Guest Speaker – Underwater Healer, Erena Shimoda

All are welcome to attend lecture by Underwater Healer, Erena Shimoda.

“For over two years I’ve had the pleasure of working with many amazing cancer survivors as part of my Underwater Healer – About Face campaign. Starting initially with 13 survivors, I raised funds on IndieGoGo to cover the cost of the portrait sessions for the survivors and to this day, all photography sessions are covered at no expense to them. The rest of the campaign money was donated to, an online community where survivors, family members and supporters share their stories and connect together. It’s been a profound joy to help cancer survivors celebrate regaining their health and life through underwater portrait shoots.”

10:00 a.m.
April 15th, 2016
Ocean Campus

Health Center, Room 203

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Free Public Lecture – Scott London

MONDAY – Oct 28th @ 6:30 P.M.
Conlan Hall Auditorium, Room 101
City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA

Scott London has been photographing “Burning Man” for over 8-9 years now.
His beautiful images on this subject are as incisive as they are entertaining. His pictures have been published in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, GQ, Elle Decor, Marie Claire, Outside, National Geographic Traveler and Sierra. His prints have been exhibited in galleries around the world.

A California-based photographer, journalist, consultant, and long time associate of the Kettering Foundation, he is perhaps best known for his one-on-one interviews with many, of the brilliant and influential writers and thinkers or our time. He is a former host of “Insight and Outlook,” aired on National Public Radio stations across the country.

You are welcome to attend this last lecture in the series “PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THEIR IMAGES”, see Scott London’s amazing photography, and listen to what will surely be one of the most riveting lectures we have ever had the chance to share with a San Francisco audience.

I encourage you to visit an interview on Scott:

-Marshall Berman (Phot52 Coordinator)

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Student Spotlight: Jorge Flores and Tumblr

Screen Shot 2013-04-04 at 2.56.11 PMJorge Flores, Beginning Photography student recently sat down and shared his tumbr site full of his own photographs and other works that inspire him. That got us talking and some questions going. Tumblr makes photography curation very interesting and when viewed all together – the collection really shows the site owners personality. According to the tumblr about page “Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme’s HTML.”

You can visit his Jorge’s tumblr site here and read his thoughts below:

If I have “no idea” what tumblr is – how would you explain it?
Tumblr is a blogging website where users can share photos, videos, music, and other forms of media. Users have the ability to follow other blogs and reblog their posts. People who have tumblr mainly reblog other peoples images rather than posting original content. Some tumblrs are themed, others are sundry.

How do you use Tumblr (customization etc) ?
I feel I have my own place on the internet that is a gallery of my art and art that inspires me. It’s much more of a personal diary than most people would think, it’s hidden in there just enough so I can make sense of it. I also have the ability to design my own layout, as a result I take into account every aspect of the aesthetic of my tumblr including how images will look next to each other as well as playing with the transparency of certain posts. I have also made it possible to just view my own work or view certain tags. This can be accomplished by clicking the notes button that appears when you hover over any photo then clicking a tag (ex. “jorge flores”). This will bring you to a filtered page of only things that share that tag will appear.

What are some other tumblr sites you like and why?
Angie Shen is the curator of this blog, the blog has a good mix of her work and others work. She is currently a student at the College of Creative Studies at UCSB. Her artwork is always very intentional and she has an attention to detail while still enjoying minimalism.

I would also recommend

How has tumblr helped you explore photography different than other “tools” like flickr?
It hasn’t actually helped me discover many photographers but it has let me explore fashion photography in addition to many other visuals that inspire or make me feel something in a new way.

You put other photographer’s images on your tumblr site. Why? How do you deal with copyright issues?
I put other artists work on my tumblr because it is my way of showing followers what inspires me. I believe that most art is built off of other art. I make sure to give credit to any artist’s work I post, so I see it as a way to promote art I like as well. Like I said, I treat my page as my own personal gallery too.

Do you recommend every photographer have a tumblr site?
It really depends on what you hope to accomplish with your tumblr site. I realize that my tumblr is in no way an alternative to having a website or portfolio but for now it is what I can manage and I can only hope that someone will see my work and be inspired or promote it. I recommend anyone who is looking to find inspiration and who hopes to get their art out there have one.


Free Seminar: The World of Inkjet Papers..The Print Matters!

