Today we’d like to introduce you to Kris Kirk.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started taking photographs about 13/14 years ago. My father let me borrow his old camera but I honestly had no idea how to use it. It wasn’t until I started to travel that I actually started taking pictures. Mainly to remember, what had happened and where I had been. I started to be more invested in photography once I took a course in college and started hanging a lot with my pal Devin Briggs, who was talking a lot of photos and still is. From there, I just continued documenting everything and everyone around me. Played around with making some zines myself but I was approached by Nighted, which is a photo collective in the bay area, to put out a zine. From there, it all snowballed. From then, I have done numerous zines with Nighted and just recently have taken it upon myself to publish my own books. That’s where I am right now, publishing my own books in a way I want to and when I want to and I want to branch out and do it for others I find interesting.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been totally organic. One thing just feeds into another and I utilize tools and methods in my books that I learned from other aspects of my life. The only real struggle would be money. Whether it’s for film, cameras, materials or anything else needed to complete a zine or book.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us more about it – what should we know?
I guess my “business” would be book/zine publishing. At this point, it is totally self serving and by that I mean, I have only done books and zines for myself. As of now, I specialize in photo books but I am not opposed to any other type of art book really. Everything I do is done by hand and with the help of friends. The whole process is visualized in my head and then just executed as I want it to be. It’s wild how you can mentally imagine something then bring it to life with barely any adjustments.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Everyone I come into contact deserves credit to be honest. Everyone has played a role in one way or another. Whether it be from; screen printing, assembling, inspiration, writing, bouncing ideas off of one another or literally anything. Everyone knows who they are and the list is too long to write.