During the first street photography workshop that Chris Suspect conducted for Day of the Dead in San Miguel de Allende in 2018, he was amazed at how harsh and bright the late afternoon light could be and how dark the shadows were in the shaded areas of the street. He quickly discovered that he could create silhouettes of people walking by and decided to start working on a series that included only silhouettes. At first his photos, while visually striking, were simple. In later years, back in Mexico, he strove to make these types of images more complex, working with interesting and varied backgrounds and as many subjects as possible. For him, these images not only document daily street life in Mexico, but they also highlight the beauty, magic, and uniqueness of an extraordinary country, rich in tradition and culture.
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, United Arab Emirates, 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 also featured in the Leica Galerie at Photokina 2014 in Koln, Germany. The work is currently held in the Leica Galerie Archives.
In 2022, Suspect was named the winner of the Zeitgeist Award by Abbey Road Studios (UK) for the photograph that defined music in 2021. In recent years, Suspect was named chairperson for the Focus on the Story festival in Washington, D.C. 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. He was also a finalist in the Miami Street Photography Festival Miami Photo Series.