Dutch, b. 1957, Amsterdam, Netherlands, based in New York, NY and Sonoma, CA
Interview conducted in Sonoma CA on May 24, 2005 for the 2008 documentary film Beautiful Losers.
Ari Marcopoulos is a photographer and filmmaker who gravitates toward elusive subcultures. Creating images with anthropological and ethnographic undertones, Marcopoulos has said that most of his photographs arise “through accidents or circumstances that just happen to present themselves.” Rather than romanticize his subjects, he depicts them in a straightforward manner that reveals their beauty and anxieties. Working as an assistant to Andy Warhol after emigrating to the United States, Marcopoulos favors analog film for its slowness and for the time it asks of the viewer.