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Matt Hawthorne is a Dallas based photographer specializing in action sports, fashion, lifestyle, and portraiture. Classically trained in fine art photography using large format cameras and film, he is always pushing his skills in the world of advertising. Shooting action sports, fashion, and large advertising jobs with full studio lighting in and out of studio with a full digital workflow, has lead him to regular work with clients such as Neiman Marcus, JC Penney, & Life Time Fitness.

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When and how did you become interested in Photography?



I was a Radio TV Film major in school, and also a sponsored skateboarder. My sponsors were always asking for images of myself, skating, for promotional purposes; so I asked my dad to show me how to use his old Olympus manual 35mm camera. I would set up the composition on a tripod and have a buddy snap the shot when I was in the air. Eventually, this led to adding a fill flash to illuminate shadows on my face. The next thing I knew, I had four canon flashes on radio slaves and was changing my major to photography.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?



I mainly shoot with the Canon 5D Mark II; but if a job requires larger files, I use the Hasselblad H3. I also have my photo assistants shoot behind the scenes video with another 5d Mark II. Lighting is primarily Profoto gear.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?



Innovation and style; whether that comes from a photograph in a magazine, a trick from a skateboarder on a video, an amazing painting by a new artist, architecture, design, or a fresh take on fashion. I try to get inspired by the things I shoot, rather than by the way someone else shot them.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?



I have been fortunate enough to make a career out of my favorite hobby. My schedule does get crazy, but luckily most the jobs I’m shooting are exactly the type of photography I want to be doing anyway. The jobs I shoot, do provide me with many portfolio images, as every job is shot in a way to do so. With that said, there are always shoots I want to organize for myself and the time just has to be made for them to happen.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?



I enjoy commercial work the best because I love collaborating with stylist, hair and make up artists and producers; to take the quality of the image a step further than I could achieve myself. Sports photography is probably my favorite, with fashion, trailing close behind. I have a basic love for shooting people.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?



I have a close connection and interest to the skateboarding, urban sports, and street-fashion culture, which helps me understand what is popular and current, in those industries. Clients trust my opinion and direction due to my ability to relate in that way.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?



That’s a tough question, but it would have to be either the Beastie Boys, artist Barry McGee, or Sade!

what’s your dream photo field trip?




Shooting fashion in Rome, I visited there a couple years ago, and the textures and architecture are amazing.

what’s your post production process?



I do handle all retouching myself. I feel like there are three steps to an image and all are very important. The conception of an idea, creating the image in camera with lighting and production, and enhancing / retouching in post. The final step in post is crucial, because that is where I can spend time to finesse and complete the exact, final image, I had envisioned in pre production. Every image is different; but most of the time it is just a matter of fine-tuning, enhancing, color treating and cleaning things up. When it gets tricky is when we have to change sky or backgrounds, move models completely from another frame or compositing.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?




Unlimited Polaroid film for my Polaroid SLR 680, no doubt!

who are your favorite photographers and why?




Well, this list is constantly changing; but Richard Avedon caught my eye first, with his talent in shooting portraits but his fashion and commercial work are amazing as well. My favorite shooters tend to not be commercial shooters, instead I find myself following more fine art shooters, such as: Todd Hido, Sze Tsung Leong, Cedric Delsaux, Julius Shulman, Raymond Meeks, Edward Burtynsky and Chuck Close. Some commercial shooters that inspire me are Carlos Serrao, Steven Lippman, Troyt Coburn, Gray Scott and Tim Tadder. All of these are incredible shooters!

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)



One shoot that has gotten me a lot of attention was for a Dallas shopping center called Mockingbird Station. I’ve done a couple fashion campaigns for them in which they have run several billboards, ads everywhere, and a huge parking garage size billboard, on the freeway. I drive past it on my route to the studio and am amazed at it everyday. It’s pretty cool to see your photograph 6 stories tall, on the freeway!

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?



Assist photographers who shoot what you are interested in and PAY ATTENTION! Don’t get lazy because that’s when you will fall behind. Keep shooting, constantly! Then, once your book is ready, have postcards made and mail them to everyone you know!

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?



I always say that my ipod / boombox is the second most important thing to my camera, at a shoot. Music gets everyone in the right mood or to a comfortable place where they can open up and relax in front of the camera. When it’s quiet, everyone feels the tension. On set, I’m a hip hop kinda guy, or at least something with a good beat like RATATAT or M.I.A. that keeps good energy during a shot. While editing, I listen to something more chill, like Local Natives or Milosh.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?




