|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. Mantoani’s credits include Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and ESPN The Magazine, as well as ad campaigns for Coca-Cola, EA Sports and Coors Brewing. Tim’s San Diego studio is not only full-service; it’s a near museum full of Americana—an easy place to hang out and conveniently located by the airport.
Today, when Tim’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, Guido Karp 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.
Tim’s enthusiasm for the medium of photography is undiminished by the changes he’s seen during his career. For him it’s not work so much as a mission: He sees the story there in each face, and in each place and lives to gives them voice through his work.
"I have had the amazing opportunity to work with many of the world's greatest photographers and feel it is exceptionally important to pass on the knowledge and information that others have so selflessly shared with me. Working with such workshops as the SSA gives me the chance to work with the next generation of photographers and help make the photography industry more united."