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Zachary Scott

Photographer + CGI Artist

NY + Los Angeles



Q: What song do you play on repeat?

A: "Everybody Knows this is Nowhere" by Neil Young.

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

A: Getting up early, before my family. Making coffee in the dark.

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

A: I want to know everything about Bigfoot.

Q: What are some things you had to unlearn?

A: Being Right. I have three daughters.

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

A: I'm imagining discovering a dreamy surf spot on Pandora from the Movie Avatar.

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

A: I recently photographed the CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong, for INC magazine. The experience has shaped my opinion of decentralized currency. I think it's real and the future.

Q: What book impacted you the most?

A: I often say that it is What is Art by Leo Tolstoy, which argues that the greatest art offers the greatest level of communication to the audience. I've been obsessed with clear communication in my work.

Q: What risks are worth taking?

A: Love + Art. Can't hold back in either pursuit.

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

A: Outside of the normal stuff like career, and family, I tend to think most about the development of my wooded ranch in San Luis Obispo. I have a tractor and love to blow off steam by making trails and clearing brush and trees for fire mitigation. We have horses, bunnies, chickens, cats, dogs, and now a cow. That keeps my mind AND hands busy.

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

A: “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.”

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

A: I'm leaning into a more painterly style and reconnecting with my conceptual image-making roots.

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

A: My set of vintage Briese Parabolic Reflectors. The older they get, the prettier the light.


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