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The Essential List: Chantal Anderson


DOMO director and acclaimed photographer details her dedication to finding and exposing beauty, and her top sources for inspiration and productivity

The Essential List: Chantal Anderson

Well established as a leading photographer consistently documenting the cutting-edge of pop culture for the likes of The New York Times and GQ, DOMO director Chantal Anderson infuses her projects with people-focused storytelling, exposing the realness of her subjects within a sculptural, artful frame.

As a creative filmmaker, Chantal brings a rare fusion of focused direction to whatever beautiful thing decides to make itself known.


o Place of birth: Washington

o Hometown: Los Angeles, California

o Staycation: Driving up north early in the morning to go tide-pooling and surfing.

o Vacation: Greek island with no cars at the end of tourist season. Pistachio gelato every day. Hikes to swim spots and lots of time spent floating and thinking. 

o Pets: Dusty, a scruffy terrier friend rescued from a hole in the ground outside of Tijuana. 

o Place of work: For writing / brainstorming any 24-hour diner where people are present. I also love writing on trains. For editing / making prints / emails etc I have an office at home. 

o Place of workout: Random fire roads throughout LA for early morning hikes before it gets too hot.

o Side project: Growing flowers and vegetables in our backyard and making teas for friends with herbs from the garden every year. 

o Mode of transport: When I’m most idealistic- an 80’s robin egg blue Seikai road bike.

o Bonus travel essential: Mississippi Records Casette’s digitised playlist like this one here 


Helen Frankenthaler, Small's Paradise, 1964, acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George L. Erion, 1967.121

o Artist: I’d love to live in a Helen Frankenthaler painting. 

o Musician: Impossible to pick one, but currently listening to a lot of Alice Coltrane.

o Commercials / music video director: Hype Williams

o Film director: Agnes Varda or Billy Wilder

o Photographer: Roni Horn or Sophie Calle

o Film: Could not stop thinking about Happy as Lazarro by Alice Rohrwacher for weeks. Sunset Boulevard is up there. 

o Series: Pen15 was perfect.

o Commercial: I hope everyone has seen the Burberry - Open Spaces commercial directed by Megaforce, it’s super cool. 

o Music video: Fatboy Slim - Praise you by Spike Jonze with Roman Coppola

o Video game: Donkey Kong Country (best soundtrack ever)

o Board game: Rummikub, always 

o Book: The last series I really loved was the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

o Graphic novel: Wish I had one! 

o Podcast: I fully devoured Dolly Parton’s America. 

o Newspaper (off or online): New Yorker in print, lots of different sources online.

o Magazine: The Smudge (RIP) lovingly run by two friends of mine- Liana Jegers and Clay Hickson. 

Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Cornflakes

o Restaurant: Thai Tom in Seattle - legendary! 

o Cheap bite: Woon

o Working lunch: Tabbouleh

o Favourite dish: Cappellacci di Zucca

o Signature dish: Kale caesar salad

o Snack: Arugula with lemon and avocado on a piece of seaweed 

o Guilty pleasure: Oreo mint blizzard

o Bar: Permanent Records Roadhouse

o Booze: Mezcal negroni 

o Not booze: Kombucha Dog 

o Bonus food: Dried persimmons 

o Bonus beverage: Tepache


o Phone: iPhone

o Computer: MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021) + Studio Display

o TV: BenQ projector 

o Headphones: Airpods 

o Camera: The first camera I really fell in love with was the Hasselblad 503cm 

o Soundsystem: Sonos

o Pen / pencil: Ohto Needlepoint pen / any pencil I can find

o Where you document an idea: Usually into a hardcover Moleskin notebook with no lines

o Casual clothing: Utility pants, a white tank top, sambas

o Smart clothing: Pleated high waisted pants, suit jacket, loafers 

o Footwear: worn in and well loved leather sandals or sneakers

o Watch: a tiny vintage wrist watch from a flea market in Berlin

o Collection: Photo books, plants

o App: Kexp or Duolingo

o Website: Ebay

o Favourite social media feed: @mignettetakespictures @peoplestanding

o Work program: Photomechanic! OG and best for culling images, sifting through photos and curating images. 

o Digital work tool: Sunseeker app and Dark Sky app

o Analogue work tool: Paper cutter

o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Rosewater mist - wakes me up after washing my face. 

o Bonus kit essential: The LightBridge C-Go Reflector Kit

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DOMO, Tue, 25 Oct 2022 08:55:40 GMT