My wife and I just bought and fully remodeled a home, so at the moment my favorite hang is at the house, everything there is exactly right! Plus, my wife is about to give birth to our first baby so it’s great spending time with her!

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?




Hmm, I don’t eat much during a shoot, I think my adrenaline just keeps me going. But Sunkist is always on set.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots? why is this your fave?





This was shot for Life Time Fitness, from a triathlon triptych. I’m not sure it’s my favorite, I love so many, but this is one I’m really proud of. I tested, freezing action lighting, prior to the shoot, then shot on location with no compositing, had a set with lights in the water and tow-able generators, all within a half day’s production. This shot was incredibly involved and difficult to accomplish, but we nailed it exactly as I’d envisioned! Lots of planning, brainstorming, and testing went into this shot, for sure!

your favorite photo by another photographer?


Are you kidding, that’s a hard one! Well, I’ll have to default to an Avedon photo, from his American West series because these images are what inspired me to push from action skateboarding to studio portraiture, which then led to the commercial look I have now. The Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth was a couple miles from my college, so having these images on display for me to see in person, whenever I wanted, was a huge inspiration. And I love the story behind the “Bee Man”.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?




I wouldn’t say my passion has changed, but expectations for myself change constantly. Also, I always heard from commercial shooters that being a professional photographer is 10% creating imagery and 90% business and production. I can say that’s pretty accurate, but having a good rep and producer can help to make that not so extreme.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?



I wouldn’t call it my good luck charm at all, but my ipod / boombox is probably the closest thing to one, I don’t leave the studio without it!

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?



Hmm, I’ll pick Gangsta and leave the “Photography Nerd” title to my digital tech David who keeps me up and running! The Gangsta title also fits cause of the Hip Hop constantly blasting on set!

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)


I don’t even know, that might say something… August.

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Carlos Serrao




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I was born in Buffalo, New York on the snowiest day of 1988 to Holly & Larry – a restaurant manager and a train repairman.
My earliest memories were of the cultural ephemera that now plays a central theme in my fascination with the world – old Italian men sitting on plastic stools outside the corner cafe playing checkers; abandoned factories that used to harbor the workforce of the city (yet still buzzing with energy); small, front-lawn gardens immaculately manicured with scissors on Sunday mornings, sitting adjacent to vacant lots filled with yesterdays trash and the occasional syringe.
By age 5 we packed up and moved to a Pleasantville-like setting – a historic village filled with polite people, smiling children, a modest backyard and a swelling flood of trees.
I was a difficult child, always feeling slightly out of place, so I spent the next 12 years testing my parents patience and questioning every single convention that authority could throw at me. We didn’t have an art program so I spent most of my time speaking out of turn or quietly watching from the corner, taking notes on little things that seemed human and could validate that I was, in fact, in the same room as the heat-seeping bodies around me.
After that I went to an over-priced art school in Boston and took the train at 5am to New York almost daily, where I freelanced as a graphic designer/video editor/whatever-media-you’d-be-willing-to-pay-me-for. I always had trouble sitting still, and found a way to keep in constant motion, so by 18 had started traveling to Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand a few times a year, shooting whatever assignments would pay for the ticket to get out of the mundane.
I ended up photographing for a few record labels, and even convinced a few people to fund some short films. I started directing music videos and the occasional commercial spot, taking on more social documentary work and private commissions to fill every moment of free time. Since 2010 I’ve lived between New York and Bali, Indonesia, balancing two different worlds; inspecting them in constant comparison to each other, to create a spark, whenever needed. I feel at my best always being half in one world, half in another. The camera as a tool allows me to make sense of these otherwise disparate realities. A human thread runs through every moment, as meditations on life in times of subversion, trial, and disaster become answers to the everyday, only magnified by lens or circumstance.

www.cargocollective.com/mlawrence
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When and how did you become interested in Photography?

I figured out the concept of a “frame” while looking through train windows on a trip around the US. I think I was 16.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Whatever fits the subject/whatever I can find! Disposable cameras, cell phones, an old Olympus Pen E, the beautiful Ms. Holga, a pair of Hassellblad 500cm’s, a Konica 35mm from a garage sale. Occasionally I get fancy and use a digi Nikon. I’ve been playing with a Tachinara a bit lately. A lot of b/w. Mostly available light. Always primes.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

There are far too many! Our world is over-saturated with all kinds of imagery, all kinds of sensory experiences. They can all translate to a photograph, a film…. it just depends on how you metabolize them.
But I would say, my #1 trigger, how I get in the zone – is music.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I make sure that it all feels like personal work. It has to be or I wouldn’t do a good job.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

