Max T. Frame
This interview first appeared on Pixels—The Art of the iPhone on December 30, 2011.
It was one year and one day ago that Max T. Frame submitted his first picture to Pixels. Entitled “My Wife”— a lovely Warholian quadtych in flesh tones and vibrant spot color. It shared many of the inviting characteristics common of the work that would follow: warmth, color, sensuality, beauty.
It was the fifth picture he submitted that began to define his oeuvre: the female nude. He submitted four or five in a row, each more striking than the last. His work was at once bold, playful, sexy and all of his pictures conveyed an intelligence behind the “lens” of the iphone. Flesh tones and textures beautifully rendered, overlaid with geometric forms, a play of light and shadow in a celebration of pure feminine beauty and power. This was a man who respected and loved women and the timeless mystery they embody: that was obvious to me from the first.
He interspersed his nudes with some wonderful street photography, often humorous, sometimes strangely tragic, still informed with his characteristic intelligence and warmth.
I’ve shared a correspondence with Max and it has been a joy getting to know him. He is one of the artists who make Pixels what it is and I am grateful for his sharing of his works and, now, his thoughts and story.
A lawyer (who would have thought?!), Max was one of the first Pixels’ artists to enter into a formal agreement for representation and we are very happy that his beautiful works are now available in exquisite archival editions at P1xels—The Fine Art of the iPhone.
Before we get to Max’s great interview, I’d like to thank Kimberly Post Rowe for her interview as featured artist and her ongoing contributions to Pixels.
KB: Please tell us a little about yourself – where you live, if you hail from Earth, anything like that. Whatever you feel like sharing that isn’t covered in the questions below.
MTF: I am a forty year old Juris Doctor, whose parents wanted to become a brilliant lawyer, and has instead decided to dedicate his own life only to what he loves and to the people he loves. That’s how I took care of my parents until the end and now I dedicate myself wholeheartedly to my beautiful wife and my wonderful eight year old daughter.
With my wife we met at law school, but the art was a necessity for us and our lives have undergone a small revolution. Today she is a painter inspired and volcanic, I think I’m a very lucky man!
We live on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia, we are a little on the edge of the western world and all in all we like it. I am not one who shares his images easily and have habits rather discreet but the enthusiasm of Knox dragged me into this adventure making me to leave for a while my hermitage. I try to keep up even if it is not always simple for me use so many words, whereas I speak little, and preferably with the images.
In photography as in life I try to keep everything as simple as possible. (more…)