2015 Lecture Previews

2015 Lecture Previews

Photographer/Artist Lectures
(all images are details from larger works by the corresponding artist)

belcherLecture2Getting Lost
Alyson Belcher

Two hundred years ago the San Francisco Peninsula consisted mostly of sand dunes and grassy hills. Today, every inch of land is covered with manmade structures and parks.  Yet there are areas of overgrown, untended wildness to be found in some of the City’s oldest parks. Belcher has spent the past several years exploring and photographing two of these parks: Golden Gate Park and the Presidio.  With a habit of veering off the beaten path, she has ventured into the farthest reaches of these parks to discover layers of mystery, darkness and light. What appears to be an ancient, untouched natural environment has a deep history of human presence. In her presentation, Belcher will discuss three recent bodies of work created in these parks, and how the investigation of each held the seeds for the next.

Read more about Alyson Belcher.
dBurkLectureDetailOn the Road Again: Embracing Photography’s Ever-Changing Landscape
Dan Burkholder

If you feel the drive is more fun than getting there, Photography is your natural home. But how do you best enjoy the journey when the destination is ever advancing? Known for constantly peeking over Photography’s elusive horizon, Dan Burkholder reveals how to put your feet up on the medium’s dash to enjoy the top-down thrills of photography’s ride. With 30-plus years of platinum printing and several digital books under his belt, nobody is a better guide to help you chart your own photographic adventure.
“If you don’t like Change, you picked the wrong f@#*ing medium.”

Read more about Dan Burkholder.


charlandArtifactDetailFrom the Basement to the Backyard
Caleb Charland

By exploring the world at hand, from the basement to the backyard, Caleb Charland has found a resonance in everyday materials and objects. An energy vibrates in that space between our perceptions of the world and the potential the mind senses for our interventions within the world. This energy is the source of all true art and science and it breeds those beloved “Ah Ha!” moments; those moments when we seem to receive an answer before we know the question, thus a sense of material harmony arises.

Charland believes wonder is a state of mind somewhere between knowledge and uncertainty. It is the basis of his practice and results in images that are simultaneously familiar yet strange. Each piece begins as a question of visual possibilities and develops in tandem with the natural laws of the world. His process often yields unexpected results measurable only through the photographic medium.

Charland’s talk will highlight early experiences that started his curious investigations and explore the connections between his artistic practice and the phenomena that surround us everyday

Read more about Caleb Charland.


chiaraDetailLectureLands End
John Chiara
Bay Area photographer John Chiara captures cityscapes in a process that incorporates a hybrid of photographic media. He creates one-of-a-kind photographs in a variety of hand-built cameras, the largest of which is a 50” x 80” field camera transported by the artist on a flatbed trailer. Once a location is selected, he situates and then physically enters the camera, maneuvering in near total darkness positive color photographic paper on the camera’s back wall. Throughout the exposure, he controls how the light enters the lens by using his hands to burn and dodge in the image. These large-scale photographs are developed by hand in a spinning drum process that agitates the chemistry over the photographic paper that lines the interior of the drum – a process that often leaves behind traces on the resulting image. Chiara’s photographs are strongly perceptual, eliciting a visceral response, yet are rendered in soft hues that exude a strong sense of the viscosity of material and the ephemerality of presence.

Chiara will discuss his influences and approach to making photographs.

Read more about John Chiara.


elmalehLectureImageOn the Road
Lisa Elmaleh

A reverence for history and the past has always been a source of inspiration for Lisa Elmaleh. Through this presentation, Elmaleh will discuss how traversing the rural American landscape has brought her to the places and people she has photographed. The focus of the presentation will be American Folk, a body of work depicting traditional Appalachian musicians.

Read more about Lisa Elmaleh.


JimenezLecturePlaying with the Invisible
David Jiménez

Life’s images pass in front of us. Whether they be important or not, they are part of a whole which we call our life. This sensations are often trapped in our memories and later take on different shapes that play with each other, to become something else, our memories. Made out of fragments of life, things seen and felt throughout the years suddenly come together, separate, become connected or related in a different place and create another story, another universe, and come into view.

With my photographic work I try to follow a similar process, to create art pieces that are alive. That is why some of my works contain photographs made during a 15-year period, or even longer. The individual images are in fact like words or phrases that combine to create larger structures, where the entanglement of these particles plays the most important role. Links that emerge like sparks in the darkness, relations that are present or could be imagined, that sometimes are able to awake other images that live inside us, transforming the meaning of what we know and perceive.

