F295: Building a Photo Center

F295: Building a Photo Center

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F295 was founded in 2004 as a social media website for photographers interested in sharing and discussing alternative approaches to image making – we were a social media site before the rise of social media!

10 years later, after offering over 120 photographer lectures, dozens of hands-on workshops by world renowned experts, several exhibitions, the release of the book Photography Beyond Technique and a lot of other quality programming (much of it free!), today we stand before you as a new start-up.

Yep, a start-up.

A start-up with a 10 year history.

We’re transforming from a virtual web based organization to a brick and mortar photo center. We have opened our “Field Office” in a terrific location in an exciting building in downtown Pittsburgh (with free parking!) and over the course of the next few months we’ll be opening various events and activities to the public including our the world premier exhibition of new work, The Cloud of Unknowing, by New York City based artist Jerry Spagnoli .

Over the years we’ve instigated dialogues, supported transformational conversations, and provided a resource for artists and educators to network, learn, and share their skills. We’re working to build the new F295 Photo Center around a vibrant exhibition, residency, and publication schedule based on the core premise that image making is an expansive and transformative process.

We’re working on a assembling a research library (to which many have already pledged contributions), a print collection for study and appreciation, and hosting a variety of interesting events that will continue build on the outstanding international reltationships F295 has created over its past 10 years.

Achieving these goals is what the 2015 membership campaign is all about.

This is a big prorject and we can’t do it alone. I hope we can count on your support today.

Please become a member.

If membership is beyond your budget, we are gladly accepting contributions of any size. Please send via Paypal to admin@f295.org. Your help is appreciated!

Image: The new, temporary “F295 Field Office” that we’re occupying while the build-out of our new home is completed. That’s our intern Ange working on the membership campaign and transcribing a recent F295 lecture for publication in a forthcoming collection. Adam Fuss is on the television (from the free lecture series we gave at B&H Photo in NYC in January).

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