New York, NY, USA
Raised in a small town outside of Syracuse NY, Chris Janaro felt the call of NYC at a young age and promptly moved there after high school. After transferring to SUNY Purchase he earned his BFA in Photography in 2010 and spent a year freelancing and working as a delivery driver before joining the US Navy. Halfway through his contract he began documenting his time in service on board the USS Stennis aircraft carrier in a series titled “Underway” as well as his fictional narrative “The Distance” which silently touched on the trials and disintegration of many service members relationships due to military life. After 4 years of service, he immediately transitioned from Navy life to that of a full time Grad student attending The School of Visual Arts (SVA) MFA in Photo, Video, and Related Media in NYC where he is currently attending. Through his exploration of the medium, Chris’s personal work is based in candid imagery and explores different themes of americana, public services as well as civic responsibilities. With the most recent election and the new presidency, it has largely been focusing on different means of resistance, protest, and civil disobedience.
2016 - Alice Beck-Odette Scholarship
- Breaking news
- Military embed
- Video capture
- Video editing
Bleeding Blue: Election 2016
Beginning with the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year and working my way to the present, I have been interested in capturing the spirit, the individualism as well as the archetypes that I see standing out from the throngs of clever signs holders and protest goers. The full range of human expression and emotion is put on display and while the media focuses on the numbers, i’m interested in the people and the lengths they're willing to go in both defensive and use of our freedoms. It has been my aim to witness and record true political theatre in all its varying forms. Whether out of fear, hope, solidarity, or anger the full range can be seen amongst the protesters.