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Allyson Anne Lamb’s photography series Nudes is vivid fun and often surprising.

The sex at play in the work functions in complicated ways. If danger’s about, it’s in a playful mood.

Allyson Anne Lamb is a Brooklyn-based fine artist primarily working in photography. She graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and has worked for artists such as Marilyn Minter and Ryan McGinley.

All images copyright © the artist, all rights reserved.

TMN:

What is your least favorite part of the human body?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

I like them all, but I understand a distaste for toes. I like toes.

TMN:

When does your work day begin?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

After Polaroids.

TMN:

What do you want from a finished picture?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

To get what I aimed for.

TMN:

Which is what?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

I want it to match my fantasy. For example, with the cow project, I wanted them to look as if aliens landed in a field and no one was there but these cows. Like if a tree falls and no one is there to hear it, that kind of thing.

TMN:

What is your favorite airport?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

I couldn’t possibly have one.

TMN:

Please try.

Allyson Anne Lamb:

The Philadelphia Airport.

TMN:

What’s your favorite camera at present?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

The one I foolishly mailed to Nigeria.

TMN:

Will you be getting it back?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

I will not be getting it back. Oops.

TMN:

Which do you value more, art as entertainment or art as penicillin?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

I guess I’d say penicillin, but I’d rather say art as medicine.

TMN:

Do you nap?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

I hate naps.

TMN:

Do certain colors guide you more than others?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

Reds.

TMN:

Nipples on men: decorative or necessary?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

Necessary. Soon you can see some pictures of my favorite nipple.

TMN:

How much do models influence a photograph?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

Depends how flexible they are.

TMN:

Oldest artist that inspires you?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

Recently, Isidore Ducasse.

TMN:

Youngest artist that inspires you?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

Elektra KB, but she won’t tell me how old she is.

TMN:

Do you listen to music while you work?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

Yes and no.

TMN:

Please elaborate.

Allyson Anne Lamb:

Sometimes I listen to music, but often I prefer silence. Or Manu Chao.

TMN:

When are you afraid?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

Recently.

TMN:

How much value do you put into dreams?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

I always remember my dreams, and they haunt me, but I am not sure what to do with that.

TMN:

Elaine de Kooning said, “Inspiration is indispensable to my work, but it is hard to come by.” Do you agree?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

No. I am lucky to find it one after the other since I first found it.

TMN:

Coffee or tea?

Allyson Anne Lamb:

Both.

biopic

Rosecrans Baldwin edits TMN, which he co-founded with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. He is the author of You Lost Me There and Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down. His next novel, The Last Kid Left, is forthcoming from MCD/FSG in June 2017. More information can be found at his website. More by Rosecrans Baldwin