Personal Space: Interview with Director Sam Raphael

Culture — 31.08.16

Photography & Words: Inbar Levi

Where are you from?

New York.

How old are you?


What do you do? Where is your studio/workspace?

Director. Echo Park, Los Angeles.

How involved are you in the LA art scene?

Scenes are trouble, I prefer friends.

Does Los Angeles as a base play a factor in your work ?

Check out We Are The Parents of LA (For Harvey Kubernick) — an ode to the infinitesimal elements of the City of Angels (


Do you like collaborating with other people or is it a one-man show for you?

I’m part of FACTS (

What part of creating is more important for you: The idea, the process, or the outcome?

The outcome. It’s the only thing.

In a generation when everyone is a someone, how do you think you and your work stand out?

Let the work exist apart from you. If it can’t stand out on its own, then I don’t deserve to, either.

What makes you wake up in the morning? What motivates you?


What’s your work routine? What sparks a new project for you?

Read, read, read. That’s the only way I find anything worthwhile is if I’m reading. I take notes on my phone, sometimes I do cut ups. The New Yorker fiction podcast is a good look too.


Growing up, did you always know you’ll end up choosing this career path?

I made a ton of movies, shooting mini DV when I was a kid. A lot of camera dissolves.

What do you listen to while you work?

I usually keep the Hulu queue full: Chafed Elbows, Double Life of Veronique, La Ronde, etc. I keep them on a loop in the background.

Can you talk a little bit about your personal style and your work style and how do the two relate to each other?

Clean and out! No distractions.


How do you deal with trends in fashion and art?

Trends are traps. Beware!

In a decade from now, where do you think you’ll be and what will you be doing?

Making features.