Tom M Johnson is a fairly recent west coast transplant to the city of Pittsburgh. A native of East Los Angeles, Tom has been a compelling editorial and advertising photographer for decades and has had his work featured both nationally and internationally. We talk about his earlier paths as a ballet dancer and model – both of which provided much needed empathy in his work on this side of the lens. Tom discusses his perspectives on favorite cameras, the beauty of imperfections, why quiet surprises resonate most and how most of his work is a form of portraiture. And while he is drawn to the rich Pittsburgh textures on display in our myriad neighborhoods he also articulates why the beaches of his youth don’t suck. It’s an engaging dialogue with a man who daily absorbs the world around him with an eclectic and discerning eye.
Doug takes us inside Wall-to-Wall Studios to discuss their design processes along with his own personal practice that often fuses his myriad and considerable graphic design skills with his passion for politics, family and particularly, music, which has lead to a variety of great collaborations with bands that he has admired.
Jeff Carpenter will challenge you. His mission is to challenges the norms of what a "theater experience" can be by taking all of your senses on a journey of immersion, adventure and mystery. The founder of the Bricolage Production Company talks about his beginnings as an actor, how he came to form Bricolage in Pittsburgh, the partnership with his wife Tami, who is the Producing Artistic Director of Bricolage and an accomplished actor in her own right, and how he sees the cultural arts community in Pgh evolving.
David has been a veteran of the Pgh advertising industry for 30 plus years and he has seen and heard it all. He outlines his process of working with colleagues of all stripes, particularly writers. He takes us through agency life with a keen eye and sharp wit - including his perspective on the Ketchum heyday and subsequent fall. An engaging and truly funny man, he also takes us on his quest to become a New Yorker Cartoonist and the tenacity required to pursue that path.