John Cale, 2010
Cale had been selected to be the musical curator for the inaugural MONA FOMA festival in 2010, contributing to several musical events involving keyboards, a Q&A session and a rousing concert with his electric viola screeching into eternity on songs such as ‘Venus in Furs’ and other VU classics. I went to every single event and during the Q&A was able to say to Cale: ‘Thanks for the music.
Giles Hugo is a photographer, writer and journalist who first wielded a 35mm camera with intent in late 1968 in his native South Africa.
Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.