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Jillian Edelstein interview

Jillian Edelstein was born and grew up in South Africa. She graduated as a social worker before starting work as a press photographer in Johannesburg in 1981. She moved to London in 1985 and has worked
as a freelance photographer since 1986. Her portraits have appeared in the Sunday Times Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Time and the New Yorker. Edelstein has received a number of awards for her work.

Date: 12 September 2002

Questions for Jillian Edelstein

  1. Why did you emigrate from South Africa to London in 1985?
  2. How do you prepare for a shoot with somebody, is it different every time or do you have a system?
  3. Do you research your sitter?
  4. Is there any particular shoot that you can remember more than others amongst the photographs that the NPG owns?
  5. Any others?
  6. In the series 'affinities' and 'soul-mates' for Managing Partners for the NPG what particularly attracts you to the double portrait?
  7. The Jay Jopling/Sam Taylor-Wood portrait, can you talk about that?

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