enjoyed. Every thing about Eternal Sunshine is amazingly beautiful and perfect. From the visual aspects of the film, to the story line, to how time was dealt with, acting, it was all amazing, and nothing better will ever be made.
My video teacher Scott Northrup showed me Harmony Korinne’s Julian Donkey Boy. This movie really struck me because it felt so raw. There were moments when I thought it was a documentary, but I knew that wasn’t true. Korinne used multiple cameras at once (I don’t know the exact number, but he used a lot, and a variety, I think), which added to the realness of the film. If he would have used high-end cameras the movie would not have held that sense of reality.
Chuck Klosterman: Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs — Simply brilliant
Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange — Really odd, but good
Jeffrey Eugenides: Middlesex — Very funny
Richard Adams: Watership Down — Classic
Paul Clemens: Made in Detroit — Great one for Detroiters
Little Miss Sunshine — Perfect
The Squid and the Whale — Odd
The Village — Many people hated it. I was obsessed with it visually
The Shining — Symmetry, symmetry, symmetry
Pans Labryinth — Amazing
David Bowie — No words
Roxy Music with Eno — Perfection
Talking Heads — I went to art school, I’m sure it’s common.
Beck — Always changin
Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Awesome, just awesome