Born in the backwoods of the Northern Midwest, I left home in my mid-teens, rode freight trains, worked on collective farms and traveled throughout Europe and the continental United States playing drums in D.I.Y. punk bands while shooting short experimental films with a 16mm Bolex camera.
I studied film direction at the Academy of Film, Television and Performing Arts in Prague [FAMU] before moving to New York City in 2006. Worked extensively as a commercial photo assistant, earned a BFA in Photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology [FIT] and an MFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design – The New School.
Fluent in both video and photography, I work interchangeably between the two media to execute a full range of advertising, editorial, music video and documentary content.
My photographs have appeared in Vogue, WSJ Magazine, The New York Times, GQ, Esquire, Elle Décor, and Dwell magazines. Clients include Cadillac, Red Bull, Kaufmann Mercantile and ABC Carpet & Home.
My short films and music videos express a desire to create engaged and substantive work through an observation of our dynamic contemporary world and have been official selections at Athens, Diagonale, Rotterdam and Tribeca International Film Festivals.
In fall of 2014, I launched the Coydogs Film Group to produce independently financed, time-based works of short form cinema, music video and installation.