The Interrogator with Cara Stricker

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There is an arresting recklessness to photographer Cara Stricker’s work, an honesty that finds beauty not in perfection, but in the vitality and realness of simply being alive. In an industry that can too often hide behind an overdone, over-retouched, over out-of-touch facade, Stricker manages to breathe fresh, young air into the industry, creating images that feel somehow real, accessible, and endlessly beautiful–something perhaps noted by artist Richard Prince, who screengrabbed a photo of hers on Instagram, blew it up, and placed it in his 2014 show, New Portraits. Her work, featuring beauties like Abbey Lee Kershaw and Bambi Northwood-Blyth, has been featured in Oyster Magazine, amongst others, and at her 2014 exhibition, Make Love To the World, that ran at the Hole Gallery. We talk to the talented Stricker about 10-cent lemonade, Splendor in the Grass, and the world’s most amazing machine–again, as always, in true Interrogator form.

Place of residence:

New York + Los Angeles

Current occupation:


What do you want to be when you grow up?

Better at dreaming, and taller. Sometimes.

Quote to live by:

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds round my neck.”

First job you ever had:

Selling lemonade on the street for 10 cents.

Least favorite part of your day:

Trying to fall asleep.

Windows down, the song you’re playing is:

Claudine Longet “Sugar Me” and Tonetta!

Three guilty pleasures:

Bedrooms, music, dinner parties (listening to Tonetta)

If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?

Fifth Element (Moebius, aliens, Earth, Bruce Willis…)

You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…

Larry Clark’s collection of prints.

Plane, train or automobile for a road trip?


What IS your favorite road trip?

Anything that just happens when you least expect it – always the next one.

Personal travel ethos:

I wanna roll with you.

Drink of choice:

Loire wine

Beach house or tree house:

Tree house

Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?

Buffalo mozzarella and tomato sandwich, at the top of a 300-stair staircase, Amalfi Coast, Italy.

What is the best news you ever received?

I’m an aunt. And when John turned to me and said, “Why did it take me so long to work out making music was the key to life?”

Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.

Most of my favourite things. The media sensationalises everything. Art, film, photography, music… it’s a blinding, sick, amazing machine.

Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to:

Splendour in the Grass, Australia, Byron Bay. Innocence, love and 18 years old. There were many firsts that year… falling in awe with the unfathomable artists on stage, getting lost on fungis and thinking I’d seen g-d with my boyfriend… we swore not to speak for 24 hours as any word word be a downward spiral from there on out.

Photo by Tyler William Parker.

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, specializing in music, fashion, the arts, and culture, both high and low. Her work has been featured in Cereal, Lenny Letter, and more.