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Born 1964, Toronto, Canada
Lives and works in New York, NY
For any serious photographer their best portraits are ultimately also self-portraits. The discomfort, oddness and frustration in my photographs are the evidence of my uneasiness.
As I've grown more mature and more comfortable in my skin I've been able to recognize the struggle and vulnerability in my sitters, bringing my work to a point of collaboration with them. Where once I sought conflict with the subjects now we work to build something strange and wonderful together.
2017 Uneasy, Krause Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Turn of the Century Portraiture, Galerie Youn, Montreal, QC
2013 Presence: The Invisible Portrait, Foley Gallery, New York, NY
2002 The Sound of Music: New portraits of Contemporary Musicians, Other Music, New York
1998 FanClub, Saba Gallery, New York, NY
2016 Winning the White House: From Press Prints to Selfies, curated by Susan Carlson and
Claartje van Dijk for the International Center of Photography, New York, NY; exhibited
at the Southampton Arts Center, Southhampton, NY
2013 Rebels, curated by Carl Saytor, Photoville Brooklyn.
2012 Traces of Myth. Curated by Brenda Massie, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2009 Wild Things: Photography for Animal Lovers. Curated by Greg Garry, Stricola Gallery,
New York, NY
Michael Jackson Doesn’t Quit: An exhibition featuring works related to the entertainer
and social phenomenon, Michael Jackson. Curated by Mike Ruiz and Ben Aqua, The
Future Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2003 How Human: Group photography exhibition related to DNA, International Center of
Photography, New York, NY
1995 Limbo: Collaborative show with Alex & Leja Kress, Limbo, New York, NY
1990 Stretch Camera: Group photography exhibition featuring images made exclusively with
the Kodak disposable panoramic camera, The Palmerston, Toronto, Canada
The International Center of Photography, New York, NY
2016 UNEASY: Chris Buck Portraits 1986-2016, Norman Stuart Publishing, New York, NY
2012 PRESENCE: The Invisible Portrait, monograph, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany
2010 New York Portrait of a City, various artists, Taschen, New York, NY
2005 CBGB & OMFUG: Thirty Years from the Home of Underground Rock, various artists,
Abrams, New York
2004 The World’s Top Photographers: Portraits, various artists, Rotovision SA, Hove, U.K.
2002 Hip Hop Immortals, various artists, Immortal Brands, New York, NY
1992 Shooting Stars, various artists, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, NY
Angry Women, various artists, RE/Search, San Francisco, CA
2016 American Photography Images of the Year (Paul Giamatti)
2015 American Photography Images of the Year (Lena Dunham)
2014 American Photography Images of the Year (Nick Offerman, Vice Office, President
2013 Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers 2014/ 2015 (President Barack Obama)
Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 2012 (President Barack Obama)
2012 American Photography Images of the Year (Michele Bachmann, Presence Jack Nicklaus,
Presence Michael Stipe)
Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers 2012/ 2013 (George H. W. & Barbara
Bush, Steve Coogan, Diesel elephant ad)
2011 American Photography Images of the Year (David Byrne)
Photo District News Photo Annual Awards in Editorial (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)
Photo District News Photo Annual Awards in Corp/ Design (MS Office for Macs)
Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 2011 (Trey Parker & Matt Stone)
2010 American Photography Images of the Year (Harold Ramis)
Photo District News Photo Annual Awards in Editorial (Jay Leno)
Photo District News Photo Annual Awards in Advertising (Old Spice)
Photo District News Photo Annual Awards in Web Design (Chrisbuck.com)
Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 2010 (Jeb Bush)
2008 Photo District News Photo Annual Award in Editorial (Vice Boys)
Photo District News Photo Annual Award in Personal Work (Isn’t Bill Gates, Isn’t Justin
American Photography Images of the Year (Vice Boys, Isn’t Bill Gates, Isn’t Justin
2007 Annual Arnold Newman Portrait Prize (first recipient)
Photo District News Photo Annual Award in Personal Work (Imagination, Common
Photo District News Photo Annual Awards in Editorial (Donald Trump)
