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500,600 Series Community Events

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Community Event 601

Senescence and Photographic Botany by J. Tomas Lopez

©J Thomas Lopez

“Senescence” is the process of aging or decay, the term for how vital cells and tissues deteriorate. Certain actions can prolong the life of a flower, but decay is inevitable. Artist have long looked for the beauty in this process.
Beginning with Anna Atkins and Fox-Talbot, in the 19th century to Andre Kertesz and Irving Penn in the 20th C. photographic botany has been the subject matter for photographers and artists. A forty-five minute presentation with images discussing the trajectory of the early cyanotypes of flowers and leaves to the large format decaying flowers of Irving Penn. Why are we so attracted to this kind of images?

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Community Event 602

A Visual Journey: My Story with Adam Stoltman

©Adam Stoltman

My career in photography has taken me to some unexpected places……from photographer, to covering the Olympics, to editor at national publications, to internet publisher, to project manager and consultant for large corporations and foundations, to managing collections and more.  In this candid and intimate talk, I will share stories, many quite humorous, and insights from various projects and assignments in each of these arenas.  The connective tissue of visual storytelling is a constant in all.

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 501

Land as History's Witness: Photography of Our Everyday Landscape with Dennis Dimick

©Dennis Dimick

Landscape images of nature offer photographers a chance to document vanishing wild places yet photographs of our everyday world can offer rich visual potential for the curious. Dennis Dimick, who spent decades at National Geographic editing images of altered landscapes, will show and discuss his and others’ photographs of domesticated American landscapes, and how these images serve as visual markers of our history. He will cite two recent books that focus on the power of land use photography: American Geography – Photographs of Land Use from 1840 to the Present (Radius); and American Silence, the Photographs of Robert Adams (Aperture.)

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 604

Smartphone Photography Essentials with Jack Davis

Learn the indispensable, but often hidden foundations to getting the most gorgeous photos from your smartphone - both in terms of maximizing the SHOOTING miracles your phone is capable of, as well as the quick and easy ENHANCING options that are at your fingertips as well. And now with the advent of all the mobile apps that are taking advantage of AI, the possibilities are truly endless! From dreamy slow shutter seascapes, to powerful portraits, to starry night skies, to macros, to enhancing challenging landscapes to resuscitating old family photos - this demonstration from award-winning author Jack Davis will not only empower you to take better breathtaking photos RIGHT NOW, but will also show you THE FUTURE of photography that’s knocking at the door!  

©Jack Davis, Mobile Photography Collage

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Community Event 605

Self-Publishing for Photographers with Daniel Milnor

©Daniel Milnor

Photographer, explorer, and avid self-publisher Daniel Milnor, Blurb’s “Creative Evangelist” will provide insight into how to approach self-publishing for both personal and professional needs. Milnor, who has self-published since the early 1990s, both experimental and award-winning, will give tips on how best to enjoy the self-publishing process in addition to how to strategically utilize the wide range of options available today. From books to Zines, he will walk through formats, software, and pricing strategies for projects of all sizes. Milnor will also show an assortment of case studies illustrating how self-publishing works for a variety of authors.

You will leave this lecture with an understanding of basic self-publishing options, but more importantly, with an understanding of print in general and why print is such a strategic and entertaining aspect of photography.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Community Event 607

How to Talk and Write About Your Work with Jean Miele

©Jean Miele

Do you get stuck when people ask you what your photographs are about? This hands-on, everybody-participates, mini workshop will take you beyond talking about the technical details of your photographs, and show you how to describe your work in a direct and meaningful way. In- class exercises will have you engaging people as dynamically with your words as with your pictures.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Community Event 608

A Thousand Words in One Picture? With Angelika Hala

Think of one photograph that moved you deeply.  What do you see? A person, a building, a tree, a street scape? Or does the photograph feel like an experience, does it inform you, does it make you curious, does it invite you to explore, to investigate? 

Photographs can be powerful narrative tools:  they can be documentary or journalistic, they can inform the viewer and bring understanding to the world around us and inside ourselves.

