JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
JON URIARTE: Musician fist, film maker later and photographer finally.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
JU: Photography in general, from the amateur photography that we can find on the social networks or on the Internet to artist’s such as Pierre Huyghe.
JC: What are you up to right now?
JU: Preparing a couple of exhibitions, one in Puerto Rico and the other one here in Spain. And also working on Widephoto, the contemporary photography program that I run.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
JU: I had three great teachers while studying photography. I was also very very lucky because I had great classmates while studying.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
JU: I’m based in Barcelona. There is a terrible economical crisis here in Spain, the public investment in culture and arts is totally gone and there is no tradition of private funding at all. All this is definitely shaping the whole photographic and artistic scene here in Spain.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
JU: Be passionate and work hard.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
JU: Photography is all I know.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
JU: Yes it is for me, usually the work of a photographer is lonely, I like to socialize, share and debate ideas about photography.