Amy Inouye, Media Director for Gary Leonard, Candidate
for Governor of California: 1st
Man Australia continues to cover the race for governorship
interview Amy Inouye, media director for Gary leonard.
is an interesting and unquite candiate. When he's
not running for governor, he's a professional photograher,
photo journalist and other variations of such.
Freelance photojournalist, anything in Los Angeles--Gary's
work has been featured in a book on the LA punk scene
in the 1980s (Make the Music Go Bang), and he's had
a photo-column called Take My Picture Gary Leonard
in alternative newsweeklies in LA for something like
ten years. It's a photo each week of Gary's choosing--everything
from homeless people to ribbon cuttings to parades
and politicians, all with his ironic but loving eye
for local scenes.
unique advantages does your photography and journalism
trade bring to the party?
is experiencing the campaign from both sides of the
fence--he's photographing as many campaign events
as possible (Gray Davis at a labor rally, Arnold at
the county registrar), and then doing his own
interviews in which he is usually photographing the
interviewer during the interview. He's told me that
he's really learned a lot already about how politics
work (it's harder than you think, and takes a lot
positive contributions have you made to California,
and what do you have planned, should you be awarded
the top job?
loves California (especially Los Angeles) and his
whole career has been as a local booster--he really
highlights LA people. He is really a democratic thinker--which
is to say, to him, everyone is incredibly equal--from
the mayor to the punk to the homeless guy--he treats
everyone with respect and humanity.
being a photographer and journalist give you an "unfair"
matter how many political events he's covered, it
hardly prepared him for what being a candidate would
be. As a journalist, you're part of the audience really,
and as a candidate, you're in the spotlight--photographers
and journalists are much more used to being in the
you caught on film or audio, any of the other candidates
doing the wrong thing?
a photojournalist, you do catch people off-camera--some
are a bit rude, but I haven't heard anything other
than that about some of the other candidates (although
I know he does he have a past history with
Angelyne that has gotten a little testy).
has the internet changed the landscape of:
The California election?
b. Politics in general?
c. The media landscape and free thinking, getting
away from media been "spoon fed" to the
d. Any other ways you care to comment on?
are California's greatest problems?
climate that would create this recall in the first
place. Infrastructure, environment, education. Not
enough emphasis on the arts, taxes, a populace with
entitlement issues, and a lot more. On the
other hand, it's truly a great place to live.
sort of voters do you think you attract?
parents say they're voting for him. He does have a
fan base, so maybe them. Other than that, it would
be really regular people who see a sincere, regular
person with very typical problems and views--and they
may identify with him. Gary is smart enough to know
that he'd need a fantastic support structure to start
solving any problems. Also, as a non-politician, he
believes in the idea that if you behaved like a
mature adult and put your mind to solving problems
rather than jockeying for position, that something
good might get done. In any case, forward motion of
any kind is better than filibustering.
program would you implement for the homeless and street
details available--it's far too complex--but something
has to be done, and we'd rather see any small steps
implemented immediately and build on it. Feed the
kids, more porta-pottys, counseling--anything--it's
a growing, major problem.
your views on:
b. Gay Marriage - support
c. Political donations -
have to be limited; we really need campaign finance
reform not just in California but in the US.
did you muster the support of Studio City Sun newspaper?
question--I'm going to have to ask him--
the deal with The League of Women Voters and Friends
of the Triforium?
of Women Voters has web pages available for all the
candidates; they do not endorse candidates.
Friends of the Triforium is a small preservationist
group that Gary is part of who are supporting him
is tough--it changes daily--sometimes it's something
like I just want to laugh to the
only candidate who is focused on the job. Mostly
it's Take my picture Gary Leonard or for
purposes of the
recall, Take my picture Governor Leonard.
not to miss the once-in-a-lifetime photo op.
did you write Symphony in Steel?
book is a chronicle of the construction of Walt Disney
Concert Hall, the new home of the LA Philharmonic
in downtown LA, designed by Frank Gehry.
has photographed it since its initial groundbreaking
11 years ago. It will open in mid-October. Gary's
book will be available in early October. It has been
a labor of love--Gary spends a lot of his time downtown
and this is an important new addition to the cultural
and physical landscape of LA. Gary's point of view
includes not only the usual (skeleton of the building,
groundbreaking ceremony w/ local politicians, ironworkers,
Frank Gehry touring the site, but also the porta-potty
delivery guy and tourists shooting the building).
were your mentors from a life and professional perspective?
question--I'm going to have to ask him--
will you do relax when the election is finally over?
to work, concentrating on publicizing the book, catching
up on stuff. Spending time with his daughter, Xiu
note: An inside look at the life of a photo journalist
/ candadate. We look forward to the updates with this
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