Who Am I ?


September 2011

1: Who am I?

My name is Syed Kazmi and I am a 23-year-old fashion editorial photographer based in NYC.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I work with everyone from stylists, to hair and make up, to models and set designers.

I am currently working on multiple shoots, some of which are in the beginning stages of pre-production while others are well on their way to being executed. My current project is about showing people so lost in various emotions such as shock, ecstasy, and anger that they begin to lose their public identity and start showing their true colors.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I was born in Saudi Arabia, so I am originally from there (although I am of Pakistani decent). As for where I am going…I’d say many places, hopefully! It’s been my goal to travel to at least two new countries every year and so far I have been to the Dominican Republic, Canada, and most recently Spain. I plan on visiting Greece and Italy in the coming year. I have also made it a goal to work with local talent and do shoots in every country I visit.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

Not to sound too cliché, but my parents are my biggest heroes. I’ve learned my work ethic and dedication from them and it has helped me so much throughout life.

As far as public figures, I love Steven Klein, Horst P. Horst, and Annie Leibowitz. Their work has inspired me countless times.

5: What book is your bible?

My favorite book would have to be Andrew Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha. I like it not only because it is a superb story, but because it is so visual; it sends my imagination into overdrive.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

I love honesty. Passion. Dedication. And I hate hypocrisy and lies.

7: What is your raison d’être?

I would say it is to create and to inspire. I want to not only be successful to make myself happy, but to make my parents proud of me and to eventually have enough influence to make a difference in the world.

8: What is your favorite color?

I don’t have one.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?


10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

I don’t know if I’d call it a hot spot, but I love this Thai restaurant in Chelsea called RIN. Amazing food!

11: What turns you on?

That’s a loaded, private question! Ha!

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

What turns you off?

Syed Kazmi is a fashion editorial photographer based in NYC. He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2011. His work has been featured in several places, including the windows of Macy’s across the East Coast.

Syed is currently working with top modeling agencies, stylists, hair and make-up artists, and set designers to execute his ideas. His work will be published in several media outlets during the remainder of this year


Syed Kazmi’s Website

Blog Page

Facebook Page

Twitter: @syedkazminyc

Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Meaghan Coffey

Photography by Syed Kazmi

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Syed Kazmi, self-portrait, Battery Park, NYC, 2011, Photography by Syed Kazmi

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