Shawnis and the Shimmers in RVA Mag

My photo above of the Richmond, Va., garage/punk/glam band Shawnis and the Shimmers is featured in an RVA Mag article, “The Muddy Divas of Richmond Glitter-Punk,” about their new record “Wasteland.”

I took this shot at Slash Run in DC about two weeks ago.

#music

Mar 20, 2022



Chris Suspect on Sur les Murs TV5Monde this Sunday

This Sunday I will be featured on Episode 17 of “Sur Les Murs”, a French TV documentary program on urban culture hosted by the famous “rule-breaker” and French artist Richard Orlinski. Orlinski’s production crew interviewed and followed me around Miami Beach for a full day shooting street photography this past December during Art Basel Week.

The episode will air on French TV5Monde in many countries around the world at 10:30 am ET (GMT+1 in France). In order to watch you will need to use a VPN and set your country/server for the United Kingdom. Then go to europe.tv5monde.com.

The program will be in French but it has English subtitle options, among many others.


Semana Santa – Street Photography Workshop, April 11-17, 2022
Join me and Miami Street Photography Festival founder and director Juan Jose Reyes and take your street photography to the next level during Semana Santa, aka Holy Week, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, April 11-17. Juan and I have been doing photography workshops in San Miguel de Allende since 2018 and we have extensive knowledge of the town and the best places to get great images.

All over Mexico, Holy Week and Easter are celebrated as significant religious holidays. Processions, altars, and “Passion Plays” reenacting the last days of Christ are performed in several cities. The traditions go back several centuries. Almost nowhere in Mexico is Semana Santa recognized with such reverence, tradition and awe as in San Miguel de Allende. Visitors both devout and curious come from all over Mexico (and the world) to experience the intense emotion of these observances of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ.

Registration is open now and you can learn more and sign up at www.miamistreetphotographyfestival.org. Deadline is March 1.

#Street #Photography #workshop


My Top 50 Photographs of 2021
2021 kicked off with the Insurrection on January 6th and then closed it out with the Omicron variant, bookending another weird and strange year with national traumatic events. Fortunately I was able to slip off to Mexico for a couple weeks for my annual Day of the Dead workshop in October, giving me some much needed respite from our divided nation. Unlike 2020 I didn’t release any new books as I needed a break and just wanted to shoot, so this year was a little less eventful. Above are 50 of my best images from the year and below is a list of my photographic accomplishments.

In January, the Leica Fotografie International Magazine Blog published my images from the Insurrection, “Chris Suspect: Chaos at the Capitol,” by Danilo Rößger, and I was the juror for Glen Echo Photoworks’ “Hindsight is 2020” competition and exhibition.

Leica Camera also used some of my work for their first global media campaign in 10 years in their advertising video, “The World Deserves Witnesses”.

In April, I participated in in a lecture and image review session with photography educator Mike Browne from the United Kingdom.

In May, I was honored to be part of an online exhibition entitled “Psychotic Reactions” by Landscape Stories out of Italy.

In June, I was included in Exposed DC’s 15th Anniversary Exhibit at Elle, in Washington, DC.

In July, it was a real honor to work with Tim Huynh on the first episode of Beyond the Frame, a slick, well-produced vignette of my photography career to date.

Also in July, I was delighted to be the MC for The DC Street Photography Collective event with two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lucian Perkins, at Slash Run in Washington, DC

In September, WhiteWall featured my work with a large solo exhibition at Photopia in Hamburg, Germany, and I was interviewed for Street Photography Magazine’s podcast episode “Chris Suspect Shoots the Insurrection.”

In October, I hosted the return to my annual Day of the Dead Workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The student slideshow is great!

In November, I created a series of 23 unique T-Shirts and prints for an exhibit that was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute. But, I was able to sell out most of these online and at my birthday party at Slash Run. There are still a few left here.

In December, I was filmed in Miami Beach during Art Basel Week by a French television crew for an episode of Sur Les Murs, a french documentary program on street art with artist/sculptor Richard Orlinski. This will be released in January 2022.

And, finally I was happy to have several photos included in Focus on the Story’s latest book, “Transition – The End of an Unprecedented Four Years” published this December.

Here’s to a new year! And hopefully a much better one.

#Street #Photography


Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 in Pictures
Had a great time at Art Basel Miami this year. It was such a pleasure to escape DC and hit the warm climate. It was a little sad not having the Miami Street Photography Festival 2022!

The highlight for me was being the subject for an episode of Sur Les Murs, a french documentary program on street art with artist/sculptor Richard Orlinski. The film crew followed me around South Beach shooting for about 6 hours. It was awesome and they were jazzed by how dynamic the footage turned out. This will air in January on TV5MONDE and on French speaking channels around the world.

The rest of the time I shot a lot, went to some cool art fairs and parties, worked out on Muscle Beach, and ran. I’m a little exhausted from all the physical activity and walking 10 plus miles a day! I slept over 10 hours when I returned.

The photos above were all from this trip. I got to shoot a lot and it was great.

#Street #Photography #Art #Basel #Miami


New One-of-a-Kind-T Shirts for Sale
November 13th was my birthday. I had a solo show planned for a DC gallery called Bad Candy. Long story short, Bad Candy got shut down by the DC government and I was left with 23 one-of-a-kind T-shirts I had printed for the month-long exhibit. Fortunately, I was able to sell 17 of my 23 shirts at my birthday party with the awesome band Teen Cobra at my absolutely favorite bar in DC called Slash Run. I only have 6 left. You can buy just the shirt or the shirt with the print here in my web store.

The above photos feature a woman named Nova who I met through the DC punk scene. She was kind enough to let me shoot a “look book” for my remaining shirts. Check them out here.

#T-shirt #conceptual #photography


Mexican Silhouettes Updated for 2021


During this year’s Day of the Dead workshop in San Miguel de Allende I personally focused on updating my Mexican Silhouettes portfolio that I have been working on for several years. I have just added 10 new images and removed about as many. Photography projects always seem to be a work in progress. I guess you will know when it’s done when you have either exhausted all visual possibilities or you just grow out of it. For now I definitely plan to do more of the same when I return next year, trying to make more complicated and/or graphic images.

#Street #Photography #Mexico


Day of the Dead Street Photography Workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Student Slideshow

Here is the the student slide show from my 2021 Day of the Dead Street Photography Workshop in Mexico. Everyone did great work and it was a lot of fun guerilla projecting their work on the street on the last day of the workshop.

#Street #Photography #Mexico


Photos of the Exhibit with WhiteWall at Photopia, Hamburg, Germany
Here are some official pictures from my exhibit with WhiteWall at Photopia in Hamburg, Germany. It looks amazing. I am grateful to be included in this, just wish I could be there. Thanks to Jj Viau for sending me the photos!

#Exhibits #Street #Photography


Justice for J6 – Rally on the National Mall
Many would say the Justice for J6 rally on the National Mall was a bust, but if you went there to shoot the spectacle of the media it wasn’t so bad. For every protestor and counter protestor there had to have been 2 people from the media and 3 police for each!

#Street #Photography