Big Red, Jay Ruland, Withering Roses, exploration of age and age issues, pictures of flowers, flower photography

Jay Ruland on the Beauty of Growing Old

Big Red, Jay Ruland, Withering Roses, exploration of age and age issues, pictures of flowers, flower photography
After 25 years in the workforce, Jay Ruland decided to go back to school and, not surprisingly, found himself surrounded by 20-somethings. While he says he was welcomed by his junior contemporaries, he was struck by the way they perceive the world; that is, the things they found to be beautiful also tended to be as young as they were. As a 50-something, Jay says the aging process is beautiful in itself, and the desire to show that is the basis for his Withering Roses floral photography series, which will be featured in his new solo exhibition at The Image Flow As the Allure Fades opening on May 14.
“The younger students sort of had a bias toward things in society that are young and pretty, and we’re taught through the media that younger is better. But if you look closer in nature, things that are getting older are still beautiful and the process itself is a beautiful process,” says Jay.
He chose to work with roses because they are a societal symbol for beauty, something you’d give on a first date or use to decorate your house, but also because they can communicate ideas, from the number you give to the color, and transgress cultural barriers.

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The Artifice of Photography

Fine-art photographers. Self-Portrait in Octopus, 2009. Photo © David Favrod.
It is no secret that the medium of photography has become increasingly complicated by the advent of the digital age. Nearly every image we encounter—from advertising and billboards to packaging and fine art—receives some level of digital treatment before arriving in our periphery. Altered images have become so commonplace that they are no longer questioned.
Knowing this, why then is there a persisting notion of photography as a mechanism of truth? It seems to exist as a residual concept of the photograph as something objective and substantiated by its relationship to reality.
But what we perceive to be real is malleable and shifting. This is where my personal interests in photography seem to manifest, in a space where artists are free to toy with the artifice that is inherent to photographs. Through individual choices regarding process, presentation, and content, the following are a few contemporary photographic artists that tread the boundaries of illusion and reality.

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Masters of Photography Lecture Series, Eugène Atget

Eugène Atget Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 7–8PM Practically unknown during his lifetime and practicing an archaic working method, Eugène Atget is the central figure bridging the documentary world of the 19th century and the straight photography world of the 20th. His resolute commitment to visual facts mingles with a perfect understanding of light and space to create images that are both objective and poetic. This enigmatic man dies unknown yet goes on to inspire some of the greatest careers in the history of the medium. Masters of Photography Lecture Series You are invited to join photographer and art historian

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Don’t Miss Annie Leibovitz’s “Women” at the Presidio Through April 17

Ballerina Misty Copeland photographed by Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz, a San Francisco Art Institute alum, began her famed career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in the early 1970s. Over the past 40 years, she has created some of the most stunning and most controversial photographs of her day. Her new exhibition Women: New Portraits now on display at the Presidio’s Building 649 at Chrissy Field features portraits of some the world’s most influential women, from ballerina Misty Copeland to anthropologist Jane Goodall to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

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5 Tips for Taking Amazing Photographs at Night

Tips for night photography from expert shooter Hendrik Paul
Fine art photographer Hendrik Paul is best known for his surreal black and white landscapes of the Marin Headlands, but he also likes to venture out at night to take ethereal images in both urban and rural settings.
Here our most accomplished night shooter shares his tips for night photography, from the best equipment to use to the best time to shoot, so you can start taking beautiful photos at night!

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4 Steps to be a better photographer

How to Be a Better Photographer in 4 Easy Steps

How to be a better photographer
Our favorite kids instructor Constance Chu gives us four tips for young photographers (and you too) on how to be better at photography. She says, getting good at photography is just like anything else: To be good, you’ve got to work at it.
While she won’t guarantee you fame and fortune in photography, she says becoming a better photographer is not as daunting a task as it may sometimes seem—and it will also be a lot of fun!

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Catherine Karnow Lecture: The Creative Eye

Behind the Scenes for National Geographic in Switzerland April 27, 2016, from 7–8PM Free How do you land in a foreign country and capture compelling images while planning an entire photo shoot on your own—in just ten days? Come hear National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow talk about her creative process while she regales us with stunning images and exciting anecdotes from her recent assignment in Switzerland to shoot a major ad campaign for National Geographic. Catherine will tell us how it’s done: the pitfalls, the mishaps, the anxiety, the joy, and her ultimate success. This is sure to be an

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9 Iconic Cameras Every Photographer Should Know

9 iconic cameras, A century of iconic cameras and how they influenced photography.
Photography has come a long way since the daguerreotype. While the first 100 years focused on perfecting the chemical process, the next 100 years focused on popularizing it. Read on to discover nine of history’s most iconic cameras, and how they influenced photography.

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Eugène Atget, Quai d'Anjou, 6h du matin, 1924

Masters of Photography: Lecture Series with Jeffrey Martz

Photographer and art historian Jeffrey Martz continues his inspiring lecture series Masters of Photography in a free event at The Image Flow. You are invited to join photographer and art historian Jeffrey Martz for an evening celebrating the life and work of the most influential practitioners in the history of photography. This new photography lecture series Masters in Photography will use the best possible reproductions and an interactive format and is intended for both the newcomer and the curious expert looking to contribute to the discussion. Stay tuned for subsequent dates to be announced shortly. See you there! Eugène Atget

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Lundy Canyon, 1993, 4x5 platinum/palladium print. Photo © Kerik Kouklis. Best paper for platinum/palladium printing

The Best Paper for Platinum/Palladium Printing

Lundy Canyon, 1993, 4x5 platinum/palladium print. Photo © Kerik Kouklis. Best paper for platinum/palladium printing
Photographers who work with the historic, hand-made or otherwise alternative printing processes know that a good print requires a good paper. Each process has different requirements for what makes a “good” paper, and those of platinum/palladium printing are among the strictest.
It’s been almost 30 years since Kerik Kouklis made his first platinum/palladium print, and in that time, he says there’s never been such a selection of new and improved papers coming onto the market at the same time.
Here, in his own words, Kerik reveals the best of the best from long-time industry stalwarts Hahnemühle, Legion Paper, and Arches.

