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Meet Koreatown Photographer: Adam Battaglia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Battaglia.

Adam, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As early as I can remember, I’ve been fortunate to have had access to cameras, film, and affordable photo labs from drug stores and camera retail shops. My mother’s dad was a hobbyist photographer who instilled a passion in my mother to capture everything from life’s biggest moments to funny signs along the interstate. These days, it’s common for the majority of people to Instagram everything from the exciting to the mundane but I was doing that throughout my childhood with 35mm film cameras. The summer before my senior year of high school, I traveled from North Carolina to Colorado with friends to work construction and restaurant jobs. We spent as little money as possible by hiring a local resident to prepare affordable meals for 6 weeks. All of the money I saved was put toward buying my first digital camera, a Nikon point and shoot (model name is escaping me).

That following Spring, I was accepting a photography award in Manhattan and used free time to wander the city. I stumbled into the International Center for Photography (was near Bryant Park) which was featuring an exhibit by Stephen Shore for a re-release of his work “Uncommon Places”. The experience of viewing his work on enormous 10 ft wide prints was incredibly enabling… and comforting. His work was immediately familiar with a quality of image that I had never witnessed. His effort to capture a road trip in a full-format color camera in the 70s has been one of the biggest sources of inspiration for over a decade.

In the winter of 2004, I moved to Los Angeles with an opportunity to work in music photography and have been hustling ever since. There were a few years working in TV production and development, but I have since gone out on my own to develop photography and film projects. Everything in my life has come by influence and inspiration from my friends and the many artists before me.

Has it been a smooth road?
I’m fortunate to have had good health and a supportive family throughout my life. Any and all struggles are self-inflicted bouts with insecurity in regards to considering myself a “professional” artist. I’ve always been uncomfortable charging clients for what I consider to be a privilege to capture them in a photograph. It’s been a long road in discovering the avenues which afford me to live and work in Los Angeles, CA.

Is there some part of you work that is particularly difficult?
Staying positive and trusting my gut.

What are you striving for, what criteria or markers have you set as indicators of success?
I measure success by what is taken away and learned from every situation. Every client that I meet, I study what made them successful. There are days that, because I am a photographer, I’m asked to capture images of brilliant people. The richest moments of my life are listening to people share their life story. I work on my craft every day for the opportunity to meet inspired human beings around the world.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I recently launched an exclusive image licensing facet to my print shop. All of my work from early childhood to now will be available for anyone such as artists, musicians, app developers, and businesses around the world to license and publish.


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