World Street Photography Awards 2016 - Street Portraits 4

Photo by Nikolay Dutkin

Curator of this competition: Chris Suspect

Chris Suspect   Chris Suspect
The son of a diplomat, Chris Suspect was born in the Philippines in 1968. He is a street and documentary photographer hailing from the Washington, D.C. area. He specializes in capturing absurd and profound moments in the quotidian. His street photography work has been recognized internationally and has been exhibited in Miami, Germany, Georgia and the United Kingdom. His documentary work on the underground music scene in Washington, D.C., was published as a book, Suspect Device, by Empty Stretch in 2014 and was a featured exhibit in the Leica Galerie at Photokina 2014 in Koln, Germany. In 2015, this same series was exhibited at the Tblisi History Museum in Georgia during the Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival. The work is currently held in the Leica Galerie Archives. Since 2012 he has been a member of the STRATA photo collective, focussing on street photography and located in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

In this past year, Suspect was named a finalist in the Urban Picnic Street Photography Awards (UK), a finalist in the Miami Street Photography Festival and was shortlisted for the International Street Photography Awards (UK). Locally, he was named the winner of the Washington City Paper’s 2014 Photography Contest. Previously served as a judge for the Miami Street Photography festival during Miami Art Basel (2013), he won Photo District News’ “The Scene” contest for music photography (2013) and received an honorable mention in the Chicago Photographic Society’s first annual street photography contest (2013).

Suspect’s work has recently been featured in the Huffington Post, Photo District News and on the Leica Camera Blog. He also has published photographs in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, CNN, The Atlantic, Forbes and many other media outlets in the US, Germany, Canada and Brazil.
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First curator's choice
Congratulations Neim Guillaume!

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Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect:Many say the eyes are the windows to the soul, the cornerstone of portraiture. However, this image throws that tradition out along with the street photography maxim that photographs of people's backs are generally uninteresting. There is a real sense of mystery here. You can't see this person's eyes or facial expression, you have little to go on except the facts; red hair, peach colored drapes, a window, and perhaps two or three others in the background. Is this a restaurant at a sea shore? A train car? I know at least that the color of this person's hair contrasts nicely with the drapes, and the gray chipped paint leads to a gentle subdued color palette. The geometry of the frame with its squares is well seen. It's at this point the viewer's eyes give up and you have to look within your mind to "see." Of all the images submitted this is the one I spent the most time with. Keep looking, tell me who do you see?

 
 

 

Second curator's choice
Congratulations Yueh Zhang!

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Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect:A high contrast black and white reminiscent of Provoke-era photography in the late 1960's. The boy's expression suggests he is lost in thought as many often are when they are commuting from school, work or home. What I like here is that you basically get a 360 degree view of this child's head as he stairs out the window of what may be a bus, train or subway car. And even with all of this information, I still wonder what he's thinking about. Curious is an apt title here.

 
 

 

 

Special Mentions

Congratulations Jodi Rogers!
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Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect: This is one of those gritty portraits of a real character. The look is genuine and I love how the smoke from his hand-rolled cigarette curls around his fingers. What's interesting is that his watch, ring and jacket juxtapose his worn countenance and disheveled hair.

 
 

 

Congratulations Vladimir Troyan!
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Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect: This man's dog, his white hair, skimpy bathing suit balanced by the tacky gold trimmed plant holder on our left suggest opulence, but is any thing but. The liquor store gives it away. His look may be awkward, suspicious of the photographer even, but it fits with the absurdity of the image as a whole. Like a humorous sea shore photo by Martin Parr, this image speaks volumes about the society this person comes from and perhaps how he see's himself in it.

 
 

 

Congratulations Federico Arcangeli!
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Chris Suspect: I'm not sure if this really needs a comment. It's a funny one note and not too hard to summon several jokes or humorous captions at this poor man's expense. Still, I enjoy looking at it and one has to admire this gentleman's cojones to don a speedo at the beach.

 
 

 

Winner of the Viewers Choice award
Congratulations Christopher Noellert!

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