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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

David Eustace interview usa

Photographer David Eustace is one of USA Network’s honored “Characters” from their esteemed Character Project, an ongoing initiative committed to celebrating distinctive people from all walks of life that add a richness to the American art scene.

The project was initiated by network President Bonnie Hammer, the creative president of NBCU Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable production as she reinforced the Network’s “Characters Welcome” brand with the support of non-profit photography organization, Aperture Foundation,
Also a photographer, Hammer has had her work displayed in several galleries and published in Time, the Boston Herald, the Los Angeles Times and various Houghton-Mifflin and Little Brown books.
Hammer has assembled a team of 11 world-class photographers to capture the character of America today. David Eustace was one of them.
Glaswegian David Eustace’s beginnings in the Provanmill & Riddrie area were unusual for a photographer. He began his career as a prison officer in Barlinnie, Scotland’s most notorious prison.
Eustace returned to school in 1989 to complete a bachelor of arts honors degree course in photography and fine art at Napier University, Edinburgh, graduating with distinction.
Taking the Agfa Student Bursary award, David was the sole U.K. representative to be invited to attend the International Student Photo symposium in Poznan, Poland.
Eustace’s approach to portraiture is stripped down, lacking artifice or a staged feel. His work shows directness and captures a feeling that cannot be expressed easily in words.
Lindsay Benner, performer at Pier 39, San Francisco, by David Eustace
He has found great success in his photography exhibitions, including the Deutsche Bank–sponsored EGO exhibition (which was the subject of a thirty-minute BBC documentary) in Cork St., London, which was described as “beautiful, calm portraiture, and a true rarity these days.”
These exhibited portraits were shown at the Glasgow Art Club too. This was the first time in the club’s 150-year history that it solely exhibited a photography show.

Eustace’s work has been shown worldwide, including the main arena at the Groningen Photo Festival in the Netherlands.

Commercially Eustace has also made his mark, commissioned by major magazines and was also a contributing photographer at British GQ magazine from 1993 to 1997.
His list of subjects includes Sir Paul McCartney, Sophia Loren, Sir John Mills, Eve Arnold, Dame Judy Dench, James Earl Jones, Milton Glaser, Ewan McGregor, John Hurt, Alec Baldwin and Radiohead.

Not limited to just portraiture, Eustace’s photography explores fashion, landscape and documentary work - all widely recognized.

But it is his “Highway 50” project that has spawned a smallscreen documentary, narrated by journalist Tom Brokaw, which is getting major notice.

Eustace traveled the entire 3,000-mile coast-to-coast expanse of American Highway 50, photographing people he met along the way. These photos are a visual love letter of sorts to the oldest trans-continental highway in America.

Brokaw signed on for the multiplatform documentary project at NBC Universal, the TV documentary, "Highway 50: A Road Trip Across America" co-produced by USA and NBC, inspired by Eustace's work.

USA is publishing Eustace's photos in an upcoming book, "American Character: A Photographic Journey," for which Brokaw penned the foreword.
Eustace is working on his first short film, One Mile of Nothing, to be filmed in Arizona and Utah, and is about to finish his first book, Love Letters. He spends his time between New York City and Glasgow.
David Eustace shared some of his thoughts about the Highway 50 project with USA.

“Photography has afforded me many luxuries in life, but probably none more valuable than the excuse it has given me to approach complete strangers whom I find interesting and ask if they would allow me to take

their portraits, and while doing so, tell me a little about their lives,” shared Eustace.

“Most of these encounters last for a relatively short time; the memories, however, surpass what is caught either digitally or on film. For Character Project, my intention was straightforward enough: I wanted to explore the diversity of people connected by a single road and create a body of work comprised primarily of portraits juxtaposed against varied landscapes. I chose to follow Highway 50, an artery that stretches over three thousand miles and connects the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. It is often referred to as ‘The Loneliest Road in America’ or ‘The Backbone of America,’ he adds, “This old road cuts through twelve states and four state capitals, rarely intersecting with newer freeways as it stretches from coast to coast. It winds across the deserts, mountains, plains, and forests, and it bears witness to both the old and the new United States.”
Sandra Alayon, San Francisco, by David Eustace
He shared some of his notable encounters. “I met a man who was born in Texas and grew up on a cattle ranch in Idaho before moving out to Carmel,
California, where he worked for and later became ‘a very close friend’ of Ansel Adams and his wife. He told me stories of sitting in the Hog’s Breath Inn and sharing a beer with the owner, Clint Eastwood. I came across a wonderful old lady who told me about her life as a girl in Winchester, Virginia, and how she grew up “at 604 and Patsy [Cline] grew up right next door in 605.”


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