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Penny Wolin Lecture: Descendants of Light

Photographer Penny Wolin will present her new book, Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry, in a lecture and book signing at The Image Flow. Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7PM. Free. Award-winning photographer and author Penny Wolin traveled across the country for more than six years for her most recent book Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry. Penny photographed and interviewed more than 70 of the most important Jewish photographers in history. Some of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century were made by Jewish photographers: Philippe Halsman’s portrait of Albert Einstein, Herb Ritts’s portrait

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Photographing Cuba: Beyond Expectations

Photography in Cuba, photographing Cuba
The Image Flow is back from our second (perhaps annual) workshops in Cuba. There were new experiences, old friends, and of course a night at the Tropicana. The group came home exhilarated and stimulated and with a portfolio of work even beyond our own expectations. Stuart Schwartz fills us in.
We wanted to build on the success of our first photography workshop in Cuba in April 2015, and this past February organized two more back to back, Cuba: Behind Closed Doors and The Havana Highway: Rum, Cars & Cigars. It was particularly satisfying to us as organizers that all six participants from last April signed up again, and we added to that some great new faces, including two old friends of mine who joined us all the way from Switzerland.
Both sessions turned out to be just ideal, from student participation to the variety of shooting opportunities. Of course there were glitches, as there will be when organizing a group of people—especially in Cuba—but it’s a testament to both our local guides Ramses and Alex and the go-with-the-flow attitude of the group that no matter what came up, we made the best of it. Ramses Batista, a renowned photographer in his own right, was our man on the ground; he’d make a call, and all of a sudden we were in a private apartment shooting portraits of a fascinating individual. Often, those little glitches served to make our experience even more authentic and unique.

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Photo Retouching Expert Chrysta Giffen is Passionate About Digital Images

Chrysta Giffen photo retouching digital imaging expert
If you read magazines or watch TV (or have landed at SFO recently) you’ve seen Chrysta Giffen’s work. With more than 12 years in the photography industry, she’s one of the most sought-after digital retouchers in the business. Her extensive client list includes Nike, Disney, and Sephora; Bravo TV, Discovery Channel, and Showtime; New York Magazine, Wired, and Men’s Vogue; and a certain giant albino python—just to name a few.

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Gary Yost: The Beauty of Fiji Can Make You Cry

A film still from Gary Yost's work in Fiji. Gary says Fijians and warm and welcoming people.
Marin County, CA-based filmmaker Gary Yost is best known for his short film The Invisible Peak about a project to restore the West Peak of Mount Tamalpais to its natural state. The film was shown in numerous film festivals to acclaim and awards. Most recently, Gary was invited to the Fijian island of Vanua Levu by Gavin de Becker, founder of the Naqaqa Giving Foundation to film the indigenous people of that island.

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7 Inspiring Photography Subjects Near California’s Salton Sea

Burnt palms near Salton Sea, 2015. Photo © Ted Orland.
Ted Orland is one of The Image Flow’s favorite wandering photographers, with a love of photography and life that is truly infectious.
He began his career as a young graphic artist working for famed designer Charles Eames and later served as photographer Ansel Adams’s assistant. Now a celebrated landscape photographer himself, Ted’s portfolio spans classical black and white photography, hand-colored photographs, and one-of-a-kind multi-image panoramas. He also co-authored the best-selling artists’ survival guide book Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking.
This spring, Ted will lead a new landscape and travel photography workshop to California’s Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park along with Brian Taylor, artistic director of the Center for Photographic Art.
In his own words, Ted shares seven of his favorite photography subjects throughout in this unique region of California.

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Brian Taylor & Ted Orland Lecture: The Quirky Corners of California

Hitch a ride along the road less traveled and discover the quirky corners of California and the West during this rousing photography lecture with Brian Taylor and Ted Orland. Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7PM Free Renowned artists Brian Taylor and Ted Orland have spent much of their photographic careers exploring the natural and social landscapes of the West. This month, they will share their work in a free photography lecture at The Image Flow, offering guests a foray into the less-traveled and otherwise quirky corners of California and the West. Both Brian and Ted are recognized masters of their craft:

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Ramses Batista Guides Photographers Behind Cuba’s Closed Doors

Ramses Batista Cuba photography
Ramses H. Batista is one of Cuba’s most renowned modern photographers, his career spanning more than 20 years and virtually every subject imaginable: portraiture, social documentary, religion, landscapes, and most recently, nudes. But Batista didn’t start his artistic career as a photographer; as a young man, he was a painter, until one defining interaction with an instructor changed his path forever.
“His painting instructor told him, ‘You’re a terrible painter. But you would be a very good photographer,’” says San Francisco-based photographer Jock McDonald, a long time friend of Batista’s who has himself made more than 50 trips to Cuba.
Ramses took his instructor’s advice and turned toward photography and cinematography. He has since worked with several Cuban and international photography agencies and magazines, and has had numerous solo exhibitions in Cuba, Canada, and Europe.

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5 Tips on How to Photograph a Usual Place in an Unusual Way

Maui Haleakala Flow Photography Tips
Ever get up at the crack of dawn and haul out of the hotel/condo/AirBnb with a cup of coffee and camera and haul down to a beautiful beach or center of a quaint Eastern European city ready to take the perfect sunrise photography, only to be overcome with the feeling that it’s already been done? Here, travel photographer Jeff Zaruba offers five tips for turning the ordinary into extraordinary.

