Spotlight: PH83 View Camera Techniques

PHOT 83. View Camera Techinques (2)
Lec-2, lab-1, field trips P/NP Available
An exploration of the 4 x 5 view camera through hands-on experience. Investigation of exposure, perspective control, and camera movements, as applied to studio, architectural and fine art photography. Cameras and accessories are available to students.

“The view camera offers special advantages to the creative photographer, namely: excellent detail and resolution in the image; very narrow or very expansive depths of field; perspective corrections; and moving the orientation of the plane of focus.

In this course, students will engage with technical and creative uses of the view camera for photographic expression, exploring features that are unique to this format of photography while developing their personal and creative vision. Sample creative projects will include: creative uses of depth-of-field effects; photographing buildings with corrected perspective; still lifes with control of lighting; basic Zone System calibration, pre-visualization, and metering. The course will culminate in a body of work exploring some visual interest or idea”. – Moshe Quinn, Instructor

View Camera Techniques “should be a required class for all photography students.  Being able to understand and make use of the perspective control and depth of field afforded by view cameras,  the slowing of the process of making a photograph, and the extraordinary detail available from large format film, have informed all my photography, regardless of format.  Moshe is an excellent instructor, taking time to ensure that everyone is both keeping up with the pace, and providing engaging exercises to clearly illustrate the principles and skills at hand.”
- Peter Molettiere, Student

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PH52 Fall 2014 Lecture Series “Photographers and Their Images” Announced

The Fall 2014 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) over six Friday nights throughout the Fall 2014 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 to anyone who has not taken it before and there are no pre-requisites. One lecture per semester is free and open to the public as indicated as part of CCSF’s Concert and Lecture Series, otherwise all others require registration. Register online now or stop by the photography issue room (V160) to pick up an add code week 1.  REGISTER HERE

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PH52-501 “Photographers and Their Images”, (1) CRN 71101 (transfers CSU)
Instructor: Erika Gentry
Location: CCSF, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Ave,  San Francisco, CA (room tba)
Meeting times*: Six Fridays, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M: 8/29, 9/12,  10/3, 10/10, 10/24 and 11/14
*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. Again – you MUST be registered to attend the lectures.

August 29th, FIRST MEETING and Program 1
Important orientation, course expectations and opportunity to “add the class” and “head count” needed.

Program #1. SARAH CHRISTIANSON grew up on a four-generation family farm near Cummings, North Dakota. Immersed in that vast expanse of the Great Plains, she developed a strong affinity for its landscape and stories. This connection to place has had a profound effect on her work. Despite moving to San Francisco in 2009, she continues to document the subtleties and nuances of the Midwestern landscape and experience. She’ll share her work including from her most recent project “When the Landscape Is Quiet Again”.

Christianson holds an MFA in photography from the University of Minnesota. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of several institutions in the Midwest and the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has also received grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Christianson’s first book, Homeplace (Daylight Books, October 2013), documents the history and uncertain future of her family’s farm by interweaving her images with old snapshots and historical documents culled from her personal archive. Her current project, When the Landscape is Quiet Again, examines the oil boom currently underway in western North Dakota.

Program #2. September 12 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.

Ingram’s practice includes multi-media non-fiction narrative, public art commissions, and community-based programming. Her work 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 sites where atrocities were committed during the Civil Rights Movement and the related stories and court cases in the American South, and Hilltop High, about young mothers attending an alternative high school for pregnant teenagers in San Francisco.

Ingram’ s work has been published and exhibited internationally. Jessica was awarded the 2012 Santa Fe Prize, was a recent Fellowship Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute, and a featured artist in the 2010 New York Photo Festival. Her work has been published in the New York Times, GUP, OjodePez, Etiqueta Negra, and PDN. Ingram is a contributing editor to What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art (SUNY Press 2004).

Jessica Ingram is a principal member of Cause Collective, along with artists Hank Willis Thomas and Ryan Alexiev. Cause Collective has received multiple public art 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. Cause Collective just completed a large scale installation at the Birmingham International Airport.

XTRA Credit: September 19: Photo Alliance Lecture - Richard Renaldi, SFAI 800 Chestnut Street – – admission $10 or $5 with student ID.

September 26:  (indigenous peoples day no classes) *attend XTRA credit lecture instead or opt for the on your own assignment.

Program #3. October 3 SUE TALLON

Sue Tallon likes to make things which opens her up to a myriad of subjects. Early influences in art and her own drawing, painting and love of composition eventually led to formal training in photography, a few years of assisting, and work as a photographer in L.A.’s art scene for the cities top museums and galleries. Relocating to San Francisco in the mid 90’s, Sue began her commercial career and now shoots product, food and still-life advertising nationally for agencies such as TBWA Chiat Day, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, BBDO, and JWT amongst others.

“The first time you see Sue Tallon’s food shots, you wonder if they’re real. They look like photos, yet their hyper color and their shine and shadows are so graphic, they pop. In a genre that traditionally favors natural beauty, the intense hues and high contrast of Tallon’s still lifes blur the line between photography and illustration and present a fresh approach to the look of food photography.  “ I want objects and foods to have personalities,” Tallon said, describing how she pushes color, deepens darks and brightens brights to bring out her subject’s dimensional qualities. The style has a strong commercial appeal and has attracted high-profile clients, including bbdo, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Kraft Foods, Sonic Corp and tbwa\Chiat\Day.

