James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions answered by Catherine Edelman

One of my favorite interviewers of all time is James Lipton. He always ends his interviews with his list of Top 10 Questions. As part of our 25 year gallery celebration and exhibition What I Was Thinking, I thought it would be great to ask a few photographers to answer his list of 10 questions. Each week we will post a different photographer’s response to the list of questions. But I will start us off. Here is my response to James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions:

Catherine Edelman


1.  What is your favorite word? Facacta

2.  What is your least favorite word? Curate

3.  What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Intelligence, passion & honesty

4.  What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Ambivalence and ignorance

5.  What sound or noise do you love? Silence

6.   What sound or noise do you hate? Cicadas

7.   What is your favorite curse word? Fuck

8.  What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Lawyer

9.   What profession would you not like to do? Gardener

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? You should have believed in me