George Miller is one of the artists featured in PL130 Gallery's photography show Off Topic, a photo show about the unassigned work of photojournalists who worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News since the 80s. This week we caught up with George to learn more about his work and experience.
How did you first get into photography?
I worked at a portrait studio in high school and then started shooting yearbook photos. That made me want to document reality.
When speaking about your photography, do you describe yourself as an artist, photographer, or photojournalist?
I don't care how people identify me.
In what years did you work for the Philadelphia Inquirer or Daily News?
Daily News 1994 to 2006
Do you have a favorite story of an encounter with a subject either on an assignment or a personal project?
I got into a fight with an Eagles player in their lockeroom one time. Ot was awkward but I've made the tale a quick 10 minute hilarious tale.
In what ways is photographing on assignment different from personal editorial work?
I find a scenario and then wait for people to bring it life.
What are some subjects and themes that you are drawn to photographing while not on assignment?
I lived in Tokyo for a few years and it was the most amazing photo experience; so many amazing sights every fay.
Who on Instagram do you really admire?
My fave : @maialetti
What piece of advice would you give to a young photographer who is interested in photojournalism?
There is an amazing world around you. See it.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about yourself or work?
Life is short. Make the most of it.