Jonah Migicovsky

PHOTO  .  February 14th, 2013

Interview of Jonah Migicovsky – photographer born in Montreal in 1991.


Where are you right now? Is it a good place to live?

I was raised in Montreal and have remained here since.
The winters are miserable but the garbage is beautiful.

Is photography your full-time job? If not, what is it you do for a living?

I’ve never made any money from my photography but it is still my full-time obsession. I’m working towards a BFA in fine-art photography at Concordia University. I’m unemployed, broke, and happy.

Can you explain your attraction for the stuff found on the ground ?

People are occasionally interesting, however, more often they are liars.
This particular aspect makes me short-tempered and reluctant to photograph them. Dismantled furniture, abandoned meals, and littered waste are all consistent in their honesty.
The more broken, the more dirty, the more truth I see.
Unlike people, garbage has always been upfront about being trash.
I am very attracted to the enigmatic narratives they withhold.
I want to know how and why they got to where they are.

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Tell us something (anything) about you, your way of thinking?

Photography is the only outlet I have for my wit and my criticisms. I lack artistic ability in every other realm. I cannot draw or paint or sculpt. I would never consider myself a writer and acting is a trait that I don’t understand.
Photography is a permanent reminder of all the mistakes I’ve made and the people I hate.
Moreover, it’s my method for taking home moments that pass too quickly.

Which is your favorite out of all the pictures that you’ve taken, and why?

Every few months my photographic taste changes. Last year, I was strictly photographing people. This past summer, I was following the endeavours of a few different graffiti writers.
Nowadays, nearly all I photograph is the filthy and flawed facets of life.

What’s your equipment?

I typically rely on my analog minolta.
Additionally, I always keep a point and shoot with me at all times.
I enjoy diversity in aesthetic.
I am entirely devoted to film cameras and am intrigued by the unexpected results.
I love the imperfection.
Digital photographs don’t even exist.

What are you going to do just after answering this final question?

Not much, you?

I’m gonna climb a tree. Thanks a lot Jonah !