I invite you to explore with me photography as a storytelling medium, from single image to a multi-photograph narrative.  I will share with you a variety of examples of photojournalism and documentary photography, portrait series and from conceptual photography. 

My goal is to inspire you and to encourage you to find your unique narrative voice in your photographic work.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 502

A Life in Photography by Joyce Tenneson

©Joyce Tenneson

This will be a rare opportunity to share a personal walk through Joyce Tenneson’s journey, not only as a photographer, but as someone who has had a lifelong interest in teaching and empowering others.

Joyce says: “The isolation of the Covid Period gave me the opportunity not only to create a new body of work, but also to put together this collection of my very best work done over the past forty years.”

I hope you will all join us for this intimate walk through Tenneson’s life and career!

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 610

Chile in September with photographs by Raymond Depardon and David Burnett with Robert Pledge

©David Burnett

©Raymond DePardon

On September 11 of 1973, a military coup overthrew a freely elected president and his administration in a country with the second oldest constitution in the Americas, after that of the USA. Robert Pledge was an intrepid journalist who had visited Chile two years earlier with French photographer Raymond Depardon. He successfully encouraged David Burnett, a young American photographer recently back from Vietnam, to go and witness the immediate aftermath of the most brutal takeover. Fifty years later, he is bringing together for the first time the work by the two now famed photojournalists along with a few iconic images by Chilean photographers, to produce a book about the frailty of democracy and the preciousness of the rule of law.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Community Event 620

What Makes a Photo Icon? With Dr. Anthony Bannon

Dr. Anthony Bannon, prize-winning writer and much honored museum director, will tell the story of several photo icons and explore why other fine photographs are not as memorable. In the process, he will identify some of the aesthetic and thematic standards through which excellence in art and culture is recognized. Working with the audience, Bannon will create a checklist of standards that photographers could use in creating great pictures.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Community Event 612

Photography is Life Changing with Brendan Bannon

©Brendan Bannon

What do refugee children, combat veterans, jazz musicians and HIV+ Children have in common? Photographer Brendan Bannon talk about how his community collaborations and educational workshops have led to durable changes in the lives of individuals and have strengthened communities at home and abroad.

Brendan began photographing in his early 30’s to navigate depression and exhaustion. His practice draws on the lessons he learned in that process and in his work as a caregiver through his mothers’ battle with Multiple Sclerosis. “Photography offered new pathways for engagement in my life. I try to pay it forward with community projects, in the relationships I forge and the stories I tell,” said Brendan. 

Brendan will share the inspiring stories behind his pictures and the pictures his students have made over the last two decades.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday, January 27, 2023

Friday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Community Event 613

In Public: 50 Years of Street Photography with George Schaub

©George Schaub

In 2022, photographer and editor George Schaub self-published “In Public, George Schaub Photographs 1970-2020.” Illustrated with his images and captioned by readings from his book, Schaub will share his techniques for making candid and “direct” (one-on-one) street portraits, including tips on engaging subjects, framing and compositional setups and taking advantage of fruitful venues. Schaub’s attitude is that all photography is autobiographical and that the spontaneous images we make of our fellow humans are indicative of a shared space and serve as mirrors that help us both express and understand our own unique worldview. (“In Public” Blurb Books: ISBN 9798210036995

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Community Event 614

Four Photo Legends Lost This Year with: Dr. Anthony Bannon, David Burnett, Scott Mc Kiernan, Robert Pledge

As a global leader in the practice and culture of photography, FOTOfusion has enjoyed the wisdom of a unique assembly of international talent. Founding Director Fatima NeJame asked four thought leaders in photography to share their experience with four legendary photo professionals who died in this last year.

