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12 Questions: Dave Moser

Hi, I’m Dave Moser.

I shoot people and absolutely love the portrait!  People are endlessly fascinating and at times erratic-the ultimate puzzle and mirror. Our work is featured in ads, brochures, magazines, annuals, and websites worldwide!  After two decades of doing this I am still thrilled to drive by a billboard with my work on it!

I’m located in the Fairmount section of Philly and work out of my home studio. Although based in Philly, we spend most of our time on the road-not to say I wouldn’t love to do more local work!

I live with my beautiful wife Loretta, my exuberant daughter Ruby and lil’ Stevie our dog.

We haven’t had a TV in more than a decade; my family and I don’t like sitting still so we are out and about – hiking, rock climbing, going to live shows, eating at the many ethnic restaurants across the city, and visiting museums. When at home, my wife and I both love to cook, and although we’ve currently been eating more vegan, it’s certainly not exclusive. Additionally I try to meditate every morning.

I’ve got a very eclectic taste in music. I recently held my 17th annual “mix brunch” gathering where I invite a group of people to dine at my house and we trade mix CDs over brunch. It’s always interesting to see what everyone brings and to be introduced to new genres and styles.  This year I walked away with 15 new mixes that I am currently enjoying.

I’m honored to have received top awards in the past several years including: Graphis Photography Annual, International Photography Awards, Px3 Prix de Photographie Paris, Communication Arts, ASMP, and more. In the past year, I’ve also had a solo exhibition at Santa Bannon Fine Art Gallery, and am now represented in the Fine Art world by Santa Bannon. I am proud to recently have a photograph selected by Karen Marks of Howard Greenberg Gallery for the Center for Fine Art Photography Portrait 2017 exhibition.

Dave is principal of Dave Moser Photography. Contact him at:

Email: dave@davemoser.com
Web: www.davemoser.com
Blog: http://blog.davemoser.com

And now, the 12 Questions:

1. What kind of kid were you?

I was a big kid and really shy up until 7th grade when I made a conscious decision to change my shyness. By the 9th grade, I stopped caring so much about what others thought and it was so empowering for me. It allowed me to befriend a mix of kids from different groups and in a way eliminated the social barriers that exist within high school. I believe this helped shape my philosophy and ability to connect with individuals later on in photography.

2. What influences have shaped you?

Experiences and travel.

So many artists:

Painters: The German Expressionists, Andrew Wyeth, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly

Photographers: Nadav Kandar, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Eugene Meatyard, Josef Kouldelka, Dan Winters, Marco Grob, and Sandro

Musicians: John Zorn, Mark Ribot, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Krishna Das, Ludovico Einaudi, The Black Angels, Gabor Szabo, Dr. Dre, Ryley Walker, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Laswell and Burning Spear.

3. Ever done anything really dumb?

Yes!  How else does one learn?

4. How’d you learn to do what you do?

By doing it – taking thousands upon thousands of pictures – Put your camera on M, go take pictures, and I guarantee you’ll learn a ton.

Growing up, my father and other members of my family were serious amateur photographers- so I always had access to cameras. I distinctly remember being in Maine at a young age and waiting for the perfect wave to hit the shore with camera in hand. Just being present in the moment transported me, it was the first time that I was fully aware of, feeling with all senses without internal dialogue.  This place of timelessness, of transcendence, is something that still occurs while I’m shooting.

In high school, I did an internship with a father and son business who were family photographers. They were laughing all the time, taking naps sitting up at lunch, and just all around had a mellow environment. It made me idealize photography a bit. Years later, I realized that it was more a byproduct of the individuals that made the environment rather than the profession itself, a youthful oversight. I wasn’t wired the same way, but my need to stay active and focused actually benefited me and really shaped a dedication to the craft.

There were only three programs that offered degrees in Fine Art for Photography at the time I chose to go to college, and the instructors at the University of Dayton really connected with me. I received my BFA in Fine Art Photography with a minor in Art History there.

