Dr. David Matsumoto Academy of Art Interview

Dr. Matsumoto recently sat down with photographer Kris Davidson for an interview at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco California.

Produced for an MFA level documentary photography course, Dr. Matsumoto shares valuable insights on the potential of a photograph to serve as a reliable document of truth. Documentary photography — as the very name implies — is concerned with the idea of documenting a person, place, or event with a high degree of authenticity. Yet, a camera gives us small slivers of time, glimpses as fast or faster than microexpressions.

You can see the complete interview below:

2 responses to “Dr. David Matsumoto Academy of Art Interview”

  1. Keith D. says:

    Great interview Dr. Matsumoto! Thank you for sharing it with us. Lots of really great thoughts and insights you gave here, particularly in the way you convey the magnitude of what a responsible photographer must deal with in the photos they take and the way they choose to share them. I hadn’t considered this point of view before.

    I also appreciate the way you clearly state your areas of expertise and don’t speak as an expert in areas outside of that expertise. I wish more people would had that kind of integrity. 🙂

  2. Russ Conte says:

    Very well done! I found the questions asked by the interviewer and Dr. Matsumoto’s answers to flow very well. The photos were very interesting to me, and I learned quite a bit from listening to the exchange of ideas. The main thing I learned is to keep my eyes open for all the variations of the seven emotions – I’m pretty good at the basic seven, but I can always use more help and practice identifying variations of those seven.

    I’d like to see more interviews like this – maybe “Dr. Matsumoto meets the arts”, where he discusses his perceptions with dancers, musicians, painters, etc., and how their facial expressions convey emotions.

    Keep up the very nice work! 🙂

    Russ Conte

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