Growing up in New York City, I was exposed to all types of music and lifestyles, and my groups of friends grew quite diverse. By junior high I was listening to Hip Hop, R&B, Heavy Metal, New Wave and Punk Rock. MP3s, MySpace and Facebook were in the distant future – we made each other cassette tapes and even used the U.S. Mail system.
In the late 80s, still in high school, I was given the opportunity to co-host a local Punk-Hardcore radio show on WBAI FM. This experience introduced me to the world of independent media. This lead to my involvement as writer, editor, artistic contributor, creative director and/or photographer to such “indie” magazines as i-Propaganda, Scrawl, Heeb, Jersey Beat, Fiz, Flipside, and MaximumRockNRoll (to name a few).
I began college majoring in Communications, but soon found myself seduced by the fine arts department. After studying drawing and sculpture, I found photography. It allowed me to explore people and places with a metal and glass passport (my camera). I decided to major in Photojournalism, and transferred to SUNY Empire State College to study under Mel Rosenthal. And soon after I went on to work under a number of celebrity photographers, including Anthony Barboza, Mario Testino and Frank Ockenfelds 3.
My style is a mix of my photojournalist training and commercial, fashion and editorial photography experience.
Please feel free to drop me a line – I look forward to working together on your next project!
Samuel Lahoz (la-ōz)