We had the good fortune of connecting with Myron Rogan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Myron, what is the most important factor behind your success?
If I had to choose the most important factor it has to be my network. The people I became friends with, and met overtime connected me to amazing people that connected me to amazing projects that created a snowball effect to better things.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
With my art I want to create a narrative/ a story. When I was younger I absolutely loved the art from the renissance. Not for its religious representations but for the pedistal the subject held in them. It was beautiful and angelic. BUT never black (understandable because it was in Italy). In the beginnings of my career I had to ask myself “why do I shoot?”. I realized I never saw black people in media positively growing up. A young man from South Central Los Angeles who went to schools in Hancock Park; representation for a black boy wasn’t evident. So I want to show more of us. I want kids who look like me to see themselves as beautiful because I know I didn’t, and its been hard. Self doubt played a serious role. So I needed to look back at my roots. The women who raised me. My mom and Aunties. They deserved all the flowers in the world so I dedicated a project called Queen of The Castle to them. I did a gallery showing for this project and it showed me that investing in myself is the greatest route because in doing so I was mentioned as one of the best fashion photographers in Los Angeles for it. So for every project I do from here on out. For every model I cast. I want to show authentic, real, and creative photos. That will relate to all.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a fun question. But it’s also pretty sad tbh because this year has taken away a lot of great places to enjoy. I also not one to go out like that. Monday – in the daytime we’re taking it slow. maybe Venice beach to show them why LA is so famous. When night time hits we’re headed to DTLA for TGIF @ Shoo Shoo Baby (Although it’s no longer a thing). Tuesday – Taco Tuesday @ Banditos on King. Best tacos and drinks. Wednesday – Day time situation let’s hit Hollywood and site see. End the night @ EP & LP Thursday – The Association usually is jumping. But for dinner, after the party let’s hit bossa nova. Friday – We’re hitting museums. Getty, Hammer, MOCA, & Broad. Dinner at Joeys DTLA Saturday & Sunday are brunch days. Lock and Key & Escala for the turn up.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my Dad for buying my first camera for me. That investment has given me a life I dreamed of. & Shoutout to my brother (from another mother) Mark for getting me started in Photography. For the friendly competition. For the Motivation & Inspiration. Lastly, every friend and family member told me to keep going. Every time I heard those words I needed them. I love and appreciate you all.
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