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SNAPSHOT: The Luthiers - Pepe Romero Jr. And Keith Kifer

Airs Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

“The Blues Wizard,” Keith Kifer

Credit: Courtesy of Tim Mantoani Photography

Above: “The Blues Wizard,” Keith Kifer

On SNAPSHOT, explore the eclectic and often eccentric side of San Diego with photographer Tim Mantoani as he travels with his camera capturing the stories and pictures that make up this amazing part of the world we call home.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Tim Mantoani Photography

Photographer Tim Mantoani

Tim has an eye for telling a story in a single frame of film but there is so much more to every subject than just that memory captured in time.

Tim is excited to share his encounters, whether it’s interviewing a visionary surf board shaper or crossing the border to Tijuana to experience the unique world of Mexican wrestling.

Through Tim’s trained eye and engaging personality, we can learn more about the people and places that make the San Diego area so rich with culture.

"The Luthiers - Pepe Romero Jr. and Keith Kifer" - In the first episode, Tim brings two guitar makers together from two totally different worlds as he photographs luthiers, Pepe Romero Jr. and “The Blues Wizard,” Keith Kifer.

While Keith is an Ocean Beach icon, seen playing his handmade suitcase guitars on the streets of San Diego, Pepe is a descendant of guitar royalty making guitars from a small shop behind his grandfather’s home in Del Mar for the likes of Jack Johnson and Ben Harper.

Their processes might be different, but each shares a passion and very special gift for guitar making.

SNAPSHOT is a six-part series, that originally aired Thursdays, May 1 - June 5, 2014.

Episodes of SNAPSHOT are available for online viewing.

SNAPSHOT: The Luthiers - Pepe Romero Jr. And Keith Kifer

In this episode, photographer Tim Mantoani brings two guitar makers together from two totally different worlds as he photographs luthiers, Pepe Romero Jr. and “The Blues Wizard”, Keith Kifer.

Tim Mantoani: Behind Photographs on KPBS Evening Edition

Photographer Tim Manatoani talks to KPBS Evening Edition about his project and book, "Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends." (Published on Mar 9, 2012)

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