RJ Muna is a photographer. He was born in a place far from where he grew up. He went to college not far from where he now lives, which is fairly close to where he grew up. He’s been taking pictures for many years now, and remembers fondly the era of Film. He gladly shoots digital these days but has spent many hours arguing the merits of pixels versus silver (usually taking the opposite side of whichever view is being presented). “Polaroid” – enough said. Truth is, he really doesn’t care what he makes pictures with, as long as he gets to make pictures. He likes making pictures.
RJ’s won a couple of hundred awards (really). Almost all were for his photography. He’s won ICP’s Infinity Award, a Lucie Award, a Clio, a One Show Pencil Award, and several others with equally amusing names. He’s had several magazine articles written about him and his work, including an article in CA Magazine whose cover caused quite the controversy. Subscriptions were cancelled. Letters of support were written. Grandmothers averted their eyes. It was all great fun.
He’s had numerous gallery shows of his fine art work, and while less than a hundred, certainly more than he can count on all of his fingers and toes. His wardrobe of black clothing is extensive, and he’s actually come to prefer cheap white wine with his cheese and crackers.
He also likes a good cappuccino (or two), and a well made panna cotta will distract him considerably. He’s not afraid of small places, heights, or even spiders. He doesn’t have dreams of being eaten by rabid dachshunds (any more). He doesn’t much like opera, but the outfits can be incredible. Except for Pagliacci – rotund tenors in clown outfits? Seriously? He does however, like the Blues. The outfits aren’t as incredible, but they play their own instruments, and there are no swords (or clown outfits).
RJ’s had a cappuccino in a lot of countries all around the world. He flew to almost all of them. In a plane. Whenever he landed, he usually took a lot of pictures. When he flies back home (also in a plane), there’s a nice big studio to hold all his gear, all the pictures he’s taken, and on a good day, something new and amazing to make pictures of. He likes making pictures (unless, of course, it involves a dachshund in a clown outfit – a position on which he is fairly firm).
Sometimes, though rarely, RJ will write something in the third person. It makes him feel a little like a Rap star. But he never uses the Royal “We”. That would just be too much. He has, on occasion, used the French “Oui”. Because, of course, you can’t say no to everything.
Frankly, if there’s any more you really want to know about RJ, just look at the pictures. It’s all there.