2006 22nd Annual PDN/Nikon Self-Promotion Award (Group Promo with JR)
Photo District News Photo Annual Award in Editorial (Steve Martin, Jerry Stiller, Steve
Carell, Rivers Cuomo, David Cronenberg)
American Photography Images of the Year (Philip Lorca diCorcia)
Photo District News Photo Annual Award in Personal Work
2005 Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 2005 (Wes Anderson)
Photo District News Photo Annual Award in Editorial (Wes Anderson)
Photo District News Photo Annual Awards in Advertising (Moviefone)
2004 Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 2004 (Ryan Adams)
Photo District News Photo Annual Award in Editorial (Genesis P-Orridge)
American Photography Images of the Year (Ryan Adams, Dave Matthews, Spike Lee)
2003 HOW Self-Promotion Award (Phobias/ Obsessed promo)
SPD (Society of Publication Designers) Award (Kato Kaelin)
Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 2003 (Grady Turner/ Museum of Sex)
Photo District News Photo Annual Award in Editorial (Phobias)
Photo District News Photo Annual Awards in Advertising (Citibank dog)
American Photography Images of the Year (Alberto Guerreo/ stomach reduction,
Suburban Stoners story)
2002 18th Annual PDN/Nikon Self-Promotion Award (A Nice Pair/ HP promo)
Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 2002 (Spiritualized)
American Photography Images of the Year (David Rakoff & Amy Sedaris)
SPD (Society of Publication Designers) Award (Korey Stringer, John Lee, Jim Carrey)
Art Directors’ Club of New York Photography Merit Award (Ike Turner)
2001 American Photography Images of the Year (James Caan, Bjork, Gillian Anderson, Ryan
Adams, Joe/ Singles Dance, Jacqueline & Chaplin, Dr. Edwin Zinman)
2001 (continued) Photo District News Photo Annual Award in Editorial (Gillian Anderson)
National Magazine Award (Canada) (Miguel Arteta)
Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 2001 (Shokrian Brothers)
2000 Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 2000 (Salman Rushdie)
Applied Arts Award in Photography (Salman Rushdie)
1999 American Photography Images of the Year (Richard Leacock, Missy Elliott, Elliott
Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 1999 (Mr. Show)
Art Directors’ Club of New York Photography Award (Elliott Smith)
SPD (Society of Publication Designers) Award (Elliott Smith)
1998 American Photography Images of the Year (Dolly the sheep, John Cusack, Aren Almon
Kok, Bernard Ebbers, white shirt story)
1997 American Photography Images of the Year (Ewan MacGregor, East River Pipe, George
McGovern, Ross Bleckner, Philip Johnson)
1996 Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 1996 (Janeane Garofalo)
1995 Communication Arts Photography Annual Best of 1995 (Robert Kennedy Jr)
2016 Noble, Lou “Uneasy” The Photographic Journal. June 15.
2015 Ünver, Kate “Photographer Chris Buck’s Likeness Series” The Daily Mini. September
Casillas, Daniel “Photographer Creates Self-Portraits Using 3-D Model of Himself”
Metro World News. July 1.
Garrett, Jenna “Man Uses a 3-D Model of Himself to Take Hilarious Selfies” Wired.com.
Molloy, Michelle “Meet the Photographer Who Created a 3D Miniature Version of
Himself” Time.com. June 8.
Schonauer, David “Photographer Profile – Chris Buck: ‘It’s my job to move the
magazine into areas it hasn’t been’ ” Ai-Ap Profiles. February 17.
2014 Burnham, Jonathan “Portraits d’un tournant de siècle à la Galerie Youn – Chris Buck”
Fashion is Everywhere. September 16. (Canada)
Alain, Emmanuelle “Exposition Photo: Chris Buck & Ses Celebrites ” Le Cahier.
September 13. (Canada)
Ghio, Lena “Chris Buck @ Galerie Youn” Le Paradoxe Lena Ghio. September 13.
Noble, Lou “Chris Buck” The Photographic Journal. September 9.
“Chris Buck Photographe De Stars” Le Lundi. September. (Canada)
Lachance, Patricia, “Entrevue avec le photographe Canadien Chris Buck” Elle Quebec.
August 15. (Canada)
Walsh, Brienne, “How to Shoot a Humorous Portrait: Chris Buck is Quirky in a Good
Way” Rangefinder. March 12.
2013 Wilson, Ralph “An Interview with Chris Buck” Life Framer. October 30. (U.K.)
Gardiner, Ross “Where’s Seth?” LA Canvas. May/ June.
Wilson, Mark “The Strangest Celebrity Portraits You’ll (N)ever See” Fast Company
Design blog. March 27.
Williams, Olivia “Can you spot the celebrity in these pictures? Surreal snaps of Jay Leno,
Ringo Starr and Snoop Dogg HIDING behind some of their favourite objects all in the
name of art” Daily Mail. March 12. (U.K.)
