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TCF Ep. 437 - Randal Ford

Randal Ford believes that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. He is obsessed with details, creative collaboration, and chasing a timeless aesthetic. Ford's works have appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, 20 different Texas Monthly covers, and the cover of Communication Arts. To name a few, Ford has been commissioned to create works for brands such as Anheuser Busch, Comcast, Frito Lay, LL Bean, Pepsi, Pfizer, Verizon, & Yeti. Among other accolades, in 2015, 2016, 2017 Ford was...


TCF Ep. 436 - Gerald Cyrus

Gerald Cyrus was born in 1957 in Los Angeles, CA and began photographing there in 1984. In 1990 he moved to New York City and obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 1992. While at SVA, he also interned at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture under the supervision of Deborah Willis. During his time in New York, Cyrus photographed regularly on the streets of Manhattan, Harlem and Brooklyn, and in 1994, he started frequenting the nightclubs...


TCF Ep. 435 - Brian Matiash

Brian Matiash is a professional photographer, published author, and podcaster based in Portland, OR. He specializes in fusing landscape & travel photography with experiential storytelling and practical instructing to help others grow creatively. He’s spent the better part of a decade educating, empowering and inspiring photographers all around the world with his tutorials, videos, and stories. Furthermore, he uses his years providing social media and content strategy for some of the world’s...


TCF Ep. 434 - Guy Webster

One of the early innovators of rock-and-roll photography, renowned photographer Guy Webster has spanned the worlds of music, films, and politics in a stellar 40-year career. While shooting album covers and billboards for groups that included The Rolling Stones, The Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel and Chicago, he also photographed such film legends as Rita Hayworth, Dean Martin, and Natalie Wood. As the primary celebrity photographer for hundreds...


TCF Ep. 433 - Michael Kamber

Michael Kamber has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. Between 2002 and 2012 he worked for The New York Times covering conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, the Sudan, Somalia, the Congo and other countries. He has also worked as a writer and videographer for the Times. His photos have been published in nearly every major news magazine in the United States and Europe, as well as in many newspapers. In 2011, Kamber founded the Bronx Documentary Center, an educational space...


TCF Ep. 432 - Matt Payne

Matt Payne is a landscape photographer who grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was lucky to have parents that instilled him with a healthy appreciation for the outdoors. He grew up quite poor, which was actually quite a blessing in disguise, as his family vacations involved going camping in the Colorado mountains almost every weekend during the summer. His father took him along on his pursuit to climb Colorado's highest 100 mountains back in the 1980's and helped him climb his first...


TCF Ep. 431 - Melissa Spitz

Melissa Spitz (b.1988) is a working artist from St. Louis, Missouri, who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the University of Missouri - Columbia and her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Melissa was recently named Instagram Photographer of 2017 by TIME Magazine. Her work has been featured by the Aperture Foundation, TIME Magazine, VICE, The Huffington Post, The Magenta Foundation and other publications. Resources: Melissa Spitz Gabi Perez...


TCF Ep. 430 - Jeff Mermelstein

Jeff Mermelstein was born in 1957 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and studied at Rutgers College and the International Center of Photography. His career combines personal photographs with assignments for publications such as LIFE, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. In the tradition of other photographers such as Helen Levitt, he has photographed street life in New York City extensively as well as September 11th and its aftermath. His works are held by institutions including the...


TCF Ep. 429 - Jacqueline Walters

Born in Cambridge, England, Jacqueline Walters is a fine art photographer based in San Francisco. Through a passion for expatriate literature from Paris of the 20s and 30s, she discovered the world of photography. One passion turned into another as her world of words became a world of images. Thus, began her journey from the textual to the visual, from one form of storytelling to another. In the process, she discovered that photography is about finding the story she had to tell. Above all,...


TCF Ep. 428 - Forrest Walker

Forrest Walker is a Portland-based photographer who has been traveling full-time on a 5-year project photographing 100 cities around the world. He is focused on capturing interest from day-to-day life in a wide range of cities and cultures. I also share this passion for Street Photography around the world on his blog. We sit with him just as he launches the final leg of his unique photographic adventure. Resources: Forrest Walker Website Shooter Files Blog Richard Kalvar Gueorgui Pinkhassov...


