December 6, 2019
Joshua Zucker-Pluda is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles and New York City. His work has been shown in the New York, Telluride, Venice, and Toronto International Film festivals and has been included in the esteemed Criterion Collection.
Most recently, he worked as second unit cinematographer for Alex Garland on his upcoming TV series DEVS for FX Network alongside Rob Hardy BSC, and Andrew Whitehurst. As a filmmaker, he has collaborated with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Sky Ferreira, Savages, Zola Jesus, Doug Aitken, and Jim Jarmusch.
After graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2001 with a degree in film production, Joshua spent the next several years ignoring common sense touring in punk rock bands. He then returned to film as a cinematographer working on commercials, music videos, narrative projects and documentaries.
Joshua currently holds a MFA in Cinematography from the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles and is a Director of Photography in the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600.
In this episode we chat about his formative high school years, his background in music and playing in a punk band. His aesthetics as a cinematographer, his personal photography practice, our experiences in film school, our mutual love of some of the same films and directors, and much, much, more…Enjoy!
Find Joshua on Instagram @hamletpowpowpow
and on his website:
November 21, 2019
Robert Spangle is a Los Angeles based photographer, but can be found traveling for 30 weeks out of the year photographing for the likes of GQ, Vogue, The Rake, and many others, as well as pursuing personal projects around the world.
In this episode we talk about his experience in the Marines with two deployments to Afghanistan, becoming an apprentice on Saville Row, and how he ultimately came to photography.
We also delve into why he shoots with the Leica MD system, what influences his style and personal aesthetics, and his ongoing projects exploring hyper-masculine roles such as matadors, fighters, and racers in the search for truth and spirituality.
There is so much good stuff in this episode and I hope you enjoy!
Find Robert on Instagram @thousandyardstyle
and on his website
November 10, 2019
Sean Conaty is an Emmy award winning cinematographer based in Los Angeles.
He has lensed a wide variety of work, everything from music videos and commercials to narrative feature films. His work has played at Sundance, Cannes, and Berlin.
In addition to his cinematography, he is also an accomplished photographer, exploring deeply personal themes in his work.
In this episode we dive into Sean’s background in philosophy and how it has influenced him as a filmmaker. How he approaches a project and some very creative ways of thinking. We also chat about his personal photography and how he brings that into his professional projects. We also get into some of the films and filmmakers that have influenced him as well as some of his personal interests outside of film and photography that keep him inspired and the creativity flowing.
I’ve admired Sean’s work for a long time and this chat was a real treat for me. He shares a lot of inspiring gems in this one and I hope you enjoy!
Find Sean on Instagram @seanpconaty
and on his website: https://sean.conaty.net
November 1, 2019
Matt Hranek is a man of many talents and many interests. He is a photographer, director, and as he says, an accidental author and accidental TV host. And now he is also the Editor in Chief of his own magazine, WM Brown. which just released their third issue for fall.
He’s also the author of the book, A Man and His Watch, and he’s the former style editor of Conde Naste Traveler among many other things.
But at the core of it all, he is a storyteller, and quite a great one at that. Matt’s energy and passion for the things he loves is contagious and I was really excited to sit down with him to and ask him about his photography, how he approaches storytelling, what excites him personally, and some of his upcoming projects, and of course Italy and his love of negronis. It was a real thrill to talk to Matt and I hope you enjoy!
Find Matt on Instagram @wmbrownproject
And WM Brown Magazine
October 24, 2019
Yolanda Edwards is the editor in chief of Yolo Journal, her gorgeous new travel magazine which I highly recommend you get your hands on. She is also the creative director of WM Brown Magazine, and she’s the former creative director of Conde Naste Traveler.
In this episode, she shares her experience in legacy publishing and what makes Yolo Journal a different kind of travel magazine. She shares her thoughts on what makes a good travel story and what make compelling travel photography, and much, much, more. Enjoy!
