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In this episode, celebrity photographer and Offcamera Host Sam Jones discusses the art of of storytelling, photojournalism, and how he manages to continually produce authentic conversations that seem to make the cameras disappear.


  • Creating the ultimate living black and white portrait of a person
  • How skateboarding and music impacted Sam’s childhood and career choice 
  • The push pull between responsibility and having fun we face as creatives 
  • The importance of a gut desire to do creative work 
  •  Why all creative careers have boring parts that 
  • How technology is fundamentally altering creative careers for better and worse
  • Influences and inputs that develop our style as artists
  • Lessons in storytelling through the lens of a photographer
  • Using the core of human experience to connect to people 
  • The multiple professions and roles that photographers take on to make their art
  • Learning to strip away the layers that separate the artist from the audience 
  • Seeing your set from the other side by becoming a patron of your art form
  • The “Matt Damon” filter for whether or not you have what it takes to succeed 
  • The craftsmanship that goes into incredible artistic achievement
  • Creating work that gets under people’s skin and stays with them


If you can talk somebody out of this thing they want to do in one conversation, they’re never going to make it. 

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Sam Jones is an acclaimed photographer and director whose seminal portraits of President Obama, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Bob Dylan, Kristin Stewart, Robert Downey Jr, Amy Adams, Jack Nicholson, and many others have appeared on the covers of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Time, Entertainment Weekly and Men’s Journal. He's also the host of the Offcamera,  a show created out of his passion for the long form conversational interview, and as a way to share his conversations with a myriad of artists, actors, musicians, directors, skateboarders, photographers, and writers that pique his interest.

Originally aired over 1 year ago.

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