Everyone Knows Who Pete DeMarco Is...
I first met Pete DeMarco outside of Korea's World Trade Center. We both happened to have a photograph hanging in a group exhibition at the annual Seoul Photo trade show. Before viewing the exhibition, a large group of photographers decided to meet outside the event hall and go into the massive show together.
Even though I had just met a lot of new people for the first time, it was easy to remember Pete. DeMarco stood several inches above anyone else in the group. He was a bit older than I was at the time and he was starting to gray a bit on the sides. I remember being immediately jealous of his dashing, Clooney-ish looks and impressive stature (so odd to be jealous of someone's DNA). But, even if I was blind I would have still been able to find Pete in the group. I quickly learned that he hosts an infectious laugh.
After our collective meeting, the massive group of photographers decided to have a drink before heading into Seoul's Coex exhibition hall. We found a pub nearby and, just like any event with too many people (more than 4 people in any given room is too much for me), little pods broke off, ordered their beers, and started right in on the usual photography "meet-up" chatter.
Most photographers were quick to assemble themselves at the circular tables, But there were a handful of us that hugged the bar saloon style. I was happy that Pete was one who rode the bar. Like every other photographer in that overpriced watering hole, I knew the name Pete DeMarco. I was familiar with his work and, while I don't remember the particulars of our conversation, I do remember that I greatly enjoyed his company. I was intrigued to learn more about Pete and what makes him tick.
A few years later I knew Pete relatively well. We often used each other as sounding boards and supported each other in various ways. We even took the twelve-week Artist's Way class together. After spending those hours with Pete in a "creative cluster," I still wanted to know more about the expat photographer who is just as comfortable hanging off of a roof to get a shot as he is in a mosque taking someone's portrait. I wanted to learn more about him as a person who, like me, has the need to create. So, I cornered the full time professional photographer and asked him a few questions.
Who Is Andrew Faulk?
With over a decade of experience in living and working in Asia, Tokyo photographer Andrew Faulk specializes in portrait, editorial, event, and commercial photography assignments. He works with individuals, families, publications, and corporations to create timeless images under any deadline. His work is frequently featured in a variety of international travel and lifestyle publications. He is a husband, father, and lover of fried food. Get in touch with Andy today to discuss your photography needs in Tokyo, throughout Japan, or beyond.