I suppose everything that I shoot is a form of portraiture. I’m interested in interactions with people, and the camera as a secondary tool. My work spans across documentary, editorial, and commercial mediums, though I admittedly try to use all of them as a way to frame my view on the world, to get an idea out there.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

Right now I’m shooting this short film/music video in Bali, for Emil & Friends, a band in Brooklyn. Years of images crammed into a pretty surreal 7 minutes. I suppose it’s a very personal piece. The guys at Cantora have been very supportive – they seem to really treat artists with respect.
We’ve worked together over the past few years on a number of projects, and I’m always excited by what comes out of it. I think we really push each other to do our best work.
I also just found out that I have a show going up next spring in Australia – portraits I did with SurfAid International in the aftermath of the 2010 Mentawai Tsunami. There’s also talks on the table about a monograph being released here in Indonesia – for an ongoing project that I’ve been shooting across Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, and Bali over the last few years. Not sure about dates yet – when I have more information I’ll put it up on my website.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I really try to spend time with my subjects. I make every attempt to understand them, to have them open up, to trust me. To show me the scars, the insecurities – I show them mine too.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

I’d love to have a beer with Vincent Gallo, and talk about missed field goals.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

There isn’t a place in the world that I wouldn’t go, or haven’t thought of going….. but right now, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to take a good 6 months to walk across Mongolia, traveling with nomads – West to East.

what’s your post production process?

Very limited. I find that computers don’t last long in my bag (or in the tropical climate here). I try to keep it simple. Film answers most of that for you. If it’s digital, I do a bit of tweaking in Aperture 3 – mostly curves, a bit of toning.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I have to say that I’ve considered selling a kidney to get my hands on a Polaroid 20×24. I’d also be willing to donate some blood for a Leica M9 and Zeiss primes.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

Martin Schoeller – his manipulation of the camera as an apparatus.
Irving Penn – his light.
Nan Goldin – her subjects.
I also think Mikael Kennedy is doing some outstanding work at the moment.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far?

I don’t ever think that I’ve really had that moment yet. I hope it’s around the corner.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

Force yourself to be totally uncomfortable; at that point, the only way to transcend fear is to press the shutter.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

I have a lot of friends in many an unheard of band. I listen to a lot of their music.
A few from today, definitely worth checking out:
Velvet Davenport
Bibio
Guards
Lately I’ve been revisiting the soundtracks of old Satyajit Ray films.

what’s your favorite hang?

I find small pieces of home all over the globe, but tend to be attracted to the dive bars (and subsequent late-night/early morning diners) where the eccentric and misunderstood convene. A few notables :: Croke Park–>Mul’s (Whitey’s) in South Boston; The Bar Bill—>Charlie’s Diner in East Aurora, NY; a few little wooden pubs in Shibuya—> all night Yakitori in Kubikicho.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot?

Big, greasy diner breakfasts and black coffee run in my blood. It’s the perfect way to start every day (or end some long nights).

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

It’s from a few years back. My father looked at me, and told me he was proud of me. It was right before he went out at 9p to go work in the -15F cold. If I’ve ever had a “big break”, that felt like it.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

I collect bits of visual inspiration across different mediums every day – I keep them in binders or scattered across my computer. It all influences me; I’m continually amazed by the great work out there. Today I was looking at some of Ryan Pfluger’s work – this image jumped out at me. It captures the subject in such a delicate moment. It’s a true interaction.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

Absolutely not. I still work to support a hobby/addiction – I just get to shoot more film now.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I always carry a few small items from my family with me – small reminders of (at times) a distant place.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

I’d say I’m a person who is interested in people, and happens to own a camera. Gangsta I guess?

what’s your sign?

Sagittarius

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

my friend Mitch Weiss, up in Boston. Stunning portraitist. Attention to lighting and detail (as well as his shooting method) remind me of Karsh.




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Maleonn
1972
Born in Shanghai

1984-1995
Shanghai Huashan Art School
Attached High School to Fine Art College of Shanghai University
Graduated from Fine Art College of Shanghai University, Major in Graphic Design

1995-2003
Engaged in commercial film as Art director and Director

2004-
Engaged in independent Creation of Art
Lives and works in Shanghai, China

www.maleonn.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

Since 2004, I started to work on my own artwork in 2004, bought the camera, and fell in love with photography.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Mostly digital cameras, before I used CANON 20D, now it’s CANON 1DS MARK iii. Sometimes i also use a film camera like MAMIYA RB-67

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Reading and watching films, and chatting with funny people.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I always devoted all my time to the creation, so I’m not that rich. But some kind people help me, sometimes they support my exhibition, sometimes they collect my work. The money is enough for my simple life.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot?

conceptual

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I have a solo exhibition soon in Singapore, another one in Spain.

