The Art of the Interview
An effective and probing interview can shed light on an individual’s motives and aspirations. “I became a partner in their own understanding of themselves,” wrote the author Gay Talese. It can also reveal the processes, thoughts and ways of working that drives an interviewee—be it a graphic designer, a painter or a sanitation worker. A good interview makes the implicit explicit. This course will sample a range of effective interviews in a variety of forms and formats—question and answer, written narrative profiles based on interviews, and, most importantly, on camera interviews. Through a close readings of both written and visual sources, we will analyze the techniques that evoke the answers that you seek as well as those you never expected to hear. We will also discuss problems that you might encounter and solutions of how to solve them.