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Paul Mpagi Sepuya on the Inherent Intimacy of Photography

In his playful, stripped-down photos, Sepuya blurs the line between artist and subject.

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Episode Notes

This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya about his unique style of intimate studio photography. In the interview, Paul breaks down the difference between artist and photographer, shares what it was like to get recognized for his work at an early age, and explains why critical praise doesn’t always translate to monetary success.

After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler talk about why it’s so difficult to sum up visual art with language.

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