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An Action-Packed Weekend of Landscapes & Nudes in Big Sur

© barbara hazen weekend photography workshop big sur The Image Flow
The Image Flow headed down to Big Sur for an all-inclusive weekend photography workshop shooting nude models and the rugged California coast, not to mention a tour of Ansel Adams’ private darkroom and a behind-the-scenes look at the Edward Weston estate. Stuart Schwartz offers a few words:
This is the first time we’ve held Big Sur Landscapes & Nudes, and you never know how a new workshop is going to go, so there’s always a bit of apprehension. But as soon as we got to the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA, on Thursday, for a presentation of work by instructors Michelle Magdalena and Ken Parker and a motivational talk with Artistic Director Brian Taylor, it was pretty obvious it would a special weekend.

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Grizzly with Salmon © Mary D'Agostino nature & landscape photographer

Mary D’Agostino: Seeking Beauty in Nature’s Fleeting Moments

Grizzly with Salmon © Mary D'Agostino nature & landscape photographer
Emerging nature and landscape photographer Mary D’Agostino is as homegrown as much of her work. A busy executive by day, Mary used to spend her vacations painting wildlife, but in recent years, she has developed a passion for photography. She put herself through a “school of photography” taking workshops and classes at The Image Flow and started working one-on-one with Stuart. “I was doing projects and shooting a lot, and I would routinely bring my work in for critique from Stuart.”
Mary has also sought critiques from experts in the field of nature photography, which have been met with increasing success. “I’m fearless when it comes to finding people in the field of photography to evaluate my photographs,” she says.

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The Hybrid Life: Nathan Lomas on Combining Antique and Digital Processes

Nathan Lomas digital photography instruction
Nathan Lomas has been a photographer since the age of five. He’s dabbled in painting and a few other pursuits, but photography is the one that stuck. “My dad put an old Ricoh camera in my hands about that age. I didn’t really know what I was doing,” he says. Jump ahead a couple of decades, and Nathan has definitely figured it out.
Nathan is The Image Flow’s newest team member, a photographer, adjunct professor, and studio owner specializing in making antique tintypes modern again.

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Leanne Hansen: Slow Down and Look at the Light

Leanne Hansen Language of Light
On the cusp between student and teacher, Leanne Hansen discusses her career before photography, the importance of light, and finding her best images close to home.
“To make successful photographs, we need to understand all of the possibilities and variations for light.” Her new workshop The Language of Light for Photographers offers photographers the opportunity to explore and experiment with the different types, shapes, and colors of light.

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OMG! Summer Photography for Youth Turns Out Amazing Results

Youth Photography workshop OMG workshop-10 sm
The Image Flow has been buzzing with kids this summer, and we couldn’t be more impressed or proud of the work they’ve turned in! Our most recent workshop, OMG! Summer Photography for Youth, saw our very own Constance Chu lead a group of extremely talented kids ages 11 – 14 around Mill Valley while they looked for light, shadows, and shapes while learning how to maximize their cameras’ manual settings.

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The Dry Land: An Evening with Photographer Matt Black

In a benefit lecture for the California Drought Relief Fund, photographer Matt Black will present his work documenting the impact of California’s drought on the Central Valley. Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7PM $10 General Admission Photographer Matt Black returns to The Image Flow Thursday, September 10 to present his work documenting the impact of California’s historic drought on the Central Valley. A native of rural California and one of the newest nominee members of the prestigious Magnum Photos Agency, Matt has spent the past two decades photographing life in the Central Valley’s small towns and farm fields. His work

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Time Portal platinum/palladium precision digital negatives Mark Nelson

6 Questions with Precision Digital Negatives Developer Mark Nelson

Time Portal platinum/palladium precision digital negatives Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson, photographer and developer of the patented Precision Digital Negatives process, says you always have to be on the lookout for an opportunity. Mark gave up a successful career in the mental health industry to pursue photography, and while he has a loyal following of galleries and collectors, he is known for a system for generating the best digital negatives for alternative processes.

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Nicole Paulson taking pictures of kids

5 Things Not to Do When Taking Pictures of Your Kids

Nicole Paulson taking pictures of kids
Our children’s childhoods are fleeting, but the images we take of them don’t have to be. In the age of digital photography, just about everyone has a camera around at any given moment, ready to capture the next adorable moment in their children’s lives. But the pictures don’t always turn out as well as they could.

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Mike Roberts Wish You Were Here America's Postcard King

Retouching the Life & Times of America’s Postcard King

Mike Roberts Wish You Were Here America's Postcard King
In Wish You Were Here, author Bob Roberts details the life and work of his father Mike Roberts, which spanned more than 50 years. A self-taught pioneer in the development of color photography and printing, Mike was a 20th-century icon known as America’s Postcard King.
Lightroom expert and in-house retouching specialist Taralynn Lawton worked three years to retouch 70 of Mike’s historic color and black and white images.
“There was one piece that we had from the cover of a Disneyland magazine. It was really a disaster and she patched up the color and the image so that you have no idea,” says Bob.

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Catherine Karnow San Francisco photography

5 Bay Area Spots Just Waiting for You To Come Photograph

Catherine Karnow San Francisco photography
Catherine Karnow has shot in far-flung places around the globe, but she loves shooting at home in San Francisco and Marin. She says one of the reasons she lives in Mill Valley is because of how photogenic the Bay Area is. She gave The Image Flow the inside scoop on her five favorite places to for stay-cation shooting.

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Catherine Karnow Lecture: The National Geographic Travel Story

Improve your travel photography with National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow! Free lecture July 9, 2015, at 7PM In this free lecture, learn how Catherine puts together a set of images that tell the story of a place while she regales you with the surprising and often crazy stories behind the photos, and get the inside scoop on how a National Geographic Traveler story is conceived and produced. She will explain how she researches a place, discuss the process of shooting, and give you a behind-the-scenes look at what really happens in the field. You will also get to see how

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film photography Zac Mosher processes his black and white images at The Image Flow

Growing Up In the Digital Age, Zac Mosher Loves to Shoot Film

film photography Zac Mosher processes his black and white images at The Image Flow
Zac Mosher, a 14-year-old student at Mill Valley Middle School, has been spending several hours per week in the darkroom at The Image Flow for the past six months processing and printing his black and white images.
“I actually started shooting film after I started with digital, but I wasn’t super into photography at the time,” he says. Later, he discovered his mom’s old cameras while going through a storage unit with his parents. “I thought they were really cool. So I got the cameras and went out and got some film. That’s what really sparked my interest.”

