Category Archives: portraits

Esteban Schimpf

Esteban Schimpf portrait by Jim Newberry. Esteban Schimpf portrait by Jim Newberry.

I shot these portraits of artist Esteban Schimpf at his Highland Park, Los Angeles apartment last night. I met him a few months ago here in L.A., but it turns out we lived a few blocks from each other in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood in the early 2000s. Check out Schimpf’s work here.

Levi Ponce

Artist Levi Ponce in Pacoima, Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry. Artist Levi Ponce in Pacoima, Los Angeles, standing in front of a mural he painted of Cheech Marin. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Last weekend I shot portraits of artist Levi Ponce, in Pacoima, where he grew up and where you can find many murals he’s painted, like the one above depicting Cheech Marin. Check out more of his work here.


Mannequin head x-ray. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. August 16, 2014.


Black and white portrait of a woman on the Hidden Valley Trail in Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Jim Newberry.
On the Hidden Valley Trail at Joshua Tree National Park, July 20, 2014.



Aisha, July 7th, 2014, Highland Park, L.A. I love shooting night exterior portraits.

Surfnista and Nick Gabaldon Day

Surfer Mimi Miller at El Porto Beach. Photo by Jim Newberry.

For a new project I’ve been photographing members and friends of the Black Surfers Collective. Here are the latest pictures, shot a couple days ago at El Porto Beach, of  the effervescently charismatic Mimi “Surfnista” Miller .


Tomorrow, Saturday June 14th, the BSC is celebrating Nick Gabaldon Day at “The Inkwell” (beach at Bay St.) in Santa Monica. Gabaldon was one of the first surfers of color in California. Events included free surf lessons, screening of the Gabaldon documentary 12 Miles North, and a visit from L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. More info about the event here.

Adam Rifkin Makes a Movie

Adam Rifkin photographed in Los Angeles by Jim Newberry. Adam Rifkin photographed in Los Angeles by Jim Newberry.

A couple weeks ago I shot some portraits of my friend Adam Rifkin, whose documentary film “Giuseppe Makes a Movie” debuts this Saturday night at the LA Film Fest.

Frankie Knuckles, Rest In Peace

Frankie Knuckles at the turntable. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Brilliant Chicago house music trailblazer Frankie Knuckles died Monday, more details reported to be coming Tuesday. I was fortunate to to meet him at his home on my birthday in 2003, to photograph him for a Remix magazine cover.