Today we’d like to introduce you to Kourosh Keynejad.
Kourosh Keynejad has channeled global citizenship, cultural traversing, and insatiable wanderlust into a professional career as a photographer, capturing the sights and moments that connect humans to one another and the natural world. His eye for creation and beauty, immersion into diverse cultures and passion for environmental conservation is translated into evocative, memorable imagery that deeply inspires and resonates with people from all walks of life worldwide.
Kourosh’s life prior to professional photography provided a foundation of skills and experiences that deeply influenced his perspective and creative path. Born and raised in the English countryside, Kourosh moved between the US and the UK throughout most of his youth. He studied international affairs and finance at university, quickly developing entrepreneurial skills and knowledge about the connections we share as a global community. After university, he worked in operational management for several prestigious manufacturing firms throughout the US and Europe. Travel has always been a constant and has become second nature to Kourosh, having traveled to 55 countries and five continents to date.
While photography was always a hobby as his mother gave him a camera at a young age, it did not become a full-fledged passion until a sabbatical from his financial services career took him on an unforgettable journey. In 2016, he traveled to the Far East for the first time and went on to spend seven months in Asia, exploring sacred, fragile ecosystems and colorful communities in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan.
This led him down a road that we could never look back again. Since this trip, he has spent every day planning new trips, creating new work, and inspiring others to get and do the same. With a passion for photography, the environment, and traveling, Kourosh found his vocation.
His last show was a charity event for the Junior League of Boca Raton. Which is a local charity which supports youth culture and helps young individuals get the support and education they need to pursue their dreams. Kourosh raised over $20,o00 for the Junior League at his last exhibition. A huge success for him, and the local community in which he grew up in and still has many ties to.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One of the hardest things for me was to develop my own production process which would allow me to have complete control over my product. There are not many photographers out there who are hands out through the process of their artwork. So finding what equipment I needed, mastering it, and developing a product that is unique to my photos and that no other photographers are using was definitely a challenge. It took me a little under one year to get everything exactly how I wanted it. So I did have to compromise time, travels, and other important aspects related to my brand to develop my process. But in the end, it was worth it!
When on trips and shooting, you will always run into challenge and obstacles. It is all about adapting to your surroundings and working with what you have in front of you. So I never let my circumstances define me. I do whatever it takes to use my circumstances to create something new and unique.
Please tell us about KK Squared.
I am a global photographer who loves using my camera to capture the unique and beautiful occurrences around the world each day. From culture and architecture to the majestic and vast landscapes, to the endangered and abundant wildlife on the planet. If it interests me, I’ll have my camera in my hand shooting it. My last few shows have been focused on the natural world and the beauty it holds.
I would say I am an adventurer, a storyteller. I particularly good at getting lost. I have been to over 55 countries and speak multiple languages. I have experienced many cultures all over the world, always meeting locals and assimilating into the local communities. I would say this sets me apart from many photographers these days who are doing it for “glory” or the “gram” (Instagram). For me, photography is about capturing a moment that you want to remember and to share with others.
Having my own production studio in NYC and creating a unique presentation and product that I haven’t seen anyone else make is what sets me apart from other photographers. I control the process, from capture, to edit, to print, to mount, to laminate, to frame. The entire process is done in house and the products are 100% handmade by me. I think many other photographers are out of touch with their own work in this sense. You can buy prints on their website, but the photographer themselves has never seen their own photo printed.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I have new goals every year which I set for myself… Some of the big trips I will be doing this year are Hawaii, Utah, Iceland, Greenland, and hiking Kilimanjaro. I plan to continue working with amazing curators such as Marcel Katz who have helped me find a direction and client base for my work. Having a team around you that not only supports you but inspires you is so important in this industry.
I plan to partner with multiple foundations, national parks, and wildlife preservations in order to raise capital and awareness through my work to benefit the planet. Yes, I love my job, but I don’t just do this for me. The goal here is to help others who aren’t able or fortunate enough to make progress on their own. I plan to partner my brand with various institutions in order to help the struggling ecosystems around the world.
- 60×40 Acrylic Facemount (Non Glare/Glare): $6,000
- 36×24 Acrylic Facemount (Non Glare/Glare): $3,000
- 60×30 Acrylic Facemount (Non Glare/Glare): $6,000
- 40×20 Acrylic Facemount (Non Glare/Glare): $3000
- Website: www.kouroshkeynejad.com
- Phone: 9546757003
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kourosh_keynejad/?hl=en