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Ardi Arni sunrise Cuba photography workshop

Our Cuban Family: Seven Unforgettable Days & Nights in Havana

Ardi Arni sunrise Cuba photography workshop
Stuart Schwartz and Jock McDonald led a group of American photographers to Cuba for a week of shooting. The week started in Miami. Stuart Schwartz and Jock McDonald met their six workshop participants in a hotel the night before the flight to Cuba. The group spanned more than five decades in age and as many shooting styles.
“My chief concern was, are these people going to get along?” says Stuart. “It was a big cross-section of participants, but it was a harmonious group of people, they were a family. It was a family trip.”

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5 Questions About Where to Find a Photographic Story & How to Tell It

Visual storytelling series by Susanna Frohman. Angela Layba is a U.S. military veteran who is being trained in organic farming at Slide Ranch in Northern California. Her internship was funded by a partnership between the Farmer Veteran Coalition and the San Francisco Foundation. Photo © Susanna Frohman.
It’s no secret that we live in a culture saturated with photographs. These days, any body with a phone is a photographer, and shooting pictures all the time. We look at images day in and day out, but what we don’t often see are photographs carefully considered and shot in way that really tells a story. Instructors Susanna Frohman and Kathleen Hennessy discuss how to tell a visually compelling story about a subject in your own backyard.

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Cyanotype workshop with Daniel Coburn at The Image Flow

Cyanotype Workshop Turns Out Great Work & Reunites Old Friends

Cyanotype workshop with Daniel Coburn at The Image Flow
The Image Flow hosted cyanotype guru Daniel Coburn of the University of Kansas this past weekend for a three-day workshop. The diverse group of participants from across the country was nine-strong; 14-year-old prodigy Zac Mosher was the youngest, while the oldest (we won’t name names) was somewhere north of 70. Fun, photography, and Sol Food was had by all!

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Enjoy this new night photography workshop with Hendrik Paul this summer at The Image Flow. Photo © Hendrik Paul.

From Studio Portraiture to Photography For Kids—The Image Flow’s Summer Workshop Line-Up Has Something for Everyone

Enjoy this new night photography workshop with Hendrik Paul this summer at The Image Flow. Photo © Hendrik Paul.
The Image Flow has long been known for its fantastic assortment of photography workshops, geared to all levels of photographers. This summer, The Image Flow is expanding its workshop offerings to include a whole host of workshops for photographers of all ages. From how to prepare for a major photographic excursion, to storytelling with images, TIF has a workshop for you.

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New York Gallery to Feature Bill Green’s Long Lost Rock Photographs

alice cooper by rock photographer Bill Green
In late 1972, 14-year-old rock photographer hopeful Bill Green began sneaking into the legendary Academy of Music in New York City to snap photos of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest stars. His images quickly caught the eye of promoter Howard Stein who offered Bill full access in exchange for prints of his stylized black and white images. For the next three years, Bill photographed every show that came through NYC, including icons like Kiss, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Iggy Pop, Jethro Tull, The Who, Joe Cocker, Santana, and ZZ Top.
Eventually, Bill grew up grew up, and his life moved away from rock n’ roll. His catalog of some 20,000 images has been packed away for the last 40 years, until now. These incredible images will be part of a new show Rock Palaces of New York, The Fillmore East and The Academy of Music at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery, featuring the golden period of the NYC rock scene.
Herewith, five questions with Bill on his early obsession with photography, picking up girls, and how The Image Flow’s own Stuart Schwartz helped save a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll history.

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photography mistakes maledive skipper

Avoid These 6 Common Photography Mistakes on Your Big Trip

photography mistakes maledive skipper
Here at The Image Flow our clients often bring in photos to print that were made during amazing trips to every continent. Many of the images we see are world-class and require very little adjustment before an excellent print can be made. But an unfortunate percentage of camera work was not completely successful, and the finished product is limited by one or more technical mistakes made by the photographer in the field. No matter where your journeys may take you, a similar set of pitfalls can plague any photographer wherever she or he may go.

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Interment Daniel Coburn cyanotype

Daniel Coburn: Using the Right Process for the Right Body of Work

Interment Daniel Coburn cyanotype photographic process
Photographer Daniel Coburn says photography is about ideas. “As image makers we have a valuable opportunity to engage with a variety of historical processes, to make images that are beautiful, unique, and rich in concept.”
Daniel first discovered 19th century alternative photographic processes as an undergraduate studying under the accomplished alternative process photographer Marydorsey Wanless. Although he has recently come to be known for his work with the cyanotype process, Daniel has worked in the full range of alternative processes. He says it’s not about the process; it’s about choosing the right process for the project.

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Lightroom workshop

Lightroom Tips to Make Organizing and Editing Your Images Even Easier

Lightroom workshop
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is designed to make everything about digital photography easier. Many photographers, from amateur to professional, have put Lightroom at the center of their digital imaging workflow. Whether your photos are from that “trip of a lifetime,” or for a paying client, Lightroom offers a suite of tools and editing system for your most important work. And—the Develop module in Lightroom has even replaced the need to use Photoshop to process most images made with modern digital cameras. This is an essential program for photographers on the go.
In her Lightroom workshop, Taralynn Lawton shows you how to automatically embed your name and copyright information in each of your photos during import, and how to delete images in batches—a great way to get rid of out-of-focus or otherwise unusable images, without having to delete them one by one.
Taralynn also shows you how to take advantage of Smart Previews, so that you can store your images on an external drive, and still access them with the Develop module, even if the external drive isn’t attached. Once the external drive is plugged back in, Lightroom will automatically sync any changes you made while the file was offline. This feature wasn’t available until Lightroom 5, and is a valuable new feature for photographers who travel!

