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TCF Ep. 483 - Hadi Salehi

Hadi Salehi is a master of the art of analog photography. Salehi’s images capture diverse portraits that are powerful and soft, leaving a haunting quality that lingers in the psyche. Salehi seeks to create a collective awareness as a cultural messenger through his images, revealing quiet truths through his process intensive works. With a career that spans more than 40 years, Salehi has closely documented cultural innovators such as Keith Haring, as well as developed an expansive body of...


TCF Ep. 482 - Ernesto Bazan

Italian photojournalist Ernesto Bazan first traveled to Cuba in 1992 and immediately fell in love with the county and its people; he felt transported to the Sicily of his childhood. After many more trips, Bazan finally moved to Cuba in 1997, documenting daily life, raising a family, and teaching photography classes during the "Special Period." Bazan's images document the country's socioeconomic crisis and the tensions between rich and poor after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the...


TCF Ep. 481 - Jason Hamacher

Jason Hamacher‘s professional efforts are shaped by passion, motivation, and vision. He is an internationally recognized musician, photographer, writer, public speaker, and massage therapist. His work has taken him across the globe documenting the sights and sounds of culture, music, people, and food. Hamacher’s diverse clientele ranges from Vidal Sassoon to an NBA dance team, from the Syrian Embassy to some of the most popular heavy-metal bands in the world. He exhibits his photography...


TCF Ep. 480 - Jérôme Brunet

Jérôme Brunet was born in southern France and raised in Ontario, Canada. His passion for music began at the age of four, when he started studying as a classical cellist for eight years before moving on to the guitar. He continues to play guitar to this day. Jérôme displayed an early talent in the visual arts, studying the discipline in high school before completing a formal education in photography at the prestigious E.F.E.T. School of Photography in Paris, France. Jérôme’s award-winning...


TCF Ep. 479 - Ken Merfeld

Ken Merfeld owns and operates a commercial / fine art photography studio where he photographs fashion, advertising, portrait, and celebrity assignments. His work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Angelino, Zoom, Black and White, and Los Angeles magazines. Prior to his work in the world of Wet-Plate Collodion, Ken has worked on a personal portrait project (traditional silver prints) for more than 20 years which includes: dancers, bikers, people with their pets, autistic...


TCF Ep. 478 - Sheila Pree Bright

Sheila Pree Bright is often described as a "Cultural Anthropologist. Her earliest experience as a photographer began when she spent time in Houston where she began photographing the gangsta rap scene and confronting the dynamic between Hip hop and gun culture. In 2003, she created her MFA thesis photo series, Plastic Bodies, which would later be featured in the film Through the Lens Darkly and go viral on Huffington Post in 2013. Bright earned national acclaim when she won the Center Prize...


TCF Ep. 477 - Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown’s images are testament to his remarkable versatility of approach and commitment to the profession. Patrick Brown has assembled an impressive volume of outstanding photographs, tracing the eclecticisms of our time across the globe. Faultless in the portrayal of the human condition, hopes, and disillusionment, the everyday and the extraordinary are captured in the instinctive and the single releases of the shutter. An ongoing journey of discovery, Patrick’s subjects as well as...


TCF Ep. 476 - Michael Benanav

Michael Benanav is an author and freelance photographer known for immersing in foreign cultures and bringing compelling stories and images back from distant places. His most recent book is Himalayan Bound. Michael's first book, Men Of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold, tells the true story of a 1000-mile journey with one of the world's last working camel caravans, hauling salt along ancient trade routes from the heart of the desert to the fabled city of Timbuktu. The...


TCF Ep. 475 - Radcliffe "Ruddy" Roye

Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye is a Brooklyn-based documentary photographer specializing in editorial and environmental portraits and photo-journalism photography. A photographer with over twelve years of experience, Radcliffe is inspired by the raw and gritty lives of grass-roots people, especially those of his homeland of Jamaica. Radcliffe strives to tell the stories of their victories and ills by bringing their voices to matte fibre paper. Recently, Radcliffe began experimenting with...


TCF Ep. 474 - Jasmin Mara Lopez

Jasmin Mara López is an award-winning journalist, radio producer, youth media educator and filmmaker that works in the U.S. and Mexico. Born in Los Angeles with familial roots in México, her childhood was impacted by issues experienced on both sides of the U.S.- México border. This instilled in her a strong passion for immigrant rights, youth empowerment, and social change. In 2007, Jasmin founded Project Luz, an organization that empowers youth to share stories within their communities...


