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‘In the Road of Dreams’ – Introducing Donald Weber

March 13, 2014

“I’m not a huge lover of photography, but I love to be with my camera in hand and go and see and meet people that I normally wouldn’t get to. Photography is a vessel that allows me to explore ideas and places.” – Donald Weber

Dima, zek.  (Photograph by Donald Weber)

Donald Weber has won two World Press Photo Awards and the Lange-Taylor Documentary Prize,. He completed the Guggenheim and Canada Council fellowships and is a member of the acclaimed VII Photo Agency. Donald Weber’s photographs have been published internationally in magazines and newspapers like Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Newsweek, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Stern.

To Donald Weber, the camera functions as a way to get into worlds that he normally can’t get into. And, again, it is patience that helps him in this process. “I’ve been to Afghanistan and I’ve photographed women alone in their homes. And I’m a man. A man is not supposed to be there, but I was there. The thing is that you need to be upfront and genuinely interested in somebody. Then you’re not taking an exploitative position. I did the Interrogations series because I’m genuinely interested in the policeman as a person and in the people he interrogated as persons, and I think I can get that across. It’s not a conceptual construction for me. I met hundreds of people who said ‘Are you really interested in my story?’ And I only said, ‘Yes, I am interested in your story.’ Nobody ever talks to them, and certainly nobody ever listens to them. I learned that if you sit down and listen, and you’re genuine about it, you can do whatever.”

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GMB Akash: Please share the greatest challenge/s you faced in your early career as a photographer? Is there any struggle that you overcome and has helped to transform you eternally?

Donald Weber : I struggle with self-doubt and lack of confidence. I try to always believe in everything I do which at times drives me to the edges of existential despair. Am I doing a good thing? Am I making good pictures? Am I making pictures with meaning? Does anybody care what I do? Should they? How do I develop and not plateau in my career, where can I go to further my craft and my ideas? All of these things are challenges I face not just when I was starting my career but every day and forever more in my career. It keeps me honest, and it keeps me constantly searching. But I can’t say I am happy about it!

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 Advice From Donald Weber:

Just go do it, get out there, start walking, start thinking and start photographing.

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