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11/28/14 Photographer Czar Kristoff

A sense of unstudied cool seems to live in photographer Czar Kristoff’s work. Under his trained eye, rumpled jackets and road work tarpaulin have never looked more covetable.

There is purity in Kristoff’s perspective. Unfazed by the rigidity of a formal art education, the Laguna-based photographer shoots from the gut. Employing textures, bright lights, and shades to his advantage, Kristoff comes in with a sense of grunge and without a care in the world.


The rest of the world hasn’t failed to notice. Just this year, Kristoff has twice exhibited his work in London. It’s also appeared in international publications, from The New York Times’ T Magazine to Esquire Russia. His photos have been featured in two photo books as well, and the work continues to come in.

But Kristoff believes that he isn’t quite there yet. While the exposure feels like validation in some ways, it only serves as a point of improvement. “In a way, it’s a reminder that I have to work my ass off to be much better, to be better than my last work,” says Kristoff. “I think it’s supposed to be that way.”

In between aperture adjustments, Kristoff chats with NOUS to discuss why photography is the future, how suburbia has helped his art, and why Instagram has become mankind’s own dose of immortality.

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So, Czar, what got you into photography in the first place?

I guess the fact that I’ve always been interested in art, more specifically in its visual form. The complexity of the process and the possibilities of photography as an art form are pretty much the basis of why I’m drawn to it. It’s the future.

Do you plan out your photos or do they happen organically?

I think what matters most is the final output.

Do you think that people’s appreciation of photography has changed since Instagram?

Well, the fascination of humans in immortality has always been an obsession, I think. And given that photography is the most accessible tool, people take advantage of that. I mean there’s nothing wrong with it, but in my observation it’s become more extreme.

You do have your own Instagram, though. How do you curate your Instagram photos? What goes on and what doesn’t?

It takes discipline, analysis, and waiting for that intuition to have it done. It’s not always about the visual power, but also how a particular image translates your current existence. Because photography is some sort of autobiographical work. It’s really hard sometimes ’cause the more I analyze, the more it becomes less fun.

I remember you mentioning that you don’t live in the city. How has living in the province informed your photography?

I think my work would be different if I live in a major city. I believe environment plays a big role on the process of someone’s work. I like it here. I can see more clearly. What I mean by that is I can observe people very well, I can focus more on work than go out and waste my money and my time on bus rides. There’s a lot of trees out here, people are nicer. I just like it here.

Any future plans for your art/anything exciting coming up?

Let me surprise you.