THE CHRIS RIEBOW INTERVIEW
Shot by @_slimmoses_What’s your story?
Awe man… where should I start ? Well my name is Chris Riebow and I’m a photographer from Philadelphia. I grew up with my great grandmom in north Philadelphia and still live in the same area with her till this day. Growing up, I was never really into school, even at a young age so I knew college wasn’t even going to be an option for me in high school. I was very lost in the beginning of high school not knowing what I wanted to do with my life so that was pretty scary honestly. I was really into fashion, well I still am but I thought that was going to be what I wanted to do with my life at first, it unfortunately didn’t work out but I used to be on tumblr a lot and I saw cool pictures on there and I eventually wanted to give photography a try. I bought a $200 camera from Walmart with all my Christmas money and went from there. At first I used to go downtown and do street photography but it got boring to me after awhile. So I just stayed in my neighborhood and took pictures of the people that I grew up with and people that watched me grow up. It turned into the love of my life and I don’t see myself doing anything else.
What does the local art community mean to you?
The local art community means a lot to me, I love that Philly has so many up and coming artists that have so much creativity in their minds. I do feel like we could be better as a community and supporting each other. There are some that are so creative and won’t get noticed because their work is not getting shared as much. Once we get that down packed then there is no limits as what Philly can do as a community.
When did you start shooting? How did your shooting begin as a hobby, and then as a career?
I started shooting in January 2015, looking back on it now… I was completely garbage but me and my friends thought I was the best haha. It became a hobby from the beginning of 2015 when my friends Elias and Dionis found out I was into pictures too. We all use to link up after school and go take pictures downtown. I was doing that with my friends and in 2017 I ended up getting booked for photoshoots and I was able to make it a career as time went on.
What is the most rewarding part of being a photographer? What is the most difficult part of being a photographer?
The most rewarding part for me is going back and reliving the memories, I love remembering the moments that happened that day and the stories that come with it. I wouldn’t say there is a real difficult part to it but finding your own lane can be hard for others in the beginning and knowing what style you want to do.
What are your favorite subjects or style of shoots?
My favorite subjects and style has to be documentation with my friends and people I’m cool with. We always say we can’t wait until we have kids and they will be able to look at how “cool“ their parents were back in the day.
Shot by @mynolo
Among your works, which has been your favorite or the project you’re most proud of?
Honestly that’s so hard to pick… Probably when I was able to photograph my best friend win his first title in boxing. Well all of my boxing pictures are my favorite, especially the entrance one I have with all the fireworks and smoke as he walks out. The Roots Picnic was a big accomplishment for me too.
Are there any visual artists or photographers that inspire you?
There is a few actually :
What kind of camera(s) do you shoot with? Are you true to one brand, or do you shoot with several?
I’m a canon guy and always have been, I started with it and never changed it. As of right now I shoot with a canon 5D mark IV.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment so far?
I think my biggest accomplishment was finding my passion. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with life and now I know that I’ll be alright, that makes me happy. There were so many people that told me I would be elsewhere with my life and I’m glad I’m proving them wrong.
What are some of your upcoming goals?
I really want to work with PNB Rock, Polo G, and Tory Lanez. I will drop a photo book possibly in the next year in dedication to my mom and I will do a showcase possibly by next summer or so.