Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Post 7: Recent email to Witkin

Hello my fellow reader,

Today I wrote Mr. Witkin an email asking him questions that I feel are somewhat important to my research paper. Here is the email.

Hello Mr. Witkin,

I want to let you know that I am taking an advanced writing course this summer, and for my research paper, I chose to write about you.

I am also required to keep a blog about my research, and having you as a direct source for my paper is amazing, according to my instructor. She was astounded that I was able to contact you by phone, and even more so when you were so willing to give me your email address, when you could have easily said no.

I have read The Bone House, and Witkin. I have Watched Vile Bodies and L’image Indelebile, and have read reviews. I am still lacking information.

I know a little bit about your photographic process. For instance, scratching, toning, bleaching, and sometimes sandwiching the negative, but what am I missing?

I just want to know what your process is from beginning to end. What do you do? What are some of your thoughts as you are making your prints? Do you allow anyone to accompany you? Or anything else that you might think is pertinent in the way you complete your process?

Why did you really become interested in death and amputees? Was it the car accident that you saw when you were a child? Was it because you had to smell your grandmothers rotting leg? Religion had to play a factor, right? What about religion played a factor.

What was your experience like growing up with a Jewish father and a Roman Catholic mother, and at what age were you when your parents divorced?

Thank you so much for your time and patience. You are perfectly welcome to skip any part you would rather not talk about.

Amanda Brunner

P.S. If you are interested in reading my blog for class, just let me know and I will send you a link.


  1. Has he offered you any comments yet?

  2. Not yet. I hope he will write back soon. I have a feeling it will take him a good week to get back to me.

  3. I lied. A month has almost gone by, and I am still without an answer.