Self-Taught Teen Explores Identity Through Film Photography

arthur wechsler self portrait film photography

Arthur Wechsler discovered photography at an early age. His grandfather was a photographer in the Korean War and Arthur had one of his old cameras sitting in his room “forever.”

“One day, I think a year before he passed away, I asked for a camera, and he got me one for Christmas. I was 11 or 12 at the time,” Arthur said.

Non-Stop Action at Our Slow Food Workshop in Umbria

photography workshop italy umbria

Jeff Zaruba and I arrived in Umbria a few days before the workshop began to scout locations with our Italian assistant Lorenzo. Those first couple of days were busy, but they were nothing compared to the non-stop action once the workshop began.

We had 10 students in the group and one of the students brought along his wife. On our first day of shooting, we went to a bed and breakfast we’d scouted a year ago. The location is extremely picturesque and Eleanora was all ready for us: The kitchen was set up for us to shoot while she prepared lunch, and she’d planned a wonderful menu.

15 Perfect Gifts for Photographers

Nikon Lens Mug

Need gift ideas for the photographer in your life? Check out these handpicked gifts for the discerning photographer this holiday season.

The Image Flow has curated our list of the very best gifts for photographers. Every one of these great gifts is sure to excite and inspire professionals, advanced amateurs, and would-bes alike!

AI-AP Now Accepting Submissions for 5th Annual Latin American Photography Contest The deadline to enter AI-AP’s Latin American Fotografía and Ilustración 5 is June 3.

Submissions Open for 5th Annual Latin American Photography Contest

AI-AP Now Accepting Submissions for 5th Annual Latin American Photography Contest The deadline to enter AI-AP’s Latin American Fotografía and Ilustración 5 is June 3.

The deadline to enter AI-AP’s Latin American Fotografía and Ilustración 5 photography and illustration competition is June 3. Work made by Latin American photographers, foreign photographers working in Latin America, or on any Latin American subject is eligible to be submitted in any one of several categories including editorial, advertising, books, posters, packaging, fine art, and student.

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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.

Ballerina Misty Copeland photographed by Annie Leibovitz
This portrait of ballerina Misty Copeland is one of approximately 60 new portraits that make up Annie Leibovitz's new exhibition Women: New Portraits.

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.

Tips for night photography from expert shooter Hendrik Paul
Hendrik Paul made this photo on a night train in Poland using lighting as his flash. Photo © Hendrik Paul.

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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Photo © Jeff Zaruba

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.

© barbara hazen weekend photography workshop big sur The Image Flow
During our weekend photography workshop in Big Sur, participants spent all day on Friday shooting professional nude models. Photo © Barbara Hazen.

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.

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.

cuba photography workshop

Cuba Workshops Filling Up Fast—Reserve Your Spot Today!

cuba photography workshop

Building on the popularity and success of our first workshop in Cuba last winter, in February 2016, The Image Flow will host not one, but two Cuba photography workshops designed to give you an inside look at the most iconic aspects of Cuba, from a Cuban perspective. Space is limited to only eight lucky participants in each workshop, and both workshops are filling up fast!

Nicole Paulson taking pictures of kids
Photographer Nicole Paulson suggests getting down on

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.

film photography Zac Mosher processes his black and white images at The Image Flow
14-year-old film photographer Zac Mosher processes his black and white images at The Image Flow. Photo © Constance Chu.

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.”

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

Anthony Fendler Catherine Karnow exhibition-quality printing Vietnam retrospective
Photographer Catherine Karnow works with The Flow's Anthony Fendler to print the images for her upcoming retrospective in Vietnam.

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.

Working out of Ramses Fiat Lunch Box All the photo gear on the roof
Jock McDonald driving Ramses Batista's Fiat Lunch Box (a Cuban photographer and long-time friend), with 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.

Evelyn at the well, Lbaa Onyokia
This well was installed by the Samburu Project. The woman’s name is Evelyn and she told Rudi that the well has given her back her self-respect because she could finally have clean clothes during the seven-month long dry season. Photo © Rudi Dundas.

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.

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.