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TAG CHRISTOF

Tag Christof is a photographer and writer based in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Fe, NM whose work explores issues in design, architecture, and cultural change. He has photographed on the road in 49 U.S. states for his long-term documentary project, America is Dead, and formerly served as editor-in-chief of Human Being Journal. He holds an MA from Central Saint Martins in London and additionally studied at Parsons School of Design, UCLA, and the University of New Mexico.

WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR LANGLY?

My Nikon Df, a range of Zeiss Milvus + Voigtlnder Nokton primes, a Leica M kit, my MacBook Pro, + Kodak Portra Film. For longer trips / shoot days: a couple of sketchbooks, strobes + some small LED flashlights, gaffer tape, an emergency hard drive, microfiber cloths, filters, + even more Portra!

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO EXPLORE?

Mostly a sense of urgency. I shoot a lot of 20th century architecture, and many, many of the places Ive photographed have since been demolished. I often feel like Im racing against the clock to capture as many of these places as I can before they meet a wrecking ball. In any case, I dont need much motivation to get out and explore its just in my nature to keep walking forward. Ive tried office jobs, but I just cant sit still that long. I take every centimeter of freedom I can get and ...

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?

1970s cinema, Modernist architecture and midcentury product design, writings on art and design by people like Reyner Banham, Douglas Coupland, and Metahaven, good music, and the invisible corners of my favorite cities, Los Angeles, London, Milan, and Santa Fe.

FILM VS DIGITAL?

Theyre two sides of the same coin! I dont believe that appreciating one has to diminish your appreciation for the other. Film is beguiling and temperamental. Its far less certain and often less reliable than digital, but when used skillfully, you can make unbelievably rich images with ...

WHAT'S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE PHOTO?

I suppose its a night shot I took a couple years back looking through the window of a Waffle House in Virignia. It isnt my favorite image, but more people have requested that single photograph as a print than any other photo Ive ever made. I think it reminds people of a warped version of Ed Hoppers Nighthawks way.