SPE WEST & SPE SOUTHWEST November 13-15, 2015

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I recently got back from a planning trip to Joshua Tree, CA to visit the Joshua Tree Retreat Center as well as sites for the Fall Regional SPE meeting. This year, SPE WEST has joined in with SPE SOUTHWEST and we are excited to present a highly requested weekend inclusive retreat experience! Registration for SPE SW/W members will start in August and in September for other members. This is a members only retreat. Visit www.spenational.org to join as a member to receive your registration invite.

Experience the natural beauty and creative character of Joshua Tree with an all inclusive weekend at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and son, Lloyd). Conference programming will include Honored Educators Mark Klett and Sant Khalsa, guest speakers, round-table discussions, and portfolio sharing as well as field trips to the National Park, Andrea Zittel’s Studio and High Desert Test Sites, Noah Purifoy’s Art Park, Sounds Baths at the Integratron and more. a

Relax and rejuvenate with SPE friends at the pool and jacuzzi, gazing at the night skies or on a hike or meditation walk. Open to student and regular members.

Artist Spotlight: Giovanna Giordano

In commercial photography – the retoucher often works behind the scenes with the photographer to assemble and “finish” the image. Likened to a book editor’s relationship to an author – the retoucher is less of a “star” and while often gets paid well, goes uncredited. In this case – when the concept asks for the retouching to almost dominate the original photograph – giving credit where credit is due is valid. San Francisco based Giovanna Giordano is one such artist that makes pixel magic happen.

Out from the Dark: Adobe Photoshop Turns 25

Ever wonder how Photoshop decided to name its’ tools? Traditional Darkroom guru Konrad Eek tells us all about it. Want to take a darkroom or digital class? Join us in SF! www.ccsf.edu/photo

Tutorial: Adding Spin Blur in Photshop CC

I think the blur tools in Photoshop are some of the most used filters in professional post production processes. Here’s a new one as introduced by Julieanne Kost and AdobeTV.com. -Erika   “In this video, Julieanne demonstrates how to use the new, nondestructive Spin Blur in Photoshop to create realistic motion effects including the ability to spin an object at variable angles, as well emulate traditional strobe effects with the ability to define the strength, number of flashes and duration.”:

Spring 2015 Lecture Series “Photographers & Their Images”

Register until March 9th for this 1 unit late start class – or simply attend for free! Open to the Public

The Spring 2015 line up for “PH52: Photographers and Their Images” featuring professional photographers who come to lecture and show their work at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Monday nights throughout the Spring 2015 semester has been announced. Be sure to register for this one unit course to secure your seat . This series of lectures is available to be taken for one college credit and there are no pre-requisites. Lectures this semester are free and open to the public as indicated as part of CCSF’s Concert and Lecture Series. Register online now or stop by the photography issue room (160) to pick up an add code.   REGISTER HERE

PH52-501 “Photographers and Their Images”, (1) CRN 36304 (transfers to CSU)

Instructor: Erika Gentry
Location: CCSF, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Ave,  San Francisco, CA Visual Arts Lecture Hall 115
Meeting times*: Six Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 P.M: 3/9 3/16, 3/23, 4/6, 4/13, and 4/20
*You may make up a missed lecture or get extra credit by attending an offsite lecure as listed below.

MAPS and Directions

You may also see a list of past lecturers here. For more information and to get an add code for the course contact Erika Gentry or stop by the Photography Lab Issue Room V160.


3/9/2015 MICHAEL JANG:
 Michael Jang’s is a unique story. For the last forty years, he has earned a living as a portrait photographer, capturing iconic figures such as Jimi Hendrix, Ronald Reagan, and Robin Williams, among others. However, this unassuming Asian-American photographer has also been simultaneously infiltrating and documenting a number of groups and subcultures from all strata of society: from celebrity parties in Beverly Hills to the youth of Castro’s Cuba, from South City gangs to Old West rodeos, and from the punk rock scene of the late 70s to the teenage garage bands of early 2000s San Francisco. His images are allegories of particular points in time, characterized by their candid honesty, decisiveness, and vivacity. SFMoMA has recently acquired a number of his early prints and has exhibited them alongside contemporaries such as Garry Winogrand, Diane Arbus, and Lee Friedlander.

