100 Creatives

78: Aaron Abbott

Aaron Abbott is a photographer and photo instructor at Arcadia High School. He utilizes a documentary approach to convey stories about class distinctions. Outside of photography, Aaron love travel, zombies, sneaking into abandoned buildings and dinosaurs.


List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined).

1. My first passport.

2. Flyer from my first gallery show (Nocturnal).

3. Transcript from the lunch I had with Richard Avedon before he died (no transcript exists although I did have lunch with him).

4. The "Carousel" diptych that I recently hung in my living room.

5. My first medium format camera (a twin lens Yashicamat)

What's your dream camera set-up?

Quite happy with my Bronica. Could use an few new lenses, a better flash, new running shoes, a good pair of boltcutters and an invisibility cloak though.

What was the last thing you shot?

Phoenix ComicCon

What is the next thing you're going to shoot?

Tanque Verde Swapmeet

What's something you want Phoenix to know about you? (And, if you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix to know about you?)

Hobart Epstein lives.


The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith
97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at amy-silverman.com.