Photographer and producer CJ Lucero first picked up a camera at a very young age as a kid thanks to his father. CJ grew up in Los Angeles, San Diego and the little town of Willits, which he considers home. After graduating high school, he went on and joined the Marines and attended Oregon State University. Here he majored in Anthropology which led him to a career as an archaeologist for the Lassen National Forest.
In 2010 CJ moved to San Francisco and picked up a camera again shortly after. In 2013 he began taking photography a lot more serious. As an insomniac, he used this time to self-teach himself about photography and its history. Little by little he would venture out in the night and shoot landscapes, concerts and eccentric people.
From here on CJ has dived into street photography head on and hasn’t looked back since. He is a very active member in the SF Street Photography scene. His love of photography has not only taken him through the streets of the lower 48 but abroad as well. His ongoing project, The Europeans, is an homage to Robert Frank and the changes Europe is currently going through. He looks to return in 2018 to continue this project.
Currently, CJ is focusing more of his attention on small town Americana photo documentaries. In the past in March 2016, CJ teamed up with IRAP, International Refugee Assistance Project and traveled to Europe to interview those that were granted asylum in European countries. That same month he journeyed to The Jungle Refuge Camp in Calais, France and worked with the English humanitarian aid group, Care4Calais. Here he was able to document the lives and struggles of refugees from over 30 different countries.
CJ is a founding member of the SF based collective Lucid. He has self-published one book(Wanderlust) and is a producer for Open Show San Francisco.
CJ’s assignments and publications have included: De Volkskrant(Amsterdam), Etc Magazine(SF), Harvey Milk Photo Center, Bay Area Reporter, International Refugee Assistance Project(NYC), Leica Fotografie International, National Geographic, SF Ocean Film Fest, Bernie Sanders/Jane Kim Campaign, SFGate, The Examiner, and Alcatraz.