Zune Lee a self-taught photographer who picked up a camera in 2009. He has been an artist and storyteller since he was little but then life got in the way. Making pictures is his way of reclaiming his artistic side.
He is the quintessential nomad. He was born and raised in Germany, has lived in various parts of the USA and is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
That sense of wanderlust, of being uprooted, has never left him. He doesn't anchor his concept of “home” to a familiar physical space – home is a state of mind I enter wherever he's inspired to create the work he wants, or when he's surrounded by people he cares about.
As a clinician, he is trained to work with people at their most vulnerable who grant him permission to invade their privacy. As a result, he has always had an intense interest in the dynamics of trust and control when it comes to that interaction. At best, it can reveal a unique connection, a kind of truth that would otherwise not be foregrounded.
When a human being connects with another and - even if for a split second - relinquishes a certain level of control, it is fascinating that complete strangers can share an alternate truth about themselves that was hidden not only to others, but perhaps even to themselves. It is in these moments that individual emotion transcends the personal realm and gains universally understood context.
As a photographer, these are the moments he is after. Stories of connection that reveal themselves in a single glance or over a period of years.
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Nico Therin is a Los Angeles based French photographer. For as long as he can remember, he has been attracted to form and color, but it wasn’t until he moved from France to the United States to follow his exchange student high school sweetheart that he entertained the idea of studying photography.
I was honored with the opportunity to appear as a guest on Scott Kelby’s The Grid to talk on the topic of street photography and my latest book, Making Photographs: Developing a Personal Visual Workflow. It was great fun and it was a pleasure to spend time with Scott who I first interviewed for TCF in Ep. 119.
Meryl Meisler frequented and photographed the infamous New York Discos. As a 1978 CETA Artist grant recipient, Meryl created a portfolio of photographs which explored her Jewish Identity for the American Jewish Congress. After CETA, Meryl began a 31-year career as an NYC Public School Art Teacher.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses how and why he chooses to create a vertical rather than a horizontal composition. He explains how choosing to go vertical can eliminate distracting elements from the composition while at the same time emphasizing the presence of repeating lines and shapes.
Mark Thiessen has been a photographer with National Geographic since 1990 and on staff since 1997.
He is widely published in all areas of the National Geographic Society, including National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Adventure magazine, and National Geographic Traveler magazine. National Geographic books that feature Thiessen's work include Return to Midway, which documents the discovery of the U.S.S. Yorktown, and Baseball as America, a look at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
An Rong Xu is a New York City-based photographer and director. Born in China and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, Xu explores the world around him through his unique cultural perspective.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses how he attempted to create layered compositions while documenting a recent Black History Parade. He shows both successful and less successful images to explain how he observed and photographed each scene.
Michael A. McCoy is a Washington D.C. based freelance photojournalist and a two-time combat veteran. In his work as a photographer, he sees himself as a visual storyteller. He is devoted to his documentary and environmental portraiture work which includes his personal project Invisible Wounds which explores the lingering impact of PTSD on veterans.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses the importance of seeing the little things, those little details that can really transform a photograph. It can be something as simple as a gesture or the juxtaposition of different elements within the frame, but when carefully seen can ensure that you come away with a strong image.
Stella Johnson is a photographer and educator known for her passionate and honest documentary projects. She received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and Fulbright Senior Specialist grants to teach in Mexico in 2006 and in Colombia in 2018. The University of Maine Press published her monograph, Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua in 2008. Johnson’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses how to identify and photograph street scenes at night. He emphasizes the importance of considering the same elements of light and shadow, line and shape, color and gesture when searching for interesting subject matter.
In this unusual episode, photojournalist and documentary photographer Jamie Rose conducts an exhaustive interview with TCF host, Ibarionex Perello about his life, including his career as a photographer, writer, and podcaster. It even includes a temporary sidetrack as a stand-up comic. The conversation examines some of the challenges he has faced professionally and personally, including a recent diagnosis of ADHD.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses what to look for to create richer and interesting compositions. He explains how the repetition of color, lines, and shapes help to compliment the main elements within any photographic composition.
Valerie Jardin is a popular street and travel photographer, educator and host of the Hit the Street podcast. After leaving a successful career as a professional commercial photographer, she dedicated herself to her personal photography and conducting photo experiences both in the United States and Europe.
She has recently turned her lens to more personal projects including a series of environmental portraits of artists that live and work in her community.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses how to use the diagonal lines of a scene and your subjects for better compositions. He was spurred to discuss the subject after someone asked him how to build an interesting composition when you don’t have the benefit of dramatic lighting.
Jens Krauer is a street photographer, educator and podcaster based in Switzerland. In a relatively short time, he has become a talented photographer and brings a thoughtful philosophy to the practice of making images. As the host of the FujiLove podcast, he frequently interviews photographers not only about their use of Fuji cameras, but also their varied approaches to making photographs.