If you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

Myself. But more handsome than I am now, and less sensitive.

What’s your dream photo field trip?

Wild grass, abandoned city, the space where once people lived and left, where we can see obligation and time.

What’s your post production process?

Mainly photoshop, sometime I hand paint.

If you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I would buy the top digital camera. I don’t like traditional cameras. But sometimes the camera I use right now is still cheap. The work isn’t as perfect as those taken by film. Not necessarily like film, but with more details and color.

What has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

When I decided to buy the camera, I quite hesitated because I had never touched a camera before. And the camera was expensive. I’m wasn’t sure if it would be able to help me to find myself.

Do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

There are too many details in the techniques. Lots of interesting things can be done, but try not to only being addicted to all that. To a good photographer the most important thing is to find out one unique angle to look at the world. But that needs consideration, various experiments. I rarely used a camera. only after I thought about that clearly, I decided to take the camera and try to complete my ideal image.

What’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

All kinds of cello music. I only like the cello. Recent two years all like that.

Will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

self portrait


If you ask the reason why this is my favorite, I can only say that I feel everyone’s works are self portraits, shooting ourselves or our generation. This picture contains me, my illustration and my sadness. But also a little bit of unbroken hope inside. The growth of our generation all in this instance, in our spiritual world.

Has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

No, I’m still passionate, I just have fewer works, because I don’t want to repeat myself.

Do you have a favorite or lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I have a necklace that brings me luck, sometimes I need it to bless me 🙂 I often use it when I take pictures.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Definitely not camera gangsta.










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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Kelsey Foster received her BFA in photography at the University of North Texas. She moved to New York City and was named “one to watch” by Adorama in 2008, and participated in several group shows. Recently relocating back to Texas, Kelsey continues to shoot for editorial and commercial clients, splitting her time between NYC and Dallas. In addition to photography, she loves snow, traveling and playing her banjo.
www.kelseyfoster.net

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

I have always been involved and intrigued by any art form, but I got really interested in photography during my senior year of high school. After I took that first dark room black and white class, I knew that was what I wanted to study in college.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

I have a Canon 5d Mark II for digital. I shoot medium format with my Mamiya 645, and sometimes I shoot with a Canon AE1. I use various lenses.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

This might sound silly, but light really inspires me. Natural diffused light, light through trees, a patch of light on the wall through the blinds–I love and am constantly noticing it.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

My personal expression comes out in areas other than photography, so if I am hard pressed to find the time to shoot for myself, I will play music, or make something cool. I think it’s good to spread yourself out a little, otherwise you might get overwhelmed and burned out on photography.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

I love shooting fashion. I really just love shooting portraits in an exciting environment.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

Not at the moment…I recently had a show at Billy Reid in NorthPark Center.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or work unique?

I feel like I am pretty good at using available light, and manipulating light that is already there. I think people get really crazy with lighting sometimes.

If you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

I say this every time I get asked this question, but… Zach Braff. He is funny and cute and we would have a good time.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

I’d like to go to Ireland or Iceland.

what’s your post production process?

I use Light Room first, and then if the image needs further retouching I will drag it into Photoshop. I love the patch tool. Favorite!

If you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I would probably still use the Mark II and spend the money on lenses. I think lenses are more important anyway. That, or I might buy a digital back for my Mamiya.

who are your favorite shooters and why?

I love Anna Wolf for so many reasons. She is kind of like my photo mentor. I interned with her in 2007 in Brooklyn, and it was so wonderful. I respect and admire her so much!

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

Hmmm….getting noticed in NYC, and getting invited to publish my work in a book for Adorama in 2008 was pretty cool. I just got hired to shoot an ad job in NYC, and I live in Dallas, so… that’s pretty cool. I think everyone is so consumed with the “big break” shoot though….I just keep shooting what I like. My first published photo was an interior of a bar that was 1×2 inches and uncredited. I hope I’ve come a little way since then!

who would you like to see interviewed by photopol.us next?

Andrew Shepherd!!

ed.note: Hey Kelsey, we already featured Andrew so we’ll see if we can’t talk Anna Wolf into being interviewed.


