Chris Suspect

Chris Suspect is a street and documentary photographer hailing from the Washington, DC 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, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania, 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 is currently held in the Leica Galerie Archives. He is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for the Miami Street Photography Festival.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | © 2019 Chris Suspect

Chris was born in the Philippines in 1968. He is a street and documentary photographer hailing from the Washington, DC 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, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania, 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 at the Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival 2015 in Tblisi, Georgia. This same project was also featured in the Leica Galerie at Photokina 2014 in Koln, Germany. The work is currently held in the Leica Galerie Archives.

Since 2015, Suspect has served as the Chief Marketing Officer for the Miami Street Photography Festival. In this role, he oversees all the promotional and marketing campaigns that support the annual contest, associated events and workshops involved with the brand.

In 2018, Suspect was named chairperson for the Focus on the Story festival in Washington, D.C. In recent years, he won the StreetFoto San Francisco competition for street series, FotoWeek DC’s competition for Photographer’s Choice series, and Exposed DC’s annual photography competition.

2622 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado, USA | © 2019 Chris Suspect

Chris Suspect was also a finalist in the Miami Street Photography Festival Miami Photo Series. He was shortlisted for the International Street Photography Awards (UK) and named the winner of the Washington City Paper’s 2014 Photography Contest. Previously Suspect 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 honourable mention in the Chicago Photographic Society’s first annual street photography contest (2013).

Suspect’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Photo District News, LFI Magazine 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.

Books/Publications
Stop Motion 2018: A Year in Review, soft cover zine, 40 pages, Published by Slow Dance Press (2018)
UnPresidented: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the Peoples’ Response, 152 pages, Hard Cover, Published by Cosmic Smudge Media, 2017
World Street Photography 3 (2015/2016), 200 pages, 24 x 19.5 cm, Hard Cover, published by Gudrun-Verlag, 2016
Suspect Device (1st and 2nd Edition), 68 pages, 8.5 x 11 in, soft cover, hand numbered in edition of 250, forward by Alec MacKaye, published by Empty Stretch, 2015

Selected Exhibits
The Jewish Museum of Belgium, Eyewitness in Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (2019)
The Other Art Fair Bristol, “Secret Auction – Art on a Postcard,” Bristol, UK (2018)
Focus on the Story International Photo Festival/Lost Origins Gallery, “Gratuity Included,” Washington, DC (2018)
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, “The Ties that Bind: The church, identity, activism, & community in the African American experience,” Washington, DC (2018)
VSLO Photo Festival, “Suspect Device,” Vama Veche, Romania (2017)
National Geographic Museum, “FotoWeek DC,” Washington, DC (2016)
HistoryMiami Museum, “Miami Wild Life,” Miami, FL (2016)
Joe Goode Annex, “StreetFoto International Street Photography Awards: Finalists Exhibition,” San Francisco, Ca, (2016)
Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival, “Kolga Award 2016 Exhibition,” Tblisi, Georgia (2016)
Leica Galerie at Photokina presents “Suspect Device,” Cologne, Germany (2014)