The Leica File: Nineteen

“Bikes up Guns down.” Somewhere near Little Haiti. When people ask me about photography I often speak about spacing. Spacing is the key to everything I attempt to do with a camera. I love the 50mm, and the 50 works … Read More

Just Listen: Phil Chipman, What is Art?

Phil Chipman is my neighbor. Retired engineer. Guitar player, surfer, artist and building of things like an electric car. Yes, he built an electric car in his garage. I wish I could bottle his energy and airdrop it on art … Read More

Print: “Havana” by Clay Lipsky

I dig Clay. Yes, did the interview, one of my first at Shifter. Clay is a photographer and designer, a successful one, but what I really like about him is he makes things. If you were to ask “Hey, have … Read More

PRINT: Jack Sonni’s Gatherings

Gatherings: Recipes from the Rustic Soul of Healdsburg is a project from writer Jack Sonni. What happens when you throw food, wine, cool people and a great location together? I know, you get this book, or books as you can … Read More

The Leica File: Eighteen

Drifting in the morning swell. The diesels have stopped. Your body, in tune with being on a boat, stirs when something starts or stops. I wake and right there is the rescue chopper stalled overhead. The portal glass is thick, … Read More

JUST LISTEN: What is Art? Michael Robinson Chavez

Michael Robinson Chavez is living proof of the quality of work that emerges from the modern, newspaper journalism world. Not to mention he’s just a cool guy to be around. His piece on “La Riconada,” the highest city in the … Read More

PRINT: Andrew Kaufman, My Ceylon

What you have here is a book based on a journal. First you need to travel to the location you so desire. Then you make your work. Then you make your journal. Then you design your journal book in the … Read More

PRINT: General Thinker by Remo Giuffre´

I’ve written about Remo before, and also mentioned his book, but here is a bit more detail in regard to the publication itself. My first rule about books is how they make me feel. This book makes me feel like … Read More

PRINT: Silver Prints from the Americas

My return to the darkroom has been profound. There is no other way to describe it. The dark cuts through the bullshit of photography, the mind games one plays, and reduces your entire photographic life down to a few, measly … Read More

JUST LISTEN: St. Thomas

It goes like this. Ship to line. Line to bus. Bus to destination. Fun. Destination to bus. Bus to line. Line to ship. More fun. The Tropics are so seductive. When you cut through the tourism angle you are left … Read More

Print: Eye Occupy by Garry Trinh

Garry Trinh is an artist who uses photography to make his point. I did an interview with Garry you can listen to here. Garry sees things that you and I don’t. It’s that simple. He is the nearly invisible type, … Read More

Just Listen: What is Art? Paul Gero

Paul Gero is a long time friend. Photographer. Reformed journalist, but you can still see that life bubble up when he makes portraits and films. Sponsored by Sony now.

Print: “Apparatus” by Lawrence Fodor

Larry Fodor is one of those guys that drives me crazy, in a good way. I’ve interviewed and featured Larry on the site before, and I’m sure I will again. He’s an artist and bookmaker and is incredibly inspiring. I’ve … Read More

JUST LISTEN: Porterville, California

If you haven’t been to the California Central Valley, well, I’m not sure what to say. You’ve been there. I’m sure of it, but perhaps not physically. You’ve eaten it. Fruit, vegetables, you know that stuff that grows out of … Read More

Print: Maggie Steber’s Rite of Passage

This is one of those incredible books that stayed with me LONG after I’d finished viewing. I was recently in Miami and was able to meet up with long-time idol and uber-human Maggie Steber. I didn’t even know she made … Read More