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Photographer Todd spoth poses for a picture in Chicago, Illinois.

Todd Spoth: “[Photography is] the only class I’ve ever failed in my existence”



An award-winning photographer based in Houston, TX, Todd Spoth has photographed U.S. presidents, Olympic athletes, and recording artists alike. Known as “Uncle Todd” to more than a few hip-hop artists’ families, Spoth has played golf with rapper Scarface and been doused in slime with NBA All-Star Chris Paul. Todd currently serves on the board of … Continue reading Todd Spoth: “[Photography is] the only class I’ve ever failed in my existence”


Frances Cha: “Books were something that consumed my life”



A former travel and culture editor for CNN International, Frances Cha grew up between the United States, Hong Kong, and South Korea. She has written for The Atlantic, The Believer, and the Yonhap News Agency, among others. Her debut novel, If I Had Your Face, follows four young women in Seoul’s underclass, “making their way … Continue reading Frances Cha: “Books were something that consumed my life”


Eva Holland: “Fear is essential”



In 2015, writer and Outside magazine correspondent Eva Holland was forced to confront the question: what happens when the thing you fear the most comes true? The daughter of a mother who lost her own parents young, Holland long feared the same would happen to her. Then, on a camping trip in northwestern British Columbia, … Continue reading Eva Holland: “Fear is essential”


Eternity Martis: “I had to survive”



Eternity Martis found that as a Black student at a mostly-white university, she learned more about “what someone like me brought out in other people than who I was.” From blackface to racial slurs, she chronicled it all in her debut memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun. A blend of personal stories and in-depth … Continue reading Eternity Martis: “I had to survive”


Alex Wong: “You’ve got to check your ego at the door”



A Toronto-based freelance writer and bestselling co-author of We The Champs: The Toronto Raptors’ Historic Run to the 2019 NBA Title, Alex Wong is among the most preeminent personalities in the NBA’s digital sphere. A former accountant, his path to journalism was an unconventional one, sparked by an early-career layoff. Now, Wong — whose work … Continue reading Alex Wong: “You’ve got to check your ego at the door”


Kiliii Yüyan (Part 2): “Let reality unfold before you”



In photographer Kiliii Yüyan’s work, he has drawn on both wilderness survival skills and empathy — qualities he deems “critical” for the projects he embarks on in extreme environments and cultures outside his own. “Human cultures are the most complicated things to understand,” he says. “Human culture is so rich. There’s so much to it.” … Continue reading Kiliii Yüyan (Part 2): “Let reality unfold before you”


Kiliii Yüyan (Part 1): “I never stayed put”



Storytelling has always been a part of Kiliii Yüyan’s life. As a young Chinese-American, his earliest stories came from his Nanai grandmother — stories of hunters riding orcas and roaming the seas. Today, a kayak builder, Nia Tero Storytelling Fellow, National Geographic photographer, and sought-after speaker, Yüyan explores the “human relationship to the natural world,” … Continue reading Kiliii Yüyan (Part 1): “I never stayed put”


Marc Hamer: “This is a small life”



Marc Hamer has lived a great many lives — from wandering the English countryside as a homeless teen to teaching creative writing to inmates. But it’s his latest chapter, that of an author and retired mole-catcher, that has sparked interest around the world. Hamer’s debut book, How to Catch a Mole, has been called “effortlessly … Continue reading Marc Hamer: “This is a small life”


Carla Funk: “Small towns do something to the imagination”



Carla Funk grew up in a place of logging trucks and God, pellet guns and parables. Every Sunday, she sat with her mother and brother in the same pew at the Mennonite church while her dad stayed home with his cigarettes and a fridge full of whiskey. Part ode to childhood, part love letter to … Continue reading Carla Funk: “Small towns do something to the imagination”


TOBi: “Everybody’s fighting a hard battle”



TOBi is having his moment. In the last four months alone, the Nigerian-Canadian singer-songwriter has been name-checked by the likes of Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx, and invited to Los Angeles to work on music with The Game. (“My fans are now your fans,” the Los Angeles-raised emcee posted on Instagram.) Add to that the … Continue reading TOBi: “Everybody’s fighting a hard battle”