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

Airs Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: “The Blues Wizard,” Keith Kifer

SNAPSHOT is a half-hour magazine-style show that takes the KPBS viewer on a journey around the San Diego region, on assignment with professional photographer Tim Mantoani. Tim is famous for his portraits but what he loves more than anything is meeting new and interesting people. Being a professional photographer allows Tim to access a world that most of us rarely get to see. Nearly every day he explores exciting places and interacts with amazing people.

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 on Facebook, Instagram and you can explore the SNAPSHOT blog. Tim Mantoani is on Facebook, and you can follow @TimMantoani on Twitter. Visit mantoani.com to view photos and explore Tim's The NewsFlash blog.

SNAPSHOT is a six-part series, that originally aired Thursdays, May 1 - June 5, 2014, with encore broadcasts on the following Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. on KPBS TV.

Episodes of SNAPSHOT will be available for online viewing after each broadcast.

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

Above: 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.

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SnapShot Series Preview

Above: Take a journey around the San Diego region, on assignment with professional photographer Tim Mantoani. Tim is famous for his portraits but what he loves most is meeting new and interesting people. Through Tim's trained eye and engaging personality, learn more about the people and places that make the San Diego area so rich with culture.

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Tim Mantoani: Behind Photographs on KPBS Evening Edition

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