After graduating top of my class, I discovered commercial photography through assisting- a whole world opened and I loved it. It entailed problem solving, being active, and gaining access to places and people you normally wouldn’t have access to-different people and places everyday with no predictability-perfect!

5. What are you working on now?

I have been giving talks on a recent personal project, The American Housewife. Last year I picked up representation in the fine art world with the gallery Santa Bannon Fine Art due to this project. We are currently showing in “Power to the Portrait” and have quite a bit of upcoming shows.  It’s been exciting to return to my fine art roots and am now embarking on a new personal project that is still being defined – very exciting.

I am getting more commercial work based on my personal and fine art work.  I find this immensely rewarding and am excited to be able to apply my vision to such endeavors.

We recently wrapped a dream job, a multi-year commissioned national portrait series called Love Story. Originally slated to be a book, it is now a permanent installation in a prominent local collection.

On the commercial side, we just photographed Megyn Kelly for our sixth cover of Success magazine, completed a large spread for NJ Monthly on Veterans, and a national consumer campaign for a drug company.  For the national consumer campaign, I shot the stills and directed the video/motion. I am starting to work more and more in motion and it’s a very different animal. I’m diggin’ it.

6. Walk us through a typical day at work.

There is none! My days are not predictable and are dictated from an ever-changing list of priorities. If I have a shoot, I might be on location shooting all day. If I’m in the studio, I could be shooting as well or I’m behind the scenes doing the millions of things that need to get done from emails, phone calls, marketing, research, planning, etc. No day is the same, but I love what I do and I love that it’s different everyday.  I am fortunate to have an understanding family- when they come home in the afternoon they may find a note saying, “Be back in 3 days, in LA.”

7. Who do you love?

First and foremost, I love my family. I also love people, but this sounds trite without explanation. As I am photographing someone, particularly a portrait, I work hard to connect with the subject. As I learn about the subject and see them loosen up, reveal themselves without self consciousness, I begin to feel love. I know this sounds odd but it’s about connection and understanding. The more you feel you understand someone, not necessarily agree with them but understand them, the closer you feel. Often, as the shooting continues, people appear “younger” to me. It’s nothing short of intoxicating.

8. What are you passionate about?

Being fully present. Seizing the day. Raising my daughter.

I am passionate about exploring and learning about female culture, and the self-image influenced by media and society. Exploring the culture of “housewife” is simply a springboard into the Female American Culture, where my daughter and wife are so heavily influenced.  After seeing the documentary Ms. Representation, I too realized how much of the Kool-Aid I had drank.

All my work, even my commercial work, revolves around my desire to show and connect the audience with the dignity of the subject while creating understanding.

Travel – food – music – people – culture – nature – history – mythology – art – I’m generally just excited.

9. What are you proudest of?

My daughter Ruby – it’s fascinating and inspiring to watch her grow and cultivate her passions and interests. Our differences in passions have taken me to places I’ve never gone and her world has opened up an entirely new perspective that’s even trickled into my photography. It’s created a new way to relate to people – I can talk about unicycles, horseback riding, mythology, and even Justin Bieber. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in tea parties with American Girl dolls as well as learning about knitting, primitive weaponry and Apophis – the Egyptian God of Chaos.

10. Describe a great night out.

Taking a long walk to one of the many great restaurants in the city, ordering something I haven’t had before, seeing a show and then letting the night unfold before ending up somewhere and doing something that was not planned – a night full of surprises.  Recently my wife and I closed an after hours club dancing, something we had not done in years, and I loved it.

11. So what’s next for you?

I’ve been itching to start a new personal series and when a week opened up a few months ago, I shot three subjects for it and am up to five now.  There does not seem to be a unifying theme so far, but there is definitely a thread. I’m planning on including writing with this series, possibly from the subject point of view.  Some of this work ended up on the walls of a gallery only weeks after being completed. It feels so fresh and new. It’s invigorating.

Trying to balance personal work with a busy commercial schedule can be challenging but never fails to create momentum.

12. What will your epitaph say?

My will states cremation so no gravestone here but in a broader sense: a seeker, artist, friend, father, and lover.

12 Questions: Harry Giglio

Harry GiglioHi, I’m Harry Giglio.

