Over a cup of tea with Ingrid Newton

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An informal Q & A

Which photographer or artist do you most admire?

I admire many photographers but I have the most empathy with those who work in a spontaneous and intuitive way, like Stephen Gill, Andre Kertesz, Saul Leiter, Paul Graham, Luigi Ghirri, Rinko Kawauchi and especially William Eggleston.

What artwork, where money is no object, would you like to hang on your wall?

Giorgione's "The Tempest", small but perfectly formed and one of the most mysterious works in the history of art. I would never get tired of looking at it

What is the worst commission you have ever had?

The worst commission I could imagine would be to photograph a wedding.

What is the best commission you have ever had?

Being given a completely free rein and left to my own devices.

Which famous artists, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

Sophie Calle, Yoko Ono, Andrei Tarkovsky, William Eggleston, David Lynch, Wim Wenders, all people whose work is intriguing and who probably would have plenty to discuss.

When are you at your happiest?

In my kitchen on a Friday night with the music turned up loud and glass of wine in hand, cooking a risotto.

What is your most treasured possession?

Photographs of my daughter who died 5 years ago.

What book are you reading at the moment?

"London: The Biography" by Peter Ackroyd.

What made you laugh recently?

Looking at re-runs of "Black Books". Dylan Moran's truly monstrous character Bernard Black is one of my secret role models.

What really winds you up?

At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old woman I have a long list; celebrity culture; dumbed down Britain; people who use the train as a mobile office; the Nanny State; 50mph speed limits on A roads; petty rules and regulations. I think I have a problem with authority.

What would your dream project be?

An American road trip.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

By trying to look at the world with fresh eyes, to appreciate the here and now and see the potential in the everyday.

How you would you like to be remembered?

As someone who regretted things she had done, rather than hadn't done.

What music would you like played at your funeral?

Nimrod from Elgar's "Enigma Variations" on the way in, because I'm a bit of a traditionalist on the quiet, and for my anarchic side, something by the Velvet Underground on the way out, "I'm Beginning to See the Light" sounds appropriate.

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