I am an independent documentarian and street photographer based in beautiful Mexico City. I am fascinated by the lives, experiences and struggles of both people and society and believe we have the capacity to transform both for the better. I think documentary has a significant role to play in those processes and believe that its power lies not only in its important role of chronicling history, but also in its capacity to show us a view of ourselves not yet seen that compels us to redefine our worldviews and emboldens us to transform our ideas into actions.

In addition to documentary work, I am the founder and principal designer at Emerge Web Design Studio, also here in Mexico City. Before getting into digital media and design work, I worked as a supervisory wildland firefighter on Hotshot, Heli-Rappel and Engine Crews for eleven years, before returning to school to pursue my studies.

I have also worked as a freelance journalist/photojournalist for many years and my articles and photographs have appeared in various publications like, In These Times, Indian Country Today, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Santa Cruz Good Times, and others. I have produced a handful of documentary shorts and my film The Ghosts of March 21 screened at universities and various film festivals including the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the Oakland International Film Festival.

I have an MA in Social Documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a BS in Journalism and Political Science from Northern Arizona University.

Sam Stoker

Location: México City
US: +01 209 626 1344
MX: +52 1 55 7352 7674
Email: samuel[at]
Skype: samuel.stoker