Will “A Positively Great Use of Negative Space” Hearty blog. February 22.
2013 (continued) Kalaf, Samer “These Pictures of Celebrities Have No Celebrities in Them” Animal New
York. February 20.
Knoblauch, Loring. “Chris Buck, Presence @Foley” Collector Daily. February 6.
Canziani, Joao “Joao Canziani in Conversation With Chris Buck” Photographers On
Photography. January 28.
Lampe, Lilly “Review: Photographers Lisa Kereszi, Chris Buck Explore the Power of
Absence at Hagedorn” Atlanta Arts. January 10.
Guinness, Rebecca “Chris Buck: Presence” Nowness. January 6. (U.K.)
2012 LeCraw, Christa “Chris Buck is (Un)Common” Photohaus Winter 2012/2013 (Canada)
Moret, A. “New York Artist: Chris Buck” Installation Magazine, December 21.
Schiller, Jakob. “Shatner, Snoop and De Niro Play Hide-and-Seek in Experimental
Portrait Series” Raw File blog, Wired.com, December 20.
Harris, Bridget. “Top Photographic Magazine Covers of the Year” Lightbox blog,
Time.com. December 18.
Murdoch, Sarah “Presence: The Invisible Portrait –Gift Books for the Hipster” Toronto
Star. Dec 16.
Davies, Lucy. “Chris Buck’s ‘missing” celebrity portraits.” The Telegraph, December 7.
Alexander, Janet. “Chris Buck Presence Artist Talk and Book Signing” Resource.com.
Haggart, Rob. “Chris Buck Talks About His New Book: Presence” APhotoEditor.com
McNeilly, Claudia. “If a Celebrity is Invisible, Can You Still See Them?”
TorontoStandard.com. October 12. (Canada)
Brown, Lane. “A New Approach in Celebrity Portraits: Have the Stars Hide” New York
Magazine. October 10.
“Dette er et billed af Robert De Niro!” Politiken. October 4. (Denmark)
Pantovich, Mila. “Exclusive: Photographer Chris Buck Talks Invisible Celebrities” Just
Luxe. October 2.
“Chris Buck: Celebrity Photographer Plays Hide and Seek for Portrait Series” Plaid.com.
September 25. (Canada)
Charlesworth, Jenny “Where’s Leno?” The Grid TO. September 6-12. (Canada)
O’Neill, Claire. “Is That Bill Gates in a Bathtub?” The Picture Show blog, NPR.org.
O’Neill, Justin. “On The Bookshelf: Chris Buck’s Presence: The Invisible Portrait”
GQ.com. August 30.
“Can You Spot A Star? Photographer Chris Buck’s ‘Presence: An Invisible Portrait’
Depects Hidden Celebrities” HuffingtonPost.com. August 29.
Chong, Barry. “Celebrity Photographer Chris Buck” ToroMagazine.com. August 27.
Hampton, Chris. “I’m Not There: Canadian Photographer Chris Buck Plays a Game of
High-Profile Hide-and-Seek” National Post. August 23. (Canada)
Day, Karen. “Presence: The Invisible Portrait” CoolHunting.com. August 21.
Johnson, Elizabeth I. “Celebrities Pose for Unseen Portraits” CNN.com. August 3.
Risch, Conor. “Celebrity Sighting” Photo District News. August 1.
Zweifel, Philippe. “Wo ist der Star?” Tages Anzeiger. July 16. (Switzerland)
Morscher, Mathias. “Die Unsichtbaren Porträts von Chris Buck” Kurier Weihnachen,
July 5. (Germany)
“Die Bloße Anwesxenheit Genügt” Zeit.de. July 2. (Germany)
Matthews, Katherine Oktober “Presence” GUP. July 1. (The Netherlands)
Seo, Jiyoung “All Fours & Phobias” Photo+ June 1. (South Korea)
2012 (continued) Curtis, Lousia J. “For Artists, Even Paid Jobs Should be ‘Personal’”, The Lab, from
Agency Access, March 1.
2011 Curtis, Lousia J. “Louisa J. Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises Chats with Chris Buck”
PDN on-line, October 10.
Stuart Hughes, Holly; Walker, David “How Creatives Hire Photographers for Video
Assignments: Reflecting Wired’s Editorial Style with Zana Woods” Photo District News.
Rubio, Danielle “Interview with Photographer – Chris Buck” Exposure Capture Blog,
2010 Barnett, Simon; Walton , Dawnie “Odd & Amazing: Stars by Chris Buck” LIFE
Magazine on-line, November 19.
