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SNAPSHOT: Loco For Lucha - Mexican Wrestlers

Airs Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Angel Blanco Jr. - The SnapShot teams goes on a fieldtrip to Tijuana, Mexico to meet up with Mexican Wrestlers. Luchadores are famous for their colorful costumes and host Tim Mantoani has long been fascinated with photographing these athletes.

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Damion 666 and Bestia 666

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El Cardenal

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Metamorfosis

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El Estudiante

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.

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.

"Loco For Lucha - Mexican Wrestlers" (no encore broadcast on Saturday) - Host Tim Mantoani heads across the border to Tijuana, Mexico where he discovers a new vibe around the familiar streets on and off Avenida Revolucion. Tim also takes in a night of Mexican wrestling. Luchadores are famous for their colorful costumes and Tim has long been fascinated with photographing these athletes. This Friday night match features Rudos on Rudos (bad guys versus bad guys) competing for the ultimate prize of revealing their opponents identity.

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 by Tim 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.

Did you miss the first five episodes? Watch them below now! Episodes of SNAPSHOT will be available for online viewing after each broadcast.

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SNAPSHOT: Loco for Lucha: Mexican Wrestlers

Above: SNAPSHOT host Tim Mantoani heads across the border to Tijuana, Mexico where he discovers a new vibe around the familiar streets on and off Avenida Revolucion. Tim also takes in a night of Mexican wrestling. Luchadores are famous for their colorful costumes and Tim has long been fascinated with photographing these athletes.

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SNAPSHOT: Paralympic Athletes - Rudy Garcia-Tolson & Blake Leeper

Above: Through Tim's work with Challenged Athletes Foundation he's met and photographed not just amazing athletes, but truly inspirational people. In this episode, Tim catches up with his old friend and Paralympic medalist Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a championship swimmer and the first athlete Tim photographed for the foundation. We also meet another Paralympic medalist and the man who hopes to become the first bilateral amputee to compete with able bodied athletes in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Blake Leeper.

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SNAPSHOT: AP Photographer: Lenny Ignelzi

Above: Lenny Ignelzi has been shooting for Associated Press as a San Diego based photographer for 40 years. Lenny sits down with the host of SNAPSHOT to pour over pictures from Lenny's historic career. From covering presidential visits, to historic fires, to shooting nearly every Padres game and Charger game for the last 35 years, Lenny has witnessed some of San Diego's most historic moments.

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SNAPSHOT: Tintype Photography And Civil War Re-Enactment

Above: Tintype portraits, popular throughout the 1860s and 1870s, have a unique place in photographic history. In this episode, the SNAPSHOT team discovers a Civil War re-enactment in Vista, the perfect avenue to highlight this special art form and for Tim to try his hand at making these one of a kind images. Tim takes his place amongst the soldiers to help the canon unit and he meets plenty of colorful characters along the way.

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SNAPSHOT: Surfboard Shaper - Jeff McCallum

Above: In this episode, photographer Tim Mantoani photographs local surfboard shaper Jeff McCallum.

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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.