Tony Fouhse Q&A

tony fouhse self-portrait

A self-portrait by Tony Fouhse

Ottawa Citizen Style: Who are your style icons?

Tony Fouhse: It’d have to be Johnny Rotten, even though that dates me. Plus, like me, he’s getting old and fat.

OCS: What’s on your bedside table?

TF: An alarm clock. I’m an inveterate reader but store my books on the floor.

OCS: Best home accessory?

TF: My Rancilio Silvia [espresso maker], hands down.

OCS: Best recent fashion find?

TF: Well, I was recently invited to speak at a photo festival in Boston. Part of my “duties” were to go to a few VIP functions so I thought I might want to try to fit in. Ended up buying a Hugo Boss sport coat to use as camouflage. First sport coat/suit thingy I’ve ever owned. Seemed to work.

OCS: You may choose anyone in the world — whom do you invite to dinner?

TF: Courtney Love and Eminem, together. Entertaining, I’m sure.

OCS: You can see the debut of any piece of music in history. What would it be?

TF: The music in my head… and it’s not music, if you know what I mean.

OCS: What’s your earliest memory?

TF: ????

OCS: Your biggest fashion faux-pas, when, where and how?

TF: Probably just about every morning, when I get dressed.

OCS: Proudest moment?

TF: Receiving The Karsh Award for Photography.

OCS: Favourite piece of furniture?

TF: My office chair, it’s a Hermann Miller Aeron.

OCS: Qualities you most admire in a person?

TF: Honesty and juice.

OCS: Describe a perfect day off (it can be anywhere in the world).

TF: What’s a day off?

OCS: Favourite visual artist, living or dead?

TF: Robert Frank (especially his Polaroids).

OCS: Favourite local artist (if different from above)?

TF: Lyle Richardson, beautiful, twisted, jewel-like watercolours.

OCS: Best book you read in the past year?

TF: LowLife, by Scot Sothern. It’s a book of photographs, but Scot also writes these amazing stories to accompany the pictures.

OCS: Favourite food?

TF: Curries, plus most things I barbecue.

OCS: Wine, beer or both?

TF: Neither, I’m a tee-totaller.

OCS: Mac or PC?

TF: Mac

OCS: Fine dining or plain old diners?

TF: Diners, for sure.

OCS: Best restaurant in Ottawa?

TF: Depends on my mood.

OCS: Person, place or thing that makes you proudest/happiest that you live in Ottawa?

TF: My house.

OCS: Fave blog or website?

TF: Conscientious by Jorg Colberg.

OCS: Twitter, Facebook or both?

TF: Facebook with a side of Twitter. Mostly, though, [my] blog.

OCS: What’s your guilty pleasure?

TF: Guilt.

OCS: Favourite place to spend time?

TF: Home.

OCS: How would you like the world to remember you? What would your eulogist ideally say?

TF: As a good person who tried his hardest, is how I’d like to be remembered. My eulogist might say that, but would probably add that I could be a bit of a dick sometimes. True.

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