Over a cup of tea with Maggy Milner

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An informal Q & A

Which photographer or artist do you most admire?

Difficult to choose just one. Lee Friedlander for his complex, witty visuals; Boyd Webb for his whimsical, tableaux and Helen Chadwick for her bravery and imagination.

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

Richard Serra's "Fernando Pessoa" ....... although my garden's not big enough to do it justice!

What is the worst commission you have ever had?

"Ginger cat sitting on favourite chair, surrounded by family group, all opening presents. It had to be a happy event, with everything visible and in sharp focus"........ the cat was very much alive, untrained, alert, and not contented.

What is the best commission you have ever had?

Documenting a corporate sailing event on a 60 foot British Olympic yacht.

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

Vivienne Westwood, Maggie Hambling, Edward Hopper and Terry Gilliam.

When are you at your happiest?

Sitting on the east coast of England, looking west with a glass of wine
watching the sunset.

What is your most treasured possession?

My faculties.

What book are you reading at the moment?

I'm an insomniac so the Guardian is always at hand for browsing. At the moment I'm reading John Berger's "Here is Where We Meet", and Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope" depending on my mood.

What made you laugh recently?

"The West Wing". We have the box set.

What really winds you up?

Passwords, call centres and high walls like the one between Palestine and

What would your dream project be?

Access to an empty building as a backdrop for photography, film, installation or projection. I'm looking for one.

What do you do when not working?

Thinking about it.

How you would you like to be remembered?

Not too seriously.

What music would you like played at your funeral?

Patti Smith's "Wild Leaves".

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