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Constance Chu The Image Flow

A Passion for Photography, Or, Welcome to The Flow Constance Chu!

Constance Chu The Image Flow
Constance Chu, the newest member of The Image Flow team, has a PhD in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience and her most recent job was working with autistic kids doing applied behavioral analysis. So what is she doing at The Flow you ask? No, she’s not developing a new darkroom process—yet.
“Photography is my passion!” she says. “I want to be immersed in photography. I want to be around it all the time.”

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Gary Yost to Premier Mt Tamalpais film, Featuring the Work of Artist Genna Panzarella

Gary Yost to Premier Film about Mt. Tamalpais, Featuring the Work of Artist Genna Panzarella

Gary Yost to Premier Mt Tamalpais film, Featuring the Work of Artist Genna Panzarella
Photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost will present a series of short films at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts including the premier of his new project, Mountains Made of Chalk, Fall into the Sea, Eventually The film features the work of artist Genna Panzarella, who paints a 10-foot-wide mural of Mt. Tamalpais as it was when it was whole—literally inside what used to be the mountaintop. The film will premier with Gary’s new series about Mill Valley at a special event at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 2 at 7PM.

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Anthony Fendler Catherine Karnow exhibition-quality printing Vietnam retrospective

Ink on Paper: Catherine Karnow Exhibits 25 Years of Vietnam

Anthony Fendler Catherine Karnow exhibition-quality printing Vietnam retrospective
Photographer Catherine Karnow has made a name for herself shooting surprising and thought-provoking images of Vietnam since 1990. Her new retrospective will open at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong March 9.
Catherine is well known in Vietnam: She began shooting in the country in 1990, and calls the late General Giap a personal friend. In 1994, she was the only foreign journalist invited to accompany him privately to Dien Bien Phu, the site of the battle that won Vietnam independence from the French.

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toned cyanotype coburn

A Destination for Alternative Process Photography

toned cyanotype coburn
There are very few opportunities to study the alternative photographic processes like gum bichromate, platinum/palladium, or wet plate collodion printing—especially in the west. The Image Flow brings together the world’s best photographers and instructors to teach these processes on a rotating schedule.
“For anybody interested in the alternative processes, it’s a rare opportunity to learn them,” said Ed Carey, owner of Gallery 291 and the alternative process workshop liaison at The Image Flow.

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Working out of Ramses Fiat Lunch Box All the photo gear on the roof

A Cuban Will Give You the Shirt Off His Back

Working out of Ramses Fiat Lunch Box All the photo gear on the roof
Jock McDonald went to Cuba for the first time in 1990 with Bernardo Gonzalez, the son of Mexican Minister of Culture Juan Francisco Gonzalez. The elder Gonzalez had had become somewhat of a mentor to Jock on Latin American culture after giving him his first retrospective show in Mexico. “Juan Francisco said to me, ‘You’ll never understand Latin America if you don’t understand Cuba,’” Jock recalls.
“But he said, ‘I’m not going, I’m married. I’m going to have my son take you.’ I will never forget the look in his son’s eyes, the look that said, ‘I’m not taking a gringo to Cuba!’” Jock laughs.
Since 1990, photographer he has made some 50 trips to Cuba. What keeps him coming back, are the friendships he has found.

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Jock McDonald Lecture: Cuba – Stories From Behind the Tourist Curtain

Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 7PM Free Photographer Jock McDonald has visited Cuba some 50 times in the past 25 years. In his new lecture, he will take you on a visual journey behind the tourist curtain of Cuba. Cuba and the U.S. are shaping a rational relationship with each other and real action has taken place with the swapping of political prisoners, but what does that mean? Where were we, and where are we now? You will experience 25 years of Cuba through Jock’s exciting slide show and talk. He will discuss what has changed, and how contact between

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A History of 20th Century Photography: Lecture Series with Jeffrey Martz

Winter 2015 Thursdays, from 7–8PM Free You are invited to join photographer and art historian Jeffrey Martz for a tour through the history of 20th century photography. Using the best possible reproductions, we will see the technologies, practitioners, and key works that made photography central to our story of the world. The series is intended for both the newcomer and the curious expert looking to contribute to the discussion. See you there! Part 1: Pictorialism & Straight Photography Part 2: Photo-Graphics & the New Vision Part 3: The Social Document, Part 1 Part 4: Pictures in Print, Part 1 Part

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Documentary Photographer Rudi Dundas on The Face of Water

Evelyn at the well, Lbaa Onyokia
This month, The Face of Water, a series of portraits by Rudi Dundas that tells the stories of people affected by the lack of clean drinking water, opens at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. On February 26, Rudi will give a lecture about the images at The Image Flow.

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Hillary Sloss Digital Photography for Youth

How Young Photographers Can Make Their Work Youthful, Not Childish

Hillary Sloss Digital Photography for Youth
How can we let our kids be kids, to see the way kids see, while still teaching them something about photography? Hillary Sloss is a veteran photojournalist based in Marin County and a digital and film photography instructor at the San Francisco Waldorf High School. Her new class, Digital Photography for Youth, is designed especially to encourage young people to explore their world through photography.
The idea is, she says, to help young photographers create beautiful images that are youthful, but not childish. “It’s important to give young photographers enough so that they can advance their photographic skills, without inundating them too many rules,” says Hillary.

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Catherine Karnow Art of Photographing People

Catherine Karnow: The Magic Always Happens

Catherine Karnow Art of Photographing People
Acclaimed National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow will present her lecture “The Art of Photographing People” on February 5 at The Image Flow, and a workshop in March. Known for her photographs of people, here, she discusses her teaching style, her existential search for “home,” and what drives her to keep on shooting.
“No matter whether I’m shooting on location or in a workshop, I have the faith that the magic will always happen,” she says.

