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Lisa Ahlberg, Captain America, Thor

 

+ Who are the instructors?
We offer three sections of Photo I Digital (and two sections of Photo I Black and White) each with a different instructor. Check out their work in person at the Photo Center Faculty Exhibition or on our website here.

+ Is there a payment plan?
We have a great 2-part payment plan for the budget conscious: just put down a 15% deposit to start and we’ll bill you twice during the quarter. There.. that doesn’t seem so bad!

+ Who will be in my class?
Limited to 12 students, each of our courses has an eclectic mix of students: a handful of engineers, a cook, parents, professionals and entrepreneurs… it’s a fun crowd!

+ What if I can’t commit to a 10-week course?
Tell me about it! If you’re strapped for time, take our 4-week workshop Digital SLR Fundamentals. Packed with technical information, the course offers field exercises and critique as well! Plus the teacher Matthew Williams shoots for the New York Times — let’s just say he’s a pro.

+ Still on the fence?
Drop us a line or give us a call — we would be happy to answer questions or find the best instructor fit for your goals. And we can always set up private instruction if your schedule is tight!jbrendicke@pcnw.org

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Q&A with Annie Marie Musselman

Annie Marie Musselman just recently launched an amazing Kick-Starter campaign to help her launch her new book, Finding Trust. Annie Marie, a Seattle photographer whose work focuses on documenting the unique balance and relationships between humans and animals, and most recently the lives of recovering animals at the Sarvey Wildlife Rehabilitation Center reveals a glimpse into her vision and motivation in our interview below.

It feels as though Finding Trust embodies the photography that you’ve been working on for years. How has Finding Trust enhanced and influenced your current and future photographic endeavors?
When I started shooting at Sarvey and the work became recognized around the photo world, editors would frequently say, ” just shoot them the way you photograph the animals”. I realized I was photographing them in a really natural way but would steer the look to be other worldly or spiritual, I feel that humans and animals share an inexplicable bond and it was kind of a way of uncovering that thought. I became fascinated by this connection and traveled to Uganda and Indonesian and Malaysian Borneo to uncover more of those ideas in the animal world. My new work focuses on endangered species in sanctuaries around the world, I just finished working at Wolf Haven this past year on grant from Getty Images called The Getty Images Grant For Good.

How have the experiences you’ve had with your family and friends affected your work with Sarvey Wildlife Rehabilitation Center?
It’s actually more like how has Sarvey affected my relationship to my family and friends, because as far as my family goes, I felt more connected than ever……..to see life change so drastically from my mom passing away to other animals who were also my friends coming and going from my life, it made me feel the awesome-ness if you will of this earth, the work we have to do here and the beauty of our lives. I felt so much driving home from that amazing rescue center in the foothills of the north cascades, so much would happen their, so much urgency and so much love that coming home to the city felt so irrelevant at first and then I realized it was just that I was changing a lot, caring more for myself, animals, the environment, so I wasn’t interested in things that used to, I had a new vision I guess. It was so fun and still is. The animals touched me and gave me some truths about our true selves and who we are really meant to be, and now I can never go back….

What are the next steps for the publishing of Finding Trust once you’ve reached your fundraising goal?
Kehrer Verlag will request all the high res images for the book and there are so many so I’m sure it will be quite an editing process. I do have a dummie draft of the book that I sent to them, it includes 50 frames. Tony Angell is contributing a forward for the book. Tony is an artist and writer who has published a number of award winning books on nature. His sculpture and drawings of subjects from nature have likewise won national and international awards. Once published, I will embark on a coordinated program of promotion and distribution of the volume. This effort will be critical to the eventual enjoyment and motivation that this book will provide the reader. The book should be published in 2013, that is the plan!

What are your artistic goals and ambitions once Finding Trust is published?
Kehrer wants me to have an exhibition of the work along with the book release and i’ll be looking for a gallery for that. I’ve shown the work nationally and have had two earlier exhibits one in NYC and one here in Seattle but it will be great to have a show with the complete body of work.

Can you tell me more about your newest body of work, For The Innocent? How does it relate or not-relate to your past work?
It’s a continuation of the theme of animals relating to humans in the sense that humans have the ability to save an endangered species by breeding in private sanctuaries. I just finished working at Wolf Haven and they are working tirelessly to save the Red Wolf and the Mexican Grey wolf who are both highly endangered. I have a long list of sanctuaries around the world who are doing endangered species restoration and i’m so excited to continue the work.

