Chris Maliwat is a street-portrait photographer who captures surreptitious moments of everyday people on their journeys in the cities where they live. In a world where people consciously and often obsessively cultivate an image to portray, he takes candid portraits—often without being noticed by the subject—to show how people look when they are unposed and unmasked.
Chris started with black & white film photography and now shoots primarily with his mobile phone and mirrorless full-frame cameras. Chris received an arts grant from the Stanford Arts & Technology Initiative and has studied photography at Stanford University and the International Center of Photography.
BS, Symbolic Systems; Human-Computer Interaction, Stanford University, Stanford California
Continuing Studies, International Center of Photography, New York City, New York
Select Group Exhibitions
2020 Treviso Photographic Festival, Treviso, Italy
2019 Venice Photo Lab, Venice, Italy
2004 FotoFest, Houston, Texas
2002 APAture: A Window on the Art of Emerging Asian Pacific Americans, San Francisco, California
2001 APAture: A Window on the Art of Emerging Asian Pacific Americans, San Francisco, California
1997 CalTrans Art in Public Spaces project, San Francisco, California
Awards / Fellowships / Residencies
1996 Stanford Arts and Technology Initiative (SATI) Grant Recipient, Stanford University, Stanford, California
2022 Lenscratch Feature, Chris Maliwat: Subwaygram
2022 Lensculture Editor’s Pick, Street Photography Awards
2021 Moment, “Secrets, Tips, Techniques, & Impact of Taking Portraiture”