Chris Panagakis Photography



Chris Panagakis received his BFA, with honors, in 1999 from the School of Visual Arts in New York, ranked one of the top photography programs by U.S News & World Report.

Based in Los Angeles and shooting professionally since 2011, he is best known for making intimate, rich images everywhere from the red carpet to the studio.

To kick off 2015, Tower Cancer Research Foundation and BrandPolished Marketing made him their official photographer in February. March was especially exciting with portraits running in both the New York Post and the Los Angeles CBS2 evening news. In April, Chris' work was featured in the newly opened gallery at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center as part of a LEXhibition retrospective and will again appear this June at Gallery 825 in West Hollywood.

Starting with the Emerging Focus exhibition in which one of his portraits appeared in January, 2014 was a significant year for Chris. In March and again in June, Chris’ portraits appeared in gallery exhibitions in Indiana and California. His portraiture was also selected to appear in the online gallery Light Space Time. The second half of the year saw Chris’ event photography published in the Beverly Hills Courier three times in as many months.

In early 2013, Chris' work with the AIDS Life Cycle event, sponsored by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, was featured in the May 2013 issue of Vanguard magazine. 



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Local businesses, online personalities, and major studios have all worked with Chris over the years.

BrandPolished Marketing

Sweat Evolution

Precision Development

Entertainment Studios

Tower Cancer Research Foundation

Cancer Free Generation

The Oceana Foundation

Lady Luck Dating

Bemis Balkind / InSync Media

AIDS/LifeCycle (Los Angeles)

Hoops from Home, a non-profit basketball day camp for children with parents in the military 

Organic hair care product company Long Hair Lovers

Angel City Pit Bulls, a non-profit pit bull rescue foundation in Los Angeles

Ace of Hearts, a non-profit bulldog rescue foundation in West Hollywood

Shugah Mama, gluten-free and vegan baked goods of epic proportions

Timna Pilch, author

Kim Tronic, writer and marketing consultant

Jason Sikkila, real estate broker

Interior Illusions, nationally-known for their signature sponsorship of RuPaul's Drag Race 

Shoei Urasaki, venerated sushi chef and restauranteur

Mike Muniz, IT consultant

Exhibitions & Publications

Exhibitions & Publications

Chris' work has appeared in print and galleries all across the country.

"Out There." Gallery 825. 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA. June 2015.

“LEXhibition @ The Center.” San Francisco LGBT Community Center. 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA. April 2015.

“Skin Care For Cancer Patients Becomes Part Of Healing Process.” CBS Local News at 5. [Los Angeles] 3 Mar. 2015. Broadcast.

“These are the best wedding proposals ever.” New York Post. [New York] 20 Mar. 2015. Online.

"Cycling for Cancer Research." Beverly Hills Courier [Beverly Hills] 12 Dec. 2014: 16. Print.

“Music for Breast Cancer Research.” Beverly Hills Courier [Beverly Hills] 31 Oct. 2014: 12. Print.

"Volunteers Celebrate Tower Cancer Patients With A Day Of Beauty In Beverly Hills” Beverly Hills Courier [Beverly Hills] 19 Sep. 2014: 4. Print.

“Queer & Now.” The Lex. 3464 19th Street, San Francisco, CA. June 2014.

"Figurative Arts Exhibition." The Light Space & Time Gallery. Online. May 2014.

“Tronicle Spotlight: Getting In Focus With The Snappiest Photographer Of All Time.” Web blog post. Kimtronicles. 13 Mar. 2014.

“Portraits.” Studio 659. 1413 119th Street, Whiting, IN. March 2014.

“Emerging Focus.” The Icon. 5450 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. February 2014.

“Emerging Focus.” photo l.a. at the LA Mart. 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA. January 2014.

“Art & Chocolate.” KGB Gallery. 1640 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA. December 2013.

"On a Roll in Role of a Lifetime..." Vanguard (May 2013): 8-9. Print.

“Graphis: New Photo.” August 1998

"Portraits: Panagakis, Pierce, & Rourke.” The Silver Swan. 41 E. 21st Street, New York, NY. June 1998.