Annie Marie’s work has been published in National Geographic, Real Simple, Marie Claire, American Photography 23 and 25 and several publications throughout Asia and Europe. This body of work has also made it to the top 50 in the nationally juried, traveling exhibition Critical Mass. Check out her campaign today.

Women in Photography Class Portfolio

This week we saw the closing of the gallery exhibition Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India, and Afghanistan as well as the final presentations from students in Women in Photography with instructor Molly Landreth. View a selection of work from the course along with artist statements from our students.

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Kateri Town, 2

Kateri Town, 2

Kateri Town, 1

Kateri Town, 1

Kateri Town, 9

Kateri Town, 9

Kateri Town, 8

Kateri Town, 8

Kateri Town, 4

Kateri Town, 4

Laura Lowery, impossible grace2-November2012

Laura Lowery, impossible grace2-November2012

Laura Lowery, impossible grace1-November2012

Laura Lowery, impossible grace1-November2012

Annie Van Avery, Harvesting Sweet Grass, 2012

Annie Van Avery, Harvesting Sweet Grass, 2012

Annie Van Avery,  Mr Halls Couch, 2012

Annie Van Avery, Mr Halls Couch, 2012

Annie Van Avery, Della on the welcoming blanket, 2012

Annie Van Avery, Della on the welcoming blanket, 2012

Annie Van Avery,  The Fig Tree Where The Placenta Is Buried, 2012

Annie Van Avery, The Fig Tree Where The Placenta Is Buried, 2012

Annie Van Avery, Toys In The Tub, 2012

Annie Van Avery, Toys In The Tub, 2012

Susan Gans, alter ego in my dreams 2012

Susan Gans, alter ego in my dreams 2012

Susan Gans, Mortality Tales  2012

Susan Gans, Mortality Tales 2012

Susan Gans, Through The Looking Glass I See Perfection  2012

Susan Gans, Through The Looking Glass I See Perfection 2012

Susan Gans, In The Reflection We Co-exist  2012

Susan Gans, In The Reflection We Co-exist 2012

Nina Carmichael

Nina Carmichael

Nina Carmichael, thinking of my father-4

Nina Carmichael, thinking of my father-4

Nina Carmichael, sticky fingers-2

Nina Carmichael, sticky fingers-2

Lisa Ahlberg, Captain America, Thor

Lisa Ahlberg, Captain America, Thor

Lisa Ahlberg, Francisco

Lisa Ahlberg, Francisco

Lisa Ahlberg, Deshaun

Lisa Ahlberg, Deshaun

Paola Faggella, Mama Yoga

Paola Faggella, Mama Yoga

Paola Faggella, Childcare Issues

Paola Faggella, Childcare Issues

Paola Faggella, #3

Paola Faggella, #3

Paola Faggella,  MamaYoga 2

Paola Faggella, MamaYoga 2

Nick Spaccarotelli

Nick Spaccarotelli

Nick Spaccarotelli

Nick Spaccarotelli

Nick Spaccarotelli

Nick Spaccarotelli

Kateri Town
Give Me My Hill Back
I have never felt as at home as I do on Capitol Hill. I love the food, the shops, and even the weather sometimes. I remember coming here two years as an excited freshman and photographing the beauty of the Hill as I walked with my boyfriend and friends to various locations around the area.
It wasn’t until I started walking around the hill on my own that I started realizing that it isn’t as wonderful as I initially thought. A night of being chased by drunken men in a car. Days of being harassed when I walk around alone. All of these events begin to pile up and eventually led to my withdrawal the place I once loved. In the end, a majority of my summer was spent in my home, too tired and frustrated to deal with the men outside.
Is this the price of womanhood? And how are we to speak up? Defenses such as “It’s a compliment” or “You were asking for it” accepted as excuses for these acts that can are degrading and terrifying to those on the receiving end. While street harassment might seem harmless, it is a slippery slope leading towards greater acts of sexual violence.
Give Me My Hill Back is 5 images composed based around my sadness and fear. It is my attempt to encapsulate the frustration I feel. It is a simple plea. With these photographs, I am attempting to express my discontent and sadness with our society. How can the world say we are equal when I don’t feel like I can safely and happily walk around my neighborhood?