Together with the discussion of these ideas, this lecture would be a presentation of some of my works, specially focused in my books Infinito (2000) and versus (2014), both of which have partially hidden structures that can lead to the consideration of issues about the medium´s narrative and the construction of the photographic work. I will also explain the working process behind these projects and the main ideas that lead to it.

Read more about David Jiménez.


kelleyLectureAn Accidental Visual Diary
Niniane Kelley

I began to occasionally visit Lake County on weekends. It is a quiet, rural area centered around a large lake, and the volcanic soils of Mt. Konocti play host to wine vineyards and orchards of walnuts and pears. A quiet respite from the frenetic urgency of San Francisco.

It was a place where I was able to stop and exhale the tension that I carried with me through the week. As much as I adore San Francisco, its advantages are tempered with a creeping oppressiveness that is a result of a lifetime of anxiety and an acutely sensitive temperament.

These trips often resulted in leisurely adventures with no motive in mind other than to seek pleasure in the landscape. As I became intimate with the hills and waterways, my stack of negatives grew. And then in them I discovered a visual diary I hadn’t set out to write.

The gum bichromate prints created from these negatives bely viewers expectations of time and place.  The invoke feelings of reminiscence and romance brought forth in a haze of thoughts and softly recalled memories.

Read more about Niniane Kelley



meansLectureThe Memory of Loss
Amanda Means

Amanda Means was raised on a farm in Marion, NY, a small Upstate farming community. She grew up living close to the natural world, observing the changes of seasons and weather, the constantly shifting light on the fields and in the woods. Her childhood was spent exploring the plants, wildlife, and insects that
surrounded her on this 150 acre farm.

Means moved to New York City over thirty-five years ago. Her artwork reflects a sense of nature in this crowded, urban environment. Initially, Means photographed tangles of underbrush in the countryside and printed the results in her lower Manhattan darkroom. The tangles represented the chaotic environment that surrounded her. Later on she photographed leaves and flowers without a camera using a process similar to making photograms. Now Means continues to explore the duality of natural and human built environments by photographing light bulbs and water glasses. She explores how the mysterious presence of natural forces can be found even in these mass-produced, seemingly soulless, little objects. She is also developing a series of abstractions that evolved out of and relate to previous bodies of work.

Means will show slides to illustrate her early beginnings and how her connection
to the natural world influenced (and continues to influence) her various series of images.

Read more about Amanda Means


Several more artists will soon be announced!

Issues in the Business of Photography Lectures

cataneseLectureContemporary Photobook Perspectives
Melissa Catanese

Pittsburgh-based artist and bookseller, Melissa Catanese wears many hats when it comes to the photobook. In this discussion, Catanese shares her experiences working as an artist, a publisher and retailer, and a distributor of international art books. She offers unique perspectives into the art of making a photobook, the ideas behind curating Spaces Corners – a specialized bookshop founded by her and her partner Ed Panar, and the current state of the photobook in today’s US market.

Read more about Melissa Catanese


rKellyLectureCopyright in the Digital Age: A Primer for Photographes and Image-Makers
Richard Kelly

Whether you are creating visual works for an exhibition, to share online, to publish traditionally or for commissioning clients, photographers need to understand the basics of copyright law. Copyright in the age of digital copying and distribution presents its own set of unique challenges. By understanding the law, you understand your copyright to the work you create. By understanding the current cultural climate as it relates to copyright, you gain perspectives in utilizing new tools to leverage your position as a visual communicator.

In this thought provoking lecture you will learn how copyright impacts: social media, digital publishing, terms of service, work made for hire, fair use, creative commons.

Read more about Richard Kelly


klimekLectureThe Subtle Craft of Creating Fine Art Editions for the Photographer
Stan Klimek

I believe the art in good platinum printmaking perhaps is not unlike the work of a good literary translator that has taken a classic novel and translated it faithfully into another language working diligently to reproduce the feeling and essence of what the artist wanted to share.

If there is one thing that needs to be addressed when printing for another artist with a process that they have not incorporated before is that they will be very protective of their art.

