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Chris Suspect
New media content producer, photographer & videographer
New media content producer, photographer & videographer

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I leave for Photokina in Cologne, Germany, today. The Leica Galerie exhibit I am part of is in Hall 1of Koelnmesse, if you are there please stop by to check out my show. I will also be part of a TweetChat with other Leica Galerie exhibiting photographers. Tweet using hashtag #LeicaChat to directly ask photographers your questions. They have a full line-up of guests with more photographers being announced soon. Here is the schedule:
Tuesday, Sept 16
Glen Craig 1–2PM CEST
Jamie Cullum (@jamiecullum) 5–6PM CEST
Wednesday, Sept 17
D-Nice (@djdnice) 1-2PM CEST
Thursday, Sept 18
Jürgen Schadeberg 1-2PM CEST
Thomas Hoepker 4-5PM CEST
Friday, Sept 19
Georges Yammine 1-2PM CEST
Gerd Ludwig (@gerdludwig) 3-4PM CEST
Saturday, Sept 20
Chris Suspect (@chris_suspect) 3-4PM CEST
Sunday, Sept 21
The live Twitter chats are part of Leica Camera’s widely varied program of events at Photokina. The photographers who will be answering your questions are featured in the Leica Galerie. The focus of this year’s exhibition concept is on impressive photography from the world of music. It embraces all facets of music photography, from concert images and extremely personal artist portraits to reportage photography with exciting glimpses behind the scenes at concerts. In addition, the exhibition will also showcase the work of musicians who have embraced photography as a second passion. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your questions to these talented artists.

Remember, to join the hour-long chats include #LeicaChat in your tweet.

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On Saturday, August 9, 2014 there will be an opening reception for a photography show I am part of with the STRATA Collective under the theme “Faith” at the Leica Gallery on 9th and F Sts. NW, DC. Please save the date and come out to see some fantastic and interesting street photographs that conjure up the various meanings of faith. Other photographers include Matt Dunn, Hector Isaac, Bill Bramble, Steve Goldenberg, Joshua Yospyn and  Michael W. Hicks.

The above image is one I shot at Logan Circle in Washington, D.C., several years ago.

Press release follows:

Leica Store Washington DC Presents:
"Faith" by Strata Collective

Opening Reception is Saturday, August 9, 2014
6pm to 9pm
Leica Store DC
977 F street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Telephone (+1) 202-787-5900

 We are pushed to questions as we step into the world through the complex eyes of Strata Collective. As observers of the street they cleverly draw us close to bubbles of constructed reality and we begin to glimpse the slight or might of the varied personal trusts we live amongst.

As both photographers and engaged citizens, the members of Strata Collective explore the notions

of faith and the things people hold onto in times of uncertainty, whether it be God, country, communities, resources, family, or ideas. We’ve seen these struggles play out in towns and cities across the country - human dramas that unfold in the street. It’s on the street that faith is proclaimed, tested, reinforced and abandoned, against the backdrop of a rapidly changing American landscape.

This collection represents both new and previously exhibited photographs by the Strata Collective, specially curated for this exhibition under the theme of “Faith”.


Strata is a photography collective borne out of a shared passion for the still image. Its members seek to document the beauty, humor, mystery and absurdity in the quotidian. We are not interested in stock photography nor in images that are simply illustrative. Strata strives to create images that are hard to make and even harder to categorize. Pictures that raise more questions than answers and reflect an eclectic, diverse worldview.

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Watch the new promo/flip-through video for my upcoming photobook on @emptystretch

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30 years ago I went to my first punk show in the DC area. It was Naked Raygun, TSOL, MIA and the Cereal Killers at WUST Hall (now the new 9:30 club location on 9th and V Sts.). Back then I didn't have a camera nor the balls to photograph the bands, punks and skinheads at these shows, but I remembered the energy, the fun and the danger that swirled like a tornado at these events. For the last four years, I've been shooting the current hardcore and punk scene in DC and Baltimore which has been making waves in our area and beyond, just look at how many people come out and travel for the yearly Damaged City festival. It's pretty amazing to bump into people from Brazil, Sweden, the UK, California, etc.

Now I have culminated some of my best photos into a book entitled Suspect Device. I chose the name because the camera is a device, I'm Chris Suspect and I do enjoy the Stiff Little Fingers reference. The goal of presenting these images is to recreate the same feelings, energy and chaos I felt as a fourteen-year-old at my first shows. This is not just about the bands, it's also about the kind of people who are attracted to this underground lifestyle.

I am fortunate enough to have Alec MacKaye write the forward for it. I asked Alec to do it because he's a great writer and also because he was there at the beginning when harDCore started. I thought it would be interesting to get his take on a scene that is now more than 30 years old and still going strong. He did a fantastic job!

The image in this post is the book's cover. It is published by Empty Stretch, a photo book company from DC which has been breaking lots of ground in the art photography world lately. The first run is 100 copies and we will be having a release party for it at Hill and Dale Records on June 21 which coincides with a Govinda Gallery show entitled East Coast Rock & Roll Photography 2014 featuring a number of other photographers, including myself.

If you can't make the reception and are interested in getting Suspect Device I strongly encourage you to pre-order it from Empty Stretch. Here are the details:

"Suspect Device"
By Chris Suspect
68 pages, 8.5 x 11 in
Hand numbered in edition of 100
Forward by Alec MacKaye
$20 USD + S/H


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