Laura Lowery
impossible grace

my images explore what it was like trying to navigate an abusive relationship.

walking on eggshells
not pushing his buttons
just wanting to breathe
constant vigilance
always cleaning up his mess
thinking ‘i should be able to fix this’
quietly crumpling under the pressure of what was kept secret

in these images, i reflect on phrases i have used to try to explain to other people what it was like to be an abusive relationship. i do this by focusing on well-known metaphors that are palpable – walking on eggshells trying not to crush them, not pushing buttons when his were countless and unavoidable.

in this project, i have been inspired by the work of francesca woodman, sophie calle, and gazelle samizay. with this project i hope to ultimately show that living in – and getting out of – an abusive relationship does not make a woman any less graceful, if anything it makes her more so.

Susan Gans
Our private lives are a composite of dreams, fantasies, truth, and questions. In the mix is reality capped by a compilation of successes and failures that are the public accounting of who we have been. At the moment when one realizes there is no time for a redo …then what?

This question permeates my daily life. It is a ritual. I think about the events that have shaped my personality and affected my decisions. I stare at my fears and the sense of disconnection to the future. I wonder if I can be vital today or tomorrow. Will I ever really reach the stars or have a modicum of success at this age in a world that seems to value youth and beauty above all else. Does it matter?

Mannequins have served as my muse. They wear the symbols and express the rules for success in the world as I have known it. They are both friends and enemies. I am fascinated by them and despise them. As this project is a documentary study, the sequences include actual portraits that partner with the mannequin photographs. In keeping with a traditional documentary style from my era these images and montages are in black and white.

The context for this project is influenced by the work of: Claude Cahon, Dora Maar, Valerie Belin, and Cindy Sherman because their work explores identity, the unconscious mind, ambiguity and societal perception. However, the final presentation will look at two other photographers whose work is somewhat related: Mary Ellen Mark and Vivian Maier because their work extends the meaning of portraiture in the social sense and looks at their own experience with aging.

Nina Carmichael
In all honesty I just want to play. As I age out of childhood and transition from youth to adult I realize I’ve forgotten how important it is. This series is an attempt to tap into my childhood mind in order to dress-up my early adulthood experience. This project has allowed me to intentionally set time away for myself to be with myself in an intimate and innocent way and for that I am truly thankful.

Lisa Ahlberg
Increasingly the popular image of the Seattle area is Microsoft and hi tech, Starbucks and $5 coffees, ever-fancier restaurants with ever-higher prices and all that goes with that.

I am interested in a different Seattle. The Seattle of working people; those of all backgrounds and nationalities including the many immigrant workers who are changing Seattle and the surrounding cities, as they are so much of the United States.

The wealthy have always had their portraitists. I choose other subjects.
I am an industrial worker myself and it is working people I turn to with my camera. I am influenced by outstanding photographers such as Mike Disfarmer, Milton Rogovin and Seydou Keita, Diane Arbus artists who have all produced revealing portraits that capture a certain place and time as well as the dignity of their subjects.

For over 10 years I have photographed in White Center, an old Seattle-area working-class neighborhood of shipyard workers, housekeepers, landscapers and others. My photos aim to capture the dignity of every-day working people. I am inspired by Malcolm X who was asked once in an interview if he was trying to wake people up to their oppression. “No,” he answered, “I am trying to wake them up to their own self-worth.”

Paola Faggella
I never wanted to be a single mother. I don’t wish it upon anyone. With it come the projective thoughts either born out of anxiety or attempts to come up with contingency plans. “What do I do if I’m sick?” “How do I work fulltime and take care of her?” “Do I really care about that pile of laundry or do I want to read her a book?” I have piles in my mind of all the things I need to take care of. One has to be stealth at making decisions and finding moments of rest. Being a mama bear is a gift. These photos even in moments of despair and sickness are the roar of never stopping for my child.

Nick Spaccarotelli
World Individual
Come one, come all,
There’s no such thing as right.
Each person’s unique,
Got their own light.
Meticulous with ones creativity,
That’s the name of the game.
Don’t like how it works?
Step back and give yourself blame.

Photo Center receives $20,000 grant from 4Culture

This week the Photo Center received a $20,000 grant from 4Culture to put the finishing touches on our newly renovated daylight studio and we are jumping with joy. We are deeply thankful for the support we have received from 4Culture through this grant and in years past. THANK YOU, 4Culture!!

What does this mean for you?
This beautiful new space was designed for you, it is a flexible platform that can function as a traditional studio, a daylight studio, classroom, meeting and project space. This room is connected to our brand new advanced digital media lab so you can go from shooting to post production in minutes. Sign up for a class or workshop to get a chance to use the space and stay tuned for an opening event, at which point it will be available for rental.

