Santiago just survived the glam madness that is New York’s Fashion Week, covering backstage for Vogue Latinoamérica. Early in his career as a photographer, he was fortunate to receive professional feedback from Bruce Weber and assisted on set with powerhouse Mert & Marcus. Huge resume boosters! He says that he learned a lot about the industry from friends and the three years he spent modeling. Next, he will shoot Meghan Collison for Metal Magazine. And although Santiago keeps busy with high fashion, he’s also developing plenty of other cultural projects like a 2011 calendar about Mexico called the Viva Guide, a photography exhibit titled “Inhale”, and his very own book called “La Quebrada” about the cliff divers in Acapulco.
Place of Birth: Mexico City.
Parents: Both Mom and Dad in Mexico City.
Occupation/Aspiration: Photographer/ To inspire people.
When did you move to NYC and why?
I moved to New York City about two years ago. I was living in Miami and before that in Melbourne, Australia. Since I was 14, I had always dreamed of living here.
Where do you live in the city and why?
I am living in a small apartment in beautiful Nolita. I was really lucky to find a good deal in my favorite part of the city.
A New York moment:
Fighting with the cab driver. Fighting to cross the street. Fighting to get on the train. Fighting with the stuff you are carrying around. Fighting for everything, but it's fun.
How do you keep it Mex in the City?
I have huge stocks of Tajin and limones at home.
Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
“The best strategy is to have many strategies" and "If you don't have initiative you have nothing”.
What's your drink of choice?
8 am coffee, 12 pm champagne, 10 pm tequila.
Name three songs on your mind right now:
Philip Glass: “Glassworks”, Miami Horror: “Sometimes”, Laid Back: "Sunshine Reggae”.
Name your favorite past time.
It might sound boring, but it's actually watching movies. I hope I can make movies one day that will be even better.
Tell us your favorite Mexican expression:
“Al chile” which means “Don't think, just do it!"
What Mexican do you admire and why?
Alfonso Cuaron, Sebastian (the contemporary sculptor), and Diego Rivera. Basically all amazing artists that have proven to the world what Mexicans can be capable of.
Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I collect vintage and Hentai porn to have as visual reference.