Mikhael Subotzky

THE READER: Mikhael Subotzky

The award-winning photographer shares his reading favourites

Mikhael Subotzky is a photographer based in Joburg. A graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, he was born in Cape Town in 1981. He was the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art in 2012.

What are you reading at the moment?

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, The True Artist by Bruce Nauman and A Man of Good Hope by Johnny Steinberg.

A book which has had a significant impact on you?

Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

One of your favourite novels?

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem.

Your favourite photography book?

Too many to choose from! If I had to pick… hmmm… In Boksburg by David Goldblatt.

What were your favourite books as a child?

The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann, the Gumdrop series by Val Biro and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.

What’s the last book you gave as a gift?

My new one, Ponte City.

What’s the last thing you read that made you laugh?

I’m not so good at laughing…

Which book have you never been able to finish reading?

Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre.

What book do you turn to for advice?

One of my poetry books.

Your favourite magazine?

I don’t really dig magazines, except football ones… and the New Yorker.

What book would you give to the president to read?

Life, A User’s Manual by Georges Perec.

Ponte City is published by the Walther Collection and Steidl.



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