I met photographer William Converse-Richter through a designer friend of mine in Los Angeles and we struck it off quick. This is likely because we both have an affinity for the high-class low-life sensibility :). I also love the the feeling of being punched with color and a narrative when looking at his photos.
William was born in New York City and spent his formative years in the Chelsea Hotel. At the age of ten his family relocated to Los Angeles, where he's lived since. You can read our chat below.
little beast: What is your education? (traditional or otherwise)
WCR: I’ve attended Los Angeles City College and Art Center College of Design for Cinema Production and Photography.
little beast: What can you tell us about your work? (commercial and personal)
WCR: My work conveys moods and emotions through the use of color relationships and lighting style. I’m influenced by everything from pop culture and fashion to politics and environmental issues.
little beast: Do you travel much?
WCR: I travel to NYC often for work and to see friends, and I spend time with my family in Provincetown, MA every year. I also try to go somewhere tropical every year. Last year I went to Costa Rica and this year I’m going to Cuba!
little beast: Has any one place been more significant or inspirational for your work or lifestyle?
WCR: Los Angeles! I love it out here. I love old Hollywood and the characters within it. I love the fact that LA is a desert oasis upon which we built our own synthetic paradise. However, I do hate the traffic.
little beast: Can you tell us what you are working on currently?
WCR: MadMen 2020
little beast: What is MadMen 2020!?
WCR: It's an editorial I wanna do, very mad men/Norman Rockwell type environment but with more modern saturated aggressive colors and apparel that is fitting to that environment. Got the whole thing planned out just getting the funding to do it, heavy art Dept and wardrobe so I gotta source for this one :/
little beast: Describe what your creative process might look like.
WCR: I write down ideas as they come to me sometimes from a song, television show, a cool fabric, or toy. Then I create a vision board, usually pulling from the Internet or my inspiration folder. Then I storyboard it, get the crew together, shoot, retouch, and get it out there!
little beast: Is there a person that has been most influential in your work over the years?
WCR: No, there’s lots of people. Guy Bourdin, Ed Ruscha, Contantine Manos, Miles Aldridge, Diane Arbus, Juergen Teller, and the list goes on...
little beast: What are you listening to most lately in terms of music?
WCR: Stereolab, Leslie Gore and Drake.
little beast: Do you have a favorite visual artist?
WCR: I don’t have a favorite, but I’ve been really into Kandinsky lately.
little beast: If you could collaborate with any creative on a project who would it be? (living or dead)
WCR: I would collaborate with Jeremy Scott.
little beast: What is your favorite thing to cook?
little beast: What is your favorite thing to eat?
little beast: Have you ever had your heart broken? If so, by who?
WCR: Never. I’m heartless. JK.
For more information about our friend WCR you can visit his website.