Portfolio Review: Interview with… Arturo Oliva Pedroza

Photos by Arturo Oliva Pedroza

Arturo Oliva Pedroza is a Los Angeles photographer. He studied photography at the most prestigious schools in the United States and in France. He spends his time taking pictures and working on his old 1965 ford mustang. His photos capture warm moments with family and friends.

When did you start to think about photography?
I started thinking about photography as a profession in high school, about 7 years ago. I had a really good teacher that became a very good friend and has been mentoring me ever since then. 

What does photography mean to you? and which kind of photography do you like more?
Capturing moments in time. I believe the world around us changes everyday and that everyone`s experiences are unique, and with photography I want to capture those once in a life time moments.

When you take a portrait, what is important for you?
Time in general is important to me. I hate being in a hurry and when my subject is distracted by something else because that affects how they look in the pictures.

Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?
No, I have gone to several schools for it. I felt like I spent too much money for some of the education received, or lack of education. I felt like at one school I learned how to act like a artist and at another how to bullshit like an artist.

What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?
Well, I usually don`t plan my pictures out before I take them. I have more of an impulsive approach. I like to capture the spontaneous moments.

What’s your photo-mission?
I want to never stop taking pictures.  When I die, I want others to see how I lived my life and relive those moments.

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