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Rudi Dundas Lecture: The Face of Water

Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 7–8PM Free Rudi Dundas’s work is focused on social change and environmental issues. She has traveled on horseback into the Tien Shan Mountains in Central Asia to photograph wild tulips for Michael Pollan’s film, Botany of Desire, as well as to Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Indonesia to cover sustainable farming for Peet’s Coffee, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Technoserve. Rudi has also photographed extensively in East Africa and India for Blue Planet Network’s drinking water issues. She will give a free lecture, “The Face of Water,” Thursday, February 26 at The Image

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Larry Davidson Burnt Door Digital Printing

Slide Film & Digital Printing: The Evolution of a Process

Larry Davidson Burnt Door Digital Printing
You could say that Larry Davidson “discovered” photography as a young boy helping out his commercial photographer father. “I worked in his lab, and there was always a camera around the house when I was growing up,” Larry said.
In high school Larry and his friends built a darkroom in his garage from the spare parts they cobbled together from his father’s business in order to start a business of their own doing odd photography projects around town. But it wasn’t until later, when he took a few photography classes in college and also discovered Ansel Adams’s work that he says photography became something he could enjoy, just for the sake of it.
Larry’s work has since evolved from black and white landscapes, to bright and colorful architectural photography, to the vibrant abstract work he is now known for.

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Encaustics Workshop | Encaustic Photography Workshop | The Image Flow

Encaustics Takes Margot Hartford from Photography to Fine Art

Margot Hartford teaching encaustics
Working with encaustics began as a hobby for Margot Hartford, but now she is selling her pieces in four different galleries across San Francisco and on her website. She also teaches a popular workshop at The Image Flow.
“People like the process—they get into it. It’s tactile, easy, there’s nothing to learn. Anybody can do encaustics—that’s the beauty of it,” she said.

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Fran Meckler salt mine Uganda social documentary

Fran Meckler Gives a Voice to Those Who Need it Most

Fran Meckler salt mine Uganda social documentary
Fran Meckler has worked as a health educator for over 20 years, but says she always had an interest in photography. It wasn’t until after her daughters were grown, however, that she took her first photography class. “I wanted to do more than just go out and take pictures—I wanted to know what I was doing,” she says.
Since that first class, Fran has taken dozens of photography workshops and continuing education classes. A decade or so ago, she was introduced to social documentary photography by her friend Nancy Farese.
“Nancy had just taken a workshop in Uganda. When she told me about it, I thought, ‘This is it! I’ve found my calling!’” Fran has always wanted to help people help themselves, and through PhotoPhilanthropy—a term coined by Nancy and the name of Nancy’s organization—Fran found that she could combine her love of photography and passion for travel and global community service.

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Jens Closer Hendrik Paul landscape photographer

Landscape Photographer Hendrik Paul Straddles the Old and New

Jens Closer Hendrik Paul landscape photographer
Hendrik Paul straddles two worlds: He grew up in Mill Valley, CA, where he took his first photography class in eighth grade. He spent his free time hiking on Mount Tamalpais and soaking up the northern California landscape, but his roots are firmly planted on a 500-year-old farm in Germany.
“It’s such a different life from how we live, this small farming community, living off the land. The men went out and did the field work and the women did the cooking. It’s still quite antiquated compared to California or America,” says Hendrik.

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In the Studio: Vicki Topaz Shoots Vets & Their Service Dogs

Heal! Veterans and Their Service Dogs Travis Runnels
Photographer Vicki Topaz launched HEAL to tell the stories of these veterans and their canine companions. She began her portrait series, HEAL! Veterans & Their Service Dogs in 2012, in which veterans discuss the challenges they face after returning home, the perils of post-traumatic stress disorder, and the healing power of the human-canine bond.

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Catherine Karnow Lecture: The Art of Photographing People

Thursday, February 5, 2014, from 7–8PM Free National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow will present her lecture, “The Art of Photographing People.” (Read more about Catherine on our blog.) Catherine is known for her vibrant, emotional, and sensitive style of photographing people. Throughout her 30-year career, she has photographed an impressive range of subjects, from internationally known figures to schoolchildren on the streets. Photography has never been a job for Catherine, it is her passion, and that carries into her love for presenting and teaching. Catherine has been teaching workshops and giving lectures for almost 20 years, and she has a wealth of

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michelle grenier camera app

9 Questions in the Moment with iPhone Photographer Michelle Grenier

iphone photographer michelle grenier
Photographer Michelle Grenier says she’s devoted a significant amount of time to mastering her Canon 5D, but at the end of the day, she really prefers shooting with her iPhone.
“Sometimes my favorite shots have been ones that I’ve literally had to run to catch. I feel a certain instinct, and there’s a thrill that I feel when I catch something special. I think the best work comes out of spontaneity and a passion for your surroundings,” she says.

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Michael Cutlip: Mixed Media Extraordinaire

Mixed Media artist Michael Cutlip
Mixed media artist Michael Cutlip has an innate interest in trying new things and finding what works for him—it’s evident in the unexpected juxtapositions of his multimedia collage pieces and in the story behind how he became an artist.

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Matt Black Former cotton migrant at home Teviston, CA

Matt Black: Documenting the Social Implications of Modern Farming

Matt Black Former cotton migrant at home Teviston, CA
From southern Mexico to rural California, Matt Black documents the social issues of modern farming and the effects of one of the most severe droughts in recorded history.
Matt Black began photographing the small towns and expansive farmlands of California’s Central Valley for nearly 20 years. A native of that vast agricultural area that runs nearly the entire length of the state, Matt says he began to notice a shift in the people working the fields around his home town.