TCF Ep. 427 - Nicholas Pinto

Nicholas Pinto (b. 1979) is an Italian-American photographer based in Chicago, IL. As a street and documentary photographer, his work explores topics of cultural and social awareness, poverty, and mental health issues. Capturing moments in time as a visual story-teller Pinto uses these projects to shine a light on the difficulties of living, and to give a face to it that many don’t see. He served three Years in the United States Army and completed his BA in Photography from Columbia College...


TCF Ep. 426 - Rick Sammon

Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some “The Godfather of Photography,” is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others. Rick...


TCF Ep. 425 - Dotan Saguy

Dotan Saguy was born in a small kibbutz five miles south of Israel’s Lebanese border. He grew up in a diverse working-class Parisian suburb, lived in Lower Manhattan during 9/11 and moved to Los Angeles in 2003. In 2015 Dotan decided to focus on his lifelong passion for photography after a successful career as a high-tech entrepreneur. For the last several years he has been working on a personal project documenting Venice Beach, California, which is one of Los Angeles's most iconic cultural...


TCF Ep. 424 - Ira Block

Ira Block is an internationally renowned photographer, teacher, and lecturer who has produced over 30 stories for the National Geographic Magazine. He has led National Geographic Photo Workshops, Expeditions, and private workshops to Mongolia, Bhutan, Cuba, and Tibet where students learn about culture and photographic vision. His documentary photography work is balanced by a stable of commercial clients for whom he shoots portraits and corporate branding. Ira can best be described as a...


TCF Ep. 423 - Fadi Boukaram

Fadi BouKaram was born and raised in Beirut and never wanted to be a photographer. Growing up in a war-torn country, photos often were -- and still are -- the only remnant of the many people who don't exist anymore. These people unwittingly became mythical, for each photo of them hid fantastical stories that only the adults lived and told; it was magic. A simple Google search on his hometown of Lebanon resulted in him discovering a large number of towns in the United States that shared the...


TCF Ep. 422 - Nydia Blas

Nydia Blas is a visual artist living in Ithaca, New York with her two children. She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College and received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University in the School of Visual and Performing Arts. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Southside Community Center, a historically Black community center in downtown Ithaca. She uses photography, collage, video, and books to address matters of sexuality, intimacy, and her lived experience as a girl, woman, and mother....


TCF Ep. 421 - Olaf Sztaba

Olaf Sztaba first picked up a camera thirty-five years ago. Since then his passion for “seeing” has become a lifetime journey with photography. This journey started in communist Poland where Olaf spent his childhood. The dreary, utilitarian era helped him to sharpen his senses in search of things uncommon and simple. In 1996 Olaf called Canada his new home. The grand vistas of British Columbia further opened his visual horizons and need for seeing. A dramatic illness nearly took his life but...


TCF Ep. 420 - Alex D. Rogers

Alex D Rogers is an Atlanta-based portrait photographer who is gaining a reputation as an exceptional talent for photographing musicians and artists. He brings a unique and personal eye to photographing both men and women, whether the photographs are editorial, commercial or part of a personal project. Resources: Alex D. Rogers Donte Maurice Workshops 2018 StreetFoto Fest Workshops including Ibarionex’s 2-Day Workshop 2-Day New York Street Photography Workshop 2-Day Paris Street Photography...


TCF Ep. 419 - Marc Silber

Marc Silber is an award-winning professional video producer, photographer, and photography educator who has been successfully working in the field for decades. Marc combines his passion for the visual art of photography with his love of life. He started out learning darkroom skills and the basics of photography at the legendary Peninsula School in Menlo Park, CA, in the ‘60s, and moved on to hone his skills to professional standards at the famed San Francisco Art Institute, one of the oldest...


TCF Ep. 418 - Chris Buck

Chris Buck is a photographer and director based in New York and Los Angeles. His clients include Google, Old Spice, Dodge, GQ, Guardian Weekend, and The New York Times Magazine. He has won many awards, including being the first recipient of the Arnold Newman Portrait Prize in 2007. His second book, UNEASY, a 30-year portrait retrospective was published in spring of 2017. Chris takes his martinis dry, with a twist. Resources: Chris Buck Chris Buck Instagram Feed Katy Grannan Workshops 2018...