An Interview with Justin Mott, an American Photographer Living in Vietnam

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Recent Interview about my work and my career on PHOTOLEMUR. 

"Justin Mott is a professional Vietnam-based photographer who shot over 100 assignments in SE Asia for The New York Times. His works has been also featured on BBC, TIME, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Smithsonian, and The Guardian.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

I wish someone taught me the business side of photography from the beginning. Things like contracts, pricing, getting a deposit before a shoot, etc.

 Why do you take photos? What inspires you?

I started in photography because of my short attention span.  I was studying writing at university in San Francisco and part of my curriculum was a photography class. For that class we had to explore the city with our cameras and I just loved being outside of the classroom and wandering around. I started to see things differently and I loved having a creative outlet. 

I’m inspired by telling stories, I love visual storytelling."

Read the rest of the interview here.


Justin Mott

Justin Mott is an award-winning editorial, travel, and commercial photographer and director based in Vietnam for over a decade. He has shot over 100 assignments throughout Vietnam and Southeast Asia for the New York Times covering tragedy, travel, features, business, and historical moments.