3/16/2015 SAM WOLSON:
Sam Wolson is a a freelance photographer and multimedia producer from Detroit, Michigan currently based out of Oakland, California. I have been published in Slate, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, and am a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post. I love magic tricks, photographing animals, exploring new places, and grew up on a flower farm. I have won awards and scholarships from PND Photo Annual, AP Images, The Eddie Adams Workshop, the Look3 festival and recently attended the New York Times Portfolio review.

3/23/15  ERIC CHENG: Eric Cheng is an award-winning photographer and publisher, and is the Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI, the makers of the popular Phantom aerial-imaging quadcopter. Throughout his career, Cheng has straddled his passion for photography, entrepreneurship, technology and communication. He publishes Wetpixel.com, the leading underwater-photography community on the web, and writes about his aerial-imaging pursuits at skypixel.org  His work as a photographer has been featured at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum and in many media outlets including Wired, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Make, Photography Week, ABC, CBS, CNN and others. His video work has been shown on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and on virtually every news network around the world.

Caught between technical and creative pursuits, Eric holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where he also studied classical cello performance. He leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world, and has given seminars and lectures internationally at events including TEDx, the Churchill Club, Photoshelter Luminance, CES, SXSW, AsiaD, DEMA, and others.
4/6/2015  NIGEL POOR: For many years my work has explored the various ways people make a mark and leave behind evidence of their existence. I am interested in forms of portraiture and explore this vastly mined photographic area through unconventional means. I have used fingerprints and hands, objects people have thrown out, human hair, dirt, dryer lint and dead insects as indexical markers of human presence and experience. I am trying to explore the troubling question of how to document life and what is worthy of preservation. In 2011 my interest in investigating the marks people leave behind led me to San Quentin State Prison. My lecture will focus on several collaborative projects I am currently working on with a group of men at the prison.

Nigel Poor’s work has been shown at: San Jose Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, Friends of Photography, SF Camerawork, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Haines Gallery in San Francisco. Her work is in the collections of the SFMOMA, the M.H. deYoung Museum, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and Corcoran Gallery of Art. She received her BA from Bennington College and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and is a Professor at CSU Sacramento.

4/13/2015 LISA WISEMAN
Lisa Wiseman’s photography focuses on intimate authentic portraiture. It explores transitions, in-between spaces, and liminal moments with the image as the crux between the before and after. The intersections and deconstructions of collective memories and identity development informs and shapes her work. Her images are both quiet and confrontational, often honing in on subtle details which, as pieces of the whole, become their own portraits. She explores how a subject’s posture, gaze and surrounding visual details engage the viewer to construct and impose their imagined reality upon the image.

Lisa is a commercial advertising and fine art photographer. She received her BA in sociology from the University of California Berkeley and her BFA in photography from The Academy of Art University. She lives in San Francisco and travels regularly for assignments. Some of her clients include AAA, AIGA, Polk Audio, The Chicago Tribune, Eleven Inc., GMMB, Ladies’ Home Journal, NYLONGuys, UCB Biopharma, Underground Advertising, Wired and Yoga Journal. http://www.lisawiseman.com

