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Christian Witkin

Photographer + Director

Los Angeles, CA



Q: What song do you play on repeat?

A: "Baretta's Theme Song" by Sammy Davis Jr.

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

A: Coffee, sunlight, and a walk up the hills.

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

A: Getting my short film made.

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

A: My portraits from around the world. I call this project "Portraits From Earth." Meeting people from different cultures around the globe gives me the passion to keep creating and open my heart to humanity and understand my place in this lifetime.

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

A: The show Revelations by Diane Arbus at the Met in NYC in 2005. Not just for the extraordinary portraiture but the re-creation of her darkroom and insight into her life as a struggling artist.

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

A: When will we discover, and is there another planet where beings can survive?

Q: What are some things you had to unlearn?

A: Selfish (artistic) qualities and removal of the blinders.

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

A: A new planet.

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

A: Aging. Still forming an opinion on it.

Q: What book impacted you the most?

A: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.

Q: What risks are worth taking?

A: If there's a risk I'm willing to take, I'm gonna go for it. All out!

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

A: Chapter One: Humble Beginnings, Chapter Two: The Rise and Fall, Chapter Three: The Rise, Once More

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

A: My contributions as an artist. Will it matter?

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

A: "Play it safe", typically does not apply to me. "You get out of life what you put into it" is on point.

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

A: Not leaving a stone unturned. Keep turning.

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

A: Your perspective.


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