Will Crooks hails from the Midwest, but somehow only has the accent when he says, “bagel.” He could double as Saitama from One Punch Man and only wears various shades of blue or olive. In a past life, Will was an accountant and almost went to grad school for Comparative Philosophy. Don’t ask him about The Empiricists or The Kyoto School unless you have a few hours. If you can’t ever get his attention during a photoshoot, it’s because he’s doing mathematical lighting ratios in his head.
Will found his way into photography after discovering the street portraiture work of Scott Schuman, The Sartorialist. Throughout his college years, Will could be found roaming the streets of Greenville, SC making street portraits of strangers that each possessed a cinematic quality of personal style. Over the course of four years, Will made over 2000 portraits of strangers for his blog WAC Avenue before transitioning to working full time in the editorial world as the visual director and photographer for Community Journals. Now Will spends his days making personal work revolving around otherness in the South and roaming the Southeast doing editorial work for various publications including The New York Times, British GQ, and The Washington Post.