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 Joe Cantor, short for his full name Jopanky Jones Cantor, is a freelance photographer.  Born and raised in Southern California, Joe became drawn to photography as an artistic expression at an early age.  The middle child of a Mexican American mother and Jewish father, Joe was exposed to art by his parents who encouraged alternative educational methods.  At the age of 12, he became intrigued by photography through Jane Fonda’s political/visual and performing arts summer camp, Laurel Springs in Santa Barbara, CA.  His connection to art also took him to work with local innovators like custom guitar maker John Carruthers "": and neon/plasma artist Larry Albright in Venice, CA.  Working for Larry Albright, Joe worked on art pieces for celebrities such as Michael Jackson and record producer Rick Ruben. Working as the house photographer at Los Angeles’s El Rey Theatre "": and as photo editor and staff photographer for local newspapers and magazines, Joe continued to take classes and workshops in photography.  He gained tremendous experience with the opportunity to learn from noted photographers Julia Dean and Norman Seefe "": and by producing a solo portrait project that highlighted farm workers in Coachella, CA. Some of those photographs were on display at the first Coachella music festival in Indio, CA. His ambition took him to New York City where he has assisted and studied with fashion photographer, Sheila Metzner, "": surreal photographer and installation artist, Sandy Skoglund, "": and has done freelance work with La Mega radio station and  Joe worked for Barbara Israel Garden Antiques "": in Katonah, NY photographing rare antique statues.  His work has been published in Town and Country, The Antique Magazine, and The New York Times.  His unique artistic perspective is always present in the work he produces for wedding and portrait photography.  Joe’s photographs elicit emotion and questions while inviting the observer to step into another’s world through subtlety and the details caught by his personal eye.