Photo by Charles Steck


Chris Suspect was born in the Philippines in 1968. He 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 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 a featured exhibit at the Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival 2015 in Tblisi, Georgia. This same project was also featured in the Leica Galerie at Photokina 2014 in Koln, Germany. The work is currently held in the Leica Galerie Archives.

In 2018, Suspect was named chairperson for the Focus on the Story festival in Washington, D.C. In recent years, 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. He was shortlisted for the International Street Photography

Awards (UK) and named the winner of the Washington City Paper’s 2014 Photography Contest. Previously Suspect served as a judge for the Miami Street Photography festival during Miami Art Basel (2013), he won Photo District News’ “The Scene” contest for music photography (2013) and received an honorable mention in the Chicago Photographic Society’s first annual street photography contest (2013).

Suspect’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Photo District News, LFI Magazine and on the Leica Camera Blog. He also has published photographs in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, CNN, The Atlantic, Forbes and many other media outlets in the US, Germany, Canada and Brazil.


  • Stop Motion 2018: A Year in Review, soft cover zine, 40 pages, Published by Slow Dance Press (2018)

  • UnPresidented: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the Peoples’ Response, 152 pages, Hard Cover, Published by Cosmic Smudge Media, 2017

  • World Street Photography 3 (2015/2016), 200 pages, 24 x 19.5 cm, Hard Cover, published by Gudrun-Verlag, 2016

  • Suspect Device (2nd Edition), 68 pages, 8.5 x 11 in, soft cover, hand numbered in edition of 250, forward by Alec MacKaye, published by Empty Stretch, 2015

  • Suspect Device (1st Edition), 68 pages, 8.5 x 11 in, soft cover, hand numbered in edition of 100, forward by Alec MacKaye, published by Empty Stretch, 2014

Lectures, Presentations and Workshops

  • StreetFoto San Francisco, “Suspect Device, Leather Boyz & Gratuity Included,” Harvey Milk Center for Photography, San Francisco, CA (2019)

  • Street Photo Milano, “Suspect Device, Faith & Gratuity Included,” BASE, Milano, Italy (2019)

  • Gallery O on H, Panel Discussion “From the Streets of Washington,” Washington, DC (2019)

  • Miami Street Photography Festival, “Faith,” Miami, FL (2018)

  • MSPF Workshops, “Day of the Dead,” San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (2018)

  • VSLO, “Gratuity Included,” Vama Veche, Romania (2018)

  • VSLO, Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary Workshop, Vama Veche, Romania (2018)

  • Focus on the Story, Festival Chairperson, Washington, DC (2018)

  • Focus on the Story, Street Photography Workshop, Washington, DC (2018)

  • Miami Street Photography Festival, “Live Podcast Interview - The Candid Frame with Ibarionex Perello,” Miami, FL (2017)

  • Brussels Street Photography Festival, “Gratuity Included,” Brussels, Belgium (2017)

  • London Street Photography Festival, “Street Photography Panel Discussion,” London, UK (2017)

  • VSLO, “The Trump Inauguration,” Vama Veche, Romania (2017)

  • VSLO, Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary Workshop, Vama Veche, Romania (2017)

  • Brussels Street Photography Festival, Panel Discussion “Documentary versus Street Photography,” Brussels, Belgium (2016)

  • Leica Gallery DC, “Suspect Device,” Washington, DC (2015)


  • Stop Motion, 6th Edition, American Ice Company, Washington, DC (2019)

  • Exposed DC, “Color Study,” Crystal City Underground, Arlington, VA (2019)

  • Community Collective Pop Up Series Vol. 4 - Light, Creative Hands Studio, Washington, DC (2019)

  • Eyewitness in Brussels, Winner, The Jewish Museum of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium (2019)

  • Exposed DC, Winner, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC (2019)

  • Stop Motion, 3rd Edition, Dodge City, Washington, DC (2018)

  • Exposed DC FotoWalk Exhibition, Crystal City, Arlington, VA (2018)

  • The Other Art Fair Bristol, “Secret Auction - Art on a Postcard,” Bristol, UK (2018)

  • Focus on the Story International Photo Festival/Lost Origins Gallery, “Gratuity Included,” Washington, DC (2018)

  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, “The Ties that Bind: The church, identity, activism, & community in the African American experience,” Washington, DC (2018)

  • VSLO Photo Festival, “Suspect Device,” Vama Veche, Romania (2017)

  • Leica Gallery DC, “From Dusk till Dawn,” Washington, DC (2017)

  • Millepiani Space, “’s The Street Experience,” Rome, Italy (2017)

