We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Marcum and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Primarily, I wanted to provide myself creative freedom but also wanted to maintain disciplined in my work ethic and business strategy without comprise. The plan was to create an art brand, not just to be a photographer but a business person as well. I think the representation of business development is often overlooked in the artist community. There’s a stigma that authentic artist, for some reason, aren’t supposed to be business people, or be successful financially. Starting my own business I wanted to show that you can monetize your art without compromising your integrity. By staying true to your intentions, others recognize and support those who are willing to be vulnerable and put their best work forward, that was the idea I wanted to be apart of.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently, I am working on several projects. A zine series I’m very proud of is Copper Town, an on-going documentation of Arizona’s small towns featuring local landmarks, businesses, people, and landscapes. I am also in the process of releasing my first photo book “Beautiful Wasteland”, a monograph inspired by Edward Abbey’s quote about Phoenix, AZ; “An oasis of ugliness in the midst of a beautiful wasteland”. Getting to where I’m at today wasn’t easy, growth is never easy. Understanding what comes with the territory of starting your own business is an important factor in maintaining longevity as a successful artist. What I mean by that is to know your intentions, are you in it for the long haul? Or just to ride the wave? Because if you are not creating your own waves sooner or later you will be brushed ashore. I would want the world to view my work and my brand “Film is Dead” as an authentic visual story of human culture. An outside perspective of what already is and what will be. Photography is interesting in that way, to be subjective or objective… On one end you have the eye of the photographer and on the other, the eyes of the consumer, and in between the never knowing of what the hell is actually being interpreted.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I’m pretty new to the city of Phoenix, AZ. But with what I’m familiar with I would start with Joy Ride, great street tacos, and an excellent beer selection. I would continue with a quick stop by Phx Film Lab to pick up some 35mm film (preferably portra 400 or 800) and then head downtown to shoot some street photography. I also enjoy shooting around Grand Avenue and in the Sonoran Desert. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My life partner, Jessica. She has supported me in all my efforts to not only becoming a truer artist but a better all-around human being. Without her support, I don’t know where I’d be as an artist today. I can say the same for most of my family and friends, I have been extremely lucky to have expereinced such love and support in my career from people who are close to me.
Other: New Website filmisdead.com will be published at the beginning of February.