Bjorn Iooss

New York-based photographer Bjorn Iooss has shot for an impressive roster of publications, including CR Fashion Book, L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Japan, Vogue Hommes Japan, VMAN, and more, plus campaigns for clients like Ralph Lauren and Bergdorf Goodman. He's been taking pictures since he was 11 years old, and has been passionate about photography and art from a very young age. And according to Iooss, surfing is the only other hobby that has consumed his life in such an immense and equal way.

What can’t you travel without?

What’s your favorite travel destination?
French Polynesia.  Jaw dropping scenery and world class surfing.

If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be?
The Native Americans who lived on this island before it was ever “discovered”.  Or Bill The Butcher.

What or who has inspired you recently?
I’m inspired by seeing how hungry, driven, and talented people are in this city.  People accomplish so much here and that constantly inspires me to push myself.

What are your favorite NYC restaurants, and what do you order there?
Blue Ribbon Sushi for a consistently good meal – it’s definitely become a staple in Soho.  I always order the Kanpachi Usuzukuri as a starter. I also love Parm in Nolita for lunch. Get the House Roasted Turkey or Chicken Parm.  And I always stop in Balthazar Bakery when in Soho to pick up a Ginger Citrus Tea.

Where do you get your art fix in NYC, and do you have a favorite artist?
I’m surrounded by galleries in Chelsea so I’m always popping in, but nothing beats going to The Metropolitan Museum of Art for me. One of the greatest art museums on the planet. One of my all-time favorite artists is Francis Bacon.

What music are you listening to these days?
I listen to everything under the sun, but recently have been trying to acquaint myself with some old classic bands from before my time.

What album or song would you consider your personal soundtrack to NYC?
“New York, New York” by Ryan Adams, from his Gold album.

When you think of NYC, are there any particular emotions that come to mind?
Pure excitement.