I make still images, videos and TV commercials for corporations, universities, magazines, ad agencies and organizations.

I’ve been selected to the Communication Arts Photography Annual twice, PDN and numerous other trade awards. Most importantly however, my clients reward me with continued assignments for years and become friends…this is my most rewarding accomplishment.

I have a large studio in  Pittsburgh,Pa. but 85% of my assignments are on location.

I’m not really the type of person that that will go on and on about all the things I can do or what a great shooter I am. I figure you are all accomplished creatives and will see that in my work … or not. To be candid, I am the type of person that is much more interested in other folks as opposed to trying to get others interested in me.

You can contact me at www.harrygiglio.com or www.harrygiglioproductions.com.

And now, the 12 Questions:

1. What kind of kid were you?

I was a kid that always challenged the rules, helped anyone that was downtrodden and punched the bullies in the face.

2. What influences have shaped you?

The day i realized that the most important and powerful tool I have as a shooter is my personality.

3. Ever done anything really dumb?

No, even the very bad decisions taught me valuable lessons. Looking back i see that everything happened for a reason…to teach me… and I couldn’t have leaned life’s lessons any other way.

4. How’d you learn to do what you do?

My college training is in art and design. As far as shooting goes I learned that by looking at life around me and interpreting what I see and how I feel about it with a camera and lights. Over and over and over again…until it was worthy to show someone.

5. What are you working on now?

I just finished a portrait series on wounded veterans and presently I am beginning to start the prepro for 10 videos of accomplished alums from a prestigious business university.

6. Walk us through a typical day at work.

The only typical part of my day is drinking 3 or 4 cups of strong coffee. My days go where my assignments call me and by the needs of my clients.

7. Who do you love?

I love my wife, children, friends, family and the One that is the Lord of all.

8. What are you passionate about?

I can not tolerate abuse of any kind to people or animals. I try to find work that promotes that cause. Working with professional talent is nice but I am drawn to shooting non actors. I enjoy getting to know people, gain their trust, become their friend and guide them toward self expression on camera. People, their stories, their lives and their uniqueness fascinate me. I’ve learned that the I have the most success as a shooter and as a person by learning as much as I can about my subjects, clients and assignments. I strive to make images that show people what they don’t see.

9. What are you proudest of?

Never having to work for a living.

10. Describe a great night out.

Authentic Italian food, friends, good wine and getting home safely….and early.

11. So what’s next for you?

Finding more assignments that help people and benefit life. Using my abilities to tell stories in unique and emotional ways, make my clients look like heroes, and most importantly touch people and effect how they think and feel.

12. What will your epitaph say?

“I told you I was sick.”

12 Questions: Mark Gambol

Hello, I’m Mark Gambol.

IMG_2787_400pxI am a director of photography, cameraman, still photographer, director and producer, production manager and coordinator; but my biggest hat is that of a problem solver!

I graduated from Penn State in 1993 and started my career in 1994 for a small production company in Philadelphia. While there I was able to learn the ins and outs of production, production managing/coordinating and more specifically – camera work. I started MG Pictures in 2000 and I haven’t looked back. I’ve worked on hundreds of projects covering broadcast television and cable, Emmy-nominated television shows, documentaries, “reality tv”, professional sporting events, national news, and non-profit groups.

I surround myself with a other highly skilled and dedicated professionals to capture stories for a wide-range of clients. When I begin a project for a new client, I do a lot of listening.  I am interested in learning about who you are as a person and what your story is all about. I ask a lot of questions! Even in my personal life I want to know about the people around me.

My adventures and hobbies – both in and out of the production world – have taken me all over the world. I am an explorer, traveler and adventurer. I need to see every town, city, village, mountain, ocean, jungle or dessert that I can before I die for work and for pleasure.

You can read and see more about me and my company at www.mg-pictures.com or give me a call at 484-431-4824. I’d love to meet you and see if we can work together on your next story. Email works too! mark@mg-pictures.com

And now, the 12 Questions.

