Creative Showcase

Dominic Episcopo

Noted for his slick, "commercial-looking" still lifes and style, renowned photographer Dominic Episcopo's meaty body of work ranks him among Philly's finest. Savor more of Dominic’s work at episcopo.com and meatamerica.com.

Where are you from originally?

Verona – a small town in North Jersey. Where "The Sopranos" takes place.

Your home/studio sounds amazing. Can you describe how you came to live/work in a church?

I was looking for a studio that I could live in and this church had a “For sale” sign hanging on it. No tricks, it was that easy – just a church for sale. It is a very big space and at 150 years old, it requires a lot of maintenance and care.

When did you develop an interest in photography?

I always was into art and my freshman year of high school I went on a vacation to Los Angeles. I brought my dad’s camera along and that was it, I was hooked.

How did your time at the University of Arts in Philadelphia shape your professional path?

It did greatly. The education at U Arts is aesthetics based and they teach you how to see.

Describe your style as a photographer.

Very straight forward, I use all my tricks as a commercial photographer in my personal work. Making it slick and “commercial looking”.

Your work spans everything from fashion to film. What is your favorite subject to style and/or shoot?

I love shooting still lifes. They don’t ask questions or talk back.

What experiences have inspired and shaped you the most as a photographer?

I am inspired by music and politics. I absorb myself in both.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

My favorite photographers are Weegee and Irving Penn. I love Weegee’s sense of humor and bluntness to his photos. Irving Penn has that straight forward approach that appeals to me. His images are a study of the subject, and have that seamless commercial/fine art flow. I also look at other artists like Warhol, Hopper, Hirst, and Magritte.

What are some of your favorite books / sites that you draw upon for inspiration?

I look at a lot of blogs these days. Some of my favorites are this isn’t happiness, Sourpuss, Oh Joy! and Warbells.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?

Andy Warhol, but I doubt that’s going to happen.

What are you currently working on? Anything fun and exciting you'd like to share?

We are just finishing up my book “MEAT America”. So I am completing a few more meat images and doing a lot of other things, like press and going over design stuff.

Can you tell us about any projects you've been involved in that you're particularly proud of?

The book, “MEAT America”.

How would you describe your creative process?

I do research online and in books. I do sketches and mull over ideas for weeks sometimes. When I actually shoot I like to be alone and I usually shoot more than one image at a time.

What's next in the world of Dominic Episcopo? Any exciting upcoming projects?

Nothing yet, but I’m ready to shoot something other than meat.