Sabarese, Ted “Chris Buck’s Quietly-Hilarious Photo Lighting of Steve Martin” Guess
The Lighting. August 30.
Samuels, Sean. “The Ideas Man”, Professional Photographer, August (U.K.)
Sutton, Joe. “Diesel’s Be Stupid”, Resource Magazine, Summer.
Ex, Kris. “Trend Shedder”, Respect Magazine, Spring.
Seckler, Zack “Chris Buck” F-Stop blog. January 28.
2009 Henderson, Deb. “Interview with Photographer Chris Buck,” The Factory, May 5. (U.K.)
Buck, Chris “Nick Cave Photographed by Chris Buck” “Belle & Sebastian Photographed
by Chris Buck” “Fiery Furnaces Photographed by Chris Buck” Magnet. Winter
2008 Haggart, Rob. “Chris Buck Interview,” A Photo Editor, December.
Durey, John. “Light Box Chris Buck,” Box Magazine, Issue 018, Autumn (Australia).
Colberg, Joerg “What Makes a Great Portrait?” Conscientious blog. February 6.
2007 Steffens, Christine “Portraiture” Photo District News. December.
Buck, Naomi “Interview with Chris Buck on Photographing Women” KulturAustausch
Kent, Jeff. “The Pop Culturalist,” Professional Photographer, October.
Darlow, Andrew “ASMP Arnold Newman Award Presented to Photographer Chris
Buck” Imaging Buffet. May 21.
2006 Adams, James. “Want a Glamour Shot? Then Pass on Buck,” The Globe and Mail,
October 3 (Canada).
DarConte, Lorraine A. “Reaching for the Stars,” Rangefinder, July.
End Frame: “A Portrait of the Artist as a Man Who Plays with His Food,” Photo District
Weitholz, Arezu “Man At Work” I Magazine (Visa Infinite). No. 1 (May). (Germany)
Cabell, Mimi. “Chris Buck,” Function, Issue 7 (Canada).
Dault, Julia. “One-Frame Biography,” National Post, March 9 (Canada).
Launt, Patricia. “Chris Buck wants Chris Buck(s),” The Ryersonian, March 8 (Canada).
McKinnon, Matthew. “Buck Shot,” CBC on-line, March 21. (Canada).
2005 Gottlieb, Jane “Saving Face” Photo District News. August.
Schneider, Craig. “Land of the Lost Footing,” Photo District News, July.
Lee, Cliff; Jezovit, Andrea. Eyeopener. April. (Canada)
Telford, Anne. “Chris Buck,” Communication Arts, March/ April.
“Interview With Chris Buck: Photographer,” Scene Missing Magazine, January 4.
2004 Buck, Chris. “Me, Myself, and I,” Esquire, October.
Wrench, Allen. “Open Your Heart,” Vision, January/February. (China)
2003 Boxer, Sarah “The Art of the Code, Or at Play With DNA” The New York Times.
Kuber, Aditya. “As Long As You Have Hope You Have Enough For A Start,” The Times
Journal of Photography, Issue 3.3 February. (India)
2003 (continued) Wolfe, Linda. “Over Under Sideways Down with Photographer Chris Buck,” BB Gun
Magazine, Issue #6.
Miekus, Krzysztof “Hello Dolly,” Pozytyw, Issue 9.50. (Poland)
2002 Mack, Ann “Citibank Print Campaign with Chris Buck” PDN PhotoServe.com. Sept 15.
Golden, Michelle “The Sound of Music” Photo District News. July.
Hampson, Sarah. “Telling Images,” The Globe and Mail, May 4. (Canada).
2001 Havlik, Dan “Chris Buck’s Pop Life” Studio Photography & Design. October.
Fulford, Robert. “Conference Speaker Has Idea: Go Naked,” National Post, June
White, Michael. “Bucking the Trend” Toronto Star. May 27. (Canada)
D’Amato, Jennie “A Fresh Look at a Familiar Face” Photo District News. May.
Flass, Rebecca. “W + K Defies Expectation of American Indians,” Adweek, March 12.
Olen, Lisa. “Image of the Month – Chris Buck” LifeSmart Solutions. January 15.