1. What kind of kid were you?

Athletic and adventuresome. Freshman year of High School introduced me to rock climbing and from that, the ability to handle extreme situations and believe in myself.

2. What influences have shaped you?

Of course my family and friends, but my high school physics teacher was and still is an amazing teacher outside of the classroom. And my mentor whom I met on my college internship at 6ABC here in Philly. She introduced me to a much bigger world filled with different races, religions and ideas. This suburban kid is forever in debt to her for what she showed me.

3. Ever done anything really dumb?

Of course! Who hasn’t? But I just can’t seem to make a great decision when it comes to buying cars… I don’t know what it is but it always frustrates me.

4. How’d you learn to do what you do?

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On the job training with a small company where I could get my hands dirty and make mistakes. Watching others do their job. Reading and watching movies and tv shows for inspiration. But I’ve also continued to learn and grow by hiring people who aren’t necessarily better at what I/we do, but those who do it differently and can show me a new way of approaching the same old shot. One piece of advice I’ve always tried to give someone just getting into the business is to “Learn what not to do.” I still live by that credo!

5. What are you working on now?

A series of spots/psa’s for Big Brothers/Big Sisters on becoming a mentor and getting back in touch with old clients to start working on new projects.

6. Walk us through a typical day at work.

I wish I had a typical day! I would love to “work” everyday but that isn’t the reality sometimes for a freelancer. So on those days when I am not on set I am working on finding new clients and projects or reaching out to old clients to touch base and see what’s new.

7. Who do you love?

I love my family and friends. My daughter and her friends. My straight friends and gay friends. As long as you are a good person there is plenty of room for you in my life. And if we don’t get along I promise to be open to your views, opinions and beliefs. I just like good people no matter where you are from.

8. What are you passionate about?

I could take the answer from #7 and put it here as well. But I find myself passionate about work and getting better at what I do. I love photography of all sorts. I love looking for a new adventure or place to travel. Finding out what is around the corner excites me. Trying to grill the perfect steak!!!

9. What are you proudest of?

Raising my daughter and being able to support my family while doing something I truly love for my career. I am proud of myself for reaching my goals and setting new ones every year. I don’t think people say they are proud of themselves enough. I depend on myself and my attitudes to get me through the good and bad. Be proud of yourself and stand up for who you are and what you’ve done.

10. Describe a great night out.

Grilling out for friends on the back deck on a warm night. However, I have grilled out in the snow for friends as well.

11. So what’s next for you?

The new seasons for “Awesome Adventures” and “Awesome Planet” will be starting in February. It’s a great show produced by Steve Rotfeld Productions here in the Philly area. I have been the DP for the past three seasons for these nationally syndicated shows. I’m getting my carnets in order and gear all packed for what promises to be another great year of adventure and travel in the US and abroad.

12. What will your epitaph say?

It wasn’t the right way, it wasn’t the wrong way… It was my way.

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Twelve Questions: Zave Smith

Zave SmithExuberant and poignant, philosophical and passionate, Zave Smith’s photographs capture the tangible pleasures and tactile experiences of life in close-up.  Raised and trained in the Midwest, now working out of Philadelphia and New York, Zave has a special feeling for personality that suffuses his work. See it at www.zavesmith.com

1. What kind of kid were you?

A bit of a nerd.

2. What influences have shaped you?

What drive me are my dad’s love of humanity and my mother’s drive. Several of my earliest memories include: The Diego Rivera Mural at the Detroit Institute of Art.  The song, “Susan” by Leonard Cohen.  A film about taking a train to Jerusalem and Robert Frank’s “The Americans”. Continue reading →

Interview: Bernard Cleff, Photographer

Bernard Cleff was a founder of the ASMP Philly chapter. He has shot for Fortune, Forbes, Cosmo and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His work has taken him from Altoona to China. Find out what he says an aspiring photographer should know about getting into the business.

Read the interview at http://www.asmpphilly.com/chapternews/2012/interview-life-member-bernard-cleff.

Thanks to our friends at ASMP Philly for this interview. Find out more about ASMP at http://www.asmpphilly.com/about-asmp.