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Anthony Nex

Photographer + Director

Los Angeles, CA



Q: What song do you play on repeat?

A: Lately it's been "Maria Tambien" by Khruangbin.

Q: What's the best way to start the day?

A: My dog wanting to play and the sun streaming thru the skylights.

Q: What are you most looking forward to this year?

A: I just finished a major studio renovation and I'm really looking forward to working in it.

Q: What is the most impactful project you've worked on and why.

A: A few years ago I shot an underwater video of the restoration of Newport Bay. Through the planting of oyster beds and sea grass, they are protecting the bay from coastal erosion while improving the water quality. I was really proud to be a small part of that.

Q: Which art/photo exhibit that you've seen has impacted you the most?

A: Irving Penn's retrospective. His work is so timeless and inspirational.

Q: What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

A: Time Travel. And where I would go first.

Q: What are some things you had to unlearn?

A: The rules you learn in photo school - they were often out of date by the time we learned them.

Q: What fictional place would you most like to go?

A: The Forgotten Island of Santosha.

Q: What have you only recently formed an opinion about?

A: That mezcal is better than tequila.

Q: What book impacted you the most?

A: The Phantom Tollbooth.

Q: What risks are worth taking?

A: Anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone and allows you to grow.

Q: What are the first 3 chapters of your autobiography titled?

A: 1. Under the Knife, 2. Empty Pools, 3. Crowded Waves, Are You Here to See the King?

Q: What do you spend the most time thinking about?

A: The next shot, and how to make it different than the last one.

Q: Best and worst advice you've ever received.

A: Best: Shoot what you love. Worst: Hearing how you had to conform in a certain way in order to be successful.

Q: How has your work evolved over the past few years?

A: When Covid hit I'd just finished work a large diaper campaign. Realizing those weren't going to happen again soon I pivoted back to my roots, shooting still-life cosmetics, liquids, and products. I'm really loving it.

Q: One thing you can't show up to a shoot without - Besides a camera ;)

A: Copious amounts of iced tea and a plan of attack.


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