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Matt Black Lecture: Rural California’s Year of Dust

Matt Black presents his latest project, a culmination of nearly 20 years photographing California’s Central Valley. Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 7–8PM $10 General Admission Matt Black hails from California’s Central Valley, an expansive agricultural area that extends nearly the entire length of the state. He has been photographing the Valley’s small towns and vast farmlands for almost two decades to chronicle the decline of traditional American farming life and the rise of its modern replacement in rural California and southern Mexico. An exploration of the changing human relationship to land, food, farming, and community lies at the core of

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Q&A with Anthony Fendler: Veteran Photo Printer Digital From the Start

Anthony Fendler digital imaging expert
Anthony Fendler comes to The Image Flow after eight years in Santa Cruz as image collection manager at the Frans Lanting Studio. He has over two decades of professional experience using the digital darkroom and desktop publishing. He is an expert fine art printer and long-time photo workflow educator. He will be teaching workshops at The Image Flow as well as working with clients to fulfill all of their photographic and digital darkroom needs. Here he answers five questions on photography, technology, and how they intersect.

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Matt Bids a Fond Farewell to The Image Flow

Matt Schriock bids farewell to The Image Flow after 5 years
Matt Schriock joined The Image Flow five years ago and quickly became an integral member of our team. Matt now has a lovely new wife and new adventures ahead of him in Los Angeles. Read a special goodbye letter from Matt here, and join us at The Image Flow on Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30pm to wish him the best of luck!

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Instagram, Pei Ketron

Pei Ketron on Instagram

Instagram, Pei Ketron

Pei Ketron is a San Francisco-based photographer and educator who’s been shooting since 2001 and teaching photo classes privately and through companies such as Skillshare, Edelman, and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops since 2010. She also has over 830,000 followers on Instagram—and for good reason too. Her work, which explores symmetry and vantage points, is a breath of fresh air on cluttered Instagram feeds filled with brunch plates and cats.

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Two Barns, Dansville, New York, 1955, Minor White, The Getty Center

Minor White at The Getty Center

Photography Exhibitions, Minor White, The Getty CenterThroughout his career, Minor White sought to photograph things not simply for what they are, but for what they might suggest—his images are full of symbolic and metaphorical allusions. Born in Minneapolis in 1908, White came of age when homosexuality was socially unacceptable and sought comfort in a variety of Western and Eastern religious practices.

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Gallery 291 Featured in Marin Magazine

"Gone" Photo Mallory Morrison
Marin Magazine recently featured Gallery 291 and its owner Ed Carey in a recent article, in which author Cheryl Popp calls the gallery a “social haven for local artists, photographers and aficionados.”

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Mark Edward Harris Lecture: The Fine Art of Travel Photography

Friday, August 15, 2014, from 7-8pm $10 general admission; $5 student admission Payment is taken at the door. After graduating from California State University, Los Angeles with a Master of Arts Degree in Pictorial/Documentary History, Mark Edward Harris started his professional photography career doing the stills for the Merv Griffin Show and various television and movie companies. When the show ended in 1986 he set off on a four-month trek across the Pacific and throughout Southeast Asia, China and Japan. The images created on that trip brought attention to his travel/documentary photography. He since has visited and photographed in over

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3 Travel Photography Tips from Mark Edward Harris

Mark Edward Harris Traffic Korea photography workshop
Mark Edward Harris is a seasoned travel photographer and visual storyteller, that has traveled the world on assignment as well as for his own work. His work has been published in Life, Conde Nast traveler, Wallpaper, National Geographic, Stern, and numerous other magazines. He will be teaching a workshop and presenting a lecture at The Image Flow entitled “The Fine Art Of Travel Photography” in August.

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Ken Light Lecture: The Other America, 1969-2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, from 7-8pm $10 general admission, $5 student In The Other America 1969-2014, social documentary photographer Ken Light reflects on his work in the context of the history of documentary photography, his own influences, and shares his philosophy and process on image making. Light also discusses the nuts and bolts evolution of his project’s development – how he has published eight books, from concept and funding, through the publishing process, to exhibition and promotion   After the lecture, Ken will be selling copies of his following books: Delta Time (out of print) Texas Death Row (out of

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Printing Paul Goldsmith’s Photographs

Paul Goldsmith Prague 1968 Marchers displaying Bloody Flag
In 1968, Alexander Dubček, recently elected head of the Communist Party, ushered in reforms during a period of liberalization that loosened restriction on free speech, media, and economic activity in the former Czechoslovakia. Photographer Paul Goldsmith, then only 19, rode into Prague on his Vespa on August 20, only a day before the Soviet tanks rolled into the city.

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Nancy Farese Lecture: Photography & Art as Activism

Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 7PM Free What is the role of a single image in a digitally overwhelmed world? Where are the opportunities to make a social impact with your work when photographers struggle to get paid, and image creation is experiential? Nancy Farese, photographer and founder of PhotoPhilanthropy, will talk about her work in the field as a photographer and the role that PhotoPhilanthropy is playing to drive opportunities for photography that matters.               “In 2009 I founded PhotoPhilanthropy as a platform for The Activist Award to reward excellence for photographers shooting

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Brian Taylor Lecture: Alternative Process Photography

Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 6:30PM Free Please join Brian Taylor for a lively overview of the beautiful, handmade photo process of Gum Bichromate printing. Brian will present a fast-paced slide lecture illustrating gum printing’s early beginnings in the 19th century and also show his own contemporary work in this technique. Brian will discuss the trials, tribulations– and rewards­– of this most serendipitous and elegant antiquated photographic process. A fun and informative evening, this lecture is free and open to everyone. Learn more about Brian Here.

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Ed Kashi: The Power of Photojournalism

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Ed Kashi is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking, and personal projects, Kashi is an educator who instructs and mentors students of photography, participates in forums, and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography, and multimedia storytelling.
“I’m driven by this fact: that the work of photojournalists and documentary photographers can have a positive impact on the world,” says Kashi.

