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Chris McPherson is a Los Angeles-based photographer and director born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. The desire to capture his world with a camera was first realized while he was in elementary school at the suggestion of his third grade teacher, and later further supported by his older brother, Tod Swank, former pro-skateboarder and staff photographer for TransWorld Skateboarding magazine.  

Drawing heavily from scenes of suburban youth, Chris’s earliest images are those most often inspired by dull backdrops: punk music, skateboarding, and adolescents passing time within the mundane landscape and monumental desert of his childhood and young adult experience. 

While still in high school he began his career assisting in a large commercial photography studio and after spending his twenties assisting various highly established photographers, Los Angeles beckoned Chris to further his own photographic career, landing him in Silver Lake.

It wasn’t long before he began working with esteemed publications like Esquire, Details, GQ, and W Magazine, and soon, the big advertising jobs followed. In looking back on some of his most memorable campaigns for the likes of Nike, Coca-Cola, Cadillac, and Apple, any viewer can identify the undeniable visual aesthetic that Chris is still known for today. His style, coupled with an incredible work ethic, finds Chris continuing his collaborations with many of the same clients he started out with nearly twenty years ago.

Chris’s latest personal photography endeavor has him revisiting many of the sprawling landscapes and environments of his Phoenix past, to eventually culminate in a published art book and print exhibition. “Mesas and Valleys” is set to release in 2020.