Artist Statement

I am a photographer and teaching artist based in Los Angeles. My portraits and long-form photographic essays explore human relationships to each other and to place. I’m drawn to people, communities, and environments on the fringes of “normal” society, who find themselves in precarious situations on the verge of crisis. My work seeks to illuminate and question the spectrums of behavior (such as security to precariousness, and conformity to deviance) on which we all fall.

  Polaroid by Christopher Stoltz

Polaroid by Christopher Stoltz

Bio

I was born in Chicago, IL, and raised in the suburbs. I made my first photograph in the darkroom at age 14 and have been practicing photography since. I studied Social Science at the University of Michigan and hold a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For seven years, I worked as a community organizer and teacher in Ecuador, West Virginia, Washington, DC, and North Carolina. All the while, I nurtured my love of photography through studio art classes and my own artistic practice.

In 2014, I studied photography and multimedia production at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In 2015, after building a portfolio and client base, I left my nonprofit career to pursue freelance photography.

Since then, my photography, writing, and multimedia pieces have appeared in The Los Angeles TimesThe Huffington Post, and Scalawag Magazine, among other publications. My client list includes Airbnb, the Open Society Foundations, Dean & DeLuca, and numerous nonprofit organizations across the country. My images have been exhibited in group shows at Photoville in New York, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, and the Infinity Room Gallery in Los Angeles.

Teaching

I lead participatory photography workshops with people who have experienced addiction, homelessness, and trauma. These Photovoice workshops guide participants in how to document and communicate their life stories through photography and writing, culminating in a public exhibition we create together as a group. My ongoing projects in North Carolina and West Virginia have been supported by grants from the Third Wave Foundation and the State of West Virginia.

I also teach photography workshops for middle and high school students at the Los Angeles Center of Photography and the Lucie Foundation’s SNAPSHOP! Program.

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