What does this mean for the Photo Center?
Did you know the Photo Center is a non profit organization? This new space allows us serve hundreds of additional individuals, double our revenue and continue to enhance our programs. As we make significant upgrades to our facilities we open our doors to any community member who wishes to use our space. Our new facilities and enhanced programs place us at the forefront of photographic education in the region, come join us!

Final Exposure

Felix Hidajat

It’s pretty safe to assume that we love our students and are about as proud of them as we would be of our own children. How could you not when they are this awesome?!

Lo and behold! That is not The Avengers you are looking at, this awesome group of students met in the darkroom as they were going through our B&W class series and immediately clicked. From our offices we can hear them laughing, shouting “CORNER!” as they enter the darkroom, and having serious conversations about how to improve their work. Now this fierce group of gelatin silver heroes have joined forces to put together an exciting show at the Alki Arts at the Harbor Steps.

In case it wasn’t evident by this fantastic group portrait, this group only knows one word: epic. Final Exposure (how epic is that?) opens this coming Wednesday, wait for it, 12/12/12. Join us in supporting this incredibly creative group from 5-7PM. Details below.

Michelle Taul, one of the artists said, “The six of us connected in B&W3/Intro to Zone in a way that is rare in this world. We supported each other in every way and with a little friendly competition, it brought out the best of each of us in the most lovely way. Thanks to Kristan, we had an amazing opportunity to put this show together at Alki Arts at the Harbor Steps – a gorgeous space just a block from the Seattle Wheel!”

Rummage Sale!

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It’s here! Remember the madness last year? Our annual Photo Center Rummage Sale is back and you might just find what you were looking for. Join us on Sunday, December 16th, 12-7PM. Please note that the 12-2pm slot is open to students and members only, so if you want first dibs on all the great stuff consider becoming a member or signing up for a class!!

ITEMS AVAILABLE:

B&W Lab / Darkroom Supplies:
-Tongs
-Trays
-Safelights
-Squeegees
-Tanks (plastic and metal)
-Reels (plastic and metal)
-Negative Carriers
-Easels
-Contact Sheet Makers
-Enlarging Lenses
-Grain Focusers
-Filters
-Spot toner
-Stacks upon stacks of photographic paper, including color

Slide Projectors, Carousels, and Slide Mounts

Enlargers!!!
-Durst
-Omega
-Chromega
-Saunders
-Beseler
-Vivitar

Printers

Film Cameras and Lenses

Digital Cameras and Lenses

Camera Bags

Computer towers and Monitors

Studio Equipment

Photography books/magazines

Office Furniture

First Mondays: Discussion Group

The first Monday of the month is almost here!

Please join us for an evening of discussion and camaraderie, lead by thesis student and photographer Dan Hawkins.

The First Monday Discussion Group will be meeting at 6pm on December 3rd at the Photo Center.  The reading this month is an essay by Edward Weston on the portrait photograph.

Here a few excerpts and themes from Weston’s writing to stir your thoughts:

The relationship between the photographer and the camera:

“the portrait photographer’s first concern is mastery of his equipment, and for his own sake as well as sitter’s this equipment should be as simple as possible…”

The use of extensive retouching of the negative in early silver gelatin portraits and its relationship to the image’s “authenticity”:

“I have spoken before of the importance of authenticity in a photograph: in portraiture this quality is doubly important.”

Dan writes:
Also, I am interested in this article from my own perspective:  I am not a portrait photographer.  However, when I read this and substitute the words “landscape photograph” for the word “portrait” I find that much of the writing is still relevant to my practice.   I wonder what this says about the various disciplines of photography and their relevance in the field?
Look forward to seeing you!

Holiday Print Swap Party


Jenny Riffle

Kick-off the holidays with us next Wednesday, December 5th at the Photo Center print swap!

Come meet your peers, enjoy some refreshments, and take home some beautiful photography – there is no better way to start the gift giving season than with a print swap party!

Details:
Wednesday, December 5th
6 – 7:30pm / Studio I
Bring 2 – 5 final prints, please no working prints, these should prints you’d be proud to give your mother!  Framing and matting not necessary and there are no size restrictions.

Refreshments will be served, and feel free to bring a dish or drink to share with the group.  See you there!

Contact Terry Novak with questions.