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Michelle Grenier & Pei Ketron Lecture: The Evolution of the Art of iPhone Photography

Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 7PM $5 General Admission Michelle and Pei will be co-presenting a lecture on the evolution and current state of the art of iPhone photography, with lots of ideas on how beginners and experienced photographers alike can best utilize their mobile devices. As Chase Jarvis now famously said, “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” Recent years have seen a tremendous rise in smartphone usage and along with it an explosion in mobile photography. Instagram is now being used by over 150 million people each month, including many professional artists and hobbyists who have

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Brent Stirton: A Native Son’s Ode To Nelson Mandela

From National Geographic Photographers Expound on the Power of Photography I am a South African who lives abroad, based in a place far from my own country. They say you carry your land in your heart, but it’s not true—you forget what makes your country unique if you spend too much time away. I experienced that with bittersweet clarity this week, watching an endless flow of united South Africans make their way to places of tribute all over this land. Determined people traveling to ensure that they paid respects to a man they call the father of our nation, the

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Ed Kashi Lecture: It’s Personal – The Power of Visual Storytelling

Friday, January 31, 2014, at 7PM General Admission $10; Students $5 Ed will share work from various projects spanning nearly two decades, with a focus on his most current work from the religious conflict in Northern Nigeria, the uses of social media and the power of advocacy journalism. His lecture will cover social and geopolitical issues, using video, multimedia, still photography and mobile photography. Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker, and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship with his subjects are signatures of his work. As

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Artist Talk: Michael Garlington

Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 7PM Free Lecture The work of photographer Michael Garlington has been described as “David Lynch meets Leave it to Beaver.” Michael is a renown installation artist, sculptor, and photographer. He has been featured in PhotoNY, PhotoLA, and PhotoSF. In 2005, a collection of his portraiture was published under the title “Portraits of the Belly of the Whale”. He has been exhibited in solo and group shows around the world, and in 2009 his work was the target of an art heist in Connecticut. Recently Garlington has been sought out for his installations. In 2010, Michael

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Amos Nachoum Lecture: The Art of Making Icon Images Versus Taking Pictures

Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 7PM $10 General Admission; $5 Students & Seniors Amos Nachoum is a wildlife photographer and explorer. He has shot just about everything there is to shoot, war, journalism, fashion, racing of cars and Motorcycles…but what he loves most is wildlife photography. Especially if it’s in the water. And he has become world-famous at it. So much so, in fact, that he has been asked to lead National Geographic expedition teams with Dr. Eugenie Clark, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He has co-produced documentaries with Stan Waterman, and he was the team leader for

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Mark Nelson Lecture: Second Career – The Tale of Two Processes

Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 7PM Free Lecture Mark Nelson, photographer, Master Printmaker and author of Precision Digital Negatives for Silver & Other Alternative Processes will speak about his adventure over the past 15 years as he switched from a professional career in mental health to a new profession as a photographer. He will focus on the factors that influenced him and the choices he made along the way to achieve his own aesthetic vision in his prints. During the presentation, Mark will show both his beautiful Platinum/Palladium and Photopolymer Gravure prints. He will illustrate how these two mediums are

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Beb C. Reynol Lecture: The Challenges of Documenting Culture in Places of Conflict

Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 7PM $5 Admission Afghanistan has witnessed many decades of conflict, yet the scars of this conflict are not always evident. Since 1999, international photojournalist Beb C. Reynol has worked on several projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan, revealing the untold stories of the Pashtun people, the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Internal warfare, past and present, has deepened ethnic and religious differences in Afghanistan culture, culminating in the Talibanization. Beb recounts that approaching Pashtuns is not easy and that the mountainous landscape, paired with randomly located checkpoints create quite a challenge, often forcing him

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Thomas Singer Lecture: Image, Symbol, and Archetype

Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 7PM Free Lecture A Discussion of the Jungian Approach to Art and Creativity Every day we are bombarded with photographic and other types of imagery that communicate to the conscious and unconscious mind, often seductively, often repulsively, and, at times, with the energy of archetypal symbolism mobilizing deep feeling. As dreamers, artists, and citizens, we sometimes are able to give expression to our deepest yearnings, fears, beliefs, and perceptions through what C.G. Jung called “the creative unconscious.” This lecture will explore how we are all influenced–in our individual and group psyches–by the symbolic images that

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First 50 Years of Photography with Jeff Martz: Part 5

Part 5: The Art of Photography Thursday, August 8, 2013, at 7PM Free, Various Evenings You are invited to join photographer and art historian Jeffrey Martz for a tour through the astonishing first 50 years of photography. In this series, we will explore the origins, the pioneers, the journeys, the expansion, and the art of a medium that revolutionized human communication. Using the best possible reproductions we will see the technologies, practitioners, and key works that made photography central to the story of the world. The series is intended for both the newcomer to this history and the curious expert

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First 50 Years of Photography with Jeff Martz: Part 4

Part 4: The Expansion of Photography Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 7PM You are invited to join photographer and art historian Jeffrey Martz for a tour through the astonishing first 50 years of photography. In this series, we will explore the origins, the pioneers, the journeys, the expansion, and the art of a medium that revolutionized human communication. Using the best possible reproductions we will see the technologies, practitioners, and key works that made photography central to the story of the world. The series is intended for both the newcomer to this history and the curious expert looking to contribute

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First 50 Years of Photography with Jeff Martz: Part 3

Part 3: The Journeys of Photography TUESDAY, June 4, 2013, at 7PM You are invited to join photographer and art historian Jeffrey Martz for a tour through the astonishing first 50 years of photography. In this series, we will explore the origins, the pioneers, the journeys, the expansion, and the art of a medium that revolutionized human communication. Using the best possible reproductions we will see the technologies, practitioners, and key works that made photography central to the story of the world. The series is intended for both the newcomer to this history and the curious expert looking to contribute

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