4/20/2015 JESSICA INGRAM: Jessica Ingram (b. 1977 Nashville, TN) is based in Oakland, CA. She received degrees in photography and Political Science from NYU and her MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. She is Assistant Professor in Graduate Fine Arts and Undergraduate Photography at California College of the Arts, Jessica Ingram’s photography and video practice is motivated by her desire to understand how people relate, what they long for, and what motivates the choices they make. Her recent bodies of work include A Civil Rights Memorial, about histories from the Civil Rights era in the American South. Working with photography, audio, and text, the work explores little known histories, and interweaves quiet landscape photographs of largely un-memorialized sites of atrocities and written accounts of the historic events and related court cases, with audio recollections of loss, trauma, and transformation. Hilltop High, a multi-year project about young mothers attending an alternative high school for pregnant teenagers in San Francisco. Using photography and video, this work explores a dramatic moment of transformation in the lives of the young women at the school. She is currently working on Love Rich Land, revealing rich yet marginal areas in the American South. Within photographic works of portraits in golden light and landscapes of dripping moss and abandoned sites of industry, Ingram examines ideas of power, disappearance, and continuous reconstruction in the American South.

Jessica’s work has been published and exhibited internationally. Jessica was awarded the 2012 Santa Fe Prize. Her work has been published in the New York Times, GUP, OjodePez, and Etiqueta Negra. Jessica is a contributing editor to What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art (SUNY Press 2004). Jessica is a principal member of Cause Collective, along with artists Hank Willis Thomas and Ryan Alexiev. Cause Collective has received multiple large scale public art commissions, most recently at the Birmingham International Airport in Alabama, and multiple commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Oakland International Airport, Oakland Museum of California, and SF Camerawork. Along the Way, a video she completed with the Cause Collective was an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

Artist Spotlight: Alejandro Cartagena “Carpoolers”

I first saw Cartagena’s work in 2013 at the Kopeikin Gallery booth at a San Francisco art fair.  They are particularly powerful when arranged in a grid form. – Erika


To start, I am a big fan of Alejandro Cartagena’s photographs.  In his recent series Car Poolers, he documents and captures construction workers carpooling to and from work. Compositionally, they are compelling and even painterly.  Often displayed in a grid at the Kopeikin Gallery, each photograph feels just as powerful when together as when they are apart.


Cartagena takes photographs in Monterrey, Mexico, documenting parts of everyday life there that he sees as depicting “a global issue from a local perspective.”  In a town that has a relatively new, booming construction market, Cartagena decided to document a side of the day laborers’ lives that might not often be seen: the commute to and from work at various construction sites.

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With a bird’s eye view over the trucks commuting to and from work, Cartagena captures images of laborers carpooling in the back of pickup trucks – in a variety of different forms and positions: hidden and outright, sleeping and awake, looking directly at the camera and looking away, and so forth.

The view from above offers Cartagena’s photographs something unique – partially we as viewers are posed and posited as voyeurs.  When Cartagena captures images of people who are trying to hide from being seen, we are then in a strange position – one that is both intriguing and embarrassing.  It also serves almost as an x-ray might in a medical office, opening up our eyes to a world of possibilities as one thinks of all of the trucks and vehicles that pass by us everyday, with unknown precious cargo hidden within the walls and confines of the truck bed.

Cartagena looks to these carpoolers as a testament to the workers, who in his own words, “are staying honest and legit.”  Regardless, I find Cartagena’s photographs to be compositionally beautiful and conceptually relevant.

He has another ongoing photography series and project called “Landscape as Bureaucracy” wherein he examines the dream of owning a house and its perils in contemporary Mexico.  These series speak to one another in many ways, as Monterrey is said to have seen 360,000 plus new homes arise in and around the city in just the six years he has been documenting the phenomenon.  And there is something deeply personal and profound in Cartagena’s photographs, whether they are landscapes or portraits. – Ellen C. Caldwell is an LA-based art historian, editor, and writer.


It’s week three at CCSF but with the MLK holiday many are just joining in this week. The Photography department has some amazing classes at 50 Phelan Ave, SF, CA right near the Balboa BART station – and we’d love to have you join us! Enjoy some work from my former students in the below slideshow!

