A Parsons School of Design graduate, Christopher Sams began his professional career by co-creating, designing, & launching V Magazine. Christopher designed for Visionaire Magazine as well, lending his vision to the editions: “Woman” (sponsored by Olay), “The Game” (sponsored by Luis Vuitton) & the “Visonaire Bible”. During this time Christopher creatively collaborated with: David Bowie, Mario Testino, Stephen Gan, Solve Sunsbo, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, etc. He also designed campaigns for Missoni and worked on Mario Testino’s first book, the hugely successful “Front Row Back Stage”.
Christopher started SAMS ART in 1999. The studio delivers high end graphic design, art direction, creative direction and photography. SAMS ART’s emphasis is on conceptual advertising, fashion branding, corporate identities, and engaging photography.
The first SAMS ART project was conceiving, designing and publishing “Over-the-Counter: Paparazzi-Polaroids from the Coat Check”, a signed, limited edition art book which has become a definitive look at New York City nightlife and downtown culture in the 1990s.
In 2005 Christopher Sams completed a redesign for Surface Magazine & guest creative directed multiple issues of SOMA Magazine. New creative direction for photography, type treatments, page layouts and events were created for both publications with much success.
SAMS ART continues to create engaging & provocative designs for clients as diverse as: Joan & David, Svedka Vodka, Target, Boots Cosmetics, Paul Mitchell, Dove, Imitation of Christ, Charlotte Ronson, Revlon, among many others.
In 2011 Christopher has turned his focus toward photography and documenting the adventures around him. A forth coming book titled “Over-the-top” is expected.