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Category: Interviews

2 Nov

Women and Girls Lead Global: Storytelling And Technology Creating Social Change Around The World

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Everyone has a story to tell. However, many people's voices are stifled due to the environment or circumstance that they find themselves in. Be it overcrowded classrooms, impoverished nations or under a regime that persecutes minorities, many don’t have a platform to deliver their stories or more importantly, speak their truth - especially women and girls. Film is one of the most powerful mediums to not only present stories, but to inspire millions of individuals across the world to partner with their communities and transform lives; this is the message behind Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG). WGLG is a multimedia campaign in partnership with ITVS, USAID, Ford Foundation and CARE designed to spark real change on global challenges like gender-based...
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13 Oct

Photographer Jim Cummins: A Photo Career Spent Adapting to Change

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It's always a treat to chat with professional photographers, a resilient group of folks who have seen their craft undergo an incredible evolution in the last 15 years with the rise of social media platforms like Instagram broadening the audiences of many photographers 10-fold. We recently caught up with New York-based photographer Jim Cummins and talked about the great profession of photography, how it’s changed and where it’s headed. But first, a bit about Mr. Cummins… Jim Cummins is an award-winning American photojournalist whose work is well-known from the many photographs he has taken of legendary rock, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, country/western and gospel performers of the 1960s through the early 1980s. Over 900 music albums from that era, many of which went...
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8 Oct

The Incredible Imperfection of Photographer Robert Lüthje

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One phrase comes to mind when scanning the work of photographer Robert Lüthje: picture imperfect. That’s not to say his work is flawed, but it’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, at first glance, most of the images he crafts behind his lens are rather cold and distant. There’s a startling lack of color, and he’s not exactly photographing the most interesting or original subjects. And yet, there’s an undeniable sleekness to his photos. He has the ability to transform the ordinary into something stunning, using very little. Grays, blacks and silvers dominate his photos, and yet, despite the dull color palette, the photos are visually striking. There’s a style and method behind the madness that lends itself to...
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10 Sep

Interview: Sven Alwerud, Founder Of Jelly Skateboards, And His Ride Into A 5 Billion Dollar Industry  

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Sven Alwerud, President of Jelly Skateboards Inc. doesn't look like your average CEO. Sven Alwerud - with the "Man O’ War" longboard But honestly, I wouldn’t buy a product from someone who didn’t live and breathe the world around skateboarding - would you? As Tony Hawk once said, “skateboarding is an art, a lifestyle and only in the end - a sport.” Alwerud truly understands this concept and with his clear, customizable, flexible skateboards (for all levels) that combine the essenceof snowboarding and surfing, Alwerud not only lives the lifestyle necessary to run his brand, but he also embodies the traits of a highly successful entrepreneur. His tenacity, integrity, creativity, passion for his product, humility, and remarkable customer service and brand management skills are just a few reasons Alwerud will...
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20 Jul

Photographer Wes Tarca Talks Storytelling and Inspiration

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Wes Tarca’s breathtaking narratives of New York feature the sparkling skylines, penetrating street shots and beckoning portraits that bleed with mystery and inquisition. Visual art has always been part of Wes’ life, and as a child he dreamed of becoming a comic book artist, but life has a way to take you in the direction you’re supposed to go, and as he grew older filmmaking replaced comics, which eventually turned into photography. “I don't remember ever making a choice to get started. I think visual art is just a part of my being - it’s a way for me to express myself. I was never good enough at drawing to be a professional artist, but a camera allows me to tell stories without having to...
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4 May

Tackling Social Issues Through Photography: Harvey Finkle

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Harvey Finkle’s photographs illustrate the daily lives and capture the intense spirit of those members of our society who can often go unnoticed—the homeless child, the returning prisoner, the unpaid worker, the deaf culture activist, all find a place on the other side of Finkle’s lens. Scroll through the images on his site and you can’t help but come away with a broader vision of what it means to be an American. A particular area of Finkle’s focus is immigration, and in 2000, as the “commotion” as he calls it, over the issue began to grow across the country, he set out on a long term project to document the lives of ten immigrant families making their way in their new...
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25 Mar

Photographer Profile: Anastasiia Sapon

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One of the best ways to learn about photography is to surround yourself with photographers working in the field. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Ukrainian photographer Anastasiia Sapon last weekend at the Mojo Bicycle Cafe on Divisadero St. The weather was overcast - a perfect day for photography. The only downside was the drizzle of rain we encountered - not good for our camera gear. That didn’t stop us from chatting non-stop about photography, her inspirations and her love for her new camera, the Fuji X100S. We asked her a few questions on her life and love for photography, and here is what she had to say: When did you first consider yourself a photographer? "I think when I...
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16 Feb

Photographer Profile: Stasha Becker

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Our friend and Instagram sensation @northwestmommy aka Stasha Becker, borrowed the Fuji X100Sfrom Lumoid. She’s living it up in the Pacific Northwest with her son, her 2 dogs Bruce and Max and her horses. We’re fond of her Instagram feed and overall love her photographs so we asked her to share some of the photos she snapped with the Fuji. We were able to sneak in a few questions as well. When did you get started in photography? Strictly speaking in high school. But throughout my childhood grandpa allowed me to use his Leica to capture our everyday life. What gear do you normally shoot with? For no particular reason my first DSLR was a Nikon and I have stuck with them since. I...
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9 Jan

Photographer Profile: Rikki Ward

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In case you hadn’t already noticed- it’s wedding season! Even though it’s a busy time for wedding photographers, we were able to sit down with Rikki Ward from Rikki Ward Photography. Catch some snidbits below or watch the whole interview: Her gear: Canon EOS 6d camera Canon 5d Mark III Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II lens What are the most difficult scenes to shoot? I think that in my style of photography, I like to be as unobtrusive as possible and I want to capture the moments between people and sometimes flash can interrupt that. The Mark III is really awesome for low light situations, you can shoot natural, available light without interrupting the scene with a flash. What do you love about wedding...
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