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Art & Life with Ibarionex Perello

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ibarionex Perello.

Ibarionex, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am a photographer, writer, and educator as well as the host/producer of The Candid Frame photography podcast. Over thirteen years ago while working as an associate editor for three magazines, I began the show which has featured conversations with some of the world’s best established and emerging photographers from all over the world.

What started off as a passion project led me to leave the corporate world and to begin a freelance career propelled by a large part by the podcast. It created a wealth of opportunities not least of which was the opportunity to interview and build friendships with some of my photographic heroes including Mary Ellen Mark, Sam Abell, Joel Meyerowitz, and many others.

It also resulted in my book-writing career in which I have published six books including my latest Making Photographs: Developing a Personal Visual Workflow.

The podcast has resulted in invitations to travel and to conduct interviews and workshops throughout the country as well as abroad in South Africa and Japan.

As well as working with a variety of non-profits as a photographer, I also am working on several personal projects including documenting the morning routines of families throughout the Los Angeles area.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am primarily a photographer whose interest revolves around street photography and documentary work. For the past 25 years, I have been working on a long-term project documenting Downtown Los Angeles, specifically Broadway. I have documented the evolution of area as a community that largely served the Latino and African American community to its newer transition shaped by development and gentrification.

My personal projects also include my exploration of caring for an elderly parent (my mother-in-law) and another series on the morning routines of young families.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
The financial challenges of being a freelance writer and photographer have increased. With advertising revenue decreasing, magazines are providing fewer opportunities for freelancers and what few opportunities there are compensated for less through the same work is required.

This is requiring for photographers and writers to diversify. Exploring audio, multimedia, podcasting and a host of other medium is providing newer opportunities, but with the challenge of promoting, funding and marketing them on your own. While good content is important, it’s learning how to promote yourself, and your working in a very competitive world is key.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My website is as well as

My most current photography work can be found on Instagram at @Ibarionex.

I am currently using Patreon for listener support of the podcast, The Candid Frame.

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