It is helpful to consider that this artist has committed and sacrificed his entire life to the pursuit of photography. His or her images define who they are and they protect their creations closely and now someone else is going to translate them – they can be vulnerable.

I would like to talk about how to bridge this gap by employing with time honored printmaking practices which will provide the artist the evolution of a predictable body of work that comes from the artist/printmaker collaboration.

Read more about Stan Klimek.

Virtual World, Virtual Gallery?
Brian Taylor & Robert Hirsch

“When bankers get together they talk about art. When artists get together, they talk about money.” -Oscar Wilde

Rest assured, Brian Taylor and Robert Hirsch are aware that any discussion regarding the business of photography has the potential to be a dull affair. Fortunately, these two gallery directors from opposite coasts of the country have assembled a provocative, illustrated presentation guaranteed to engage you in a lively conversation about the future of viewing photographs. Join us in sharing opinions on heated topics including the relevance of bricks and mortar galleries in an age of infinite online imagery, your ego, scale, historic tradition, Walter Benjamin, money, appropriate media for viewing digital versus film based photographs, your ego, and kids these days.

Read more about Brian Taylor & Robert Hirsch

One more business speaker will soon be announce

Industry Experts Educate Lectures:

The Profound Importance of Paper and Choice
David Farmerie
Sponsor: Hahnemühle

With the proliferation of digital printing technologies, paper companies have followed by adapting their traditional fine art papers to the digital printing medium. This, in and of itself, has added enormously to the possibilities of the photographer’s creative vision. And now, as many photographers are returning, at least in part, to alternative processes, the creative possibilities are nearly endless.

This seminar will discuss the important role that paper now plays in the creative process. With hundreds of papers to choose from, how do we decide? What distinguishes one paper from another? How do we use these choices to our fullest advantage?

Read more about David Farmerie


Know Your Materials: 500 Years of Papermaking
Ed Brickler
Sponsor: Canson-Infinity

This compelling and interactive presentation by Robert Toth, VP of Marketing for Canson will expand your knowledge and understanding of paper which will greatly facilitate paper selection for your next project.

The Canson paper mill was found in 1557, the Arches mill was founded in 1492, and both are still in commercial use today. You will have the opportunity to see historical and visual references from these two fascinating sites that will illustrate the paper making process. We’ll discuss what differentiates fine art paper from “everyday” commercial paper and compare and contrast the two basic types of paper machines, Fourdrinier and Cylinder Mold and the benefits of both. Basic paper terminology, a description of raw materials and a discussion on paper permanence will also be included.

All artists and photographers should have an intimate understanding of their materials and this seminar will provide you with a solid foundation of paper knowledge!

Read more about Ed Brickler


HillLecturetOvercoming Adversity In Night Photography: The relationship between photographers and their tools
Speaker: Matt Hill
Sponsor: Gradus Group

Let’s face it, making images in an (apparent) lack of light seems counter-intuitive. Yet hardy and intrepid night photographers continue to pursue their craft. There is and always has been a symbiotic relationship between night photographers and the tools used to make images. Without one, there would be no other. Explore with Matt how the right gear has historically and presently expanded creative horizons when patiently chasing the long exposure.


Creating Fine Art Prints in the Digital Darkroom
Speaker: Evan Parker
Sponsor: Moab/Legion

Many photographers still very much enjoy the process of printing film negatives in the wet darkroom. In this interesting and compelling lecture, Evan Parker will reveal how to bring that same love of process and technique into today’s digital darkroom. He will share how printing with archival inks on a variety of substrates can be creative extensions of your photographic work that can open doors to new ways of realizing projects. He’ll discuss creative aspects of printing workflow, how these play into creating terrific prints, and a few simple things you can do in your studio to help color accuracy, and more. All designed to share with you new and interesting ways to create interesting and compelling images!


LytroLectureThe Next Step: Light Field Imaging
Speaker: Rick Berk
Sponsor: Lytro

Light field imaging represents the next step in creative imaging. Using the Lytro ILLUM light field camera, photographers can create images that tell a deeper story, images that are interactive, where attributes like focal point, depth of field, and even perspective are changeable after the image is captured. Light field images allow for a variety of output options, from creative print applications, to video animations of the image changing focus, depth of field, and perspective. Lytro’s Rick Berk will take you through the steps to capturing great light field images and how they can be used for video, print, and online applications.

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