Family Swank: Aagdolla
At 20-years-old, Aagdolla photographs streetwear and contributes to his own AFROPUNK blog and A.R.T.S.Y. Magazine.
Name: Antonio “Aagdolla” Griffith
Peep his flicks: Aagdolla Photography
You’ve most likely seen him on the streets of SoHo or at cool events around the city like AFROPUNK, and more recently Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week taking flicks with his Canon in hand. Although having only picked up a camera two years ago, 20-year-old Far Rockaway native Antonio Griffith, known by most as “Aagdolla,” is making a name for himself in New York City’s photography scene. In this week’s Family Swank, Griffith sheds light on his work with A.R.T.S.Y. magazine, street style, and Tommy Ton. Check it out.
Mass Appeal: Antonio, most people know you under your alias “Aagdolla”. Where did that come from?
Antonio Griffith: Basically, I began using it as a screen name, and so people started calling me that. The reason I choose the letters “AAG” is because they’re my initials. “Dolla” was the name of a rapper I used to look like in high school because we rocked the same braids.
MA: What drew you to become a streetwear photographer?
AG: To be honest, it all started when I went to a Tumblr event with my friend. When I got there, everyone looked fresh and all I could think was, “I’m so glad I brought my camera with me.” It was then that I started to brand myself as a photographer. Some time after, I started to go to SoHo and photograph people whose style caught my eye. It wasn’t until then that I felt like I started to understand what fashion really was.
AG: Yeah, it’s been a pleasure being featured in both places.
MA: What reigns supreme: Nikon or Canon?
AG: Canon. I was introduced to that brand first and felt like it was easier to use than a Nikon.
MA: What’s been your favorite project to shoot so far?
AG: It would have to be my street style blog on AFROPUNK.
MA: If you had to describe your style of photography in 3 words, what would they be?
AG: Raw, simple and creative.
MA: Style is…
AG: When someone is creative, regardless of how cheap or expensive their clothes are.
MA: Aside from taking photos, do you have any other pastimes?
AG: Yes, I actually draw.
MA: My favorite lens is…
AG: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8.
MA: Who’s your favorite street photographer of all time? Why?
AG: I would have to say Tommy Ton because I like the composition and sharpness of his photos.
MA: Favorite quote or motto?
AG: Do it until you become it.