  • Gallery O on H Street, “UnPresidented,” Washington, DC (2017)

  • Community Collective Photography Showcase, Capital Fringe, Washington, DC (2017)

  • Exposed DC FotoWalk Exhibition, Crystal City, Arlington, Va. (2017)

  • Photoworks at Glen Echo Park, “United/Divided,” Glen Echo, MD (2017)

  • Exposed DC, Ajax Gallery, Washington, DC (2017)

  • HistoryMiami Museum, “Miami Wild Life,” Miami, FL (2016)

  • National Geographic Museum, “FotoWeek DC,” Washington, DC (2016)

  • DC Public Library, “DC in the House,” Washington, DC (2016)

  • Galerie Ravenstein, “Brussels Street Photography Festival,” Brussels, Belgium (2016)

  • Penn Social, “Pancakes and Booze,” Washington, DC (2016)

  • Gudberg Nerger Gallery, “World Street Photography 3,” Hamburg, Germany (2016)

  • Hole in the Sky, “DZ Tapes 5 Year Anniversary,” Washington, DC (2016)

  • Joe Goode Annex, “StreetFoto International Street Photography Awards: Finalists Exhibition,” San Francisco, Ca, (2016)

  • Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival, “Kolga Award 2016 Exhibition,” Tblisi, Georgia (2016)

  • Exposed DC FotoWalk Exhibition, Crystal City, Arlington, Va. (2016)

  • Damaged City Art Show, Open Studios, Washington, DC (2016)

  • Exposed DC, Winner, Carnegie Library, Washington, DC (2016)

  • FotoWeekDC, “Photographers Choice,” Washington, DC (2015)

  • The W Hotel Lomowall, Washington, DC (2015)

  • Leica Gallery DC, “Unforgettable,” Washington, DC (2015)

  • Doomed Gallery, “Zine World”, London, UK (2015)

  • La Columbe/Blagden Alley, “Photography After Dark”, Washington, D.C. (2015) 

  • Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival - Karvasla Tblisi History Museum, “How did punk do it?” Tblisi, Georgia (2015)

  • Hole in the Sky, “ARTSHOW_11: Erotica – An Exploration of Trash-Pop Sexuality” Washington, DC (2015)

  • Leica Gallery DC, “Suspect Device,” Washington, DC (2015)

  • Laser Cat, “Laser Cat at the Yards,” Washington, DC (2015)

  • Hole in the Sky, “(pho)tography,” Washington, DC (2015)

  • Miami Street Photography Festival, Miami, FL (2014)

  • Leica Galerie at Photokina presents “Suspect Device,” Cologne, Germany (2014)

  • Leica Gallery DC presents “Faith” by STRATA Collective, Washington, D.C. (2014)

  • Govinda Gallery presents 4x6 East Coast Rock and Roll Photography 2014, Hill & Dale Records, Washington, D.C. (2014)

  • Washington Project for the Arts 33rd Annual Gala and Auction, Select 2014, Artisphere, Arlington, Va. (2014)

  • Govinda Gallery presents 4x6 East Coast Rock and Roll Photography, Gypsy Sally’s, Washington, D.C. (2013)

  • Miami Street Photography Festival (2013)

  • FotoWeekDC - FotoNOMA: The District Experience (2013)

  • Leica Gallery, Washington, D.C. - “DC as I See It” Juried Exhibition - Winner (2013)

  • DCist Exposed 2013

  • Chicago Photographic Society - First Annual Street Photography Contest - Honorable Mention (2013)

  • Miami Street Photography Festival (2012)

  • Submerge DC (2012)

  • FotoWeek DC (2012)

  • Corcoran Gallery of Art – Body in White Sheet (2012)

  • Busboys and Poets - Occupy (2012)

  • artDC Gallery - Emerging Hyattsville (2011)

  • artDC Gallery - 12x12 (2011)

  • Franklins Restaurant & General Store (2011)



  • The Atlantic Monthly





  • Forbes

  • Fuze Magazine (Germany)

  • LondonFuse (Canada)

  • NPR - All Things Considered (Website)

  • Oregon Humanities magazine

  • Roanoke Times

  • Science


  • The Street Photographer’s Notebook, Vol. 1

  • Washington City Paper

  • Washington Post Express


  • TEDxMidAtlantic (2016)

  • TEDxMidAtlantic (2012)

  • TEDxMidAtlantic (2011)

  • Nonprofit 2.0 (2011)

  • Surreal (2010)

  • Digital East (2010)


If you are looking for prints or would like to inquire about photography rates, please email me at csuspect1 [at] gmail [dot] com or call +1-202-230-6400.