Alexei V. Fedorov is a Staff Scientist at the Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. in 1994 from Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. Before joining the Advanced Light Source in 2002 he held appointments at Saint Petersburg University, Free University in Berlin, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the University of Colorado. Electron spectroscopy and its powers in resolving the mysteries of new materials has always amazed Alexei. The Advanced Light Source, which delivers bright beams of photons in the soft x-ray range, enables many spectroscopic experiments and is the right place for keeping up his fascination. Here, Alexei uses angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) to study strongly correlated materials and is looking forward to creating the ultimate spectroscopy tool by adding spin resolution to his ARPES instrument.