Thomas Allen Harris, an award-winning Director, is the President of Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences including feature length films, performances and multimedia productions. Chimpanzee’s innovative and acclaimed films - Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014), Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2005), E Minha Cara/That’s My Face (2001), VINTAGE – Families of Value (1995), - have received critical acclaim at international film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, Frameline, FESPACO, Outfest, and Sithengi/Cape Town and have been broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, ARTE, as well as CBC, Swedish broadcasting Network and New Zealand Television. Reviews of Harris’ work have appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Jay Z’s Life and Times, Variety The Advocate, among others.
Harris' performance-based videos have been featured at prestigious museums including: the MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial, Corcoran Gallery, Reina Sophia, the Long Beach Museum of Art and London Institute of the Arts. A graduate of Harvard College, Harris began his career producing for public television, where he was nominated for two Emmy Awards. Since then, he has received numerous awards including an Africa Movie Academy Award, Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award, Tribeca All Access Nelson Mandela Award, United States Artist Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, as well as CPB/PBS and Sundance Directors Fellowships.
Harris has taught and lectured widely on film and multimedia and has served on a number of juries, including: Tribeca Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, POV American Documentary, and Full Frame. In 2009 Harris launched Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, an innovative transmedia project that combines film, photography, social media and oral histories in a live touring event. Digital Diaspora has held 18 Roadshows in 9-cities, with over 800 participants, 3,000 live audience participants and received over 40,000 “Likes” and in excess of 10 million media impressions.
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Laura Pannack’s art focuses on social documentary and portraiture, and seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer.
She is driven by research led, self-initiated projects that push her both as an artist and as an individual. She needs to question what she doesn’t understands and gain access to worlds closed off to her. She is drawn to adventure, and wants to roam and play with the limitations and dynamics of photography as an art and as an act.
Robert LeBlanc is a documentary photographer who sees the world through a different lens. He has captured the grittiness of the world and the results are gaining attention in the world of photography.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about his process of evaluating a scene for light, setting, and gesture. By paying attention to these qualities of a scene, he begins to build his compositions, increasing the likelihood of producing an excellent photograph. He describes how analyzing a scene in this way becomes a repeatable process that can improve your success rate.
Anna Gunn is co-director of McGunnMedia, a photography and multimedia company based in Maia, Portugal. Born in Birmingham, UK, Anna moved to Portugal in 2009 and has been enjoying the sunny weather ever since.
Tracy Barbour lives in Brooklyn, NY. A US Army veteran, Tracy was attending Rose Bruford College as a distance honors student in Theatre Studies when she dropped out to join a media group as a freelance photographer and journalist. Her personal project includes the Grief Grace Project documenting people face some of life's most difficult challenges.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about creating something extraordinary from the ordinary. Spurred by a recent email, he discusses how one perceives the mundane is what really determines whether a photographer can successfully make a great picture from the most ordinary of elements.
Seth Joel and Charlie Holland are a husband and wife team that produce natural looking images of people for commercial, advertising work and stock. They combine a life-long passion for making photographs and a keen awareness and knowledge of business to create successful photographic careers.
Earlier this year, a group of photographers gathered at the Los Angeles Center of Photography for LA Street Week, a celebration of street photography. Two days were dedicated to presentations by these photographers about their experience and approach to the art of working on the street.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about paying attention to more than your subject. Using images submitted by listeners, he discusses how other elements in the frame can play off the subject to help build a stronger and more effective composition.
David Patrick Valera is a professional artist (photographer/digital-cinematographer/cameraman) based in Los Angeles. “I grew up in Silverlake, CA.” Not the Forbes Magazine hippest neighborhood known for an invasion of Teslas, horizontal wood fencing and lumber-sexuals, but the mid-city graffiti urban grit and grime it once was back in the 70’s-80’s.” A latch-key kid, David would jump on his BMX and ride down Sunset Blvd., slaloming around Hollywood street walkers, hair-bands, and the undesirables through the yet to be gentrified regions of Southern California. “Urban life is a part of my upbringing and I always wanted to document those unique, chance moments I came across during my neighborhood expeditions.”
In this week's video, Ibarionex uses silhouettes to discuss the importance of being aware of your subject when making photographs. He explains how the shapes, lines, color and patterns that are immediately behind the subject can make and break any photograph.
Kenna Klosterman is likely a familiar face to anyone who has taken a course through Creative Live, one of the best resources for learning about photography. However as well as serving as a senior host and hundreds of courses, Kenna is also a travel photographer, tour guide, international Host, and culture explorer.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks the challenge of finding interesting subject matter in your own neighborhood and community. Using images selected for TCF listeners, he touches on the idea of why it’s important to see one’s familiar surrounding with new eyes and the important legacy that such images can and do provide.
Matt Odom is an award-winning editorial portrait, commercial advertising, industrial, and sports photographer out of a southern town just a few minutes south of Atlanta called Macon.He holds a Bachelors Degree from Mercer University in Human Services ( he's a people person)
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about using shadow to draw the viewer’s eye to the most important element(s) in the frame. It’s not about simply producing a high-contrast shot, but rather using the presence of shadow to control the viewer’s experience of the photograph by directing the eye to the highlights and midtones.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about the relationship between fear and street portraiture. He discusses how the practice of the street portrait, can help a photographer get past anxiety and fear of photographing strangers. It can also help them to make informed choices regarding lighting, composition and allow them the freedom to fully engage with the subject.
Matt Kloskowski is mentor/coach for everything photography related (Lightroom, Photoshop and Photography). He's a bestselling author of over 20 books and teaches photography, Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about the concept of making a photograph rather than simply taking one. He shares how by paying attention to light, line, shape and color, you can begin to find order in even the most chaotic scenes and begin the process of creating a strong and effective photograph.