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SNAPSHOT: Surfboard Shaper - Jeff McCallum

Airs Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Jeff McCallum, surfboard shaper

Credit: Courtesy of Tim Mantoani Photography

Above: Jeff McCallum, surfboard shaper

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.

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.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Tim Mantoani Photography

Jeff McCallum with his dog Kimbo and surfboard.

"Surfboard Shaper - Jeff McCallum" - In this episode, photographer Tim Mantoani photographs local surfboard shaper Jeff McCallum. Jeff is an artist, entrepreneur and modern day visionary in his field.

Tim investigates the rich history of shaping in San Diego that has been passed down from mentor to student, while documenting Jeff's process of shaping and glassing a surfboard as it evolves into a rideable work of art.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Tim Mantoani Photography

Close up of Jeff McCallum's hands with tattoo "Hand Made."

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


Did you miss the other episodes? Watch them below now! All episodes of SNAPSHOT are available for online viewing.

SNAPSHOT: Surfboard Shaper - Jeff McCallum

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

SNAPSHOT: Loco for Lucha: Mexican Wrestlers

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.

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

Through Tim's work with Challenged Athletes Foundation he's met and photographed not just amazing athletes, but truly inspirational people.

SNAPSHOT: AP Photographer: Lenny Ignelzi

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.

SNAPSHOT: Tintype Photography And Civil War Re-Enactment

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.

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.


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