Ave Pildas interview: renowned jazz photographer releases first documentary

Ave's America
(Image credit: Ave Pildas)

It’s hard to believe that LA-based, Cincinatti-born photographer, Ave Pildas is 83 years old. Within a few seconds of our phone call, he prompts the switch to video so we can chat face-to-face. Living in LA, Ave is blessed with blue skies, sun, and "high's of 57°F" so while he sits happily in a hoodie and a cap, I'm wrapped in two jumpers and a blanket.

Ave has recently released his first documentary, Ave’s America, with ex-student, friend and filmmaker Patrick Taulére – which is what we're here to chat about. The documentary follows Ave on shoots in LA where he is still drawn to the quirky, colorful and non-conforming people that line the city streets some 50 years after arriving. From the touristy Hollywood Boulevard to the notorious Skid Row, an area synonymous with homelessness and poverty, Ave’s approach to people and taking a good photo is always driven by communication and understanding.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.