Amir Zaki: Building and Becoming

272 pages, fully illustrated in color.
Monograph covering 20+ years of photographic work, includes an essay and interview.
25x29cm portrait format, double gatefold.

$75 | 9781954600010 (hardcover)

Co-published with X Artists’ Books.


Amir Zaki photographs California skateboard parks as Brutalist architecture,” feature, Los Angeles Times, (September 21, 2019)

You don’t need rules to look at Amir Zaki’s photography — just imagination,” exhibition review, Seattle Times (November 8, 2016)

Review: Amir Zaki goes back to the beach in “Time Moves Still”, Los Angeles Times (April 12, 2013)

Amir Zaki, review, Art in America (October 7, 2010)

Art in Review; “The New City: Sub/Urbia in Recent Photography”, New York Times (January 6, 2006)


Photo: Ian Byers-Gamber

Amir Zaki is a practicing artist who lives in Southern California. He received his MFA from UCLA in 1999 and, since, has been regularly exhibiting nationally and internationally. Zaki has had over 30 solo exhibitions at institutions and galleries including the Mak Center Schindler House, the Doyle Arts Pavilion, the Dalian Modern Museum (China), ACME gallery, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, James Harris Gallery, Edward Cella Art & Architecture, and Roberts Projects (formerly Roberts and Tilton). He has been included in over 50 group exhibitions in significant venues including The California Biennial: 2006 at the Orange County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Andreas Grimm Gallery in Munich, Germany, Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York, Flag Art Foundation in New York, Western Bridge in Seattle, Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago, the California Museum of Photography, Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Nevada Museum of Art.

Zaki’s work is part of numerous public and private collections across the country including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), UCLA Hammer Museum, the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington, the Orange County Museum of Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Zaki has three prior monographs, VLHV (2003), Eleven Minus One (LAXART and Eighth Veil, 2010) and California Concrete: A Landscape of Skateparks (Merrell, 2019). He has been included in the Phaidon anthology of contemporary photography, Vitamin Ph, and contributed essays to LACMA’s groundbreaking text, Words Without Pictures. He has been included in both an Aperture anthology organized by Charlotte Cotton called Photography is Magic, which addresses a major technological shift in contemporary photographic practices, as well as the anthology Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles.