#34 Matthew Pandolfe- Fashion Photographer, Web3 & Luxury Consultant | Rocklaz Radio | Tanmay Shah

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Matthew Pandolfi, a New York City-based fashion photographer, discusses his journey in the fashion industry and the importance of collaboration. He shares stories of glamorous moments and challenges in the industry. Matthew also talks about his transition into Web3 and the potential it holds for the fashion industry. He highlights the need for access to education and the democratization of the industry. Matthew emphasizes the importance of imagination and innovation in shaping the future of fashion. The conversation covers topics such as size inclusivity in the fashion industry, pricing for freelancers, exhibitions, building communities, and the process of being a fashion photographer. The guests discuss the challenges of size inclusivity and the need for systemic change in the fashion industry. They also share tips for freelancers on pricing their services. The conversation delves into the experience of participating in exhibitions and the importance of community building. The guests highlight the significance of collaboration between brands and communities in the Web3 space. They also touch on the process of being a fashion photographer, including pitching ideas and collaborating with teams. In this conversation, Matthew and Tanmay discuss various topics, including living in New York, photography, NFTs, and digital luxury. They also touch on the challenges of onboarding non-crypto people to Web3 and the importance of community in the NFT space. Matthew shares his favorite fashion brands and offers advice on learning from failure. The conversation ends with a discussion about their bucket lists.In this episode of Rocklaz Radio, Tanmay Shah and Laura Grinbarga discuss books and podcasts they have read and listened to. They share their favorite podcasts, such as Akimbo and Freakonomics, and talk about the benefits of reading digitally and listening to audiobooks. They recommend books like The Artist’s Way, Big Magic, and The War of Art for creative inspiration. They also discuss the importance of finding the right time to read and making notes while reading. The conversation touches on spirituality in art and the impact of books like The Alchemist and Siddhartha. They also mention books on negotiation and personal development, such as Think and Grow Rich and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, including book recommendations, favorite genres, and spiritual and philosophical discussions. Some of the recommended books include ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear, ‘The Warrior’s Apprentice’ by Lois McMaster Bujold, ‘The Silver Metal Lover’ by Tanith Lee, ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Bhagavad Gita’ by Shri Shri Ravishankar, and ‘Business Sutras’ by Devdutt Patnayak. The conversation also touched on the importance of finding balance and substance in the content we consume.


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00:00 Introduction and Background of Matthew Pandolfi
06:00 Discovering a Passion for Fashion Photography
10:49 The Importance of Collaboration in Fashion Photography
32:15 Challenges and Glamorous Moments in the Fashion Industry
39:15 Systemic Issues in the Fashion Industry and the Need for Change
44:25 Size Inclusivity in the Fashion Industry
48:06 Pricing for Freelancers
59:07 Exhibitions and Showcasing Work
01:09:10 The Process of Being a Fashion Photographer
01:14:14 Living in New York: The Best and Worst
01:15:09 The Power of Community in the NFT Space
01:18:21 Onboarding Non-Crypto People to Web3 and NFTs
01:19:24 Exploring the World of Digital Luxury
01:23:43 Learning from Failure: A Key to Creativity
01:30:07 Favorite Fashion Brands and Art Events
01:32:55 Bucket List: Beijing and London



• Collaboration is a key aspect of fashion photography, involving a team of professionals such as models, stylists, and hair and makeup artists.
• Fashion photography is not just about clicking a photograph; it requires a good team and the ability to adapt to unexpected situations.
• Access to education and democratization of the fashion industry are important for fostering creativity and inclusivity.
• Web3 technology, including NFTs, has the potential to revolutionize the fashion industry by providing financial independence and equity to creators.
• The fashion industry can be challenging and competitive, requiring resilience, endurance, and a thick skin.
• Imagination and innovation are crucial for the future of fashion, as the industry needs to evolve and address systemic issues. Size inclusivity is a major issue in the fashion industry, and there is a need for systemic change.
• Freelancers should consider covering their costs and setting rates that they feel comfortable with.
• Exhibitions provide opportunities to showcase work and collaborate with other artists.
• Building communities is crucial in the Web3 space, and collaboration between brands and communities is valuable.
• Fashion photographers pitch ideas and collaborate with teams to create editorial shoots. Living in New York has its pros and cons, such as the freedom to eat anything at any time but also dealing with hot summers.
• The NFT community offers a strong sense of connection and networking opportunities.
• Onboarding non-crypto people to Web3 and NFTs requires a shift in verbiage and a focus on community upliftment.
• Digital luxury encompasses digital fashion garments, accessories, and artifacts.
• Learning from failure is essential for personal and creative growth.
• Favorite fashion brands mentioned include Tom Brown, John Galeano, and Schiaparelli.
• Art Basel and NFT NYC are both important events in the art and NFT world, but Miami offers a better nightlife experience.
• Bucket list items for Matthew include visiting Beijing and London.


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