World of Inkjet Papers Freestyle Seminar

The Photography Department invites you to attend The World of Inkjet Papers – Success or Failure… The Print Matters! Open to all CCSF students.

Wednesday April 10, 2013, 3pm-5:30pm
Location: CCSF Ocean Campus – MUB 260, Multi Use Building
RSVP by April 1,2013 as space is limited: or email Prof. Erika Gentry
Hosted by the CCSF Photography Department and sponsored by Freestyle

What’s Covered In The Seminar?

“The World Of Inkjet Papers – Success or Failure… The Print Matters!” presented by Eric Joseph, Senior VP at Freestyle, will educate you on every brand of inkjet paper available from RC to Canvas. You will understand how to match the right paper to your unique image. Unlike any other seminar, you will walk away from this with the knowledge you need to enhance and excel your printmaking skills. If you’ve ever wanted advice on what inkjet paper to use from an industry insider and expert, this is your chance.

No fees, no pressure, just good down-to-earth information and the ability to try before you buy at your convenience.

Learn more and Download the Seminar Flyer


Free Public Lecture – BAMBI CANTRELL

THIS MONDAY – March 18 @ 6:30 P.M.

Conlan Hall Auditorium, Room 101
City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA

Bambi Cantrell is one of the world’s most decorated and sought after professional photographers of our time. 2004 Ms Cantrell was named “Icon of Imaging” by Microsoft Corporation. In 2007 she was named “One of the 10 BEST wedding photographers in the world” by American Photo Magazine and in 2009 she was the first woman to be honored with the prestigious “Golden Eye” award from the Russian Federation of Professional Photographers. 2011 – Bambi Cantrell is named “The most influential photographer of the year” Photo Focus online magazine.

This famous, international lecturer is noted for her powerful, well organized how-to-do-it lectures on the subject of shooting portraits,  weddings, the business of it and working with people. Do not miss this opportunity to hear her speak  at City College of San Francisco.

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Public Lecture: Craig Lee, Editorial Photographer


Lecture postponed to November 1, 2012 – 6:30pm


Is Photo Assisting for Everyone?

All Assistants Are Not Created Equal

Keep in mind that the “photographer’s assistant” is not an “assistant photographer.” An assistant photographer is often also called a second photographer, a backup shooter, and so forth. If you are working for a photographer and you have a camera in hand that will deliver images to the client, you’re an assistant photographer.

On the other hand, if you are unpacking gear, setting up lights, driving, getting food, making photos/video of the shoot in progress and/or the setup for the photographer’s use, holding an umbrella over the client’s head, pulling power, and so forth, then you are the photographer’s assistant.

Photoshelter posted a very helpful “Assisting Handbook” you may download here. It says that “Assisting is not for everyone. You need to have some vested interest in the photography industry, otherwise paying your dues as a photo assistant won’t be worth much. Whether you ultimately choose to take the assistant route or not, it is important to recognize your career goals. If you aspire to become a commercial photographer, assisting is probably a good idea. Conversely, if you aspire to be a photojournalist, you might be better served paying your dues as a newspaper intern.

No matter your chosen destination, assisting can provide a fantastic learning experience. Drew Gurian, first assistant to New York photographer Joe McNally, likens his experience as an assistant to getting paid to get a graduate degree while also getting to travel the world. Not everyone will have this particular experience assisting, but any professional photo assistant will tell you they have learned things on set that they were never taught in the classroom. As an assistant, you get great insight into the photography industry – how a professional set runs, client relationships, and all kinds of different technology and gear. If you develop a close relationship with a photographer, you may also have access to bids, finances, even smaller jobs the photographer cannot take on for whatever reason. Do a great job and you might find yourself with a lifelong mentor, or better yet a lifelong friend. Photography is a business of relationships; photo assisting is where you start building them. Did we mention you are getting paid the whole time, too? Although, truth be told, you probably will not be able to retire anytime soon on this income. You might even realize that you don’t actually want to be a photographer after all. No matter what you take out of it, photo assisting is a fantastic opportunity to study the industry and make money while you do it.”

Helpful organizations to join to meet photographers and learn about assisting: (student memberships available)
ASMP – American Society of Media Photographers, NORCAL Chapter
APA – American Photographic Arts, SF Chapter

CCSFer Maria del Rio assists and interns with Photographer Alex Farnum.