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I was born in Wisconsin and came to Dallas when I was 4 yrs old. I studied photography at Richland College and was Photo Editor of the Richland Chronicle. My travels led me to the Hare Krishna’s in Vancouver Canada. I was so intrigued by their way of life that I ended up traveling with the Festival Ratha Yatra up and down the west coast. I learned during that time that I was good at two things; taking photographs and traveling. I’ve been lucky enough to experience both as I made my way shooting across different countries and cultures, such as Eastern Europe, Asia and South America. I specialize in Commercial, Editorial and Travel photography.
www.stephendux.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

When I was 11 yrs old, my dad took me to the World’s Fair in New Orleans. I got ahold of his camera and have been hooked ever since. I loved the thought of traveling and shooting. Plus, I had no game so it was an easy way for me to approach girls.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Canon Mark II 5D. Lenses: I like the 24-105 f4 but I wish it were a 2.8. I love that focal length. Prime lenses: 15mm f2.8, 28mm f1.8, 50mm f2.5 Macro, 85mm f1.8: Medium Format Hasselblad 501 cm with a 50mm and 80mm lens, Lighting Profoto, Macbook Pro lap top running C1 Pro.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

The thought that my work might be remembered and inspiring to others.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

It’s true. I’m always juggling work and personal satisfaction! I am very lucky to have a great team of people who help me manage it all. Shout out to my lovely wife.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

Environmental, Portraiture, Travel and Street photography.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

Currently, I have 13 Pieces up at Charlie Uniform Tango in Dallas, an amazing post-production house located on Routh St.
I also have 4 pieces up at The Happy Hearts Fund offices in New York City and every year I participate in Art Basel located in Miami. It’s the highlight of my year.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I shoot what I am feeling or going through at the time. My work is very autobiographical.

If you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

Tom Waits

What’s your dream photo field trip?

I would love to shoot an editorial story on a glacier from a helicopter in Iceland with a smoke machine. Just because I love the production challenge of it. Also, I’ve been wanting to try working with a smoke machine for 3-4 months now.

What’s your post production process?

I back everything up on at least 2 separate drives stored in separate bags and I use Capture One Pro to edit and process the raws. I love the colors and control of the program. Photoshop – the amount of retouching really depends on the client or project.

If you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

The new Canon EOS-1DS Mark IV. The specs are amazing and I’m sure the waiting list is already endless. I would also love an old Rolleiflex twin lens in good condition.

Who are your favorite shooters and why?

I’m a big fan of Sally Mann. I love the large format shooting she did on glass plates, in the swamps and in the back of a suburban.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, the world’s most amazing street photographer. Jill Greenberg has the biggest balls in the world, period.

What has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

Traveling throughout Asia and South America with The Happy Hearts Fund organization and teaching kids how to take photographs.

What’s the soundtrack to your life and/or favorite music to listen to while editing?

Tribe Called Quest, Tom Waits, and School of Seven Bells.

What’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

I like hanging around Oak Cliff in Dallas, interesting stuff happens there all the time.

Best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? Or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

I would have to say Terilli’s on lower Greenville in Dallas, Texas. I’m waiting for the re-opening. I do miss that creamy Jalapeno soup!

Will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

My current favorite is called “Street Kids” shot while on location in Mumbai India. I really enjoy the expressions on these kids’ faces and the screw coming out of one of their toys.

Your favorite photo by another photographer?

Boy with grenade by Diane Arbus.

Has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

Definitely not. My wife and cats like to eat.

Do you have a favorite/lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I have a favorite camera bag and had a favorite assistant but she has now moved on to a career in graphic design.

What’s your sign? (We’re conducting a poll)

🙂 Aquarius

Who would you like to see interviewed by photopol.us next?

Jill Greenberg

©StephenDux

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DSVC March Meeting: Dallas Society of Visual Communications Welcomes Photographer Sandro *

Date – Wednesday, March 4, 2009

* Reception – 6pm | Meeting – 7pm * Location – Cityplace (get directions)

* Members – Free | Non-Members – $20 * Students – $10 (ID Required)

MARCH 4 —

Internationally known Chicago based photographer Sandro has been capturing moments with people for over 25 years. With numerous award-winning projects to his credit, he is one of today’s foremost photographers. He has photographed many special creative projects and national advertising campaigns with clients around the globe including Nike, Ambassador Scotch, BMW, Coca-Cola and the US Army. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphis, The New Yorker, Time, and ESPN Magazine to name a few. Sandro has three books currently in print and three more in the works including I can’t accept not trying (a collaboration with Michael Jordan), American Biker and Nudes on Plexi.

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Special thanks to the American Society of Media Photographers for their generous support.

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