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ENROLLMENT IS AS EASY AS 1-2-3 – only $46 a unit!
1. Visit the the Spring 2015 schedule to choose your classes
2. Follow the admissions process
3. Register for the class (registration is required to attend). Only $46 per unit for CA residents!
4. Don’t have the pre-requisite but feel you have adequate experience? You may challenge into any class. Contact Joanne Bilodeau, Department Secretary to schedule a challenge test. Note that if you challenge any class – you waive your right to take it in the future. Joanne Bilodeau: (415) 452-5173 jbilodea@ccsf.edu


See the schedule  for meeting location at the Ocean campus AND be sure to attend the next class meeting to get your ad code! You can also email the Instructor or call the issue room 415-452-3422 for an add code for some classes. Do this asap to secure your seat and in some cases – save a section!PHOT 50A. History and Aesthetics of Photography (4)

Mondays 12:10-3:00PM – GENTRY
Lec-4, field trips   P/NP Available
Illustrated lectures on the achievements of important photographers. Designed to stimulate visual thinking and creative problem solving. Visits to museums, films and slide lectures. UC/CSUPHOT 50B. History and Aesthetics of Photography Since 1945 ONLINE CLASS(4)
Lec-4, field trips   P/NP Available
History of photography since 1945, highlighting achievements of important photographers. Designed to stimulate visual thinking and creative problem solving. Topics covered are: avant garde, surrealism, symbolism, fictional photographs, structuralists, post-modernism, pop art, current uses of landscape images, contemporary color, and photography’s interactions with modern painting, video, performance and computer. Visits to museums and galleries. UC/CSU

PHOT 51. Beginning Photography (3) Multiple Sections including am, pm and weekends!
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available / PREREQ.: none
A basic course introducing photographic capture, processing and output practices. Introduction to small format cameras including both film and digital; exposure calculations, film and digital capture, scanning, digital printing, and presentation techniques. This course explores both the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography UC/CSU

PHOT60B Intermediate Photoshop (3)  Mondays 3-6pm / Wednesdays 4:10-6:00pm – GENTRY
PREREQ.: PHOT 60A or PHOT 81D or VMD 154 ADVISE: PHOT 51 and PHOT 100/VMD 101/DSGN 101
An in-depth exploration of digital tools that will provide students skills to create expressive images and explore various electronic methods of output. Students will integrate available technical resources in preparation for a rapidly changing field. The course includes lectures, demonstrations, creative assignments, lab exercises and class critiques. UC/CSU

PHOT 52. Photographers and Their Images LATE START CLASS (1) Starts Monday 3/9 6:30pm – GENTRY
Lec-1   P/NP Available / PREREQ.: none
Professional photographers present and discuss their work in both technical and aesthetic terms. This is a unique opportunity for photography students to meet world renowned photographers and discuss topics in a question and answer format CSU
Meets six Mondays starting 3/9/2015
Speakers: Eric Chen, Michael Jang, Jessica Ingram, Lisa Wiseman, Nigel Poor and Sam Wolson

PHOT 57. Photography for the Web ONLINE CLASS (3)
Lec-3, lab-1   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demo of exit skills
Introduction to the role of photography in multimedia. Beginning digital imaging, image acquisition, and the production process. Emphasis on the application of these skills integrated with other digital media. Using these techniques, students will explore conceptually the use of photographic images in multimedia. Includes lab assignments anddemonstrations of hardware and software necessary for the contemporary photographer to succeed in the electronic age. CSU

PHOT 80. Outdoor and Ambient Light Photography (3) Wednesdays 12:10-4:00pm
Lec-3, lab-1, field trips   P/NP Available
A hands-on, how-to course in managing natural light. Emphasis is on outdoor and existing light; designed to relate lighting to photo-aesthetics and visual communication. CSU

PHOT 81A. Intermediate Photo: B & W Film/Darkroom (3) T/TH 12:10-3:000pm
Lec-3, lab-3   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demonstration of exit skills.
An intermediate black & white film photography course with emphasis on film processing and darkroom printing. topics include camera exposure, black & white films and enlarging papers, contrast control, camera filters, elementary lighting, electronic flash, medium format cameras, finishing techniques and aesthetics of photography. UC/CSU

