Erika Kristen is a photojournalist and artist from Chicago. Her portfolio of the past 15 years features high end table top products to obscure art. Most of her experience is in the live concert arena. Some musicians photographed over the years include: Henry Rollins, Nine Inch Nails, Alice In Chains, Passion Pit, Of Monsters and Men. Tiffany & Company to The Grammys are previous clients and her work has appeared at The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and numerous print/online publications, international and domestic. 

In 2012, Erika was featured in “What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal” (Bazillion Points) which investigates how black women musicians and fans navigate the metal, hardcore, and punk music genres that are regularly thought of as inclusive spaces and centered on a community spirit, but fail to block out the race and gender issues that exist in the outside world.  WAYDH-front-jacket1-e1363057047296


No genre is too obscure. Freedom of speech also includes freedom of expression in all artistic disciplines. My family LOVED memorabilia! They loved their scrapbooks, trading cards, commemorative magazines. They captured many moments in time to be preserved for generations to come. And moreover, they loved to share those images, a testimony to history. 

I document history. Every image has a story and more than likely, its one that you would never guess in a million years! My hope for each image I capture is to leave an indelible impression in one’s memory. Good, bad or indifferent. It strikes up conversation, it stirs the soul. Memory fades. An image lasts forever.

To learn more please visit here.


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