Find Yolanda on Instagram: @yolandaedwards
And Yolo Journal: @yolo.journal
And to subscribe to Yolo Journal Magazine
October 3, 2019
Nathan Fowkes is a veteran entertainment industry concept artist with credits on 12 animated feature films including DreamWorks Animation’s The Prince of Egypt, Spirit, several projects within the Shrek Universe, How to Train Your Dragon, and many others.
Additionally, Nathan has been sought after as a consultant for game studios to enhance the quality of their theatrical presentation. He has worked with numerous clients including Blizzard Entertainment, King, Disney Interactive, Riot Games, Ubisoft, Rovio and Supercell.
Nathan is also well known as a teacher of color, light and design; he is a regular guest lecturer at Art Center College of Design and has taught at The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and the Laguna College of Art and Design. He's the author of the bestselling book How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal and How to Paint Landscapes in Watercolor and Gouache. Nathan teaches online at Schoolism.com when his film production schedule allows.
Schoolism.com is offering you loyal listeners of the podcast a discount, with the promo code RITONDARO. Get $5.00 off (15% discount) for the first 6 months. (This is not a sponsored podcast and I have no affiliation with them, I just love what they do!).
Follow Nathan on his Instagram: @nathanfowkesart
And on his website: https://www.nathanfowkes.com
And his courses on Schoolism.com
His books on Amazon
September 5, 2019
Stephanie Draime and Eduardo Cerruti are a New York City based photography team, as well as life partners.
Coming from greatly distinct backgrounds, Eduardo is originally from Florence, Italy and Stephanie is a Mexican American who grew up in Hawaii, the two met in Florence in 2010.
They moved to New York City in 2014 and began to pursue photography together. The two photographers quickly noticed how perfectly they synced as a team and have been fully dedicated to their work since, traveling the world shooting for such clients as Cereal Magazine, Mr. Porter, Condè Nast Traveler, Suitcase Magazine and many, many more.
Find them on Instagram
and their website:
July 15, 2019
James Michalopoulos is a painter and sculptor, probably best known for his singular style, painting portraits of New Orleans shotgun houses and Creole cottages. James captures the spirit and essence of his subject in layer upon layer of thick impasto paint, brimming with color and energy.
Today he divides his time between New Orleans and Burgundy.
During a trip to France in 1990, he fell in love with Provence and the Burgundy region and bought a home near Cluny. The French countryside–with its Roman era stone buildings and verdant fields–has become a large focus of his work, grappling with notions of elemental biological life and the evidence of cohabitation with nature.
His artwork continues to be shown extensively in the U.S. and abroad, in museums, galleries, and private collections.
And if you visit New Orleans, definitely pop by his gallery in the French Quarter, as his large scale works need to be experienced in person.
In this episode, James shares a lot of his thought process and approach to art. We talk about some technique, finding one's style, and probably most importantly, finding your truth through your work. I got a lot out of this conversation and I hope you do as well.
and his Instagram page
July 2, 2019
David Zheng is a New York City based photographer. After eight years working in finance, he decided to leave his career to pursue a career in photography.
Shooting mostly black and white film, and being largely self taught, he sought further education at the International Center of Photography and studied under a Darkroom Master Printer.
In 2018, he traveled to Guangzhou, China to photograph his first series, which he then self published as his first book, titled Reveries.
David shares some great insights into his process and thinking in this episode and I hope you enjoy!
Find David on Instagram @iamdavidz
And on his website: http://davidzhengstudio.com
His book “Reveries” can be found here: http://davidzhengstudio.com/store/reveries
June 26, 2019
Originally from Georgia, Katie is a New York City based artist where she lives and works. She created Paper Fashion in 2009 as an outlet to share her artwork with the world.
Katie works on personal commissions and often collaborates with commercial clients, many in the fashion and beauty space.
In this episode she shares some great insights and advice on work habits, how she developed her style, navigating social media and client work, and much, much more.
Katie also recently released her own brand of art supplies which can be found here:
Follow her on lnstagram @paperfashion
and at her website www.paperkatie.com