  • Arnold Drapkin
  • Dirk Halstead
  • Allison Wright
  • Douglas Kirkland

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 503

“Only A Little Planet…” with Keith Carter

©Keith Carter

A look at our history of “writing with light,” our own shared histories, and the search for meaning in a tumultuous, occasionally puzzling, and often eloquent world.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 616

NUCLEAR: From Cold War to Deep Time with Veronika Lukasova

Growing up in communism in the Czechoslovak Socialistic Republic, the threat of nuclear war posed a very vivid future. I've tried to make sense of this invisible awesome power whilst elementary school rehearsals of the safety response to the nuclear attack. The weight of this feeling and need to understand it led me many years later to stand on the precise location of where the first atomic bomb was tested - the Trinity Site which at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Understanding the subatomic world - and how can we relate to it - became my obsession that led me to fully embrace working at the intersection of art-science as an artist and academic.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Community Event 617

Stories That Need to be Told: The best of zReportage in 2022 by Ruaridh Stewart

©Ruaridh Stewart

Witness the most important events of 2022 and other stories in pictures though the lens of ZUMA Press photographers from around the world.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Community Event 618

Photographic Life Lessons with Mark Maio

Whichever point we are in our photographic journey, the tendency is to concentrate on which camera, lens, software or plugin we think we need to make better photographs. While the tools we use are important, what we see, feel and say through them is even more important. Going beyond the technical aspects of image making and using his dual career in photography (medical/technical imaging & fine art photography), Mark will discuss how each half of his photographic life contributed to the photographic life lessons that have shaped his vision and voice.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Community Event 619

The Art of Silence: Ben Martin meets Marcel Marceau with Robert Pledge

©Ben Martin

Late world-renown French mime Marcel Marceau equated photography with his own artform: “an art of silence.” This spring the National Arts Club in New York will celebrate the centenary of his birth with an exhibition of photographs by Ben Martin produced over several years in close collaboration with the great stage-performer. The book Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime, first published in 1978, will be released once again by Pomegranate Press. Martin was a Time-Life photographer who, according to the New York Times, captured "evocative images that defined the 1960s." He admitted to be “an unashamed fan of Marceau.” The great mime wrote in 1987: “It does not matter when photographs are taken, they instantly border the world of myths, they mirror an intimate reflection of our own personal story, of an imaginary moment.” Martin’s pictures constitute a unique body of work on a most singular artist. Robert Pledge who originally introduced Martin to Marceau will speak about the exceptional relation between them and their intertwined legacies.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Community Event 611

Magnificent Mangroves with Matt Stock

©Matt Stock

Miami based artist Matt Stock has been obsessed with photographing mangroves for a decade. Matt’s photographic process is inherently experimental: wet plate collodion, lumen prints, and studio lighting the wetlands at night are all a part of Matt’s photographic practice in the field. He has waded through swamps, oceans, and everything in between from sunrise to midnight in search of these visually captivating and unique subjects in order to literally and metaphorically shed light on them. Join Matt as he takes you on a journey through the wetlands to see mangroves as a source of inspiration and beauty in both the daytime and late into the night.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 504

Butterflies: Sixty Years of Wondering if it’s Gonna Be Ok with David Burnett

©David Burnett

I can’t say for sure that Irving Penn, Alfred Eisenstadt, Margaret Bourke-White, or Mary Ellen Mark might’ve experienced the same kind of little fluttering inner butterflies, which I know I experience every time I’m on my way to a shoot. In particular, where I am on assignment and something special is expected. Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t but the dirty little secret is that most photographers, including really competent, accomplished, great image makers still get a case of the butterflies even en route to the kind of gig they’ve done a dozen times. Harnessing those butterflies and making pictures in spite of them, is what it’s all about to me.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Community Event 623

The Big Headlines of 2022 with Carol Guzy, Angelika Hala, Evan Kriss, Ruaridh Stewart; moderator: Scott Mc Kiernan

A discussion of some of the year 2022 biggest news, and how it was covered, from the perspective of photographers in the field, an agency, and photo editors.  They discuss how they cover this changing world, while trying to give a voice to those who live in the shadows and tell their stories with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Community Event 624

Style Elements in Cuban Photography 1860-1960 with Ramiro Fernandez

This visual photographic presentation dives into the aspects of style in this personal collection of Cuban Photography spanning over 40 years in the making Spanning 100 years of diversity of subject matter technique, and format. Photographers Included:  Samuel A. Cohner, Armand of Havana and KORDA.  This will be an over the shoulder look at a book in progress. It will include photos from the fields of Studio Portraiture, Daily/Family Life, Sports and Revolution.

Location: Library Auditorium


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