Amanda Lopez was born in Sacramento, CA and moved to SF to go to college. She started shooting photos at hip-hop shows, quickly realizing her interest lay in the portraits rather than documentary performance of shots. Her career began in earnest with work for Vapors magazine, where Lopez shoot a lot of indie bands, which led to an assistantship with the legendary Estevan Oriol.
Lopez's work has been published pages of XXL, Vibe, XLR8R, Rolling Stone, Latina, Hamburger Eyes, Hell Yeah, Sneaker Freaker, The Source, Vapors and more recently in The Reed Pages and Essence Magazine. Her photos have also appeared in “Street World," by Roger Gastman and Upper Playground's "Backyard Shake Down." In 2010, Lopez teamed with Lori Lobenstine to release the first ever photo documentary book on women and sneaker culture called Girls Got Kicks.
As a fine artist, Lopez has been shown at a number of gallery shows through out the country and abroad. In May, her caliLove Dia de Los Muertos series will be featured in Madrid at Photo Espana, International Photography and Visual Arts Festival.
She is currently working on a new tin type portrait project, which is one of the first photo techniques invented in the mid 1800’s. As she says, "I am taking it back, way back."
COMPLEX linked with Lopez to get the stories behind her favorite photographs.