The Mountain West: TV Spot

I am excited to share the TV spot we shot, directed and edited in conjunction with Caught Looking and The Mountain West. Chris Park did an amazing job with the post production. Keep an eye out, it will run the entire season.


Mountain West Class of 2013: Where are they now?

Last year we had the chance to shoot some print work with Loma Media for The Mountain West Conference. I took a peek and found out that 16 Mountain West players were drafted into the NFL for this season. I wish these guys the best and look foreword to watching them this season.

More soon on this years Mountain West shoot and the TV spot we shot and produced.

Derek Carr, Fresno State/Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr, Fresno State/Oakland Raiders

David Fales, San Jose State/Chicago Bears

David Fales, San Jose State/Chicago Bears

Marqueston Huff: Wyoming/Tennessee Titans

Marqueston Huff: Wyoming/Tennessee Titans

Nat Berhe: San Diego State/New York Giants

Nat Berhe: San Diego State/New York Giants

Weston Richburg: Colorado State University/New York Giants

Weston Richburg: Colorado State University/New York Giants

Charles Leno, Jr.: Boise State/Chicago Bears

Charles Leno, Jr.: Boise State/Chicago Bears


I am honored be involved and speaking at ARTExpo LIVE. Things kickoff next week.

ArtExpo LIVE : Thursday JUN 26 : 5:30-8:30PM : Wonderbread Factory Floor 2

Join artists, designers, advertisers and great friends for an intimate night of creative discussion about the DIY projects of John Purlia / Nicole Waszak and Tim Mantoani featuring a lively panel discussion. This free event will introduce #ArtExpoSD taking place during #ComicCon July 24-26 and feature prizes, networking and many area artists. (historic Wonderbread Factory located at 121 W 14th Street)

For more info, check out

Loco for Lucha - SnapShot in Tijuana

Our final episode of SnapShot is running on KPBS, we traveled to TJ to shoot some Luchadors! I have been shooting Mexican Wrestlers for several years and we hit the Friday night matches to take in some action. 

We also caught up with some of the famous "Zonkey" photographers on Revolution and learned a bit about their history.

SnapShot will continue running for the next six weeks on KPBS. You can also find the episodes on our site


SnapShot: Episode 5: Paralympians: Blake Leeper and Rudy Garcia-Tolson

I have been shooting photos for The Challenged Athletes Foundation in San Diego for close to 20 years. Two of my biggest heroes are runner, Blake Leeper, and multi event athlete, Rudy Garcia-Tolson. Rudy was the first athlete I photographed for CAF when he was seven.

Watch, be amazed, be inspired. You can see our other episodes at

SnapShot: Episode 4, Photographer Lenny Ignelzi

Lenny Ignelzi has been working for The Associated Press for almost 40 years in San Diego and has covered just about every major news and sporting event in town. Take a look at Lenny's amazing photographic archive that includes 36 seasons covering The San Diego Padres and The San Diego Chargers.

We also pull out the big gun and shoot a 20x24 Polaroid portrait of Lenny. Special guests this week include Trevor Hoffman and photographer Michael Zagaris. 


SnapShot Episode Three: Civil War Tintypes

We are into our third week of our TV Show, SnapShot on KPBS. Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback and for watching. This week we visit a Civil War re-enactment in Vista, and learn about tintype photography from collodian artist, Will Dunniway. I took Will's workshop a few years back and find the process of wet plate photography amazing. SnapShot airs Thursday at 8:30 PM on KPBS. You can also watch episodes on or on Apple TV with the KPBS app.

SnapShot debuts on KPBS

We have been working for months on our new TV series, SnapShot, that debuted last night on KPBS. Our first episode featured Tim photographing and interviewing two San Diego luthiers, Keith "The Blues Wizard" Kifer and Pepe Romero Jr.

Join us over the next 6 weeks as we photograph and visit some of San Diego's most interesting artists, musicians, athletes and craftsmen.

You can view episodes via the Apple TV app or on KPBS on Thursday nights at 8:30.

The Blues Wizard, Keith Kifer at Sunset Cliffs

The Blues Wizard, Keith Kifer at Sunset Cliffs

Pepe Romero Jr.

Pepe Romero Jr.

Kyrie Irving for EA Sports

It was an honor to photograph Kyrie Irving for the new NBA Live 14 cover for EA Sports. The shoot took place in Cleveland, Ohio. This image was part of a series for the new Xbox One and PS4 gaming platforms. The other two covers we shot were Leo Messi in Barcelona for FIFA14 and Adrian Peterson in New York for Madden25. 

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Lumiere Brothers Center For Photography, Moscow

My show in Russia is coming to a close next week. Thanks so much to the staff at The Lumiere Brothers Center For Photography in Moscow for showing 100 images from Behind Photographs. I would also like to thank the US Embassy for helping to bring me and this project to Russia.

If you are in Moscow and a fan of photography, this place is a must!

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Messi for FIFA14

With the Xbox One and PS4 platforms rolling out for the holidays, you will be seeing our photo of Leo Messi everywhere. The shoot took place in Barcelona and while very quick was one of the most memorable shoots of the year.


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Remembering Editta Sherman

Editta Sherman was 98 when I photographed her for my book. She was a smart and kind woman. Editta brought in her 1952 photo of Bela Lugosi that she made of him in her legendary Carnegie Hall studio. On a later trip to New York, I was able to visit Editta at Carnegie Hall during on one of her final days occupying the space.

Here is a photo of the two of us with Editta's portrait of Andy Warhol. I was fortunate enough to aquire an original print of this Warhol image from Editta, an image that is cherished and hangs in my studio.

Editta passed away this month at the age of 101, she will be missed.

Here is a link to here story on NPR.



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My First Camera - Foto Hits Magazine, Germany

A few weeks back I was asked to submit an interview and a few photos of my first camera for Foto Hits Magazine in Germany. 

I am pictured here with my Olympus OM-2 that I bought of my buddy, Jeff Renati's Grand Dad, for $50. The other image on the top right shows my first 110mm minus the "Flip Flash". You have to love that camera strap!

The portrait of me is by our studio's own "Boston Zach" Barron shot on our Phase One P45. How times change. 

Shirt pictured: Line Shot from


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Several years ago I thought it would be fun to start up a small apparel company that was inspired by photography. Thinking the name "SNAP!" would be cool, I applied for the trademark and as expected found myself in line behind several others that were seeking the mark. Over the course of five years, one by one the others fell out of line, failing to register the mark and eventually the SNAP! became available. 

Here are some samples of our first line of gear, custom designed by some of my favorite artist and friends.


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