Jason Schmidt: Alright, so, what does American Polychronic mean? Or, maybe we should go more personal—before I actually met you, we were both printing at Print Space, and I saw one of those highway median landscapes pinned up on the boards. I thought I'm gonna like whoever took this picture, because it was something I’ve passed by a million times and would have never thought to take a picture of. What was that body of work called? Is it in the book? And what the hell were you thinking?
Art or Olive Garden? The Ultimatum That Made Roe Ethridge an Artist
Jason Schmidt and Roe Ethridge met in a Manhattan darkroom in 1998. On the occasion of the latter’s new monograph, American Polychronic, and its two concurrent gallery exhibitions in New York, the longtime friends and photographers discuss intention and transformation over email.