We had the good fortune of connecting with Chuck Pfoutz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chuck, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think my entire career was one colossal risk. It was a risk for me to pick up the camera and go into these situations and pray that the camera does not break down, the lighting in the venue will make the pictures look great, and then publishing them and releasing them to the customer with the hope that they will be successful. So when I created my series, it was an investment that paid off because I am well known across the country for my photography, media, and artistry.
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.
I will be releasing a Book on March 28th, 2022, on the 19th anniversary of when I first picked up the camera. The book will tell the entire Chuck story in detail, and it will talk about the ten years I worked in St. Louis. The book will also talk about my tour of The United States between 2015 – 2017 and then later joining the world of Fashion. House of Chuck Magazine has covered over 500 events, and I spent years working behind the camera, and nobody knows the real me, and no, it’s time to reveal everything that went on behind the camera. The book will only be released on House of Chuck Magazine – WWW.HOCM365.COM and will be a virtual experience like no other. I have been working on this visual expedition since I celebrated 15 years of working behind the camera in 2018.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love eating at Mom and Pop restaurants. I would take them to some of my favorite places. I know some of the best entertainers and promoters in St. Louis, so going to see a live experience or Fashion show would be next. Movies are my life, and there is nothing like going to the movie theatre and seeing a good who done it film.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First off, Roland and Tracey Page introduced me to the nightlife in St. Louis. Thank you to Paris Amore and Diamond Dynasty for believing in me in those earlier years. Dee Dee Young made me into a film director and Meeko Sushi, who constantly reminds me that I will always rise above adversity. Danielle Washton Patterson, Pierre Mccleary, Lydia Reed-Madison, and Anthony Freeman for introducing me to the world of Fashion. Amy Blackwell and Karen Mackey for being the managers of my career from 2005 – 2020 and 2020 – Present. My Father for going out and bought my first camera to cope with my parent’s divorce trauma. Watching Ladybug Valentino, Aiden Demorney, and Zariah Principle tell their story on stage to tell my story on House of Chuck Magazine. Thank you to Chris Andoe and LuJo for helping me travel back in time, face my demons and take back my power. Most of All, Thank you to Tenelle Hollins and her husband, Michael Hall, for demanding that this story be told. Mainly to all of the artists I have ever encountered with my camera.
Captured by Donna Birch and Adam Bouska