TCF Ep. 473 - Willem Baptist

Willem Baptist is a Dutch filmmaker and documentary-director whose latest film is Instant Dreams. Instant Dreams is a feature documentary about the fascination and love for Polaroids. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, the last still working factory was bought by a small group of enthusiasts. Among them is the retired scientist Stephen Herchen who previously collaborated with the inventor of Polaroid and is still trying to unravel the secret of the lost chemical...


TCF Ep. 472 - Jessica Chou

Jessica Chou approaches her subjects with as little preconceived notions as possible, allowing people the space to collaborate with the moment and the place they inhabit. She strives for honesty and to look at things as they are, without artifice or judgement. The result is something that is at once observant and intimate. While her photography is documentary in style, it is led by the possibilities for storytelling and expression within a single frame. From photographing high-profile public...


TCF Ep. 471 - Jesse Dittmar

Jesse Dittmar is a celebrity portrait photographer who began serving as an assistant for some of the industry’s best photographers including Chris Buck and Annie Leibovitz. On his own, he has photographed celebrities including Jodie Foster, Uma Therman, Tom Hanks, Sting, James Earl Jones and more. His photographs have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines including The Hollywood Reporter, Village Voice and Rolling Stone. His recent book, Two showcases his penchant for intimate...


TCF Ep. 470 - Sophie Mayanne

Sophie Mayanne is a 26-year-old fashion and portrait photographer, splitting her time between London and Cotswolds, UK. Her style is unmistakable, favoring raw, striking imagery that is hers and hers alone. Her work has been recognized by both the fashion and music industries and has been particularly favored by up and coming artists & publications who admire the honesty and genuineness in her images. Behind The Scars is a photography campaign that celebrates scars of all shapes and sizes,...


TCF Ep. 469 - Sarah Marie Rooney & Sasha Dylan Bell

Sarah Marie Rooney and Sasha Dylan Bell are photographers who collaborated on a conceptual photographic project titled “Fear of Dreaming”. This work explores the inner conflict, following a dreamer who has lost her way. The portraits which solicited the involvement of a trained dancer explored the process of being overwhelmed by fear and of moving through and out of it. Sarah Marie Rooney grew up in Connecticut and obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Musical Theatre, from Syracuse...


TCF Ep. 468 - Julieanne Kost

Julieanne Kost is a Principal Evangelist at Adobe Systems, responsible for fostering relationships with customers through meaningful and inspirational Photoshop and Lightroom instruction. As a highly sought-after speaker for the industry-standard Digital Imaging franchise, she devises and presents motivating and educational training sessions, sharing original techniques and tutorials worldwide — via live events,, her own website ( and blog. She is also the author of...


TCF Ep. 467 - Diana Lundin

Diana Lundin is a commercial pet portrait photographer based in Southern California. After a successful career as a writer and editor, she embarked on a second career as a photographer. Her commissioned and personal work evokes the unique personalities of pets and the special relationship that they share with their caregivers. This summer she will be releasing her first book Dogs vs Ice Cream, a selection of over 100 portraits of a wide variety of dogs eating the tasty treat. Photographer...


TCF Ep. 466 - Mark de Paola

Mark de Paola was literally born into a photo studio on Cahuenga Blvd in Los Angeles and grew up splitting time between Los Angeles and New York. Mark's earliest recollections are of watching photo shoots and being completely immersed in the fashion books and periodicals of the time, Vogue and Harpers Bazaar. Mark's photographic foundation is the works of his father Alessio, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Bert Stern, and Art Kane. Mark's vision is best described as a combination of reportage,...


TCF Ep. 465 - Safi Alia Shabaik

Safi Alia Shabaik discovered art and photography at an early age when her mother enrolled her in a pinhole camera class at the California Museum of Science and Industry. She attended UCLA, earning her B.A. in Fine Art with honors. Since then, she has worked as a fashion stylist and photographic documentarian and has lived in both New York and Los Angeles. Post-college, while still in Los Angeles, Catherine Opie became her mentor and taught her the art of large scale color printing in her...


TCF Ep. 464 - Sam Abell, Arthur Meyerson & George Nobechi

Sam Abell, Arthur Meyerson, and George Nobechi recently shared a “buddy trip”, traveling through the heart of Japan via train. While George lives in Japan, Arthur and Sam have frequently traveled to the country on assignment and to teach workshops. However, this trip was a very personal one, which allowed these three friends to do more than photograph together, but to also share a wealth of unique cultural and personal experiences. Sam Abell is an American photographer known for his frequent...