5 questions with photographer Chris Zapata


An exclusive sit down with the up and coming NYC shooter

You’re never as bad as you say you are and you’re never as good as you think. The statement sits in Chris Zapata’s bio, serving as words to live by for the popular NYC photographer. While he may remain humble about his growing catalogue of raw portraits, we here at Gritty Vibes don’t mind biggin’ up our fellow talented peers. The photographer known as Zap has done a promising job of capturing up and coming talents in NYC, with a diverse array of images that feel vintage and gritty. We tracked him down to find out more about the mind behind the lens. Enjoy!


1. How’d you get your start in photography?

The way I got my start in photography was at home. Growing up an only child and in an age of social media, I chose to photograph myself for my profile photos and it grew into photographing others.

2. What would you say is your style? Is there a particular type of people you like to capture?

I would consider my style of photography as a Journalistic style. Although I don’t have particular type of people I like to capture I just love to capture moments.

3. What’s one story that stands out to you since you’ve been taking pics? Any signature memories of a shoot or photo you took?

Since I’ve been taking pics, one of my most memorable moments was when I went to a New York Yankees game. This was when I first started taking photos so I thought it would be a cool opportunity to take pictures of the field. Although taking pictures of the field seemed cool, what called my attention was the fans. The reactions and emotion that they displayed was everything that you would expect from a baseball game. In the midst of all that, I got to capture a father holding his son which spoke to me that this was a generational thing.

4. What’s the most challenging part about what you do?

The most challenging part about what I do is finding ways to elevate my work. I find my self up late at night doing research and coming up with ideas because of my search for growth.

5. What are your dreams & goals going forward?

My dreams and goals going forward is something as simple as freedom. I would love to have my work published and recognized but I also want freedom to create the things I want to create, freedom to help my parents financially, and freedom to own businesses and travel the world doing photography.

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