I am a photographer and teaching artist based in Los Angeles. My photographic essays explore grey areas between propriety and transgression, order and chaos, and the duality of our internal and external lives. My work is driven by the philosophy that while human behavior exists on a spectrum, our impulse is to label certain individuals and groups as “deviants.” With this in mind, I make imagery that illuminates and questions the lines between deviance and normalcy, portraying the spectrums of behavior on which we all fall.

Since 2014, I have worked as a documentary, commercial, and fine art photographer. My work has appeared in The Los Angeles TimesThe Huffington Post, and Scalawag Magazine, among other publications. I have exhibited work in group shows at Photoville (New York), the Los Angeles Center of Photography, PhotoPlace Gallery (Vermont), and the Infinity Room Gallery (Los Angeles), among others. Before a career in art, I worked as a teacher and community organizer in Ecuador, West Virginia, Washington, DC, and North Carolina.

  Polaroid by Christopher Stoltz

Polaroid by Christopher Stoltz

Photography Education

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 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. My youth classes cover basic digital photography, portraiture, and documentary storytelling.

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Selected Clients & Publications

Advocates for Youth, Airbnb, Amplifier Magazine, Benevolence Farm, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, Detour, Finch & Partners, FotoRoom, The Huffington Post, The Influence, The Institute for High Quality Care, Light Leaked, The Los Angeles Times, North Carolina AIDS Action Network, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, North Carolina Health News, Prince Street Podcast by Dean & DeLuca, The Raleigh News & Observer, Real Good Nutrition, Scalawag Magazine, ShareWell, Street Symphony, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, YouTHink & the Zimmer Children's Museum.