Photographer and Designer, Los Angeles
Disposable Magazine x Urban Outfitters
Adam Elramly is a photographer and designer living in Los Angeles. He primarily shoots street photography in his neighborhood of Koreatown or on his commute to Downtown, but you can also see his work in brands like Nike, HUF, and Opening Ceremony. He runs an independent brand called Tomorrow Skate, focusing on a simplistic and minimalist approach to life rooted in skate-boarding. He also works closely with Kids of Immigrants, a brand inspired by the roots and life experiences of two of his friends–and two first-generation Americans–to recognize that we are all cut from different fabrics but together make a whole.
Are you originally from LA?
I grew up about an hour east of Los Angeles in a city called Fontana.
Can you tell us a little more about the people we see in your pictures?
The people in my disposable photos are mostly strangers. With my street photography, I gravitate towards shooting older people around my neighborhood (Koreatown) or Downtown on my commute to work.
Can you tell us more about that project your work on Kids Of Immigrants?
Kids of Immigrants is a brand my roommate Weleh Dennis started with his friend Daniel Buezo two years ago. In the early days, everything was made and shipped out of our apartment. All our works revolve around the idea of spreading love, supporting your community and inspiring kids to follow their dreams.
When you spend time at home, what do you do?
When I’m home, I’m usually taking care of my plants, listening to records, cooking or watching skate videos.
We meet you again in 10 years, where are you and what do you do?
In 10 years, I’ll be living closer to the beach, running a small skate shop and still taking photos everyday
Your idea of happiness?
Being close to family, creating art everyday, and enjoying home cooked meals with my girlfriend.
Your idea of misery?
Not being able to do the things I listed above.
If not yourself, who would you be?
My two older sisters.
What is your present state of mind?
Learning how to remain present in these crazy times.
Bedside table books?
Currently: Designing Design by Kenya Hara.
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
Read or write a little.
Do you collect?
Vinyl records, plants and bags.
Tea or coffee?
What is the best dish you can cook?
What is your middle name?
What do you do in your free time?
Skate or read.
What inspires you?
People, music, food and nature.
What do you do for money?
I work at a creative agency called The Neue School.
What do you do for pleasure?
What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
When I was about 5, I thought breaking a world record meant breaking an actual vinyl record.
What are your plans for this weekend?
Spending time with my mom for Mother’s Day.
“40 Days” by Dave Brubeck