The Phoblographer is a website that explores the psychology of photographers as they do their work. It also offers reviews, tips, tutorials and news from a lifestyle point of view. The site explores the photography world and pop culture’s effects on the art form.
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Chris Gampat- Editor in Chief
Chris Gampat is the founder of The Phoblographer and he manages all of the daily tasks. He has worked for a large number of publications on the web and spent some time at both Magnum Photos, and B&H Photo Video. He specializes in content development and Social Media marketing campaigns for the creative industry. Chris is a former paparazzi, portrait photographer, wedding photographer, and photojournalist. These days, he’s primarily a photo editor.
If you’d like to contact Chris or are more interested in how he can help you, promote/review your product, contact him at ChrisGampat[at]thephoblographer[dot[com. Chris lives in the NYC area and is always happy to work with new vendors.
Anthony Thurston- Curation Editor
Anthony is an internationally published photographer and writer based in the Pacific Northwest. Specializing primarily in boudoir photography, Anthony also appreciates a variety of other photography genres including sports, nature, and lifestyle. He currently resides in Oregon with his wife, Brittany, and two children, Michael and Noah. …And his Fuji X-Pro2.
At the Phoblographer, he handles and works closely with the news and culture team.
He can be reached at AnthonyThurston[at]thephoblographer[dot]com
Mark Beckenbach- Copy Editor
Mark began photographing in earnest in 2006. He has exhibited in New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He is a founding member of Camera of the Month Club, and a member of NYCSPC: two New York City photography groups that host open monthly meetings, exhibits, and publications. Mark’s focus is on street photography and he makes pictures with a Yashica p&s and a Bessa R3A. Some of his work can be found on Instagram under the name hussshhh. He currently resides in Manhattan’s Chinatown with his fiancé and they are expecting their first child in December.
Robin Wong- News and Culture Writer
Robin Wong is a blogger and photography-enthusiast based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A fun fact: Robin was previously a practicing Civil Engineer who quit his job to pursue his passion in photography. Robin is an active photography product reviewer of primarily Micro Four Thirds system, and is renowned for less technical and more user-experience and photography heavy approach of his reviews. Robin boldly claims that having fun is the most important thing to do in photography, and has coined the phrase “shutter therapy” which simply means having an enjoyable time doing a photo walk with your camera. Robin shoots mostly street photography, but also dabbles in insect macro, landscapes and sometimes portraits. You can easily spot Robin on the streets of Kuala Lumpur in the weekends doing shutter therapy either by himself or with a group of friends.
Robin can be reached at RobinWong[at]thephoblographer[dot]com
Daniel Schaefer: Phoblographer Academy Coordinator
Daniel Sawyer Schaefer is an NYC based Photographer, Writer, and recovering magician. From photographic pursuits as simple as portraiture, or complex as long term documentary projects, to custom tailored photo workshops, Professional grade camera sales and even as far as the Zombie Apocalypse. Inherent Narrative is the driving force in all of Schaefer’s creative pursuits.
At the Phoblographer, he manages and coordinates workshops and all educational incentives.
Daniel can be reached at DanielSchaefer[at]thephoblographer[dot]com
Xavier D. Buendia: Contributor
I was raised between Mexico City and Barcelona; from an early age food became a huge part of my life. My grandma would tell me her recipes while cooking to keep me entertained while my father would do the most amazing Mediterranean cooking on the weekends.
Years later I would cook for my friends in high school. That early passion for food led me to a 15 year career in the catering industry; first as a chef, then as a sommelier after finishing my studies in Food and Beverage management.
I travelled half of the world working at top restaurants, hotels and country clubs. But it all gradually stopped when in 2009 I moved to South East England. Soon after arriving, my interest in the service industry faded and was replaced for one of my other life time passions… photography.
It was worth the efforts when I realized I could combine both interests and passions and turn it into a business. Now I make delicious food pictures as a full time food photographer. I won an award, I get to write about food and wine and the best thing is that I’m always working with incredibly talented and equally passionate chefs and restaurateurs.
Check out Xavier’s website.
Chris Voss: Contributor
Chris Voss moved to Brooklyn from Oakland, CA in 2013 to pursue his dream of shooting in the streets and spaces of NYC. He uses exclusively film cameras including the Yashica T3, Pentax K1000, or anything that is not broken at the time. He has an intense love for New York City and all who has roamed it with cameras before him.
Check out Chris’s website.
James Moreton: Contributor
I live in rural Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland and have been shooting film for the last 10 years. Building a permanent darkroom in my house has been the last piece of the puzzle. I am deeply interested in personal documentary photography and I’m obsessed with photobooks – and coffee.
For me photography is a very personal form of self-expression and an interesting way to jog the memory. Photography is a vehicle that lets me to look at subjects in detail, provokes my own thought process and lets me reflect on past experiences.
Tracie Jean Maglosky: Contributor
Tracie Maglosky is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer living in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. Her studio is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati’s Brewery and Arts District in Over the Rhine. As a distinguished member of the Visionary Program for Olympus Imaging America, Tracie was the first female Trailblazer brought on to the Olympus team, shortly after, promoted to Visionary. Tracie travels frequently to present her photography, off-camera flash and studio lighting techniques for weddings and portraiture along with proven business strategies at WPPI, PPE, Imaging USA, Click Away and more.
Tracie has been published in PDN, Rangefinder, Shutterbug, Digital Imaging Reporter, Digital Photo Pro, Professional Photographer Magazine, Photo Life, Photographer’s Forum and Venue Magazine. 2015 Winner of the Best Portrait Photographer in Cincinnati and 2012-2016 Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award. Tracie was chosen by Clear Channel as the official photographer for iHeartRadio as lead photographer for their iHeartRadio campaign and the Cincinnati Bell/iHeartRadio Fireworks. She continues to give back to her community by donating her time to a number of charity organizations, such as The Sister Accord, William S. Olson Make-a-Wish Foundation and Lakota Schools.
A busy mother of three boys, Tracie has a passion for weddings and capturing the moment…”because it only happens once.” She has never met a stranger and continues to celebrate the beauty of the world through every captured moment with her lens.”
Jamiya Wilson- Contributor
Jamiya Wilson is a portrait photographer residing in New York City. For over a decade, he has created compelling imagery with simplicity being the driving force behind his style. Renown for his photographs of women, his use of skillful composition and a mastery of light has made him a sought-after image maker. A diligent student of the craft, his goal is to create timeless and iconic photographs while always striving to push himself farther than the day before.
Nathan Hostetter: Contributor
Kansas born, and living in Los Angeles, I am a freelance photographer focusing on portrait and event photography. I have always loved photographing people; whether it’s a model, a couple, or just people in every day situations, there’s always a new story to tell. While mobile photography has always been a hobby of mine, I picked up my first DSLR in 2014 before taking a trip to Israel.
A big reason I got into photography was to escape music. I’ve been a musician and a song writer since high school, but that industry has plenty of highs and lows. I was going through a bit of a personal crisis with my music and where it was (and wasn’t) going, so I borrowed a 5D and left the country.
Today I spend most of my time behind the lens working on fashion shoots, engagements, and the occasional small wedding. I love looking for new perspectives on the same old shots and always exploring new techniques. Check out my website.
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