CZAR KRISTOFF.

AN INTERVIEW.

Czar Kristoff is a monochrome artist from the Philippines. His work, almost entirely in black and white, is a brave and sharp documentation of youth and dreams and anything in between. His pictures are fragments that make an incredible whole.

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How is it for a young photographer in the Philippines?

It’s kinda difficult to be noticed unless you have such strong works and right connections. I struggled a lot in the beginning since I didn’t know the direction I wanted to take and I didn’t have formal training in photography but I eventually figured it out so yeah. I really don’t care what the mainstream media here think about my work. What’s important to me is to translate my ideas/visions properly and honestly without trying too hard.

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How did your love for black and white develop?

Before I became obsessed with the works of black and white photographers that I looked up to, I was already fascinated with the old photographs of my grandparents which are usually in greyscale or sepia tone. I just think it’s beautiful how it truly captures the soul of the subject. So I think it just gradually developed.

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What are your influences? What inspires you?

I do have a lot of influences and the list is constantly growing. I would say Ed Templeton, Charles Ray, Wolfgang Tillmans, Diane Arbus, etc. Their works speaks to me  the most. Inspiration can be found anywhere and at any time. For me personally, I get inspiration from the street, from objects we overlook everyday, from dreams, my family and friends’ stories about death, confusions, desires, etc.

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Where would you like to travel to and take pictures?

I want to go to South Africa or Europe someday but for now since I don’t have much money, I would like to explore the neighboring regions from where I live. I believe there’s a lot of undiscovered beautiful places here.

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Which camera is your personal favourite?

I only have two cameras, my trusty Zenit-E which is analog and a Canon 550D which I usually use. I have to pick both as my favorite. 🙂

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What is your dream project? What are you working on at the moment?

I have a lot of dream projects to be honest. I don’t want to set one particular dream project because once I achieved it, then what’s left. I think it is very important to dream continously. As of the moment, I’m compiling photographs for a zine I’m going to release soon.

Interview by Amanda M. Jansson

https://www.flickr.com/photos/czarkristoff/page1/

 

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