One to Watch: James Chororos Photographs the Everyday

Trained as an architect, New York–based James Chororos has traded in blueprints for snapshots

American Photo James Chororos

American Photo James Chororos

In a scorching summer day on the Upper West Side, photographer James Chororos has no trouble keeping his cool. Just shy of his 30th birthday, he exudes the quiet confidence of someone used to taking things in stride. Lately, this includes tackling more than a few benchmarks, such as a new Manhattan studio (relocated from Brooklyn) and the growing buzz around his multifaceted freelance practice—a mixture of technical polish and poetic abandon that he’s made his own. This would be an accomplishment for any young photographer, much less one who made the leap less than a year ago after abandoning a promising career in architecture to pursue a growing passion for the lens.