Selected Works

Christopher Dydyk first seriously began taking photographs at the age of 13, when he was given all of his grandfather’s photographic equipment and negatives. Christopher’s grandfather was a photographer, not by trade, but by inclination, and using his grandfather’s camera proved to be a catalyst. He discovered something about the space where scenes are immortalized, between the film and the shutter, which told him that this was where he should turn his attentions. His early experiments with the camera showed him that he could capture the feeling he had for the world around him and share it with others.

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Bio Psychology, he decided to pursue his passion for photography and attended the Brooks Institute of Photography.  It was during this tenure that he was given the opportunity to photograph the cover of a soon to be best-selling book, The Man Who Listens to Horses.  A couple of years later, the book Shy Boy, The Horse That Came In From The Wild was published with over 100 of his photographs. This book went on to become a worldwide best seller.

Dydyk officially began his career as a professional photographer in 1995. Although he is best known as the co-author of the best selling photo book Shyboy, Christopher is an editorial photographer who specializes in event, corporate and people photography. His unique blend of styles is developed from a broad range of artistic and photographic experience. He has a number of fine art projects in the works, including a series of landscape and detail photographs of Golden Gate Park, and a series of reconstructed and overlaid photographs of San Francisco that collectively represent a unique tour of the city, across space and time. He calls them Impressions of San Francisco. Christopher also restores historical photographs of San Francisco’s Inner Richmond District, where he lives with his partner and his two dogs; this particular project is part of Christopher’s ongoing effort to use photography to reclaim history and memory.

Christopher Dydyk’s latest series, his “impressions,” focus on city life.  He states “Traditional photography is beautiful and is at the foundation of my work. However, for me today, it lacks the multidimensional to fully express the sensations of energy and joy that I often feel when looking upon a city scene.”

To overcome these limitations, he developed a technique that better expresses both space and time, as well as the feelings he has when experiencing them. To create his pieces, multiple angles are taken of the same subject and overlaid, digitally, eliminating certain elements while highlighting others. His final pieces seek to capture the four dimensions (that are space and time) to more fully reflect the actual experience of “seeing.”

Christopher Dydyk’s work has been featured in publications worldwide — Random House North America, Harper Collings — USA, Lubbe — Germany, Gran Bretagna de Hutchinson — Italy, Penguin, Albin Michel — France, Aschehoung Dansk Forlag — Denmark, Euro Media — Checkoslovakia, Chivers Press — England, Media Rodzina — Poland.

His works are also in public and private collections around the globe, including Windsor Castle, England and Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA.