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10 Questions: Bob Sala

Meet Bob Sala. You might have come across his work - cinematic 60s-70s ambient stills that remind you of your mother’s childhood (or for some, your own). His (portrait) images go beyond making a fashion statement on a particular era; they tell a story of society and culture.

10 Questions: Vittore Buzzi

Milan based photojournalist Vittore Buzzi's photography is fuelled by the search to understand and accept reality - which translates into an exceptional eye for capturing moments and stories.

10 Questions: Meg Umberger

When you view Salem based Meg Umberger’s work, you can’t help but to feel the warmth, and the tingling feeling of her passion for creativity.

10 Questions: Alex James

Alex James' work brings drama and cinematic atmosphere into life - making ordinary moments and landscapes extraordinary.

10 Questions: Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones' work is both honest and surreal to me; it evokes emotions that hit you deep down and leave an imprint.

10 Questions: Darina Stoda

Darina Stoda was born in Estonia - a place of forests and rivers straight out of folklore, and has since lived for many years in Norfolk (UK) surrounded by large wild spaces and ocean. Even though I’ve never been to Norfolk or most parts of the UK, when I see Darina’s work, I can almost smell and feel the crisp air - her dreamy approach to incorporating nature in her story telling is inviting.


10 Questions: Jakub Fabijański

What is very inspiring is Jakub Fabijanski’s work, which brings a kind of dreamy cinematic take to photojournalism that you can’t help but to fall in love, along with the people in his photographs.

10 Questions: Don & Helen Bringas

Based in Spain, Don & Helen document weddings all over the world. Don & Helen’s work speaks humour, spontaneity and most importantly, the emotional connection to a moment captured in their frame forever.

10 Questions: Jesus Caballero

Portugal based photographer Jesus Caballero, traded in a career as a biologist for photography. Trained professionally in photojournalism (even mentored by a Magnum photographer), Jesus skillfully combines lifestyle with photojournalism to give wedding a fine art visual voice.

10 Questions: Susann and Yannic

Berlin based photographers Susann and Yannic created a food blog “KrautKopf” 2 years ago to share their love on making good food during the off Wedding season (Winter months) and have not looked back since.

10 Questions: Danelle Bohane

Auckland based New Zealand photographer, Danelle Bohane, started photography when her grandfather bought her a camera when she was still young. From there it has been a journey of discovery inspired by her love of people, art and connections.

10 Questions: Jessica Tremp

Australian photographer Jessica Tremp shoots Weddings to pay her bills whilst also being an accomplished fine art photographer. With no formal training in photography, Haunting, poetic and mesmerising - with a strong narration and fluid energy - Jessica’s work draws you in, hungry for clues; wanting more.

10 Questions: Thierry Joubert

French photographer Thierry Jourbert blends childlike openness, and philosophical ideas of trace and sign, with a skill for telling other people’s stories. Unafraid of dreaming big - Thierry’s work showcases his mastery of light and the depth of human emotions.

10 Questions: Junebug

For those in the wedding industry, Junebug Weddings is a familiar name. Based in SeattleJunebug was formed in 2006 and is now one of the leading international wedding blogs. In this special interview with Junebug Weddings, we reveal what it takes to be the world’s leading wedding resource, and where Junebug predicts the Wedding industry will be in 10 years’ time.

10 Questions: The Eagle Hunters with Sasha Leahovcenco

Sasha Leahovcenco’s passion for documentary photography is evident through his personal work. Sasha’s Eagle Hunter work provides a striking sense of what it must be like living in those amazing landscapes and harsh conditions, and you feel their pride in keeping with their long standing traditions. Come read our special 10+4 Questions interview.

10 Questions: Yoris Couegnoux

Yoris Couegnoux's work showcases great skill in capturing light, combined with sensitive narration. His work transports you to a cinema set, as if you were watching a modern interpretation of a classic film.

10 Questions: Lilli Waters

Melbourne based photographer Lilli Waters' photos are widely exhibited and published. Her practice draws inspiration from nature; there’s a rawness and openness centred around female themes, and strong narration that leaves you wanting more.

10 Questions: Sam Hurd

Sam Hurd is well known in the photographic industry for his ‘prisming’ and ‘lens chimping’ techniques - and epic portraits series (of celebrities). Sam is not afraid to experiment. His works reflects a sense of experience, skills and maturity beyond his years yet it still has that freshness in it that is charismatically attractive.

10 Questions: Niki Boon

Niki Boon’s work marries fine art and photojournalism so delicately that the energy and spontaneity captured in her work transports you as if you had lived it yourself, viewing it now almost nostalgically. It’s a testament to what life should be when growing up.

10 Questions: Gary Lashmar

Gary Lashmar's work, commercial and personal, especially his street photography, is the proof of Gary’s passion in life, his unique point of view and approach to life - a style that he alone defines - and he shoots from his heart.

10 Questions: David Heidrich

David Heirdrich’s work reminds you of fairytale stories - art and emotion evoked by out-of-this world settings in ethereal light that David so perfectly and intricately captures.

10 Questions: Victor Hamke

When you look at Victor Hamke's work, you feel his sensitivity - his storytelling vision marries surrealism with documentary - a style so unique and poetic that it completely mesmerises you.

10 Questions: Clare Barker Wells

Clare Barker Wells' family and newborn work not only captures key moments but also the in-betweens artistically.

10 Questions: Cristina Venedict

Cristina Venedict's fine art captured our eyes - it  not only showcases her skills as a photographer, but her imagination and creativity. Her work is painterly,  poetic and romantic. 

10 Questions: Zalmy Berkowitz

Zalmy Berkowitz's artistic vision describes rhythm and movement amongst the chaos of life’s candid moments. His film work makes you fall in love with analog all over again.


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10 Questions: Zalmy Berkowitz


Berkeley based Californian photographer Zalmy Berkowitz, shoots film (only venturing into digital recently) is content photographing his life and the life of those around him. He makes it his goal to view the world with kindness and giving. Zalmy approaches his photography by working hard to ensure he is at the right place at the right time. Zalmy’s documentary work touches your heart and soul - you watch life unfold right in front of your eyes. He’s artistic vision describes rhythm and movement amongst the chaos of life’s candid moments. His film work makes you fall in love with analog all over again. For the rest like me, on a budget, we’ll have to make do with presets :p

(Zalmy's work was previously featured on Staff Pick post).

1. What do making images mean to you?

Well hello to you too :) I guess we’ll jump right in. I don’t really make images. I mean sometimes I do, but mostly I just take them. The thing I like most about photography is it’s honesty (compared to other visual art forms), and it’s ability to capture a real moment, like something that actually happened, and quite possibly would have happened without you being there to capture it. I appreciate other types of photography (and sometimes dabble in them myself), but it’s a completely different genre for me.

From "Out & About" series.

2. Where did you grow up and how did that play a part in your photography?

Well mostly in Southern California (Huntington Beach to be exact), though when I was 12 I moved with my mother to Brooklyn. I feel like I should say something profound here, but I really have no clue if and how that played a part in my photography. Honestly I barely remember my childhood. Anything before 10 is kind of a blur. Some random memories here and there…  I guess in some sort of strange irony, the lack of memories kind of drives my passion to document my own family. To make sure at least I (and they) remember their childhood (and my part in it). Besides for that I’m not really passionate about photography per se. I mean I enjoy it, and I appreciate it for what it is and what it can do, but it’s not something I can’t live without.


From "In & Around" series

3. There are a lot of professions out there - why be a photographer?

I’m decent at it, I enjoy it, and it (theoretically) pays the bills. Sheesh, these aren’t the answers I think you want… Besides for that it gets me out of the house (we homeschool our 5 kids so that’s sometimes nice :) ), it’s about people, and I’m my own boss.


4. What is your favorite non-photography pass time?

Learning, reading, hiking (again, theoretically), hanging out with my wife, playing legos or whatever the kids are into these day. Oh, and sleeping, mmmmm, sweet glorious sleep.


5. What are you reading now?

Unconditional Parenting by Alfi Kohn; Teach Your Own and How Kids Fail, both by John Holt; Various books on Jewish Philosophy; The Rebbe by Joseph Telushkin; The Revenge of the Baby Sat (Calvin and Hobbes).


