Tim Mantoani remembers the moment he first held a 35mm camera in his hand and raised it to his eye to take a photograph of his high school counselor. His love of image making drew him to Brooks Institute of Photography, where he specialized in advertising photography. After graduation he became studio manager for renowned photographic educator Dean Collins. He opened his own San Diego studio in 1995. Mantoania’s credits include Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and ESPN The Magazine, as well as ad campaigns for Coca-Cola, EA Sports and Coors Brewing. When Mantoani’s not shooting on assignment, he’s documenting venerable lens men who have collectively captured decades of culture and celebrity with their own cameras. Legendary rock photographers Jim Marshall and Ethan Russell have sat for 20 x 24-inch Polaroid portraits, as have Walter Iooss, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Pete Turner, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt and Roberto Salas. He sees the story in each face, and in each place, and lives to gives them voice through his work.
Photo: Ben Lowy
On November 19,2012 Foley Gallery will be hosting a benefit to support relief efforts for those in the New York City area that have been most affected by Hurricane Sandy. Orgainzed by Michael Foley and photographer Wyatt Gallery and curated by Jun Lee, the event will include iPhone photographs from renowned contemporary photographers Ben Lowy, Ed Kashi, Wyatt Gallery, Stephen Wilkes, Ruddy Roye, Hank Willis Thomas, Michael Christopher Brown, Craig Wetherby, Sam Horine, Stanley Lumax, Erica Simone, Nicole Sweet, Dylan Chandler, Yosra El-Essawy, Brent Bartley, Lyle Owerko, Duffy Higgins, and Varenka Ruiz. Photos will be sold for $50 with all proceeds going to benefit Occupy Sandy and Alison Thompson’s Rockaway Relief Center. More details can be found on the Foley Gallery Facebook page.