Dewey Nicks is a photographer, filmmaker, and commercial director originally from St. Louis, Missouri. In the mid-1980s he moved to New York to do editorial work, living in what he describes as “a great apartment in Hell’s Kitchen when it really was Hell’s Kitchen—part methadone clinic, part Manganaro’s Italian Restaurant & Grocery, part Port Authority.” He has worked as a commercial photographer ever since, and has published his work in magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, and GQ. In spite of New York’s charms, he was drawn to west coast. Nicks had initially left the Midwest for the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, attracted to California for its dynamism, energy and excess, car and celebrity cultures—themes recurrent in his later work and culminating in his first photography book, Kustom, published in 2000 by Greybull Press. Nicks still finds the California coast an inspiring and creatively productive place, saying, “As I made my home further north up the coast from Los Angeles, I found myself drawn to take the windy drive to Ojai on days off. I got to know the people that live there, and found a welcoming, shared artistic energy… [so] I gathered collaborators to come and spend a few days there without a specific schedule, and we just let the place be our muse.”