"I have always loved photography and for that reason submerged myself in the medium. I create images to express my feelings, thoughts, ideas, or simply to mirror the relationship between me and my subject. Usually, I take photographs for myself in order to explore and document my world, and to interact with people I might otherwise not meet. I specifically love making portraits because it forces both me and my subject to become intimate in just a short bit of time. Portraits afford me the opportunity to explore parts my subject’s personality and/or identity and, ultimately, they allow me to tell a story." Zie Otto (Art-Mine)
Zie Otto; né Zie Ouattara in Côte d’Ivoire is an American photographer and creative director based in New York. As a multi-disciplined visual artist he lead a team of directors of photography, designers and animator artists creating work for TV, Cinema and Interactive Media. Zie learned to work with cameras and loved the art at a young age in the west african country of Côte d’Ivoire with his late grand father and uncle who enjoyed cinematography. He carried this spirit to NY a year before starting high school. After moving to Palm Coast, Florida for a year of high school from Queens, he moved back to NY and bought his first digital camera in 2008 while attending New York Institute of Technology.
As half of the photography duo "Ben and Zie" (2009-2015), he created imagery for a popular blog titled Ben and Zie. The images captured have been featured in many other publications consequently. He has a very free spirited style but at the same time very intimate. As for his inspirations, he draws most of them from subjects personality, identity, and current style while keeping each image honest.
Zie Otto's images, notably his portraits have captured the beauty and chaos of his subjects personalities.
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