PHOT 81B. Advanced Photo: B & W Film/Darkroom (3) T/TH 9:10am-12:00pm
Lec-3, lab-3   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills
An intensive exploration of the controls and materials of the black and white photographic process. The course emphasizes fine printing, optimization of the negative, archival processing procedures and an exploration into various films, papers and developing chemistry. CSU

PHOT 81D. Intermediate Photo Digital Intermediate Photo: Digital (3) T/TH 6:10pm-9:00pm
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 ADVISE: DSGN 101; and ENGL 93 or ESL 160
A digital photography course advancing the technical and creative concepts introduced in Beginning Photography. Topics include: Digital camera configurations, exposure control, workflow management, nondestructive editing, image manipulation and enhancement, archiving, printing options, and presentation. Discussions on visual literacy and contemporary photography as well as review of student work are integral. CSU

PHOT 86 Mixed Media and the Photographic Image (3) Wednesdays 12:00-5:00pm
Lec-2, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills
This is a beginning, intermediate, and advanced exploration of the photographic image through various alternative and non-silver processes. Students will learn a variety of traditional non-silver printing methods which can also be combined with more contemporary mediums. CSU

PHOT 85A. Beginning Lighting Techniques (4) Two sections M/W 9am-12 or 6:10-9pm
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demonstration of exit skills. ADVISE:  DSGN 101 (concur.)
Through demonstration and hands-on experience students explore the basic and technical use of ambient, tungsten and electronic flash illumination as it is used in photography. Students will work with a variety of lighting equipment and accessories. CSU

PHOT 90 Portraiture (4) T/TH 6:10pm-9:00pm
Lec-3, lab-3 P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 85A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills. This advanced studio lighting course introduces students to the technical, aesthetic and historical aspects of photographic portraiture. Students have hands on experience with classic and contemporary lighting techniques using tungsten lights and studio strobes. Students work individually and in teams. CSU

PHOT 102B Documentary/News Photography (2) Wednesdays 6:10pm-9:00pm
Lec-2, lab-1 P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 and PHOT80 or PHOT85A or demonstration of exit skills
This course explores photojournalism and documentary photography while addressing business and legal issues. Students will be introduced to a variety of camera and lighting equipment. CSU

PHOT 100 Design Fundamentals (3) Multiple sections!
Lec-2, lab-4, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available
ADVISE: ESL 150 or ENGL 92
Fundamental design course, covering the theories, processes, vocabulary, and techniques common to visual design disciplines. Students will develop and apply their knowledge through analysis, critique and individual and collaborative exercises and projects. UC/CSU / PHOT 100=VMD 101=DSGN 101

DSGN 150 Survey of Collaborative Design (3) Fridays 10:10-1:00pm
Lec-3, field trips
A survey of influences and forces throughout history that drive change in design. Focus will be given to how collaborative processes lead to change. Students will research, analyze, and discuss design case studies and the benefits of design thinking when problem-solving. UC/CS

Applications for degrees and certificates due 2/27/15

Has it been awhile since you’ve been at CCSF? You can still apply for a degree or certificate! If classes have changed you might even be able to substitute out classes – take a look and make an appointment to come see us to find out!

Associate in Science Degree with Major in Photography
The Program is designed so that students may satisfy the requirements of graduation from the College. Students who satisfy these requirements receive the major in Photography if they complete the program of study with a B minus (2.75 grade-point average) or higher. The program adviser of the Photography Department will help students who desire to plan special programs of study.

Approved Certificates of Accomplishments:

Transfer Opportunities 
Simply stated, articulation deals with how courses transfer from one college to another. Specifically, articulation is the process of establishing which courses offered at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) are comparable to, or acceptable in lieu of, courses offered at four year colleges and universities. Many of our students transfer successfully to both public and private colleges from our program, most entering in as Juniors.


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