Tony Chirinos Statement

Artist Statement
My goal as an artist is to produce work that engages the viewer aesthetically and intellectually that also moves beyond mere entertainment to something that asks the viewer to think critically. I consider myself a documentary style photographer, one that uses the visual language to create a photographic narrative, however, I also strive to make sure that each photograph stands for itself, with as much dynamic range, intellectual understanding and beauty as the entire photographic project.

I attempt to highlight the conflict felt by the viewer’s experience of that which is inclusive (drawing you into the photograph) and that which remains exclusive (realizing you are simply a spectator).

I am also interested in producing work that relates to my Hispanic background. Stories of my father’s childhood in Cuba have given me great ideas to work with. I strongly feel that the projects I confront enrich my life by teaching me who I am as an immigrant living in the United States and this gives me a strong desire to share my experiences with others through my images.

Process Statement
I am a photographer that uses all medium, what's important is the image.

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