Photography was an enduring part of Tallon’s childhood during the 1960s and 1970s. Her father was a hobbyist who often annexed the family bathroom for his darkroom. He traveled internationally selling shortwave radios and moved the family from Argentina, where Tallon was born, to Colombia, Montréal and finally Southern California in 1971 for her last few years of elementary school. As she grew, her childhood interest in drawing and painting transferred to the camera, because she liked its “combination of chemistry and light.”

The Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, offered a three-year program in the ’80s and Tallon enrolled after high school. She studied tabletop technique, photo illustration and especially how to use light. “I remember seeing my first print come up from a 4 × 5 negative,” she said. “Up until then, I had only shot 35mm. The leap in quality was a thrill.”- Ruth Hagopian


Program #4. October 10  ROCKY MCCORKLE with special guest star Gilda Todor
Rocky McCorkle is an internationally exhibited photographer who lives in San Francisco. McCorkle received his BFA in Photography from The Ohio State University and his MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.

He has shown extensively throughout the United States and abroad including Boston, New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Toronto, and Busan, Korea. In 2012, McCorkle’s You & Me On A Sunny Day was selected as the Analog Winner for EXPOSURE 2011 International Photography Award. McCorkle’s work from this series is in the permanent collection at the Berkeley Art Museum (BAM/PFA) and the Tweed Museum of Art.

A five-year project started in 2007, McCorkle’s sequential photographic series follows widow Millie (Gilda Todar) as her morning routine gets run off-course when her favorite film Sunset Boulevard comes on TV. The movie is especially sentimental because it came out in 1950, the year her late husband, Jack (William Barclift IV), won the Auckland Marathon. In this psychological thriller, Millie is forced by daydreams and nightmares to confront her past. As faint television sounds influence, dictate, and distort her recollections, Millie reminisces about her beloved Jack as a champion long distance runner. Their life replaying in reverse, we see glimpses of Jack before his death in 2004 and back to his moment in the sun in Auckland in 1950.

Program #5. October 24 JANET DELANEY
Delaney’s projects have received numerous awards, most notably three National Endowment for the Arts Grants. Her work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pilara Foundation, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, the Musée de la Charleroi in Charleroi, Belgium, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Delaney has shown her photographs nationally in solo and group exhibitions. In 2011 she was invited to curate an exhibition of contemporary American photography in New Delhi, India. She recently published a book of her 1980’s San Francisco images titled South of Market  with Mack Books of London and is now revisiting this district, camera in hand. From January to June of 2015 her early work from South of Market will be exhibited in full at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has taught photography throughout the Bay Area, and for the past 14 years she has been an adjunct lecturer in Visual Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

XTRA Credit: November 7: Photo Alliance Lecture -Robin Schwartz & Wegman winners – SFAI 800 Chestnut Street – – admission $10 or $5 with student ID.

Program #6. November 14 ALEX FARNUM
Alex Farnum was born in Los Angeles, California in 1979. From that moment in time he has not stopped seeking out all the curiousities that life has to offer. His work is a reflection of just that mantra. He is a lover of stories, places, food and friend and the dramatic nature of his work is a reflection of Alex’s huge love for the present day and the importance of capturing it. His sharp-edged charm and unique style has helped him land on-going projects for national publications, international agencies, multigenerational brands and award winning book projects. His core goal in life is not to live forever, but to create photography that will.

XTRA Credit, December 5th: Photo Alliance Lecture -: Mitch Dobrowner – SFAI 800 Chestnut Street – – admission $10 or $5 with student ID.
*Credit given for attending ONE Xtra Credit lecture, however, of course you are encouraged to attend them all.


CCSF Photo Register Now for Fall 2014

student and alumni work

Check out work by our students, staff and alumni. Click above.

CCSF is open and accredited Fall 2014- your units are good for life and will always transfer. Have you registered yet for a photography class? Registration is open! Save your seat now – classes start in mid-August.

1. Visit our website and look at our schedule of classes: . Visit our website to see our degree and certificates of completion:

2. Follow the admissions process if you haven’t yet:

3. Register for your classes.

Classes which don’t require pre-reqs are PH100 “Design Fundamentals”, PH51 “Beginning Photography”, PH50A or PH50B Photo History, PH52 “Photographers and Their Images”. After completing PH100 and PH51 you can move on toward more advanced applied classes in following semesters.

If you have previous experience please contact our department secretary to take a challenge test to waive pre-requisites or make an appointment with the department chair so you that can register for advanced classes. Dept Secretary: Joanne Bilodeau, (415) 452-5173,

For other questions feel free to give us a call or visit our website: or (415) 239-3422.

Spring 2014 Yefim Cherkis Scholarship Winner – Joseph Wang

Congratulations to Joseph Wang, winner of the Spring 2014 Yefim Cherkis Scholarship! Joseph’s work was selected from over a dozen high-quality submissions by our judge; AAU Professor  Connie Begg. Joseph’s gorgeous portfolio will be exhibited in Gallery Obscura this coming Fall ’14 semester.


DSGN 105 Students Presents: The Redesign of the Student Union Lounge

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DSGN 105 Students Presents: The Redesign of the Student Union Lounge
Friday May 16th, 10:10-1:10
CCSF Student Union

Spring 2014 Barbara Stewart Scholarship Winner and Honorable Mentions

Winners On View in Obscura Gallery:
May 12th – 23rd
Gallery Obscura, Ocean Campus, Photography Department, CCSF

Winner ($250 scholarship)
Bongani Masimla

Honorable Mentions
Kristina Davis
Oscar Estrada
Dragonsani Renteria
Jones Wong

A Slide Show of All Entries:

Barbara Stewart Scholarship Entries Spring 2014 from ccsfphoto

$500 Yefim Cherkis Scholarship – Due date extended to 5/17



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