Katonah Connect: How did you become interested in photography?
Rita Baunok: I moved to the U.S. from Hungary when I was 32, and I didn’t speak any English so my camera became the tool of my expression because I always have something to say.
KC: Can you tell me about your work as a photographer?
RB: Sometimes I’ll work on a project for two, three, four years. I like to experiment– with materials, papers, different kinds of printing techniques in the darkroom, digitally– then I finally find what I like and I go with that.
KC:Do you prefer film or digital?
RB: Film. I like the process. I like chemicals. I like the smell of chemicals. I love working in the darkroom.
KC: Do you have a favorite photo?
RB: It changes every day. It changes with my mood, it changes with the weather, it changes with the environment. So when somebody asks me about my projects or my work, I like to say “this is my favorite image today.”
KC: What’s the worst photo you’ve ever taken?
RB: I cannot name one because it’s so many.
KC: Really? You have that many photos that you don’t like?
RB: The difference between the amateur photographer and the professional photographer is that the amateur photographer usually keeps every shot they take, and the professional photographer usually deletes 90 percent of their shots.