Agaton Ström

Agaton Ström

What do you work with?
I work as a photographer or photojournalist to be specific. I work for a number of newspapers, magazines and commercial clients.

Why did you move to New York?
I moved here for the adventure and the challenge. I used to live on the West Coast and I think that as a European I missed the feeling of living in an urban city. Rubbing elbows with people, riding subways and walking. I love walking.

What does New York mean to you?
I think it means freedom. The anonymity of a big city allows you to be whomever and whatever you want. You also have the freedom to change and try different things, constantly reinvent yourself.

Mention 3 of your favourite places in New York?
It changes with the season and my moods :) I love going to places that I rarely visit on a daily basis. The Bronx has some stunning architecture and vibrant immigrant communities with amazing food. The Rockaways in Queens in the summer is pretty great. And then of course there is Manhattan.
The whole island! I once walked the length of Manhattan following Broadway. It’s a short walk of about 14 miles but the stuff that you see and the neighborhoods you pass through offers an amazing variety.

What do you love to do in New York in your free time? 
I try to take advantage of the offerings. The museums, art galleries but now that we have a little baby I find myself at the playground pointing at squirrels on weekends.

Mention something weird that you’ve experienced in New York
Yea, I don’t know if I want to mention those experiences here. And if I did, you wouldn’t believe me :)

What do you like best about New York?
The diversity and the acceptance. I guess in short, I love the people here. The writer Pete Hamill wrote in an essay that the old analogy as New York as a ”melting pot” is not really accurate.
It implies a hodgepodge of leftovers used to make a savory dish and that is not what New York is. Mr. Hamill describes New Yorkers as an alloy. Different materials coming together to create something that is stronger than each individual part. I think it’s a beautiful analogy and I like to see myself

What is your best tip for someone dreaming about moving to New York?
Just do it! Try it out for a few months and see if you like it. I think it helps to have somewhat clear goals and aspirations. Come here with an idea of what you want to do but also be prepared to change and see new opportunities.

Describe New York with 3 words
Diverse. Tolerant. Loud.


Agaton Ström