Chris Ammon was born in Los Angeles and studied Economics at California State University, Long Beach. He first learned to use a camera when he was 3 years old. The ocean always fascinated him and he learned SCUBA while he was still in high school. In 2002 he traveled through the United States by bicycle and again through Europe and New Zealand in 2005, taking tons of pictures. Upon returning from his travels Chris built a darkroom in his apartment and taught himself to shoot, process and print film. In 2008 he was offered a video contributor contract with Getty Images Image Bank Film. Since then he has produced footage content used in advertising campaigns and broadcast media by companies like Apple, Warner Brothers, BBC and Vice Media among others. Working as a filmmaker taught Chris how to shoot and build narratives and helped him develop an intuition for visual storytelling that is crucial to his work as a still photographer. In 2009 he worked as a photojournalist for a small town newspaper in rural Illinois. Over the last 7 years he has produced three major bodies of work, The Farmhouse Zodiac, Book of San Gabriel, and Dark Seas. Chris’ storytelling approach is inspired by ancient mythological archetypes and the symbolism of the hero’s journey.