2000 McCarthy, Robert “The Buck Sticks Here” Photo District News. October.
1998 LaBruce, Bruce “Blab column” On the making of Chris Buck’s documentary on him in
Paris in April. Exclaim (Canada)
1996 Woods, Scott. “Snapshots of a Pop Obsessive,” Popped.com (Canada)
Dziemianowicz, Joe “Read My Lipstick” On the trend of writing on woman’s bodies in
photographs, featuring the background of Chris Buck’s Janeane Garofalo portrait. The
New York Times
1990 Harris, Jeffrey. “A Passion for Pictures,” Ryersonian, March 28. (Canada)
Television/ Video Segments
2013 Jarvis, Chase “Legendary Celebrity Photog Chris Buck + Musical Guest Hey Marseilles
on cjLIVE” Chase Jarvis Live. aired February 27.
2011 “Make Yourself a Maynards – Chris Buck guest” Live with Annette Hamm & Bob
Cowan, CHCH Hamilton, ON. August 25. (Canada)
“Chris Buck photographer profile & Maynards Spokesmanship” eTalk August 24.
2007 Coristine, Katie “Chris Buck Profile” eTalk. August 29. (Canada)
2006 Powis, Tim “Chris Buck” Arts & Minds. Aired December 16. (Canada)
Shipley, Michelle “Chris Buck” MTV Canada March 27. (Canada)
2004 Greenberg, Penny “Sexiest Stars, with Chris Buck” Star TV October 10. (Canada)
2003 Goldman, Marni “Chris Buck” Media TV March 18. (Canada)
2001 Finlay, Heather; Tomkins, Mimi “Profile of Chris Buck” Fashion TV. September.
1997 “Spice Girls Photo Shoot” Entertainment Tonight. January 29.
1989 “William Burroughs Shot - Gun Paintings” City TV April 24.
1994 Rudefors, Indgrid “Williamsburg Day & Night: New Years Eve” Chris Buck appears
twice in this short fictional film, as “the boyfriend”
1992 Rudefors, Ingrid “A Woman’s Point of View During Sex” A short fictional film, starring
Gomez, Nick “Laws of Gravity” A full-length fictional film. Chris Buck has a small nonspeaking
1991 Hartley, Hal “Ambition” A short fictional film, Chris Buck has a small speaking role.
1990 Schuppel, Uli M. “On The Road To God Knows Where” A documentary film of the
Tender Prey tour of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, in the spring of 1989. An early scene
features Chris Buck’s Toronto photo sitting with the band.
Speaking Engagements/ Workshops
2014 Charles Arnold Lecture Series, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY “Chris
Buck” October 23.
2013 Michael Foley Professional Community lecture class, School of Visual Arts, New York,
NY. “Guest Speaker: Chris Buck” March 1.
Vancouver Photo Workshops, Vancouver, BC. “An Evening with Master Photographer
Chris Buck from NYC!!” Talk: February 22; Workshop: February 23, 24.
Foley Gallery, New York, NY. “On Presence, with Conor Risch” February 16.
2012 Aperture Foundation, New York, NY; “On Presence”, December 4.
Pikto Studios, Toronto, ON, a two day workshop; “UNCOMMON: New Approaches to
Portraiture, with Chris Buck”, October 13, 14.
Santa Fe Photography Workshop, Santa Fe, NM, a weeklong workshop: “The Surprising
Portrait”, July 1–6.
2011 PDN PhotoPlus Expo, New York, NY; “Buck Naked: The Secrets of Master
Photographer Chris Buck” October 28.
St. Michael’s College “Take A Picture, It Lasts Longer” October 7.
2010 CAPIC Presents: “Buck Shot”, Toronto, ON, May 4.
Ontario Photo Educator’s Forum, Keynote Speaker, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON,
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, April 22.
2009 Santa Fe Photography Workshop, Santa Fe, NM, a weeklong workshop: “The Surprising
Portrait”, June 28-July 4.
2006 Ryerson Kodak Lecture Series, Toronto, ON, March 10.
2003 Apple Store, Soho, New York, NY. June 23.
Trampoline Hall literary cabaret, Fez Lounge, New York, NY; on Janet Malcolm’s “The
Journalist and the Murderer” March 31.
NYC PhotoGroup Salon, New York, NY. January.
2002 Contact Photography Conference, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, May 13.
2001 IdeaCity Conference on Media, Science and Ideas, Toronto, ON; “The Importance of
Vacations”, June 22.
1995 Kodak Student Conference, Kodak Canada, Toronto, ON
1994 Careers In Photography, 3-hour workshop. Learning Annex, New York, NY. March 22.