Chris Giamo is a photographer and videographer whose subjects have ranged from Kashmir and Liberia to Maine’s Aroostook County. Though a documentarian at heart, Chris doesn’t limit himself to a single format. His Portland-based production company, Fogtooth Media, has also been commissioned for music, promotional, and wedding videos.
Chris came to photography through his undergraduate study of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, where he found that the camera gave him a more expansive way of telling human stories. Chris’ first documentary project explored the perspective of Sikh refugees living in Canada and England.
As a graduate student of Documentary Film & History at Syracuse University, Chris focused on South Asian studies. During the summer of 2010, Chris traveled to Kashmir and filmed a documentary about the “Shopian Incident,” a double-murder case that sparked a popular uprising against the Indian military occupation. The project involved “filming interviews with Kashmir’s most prominent separatist political and militant leaders, as well as street battles between pro-freedom Kashmiri youth and Indian security forces.”
Recently, Chris screened his feature-length documentary, “The County,” on life in Aroostook County in northern Maine at the Camden, Portland, and Maine International Film Festivals. Chris describes the film as “an exploration of regional life and identity, with specific emphasis on potato farming and Acadian culture.”
We had the great pleasure of working with Chris for six months — the time it took him to get his A4A ducks in a row and graduate! Read our September congratulatory-graduatory post for Chris here.