6. Is/Are there any project(s) you wish you could do - or might do?

I assume you are speaking photographically? In the words of Yoda, “Many wish I do, few do I might.” I’d absolutely love to spend some time in Jerusalem and some other cities in Israel and photograph the life there. I spent many of my formative life there, 4 years as a student and another right after I married, though I only owned a camera for a small portion of that (an Olympus point and shoot when I was 15). It’s a fascinating place and ridiculously photogenic. Besides for that, I’m content photographing my life and the life of those around me. Maybe I’ll do a project about Jewish life in the Bay Area…

7. Do you shoot with your left or right eye?

Funny you ask. In Kabbalah it teaches that kindness and giving come from the right; while strength, strictness, and judgement come from the left. The world and the people in it are very interesting in that they very much reflect how we look at them. It’s a cruel world and it’s a beautiful world and the two aren’t always exclusive. Much depends on how we see it. To get to the point, I try very hard to view the world with my right eye. And yes, I shoot with my right eye as well :)


8. Who do you respect - in photography or elsewhere?

Gosh, this list could get long. At the risk of this sounding ominously like an acknowledgment chapter in the beginning of my non-existent (as of yet) book, I definitely need to list my wife, Estee Berkowitz. I’m not a fan of public love letters and this is not that. I seriously respect her devotion to looking at the world and at herself and seeing not what is wrong, but what needs fixing, and then going ahead and fixing that. And of course my spiritual leader and Mentor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Photographically speaking there are many contemporaries I admire. Alain Laboile for his way of capturing his family, and even more for living a life he believes in. Richard Israel does his own thing, and that’s rare. Hmmmm, I really admire the older NatGeo folks, especially William Albert Allard (I have like 3 or 4 of his books), and Sam Abel. I’ll stop there.


9. If you were to start all over again, is there anything you would do differently? Why?

Are we talking from like birth? I’d have a freaking diary so I’d remember stuff! Actually at no matter what age that is my biggest regret, not writing stuff down. I just started recently (again), but it seems like a hard habit to keep up. It’s new years so… :)


10. Where do you see yourself in 10 year’s time?

Running a holistic Jewish Day School in Berkeley. And an overnight camp. Still taking photos, but not professionally.

Bonus Q: Do you think the gear you use affects the way you photograph? Why?

Oooooh, I love bonuses (I always found it hilarious when I got a 110% on a test)! Yes. Very much yes. As outsiders (which most of us were before we got into photography) the industry pretty much dictates what our views of photos and photography is. When I first started there was “only one choice”, a DSLR. A box with a crusty viewfinder looking at a 2x3 cutout of the world. Then, upon shutter trippage, there was a sort of magical osmosis of light into 0’s and 1’s. It sucks you in and you get obsessed with sharpness and pixels, and beyond that you have all this information and you have no clue what to do with it. So you pull sliders this way and push them that way to get some sort of “retro” look or whatever it is you thought was cool at the time… Fast forward a couple of years (it’s a long story and there’s no need to bore you), and after working with film for a while you get to get a feel for what an image is “supposed” to look like, you get a love for the imperfect, the grain, the blur, the emotion. Along the way you climb out of that 2x3 box and look through holes and through rangefinders, through waist level finders, and through ground glass. You find the format that speaks to you the most, and you run with it. Or, in my case, keep on using everything. I’m giving digital another chance now (after a few years away), and, although I still like film better, and I’m still using that 2x3 DSLR, now I can see past it, and this paragraph is getting way too long.

My gear is always changing. With film I always had a couple of Nikon SLR’s and mostly used a 28mm on them, and some sort of 6x6 system with an 80 (and usually a 50). I tried pretty much everything south of large format (though I have a Speed Graphic fitted with a Schneider 12.5cm f/2 aerial lens for Instant Film). Now I also have a digital kit (giving it another chance after being away for a few years), a d750, d810, 20mm G, 28mm G, Sigma 35mm, and a 58mm G (not to mention all my older manual lenses). It works.

From Zalmy’s Field Notes:

When it comes to the choice of films, Zalmy shoots with whatever he can get his hands on - usually expired film. His favourites are discontinued Portra 160VC, 400VC and 400UC for colour, and Neopan 1600 for black and white. And the versatile Portra 400 for his wedding and portrait commissions. Zalmy has been developing (black and white negatives) and self scanning his film using his friends’ Frontier SP2500. These days, he sends them to Danny Goodman to develop and scan. And when he shoots with Digital, he uses the Mastin presets.

From "Camp Days" series (digital)

(About 3 frames from above were made on a digital camera)

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