Lecture Series

Each semester, the photography department hosts a one unit college lecture series called PH52 Photographers and Their Images. Some lectures are part of CCSF’s Concert and Lecture Series and as such are free and open to the public. Additionally, some may be viewed on CCSFs EATV public access station CH27 or webcasts here.

PH52-501 “Photographers and Their Images”, (1)

Instructor: Erika Gentry
Location: CCSF, V115 Ocean Campus
50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA
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LECTURERS FOR Fall 2015 (subject to change) *You must attend one of the PHOTO ALLIANCE lectures for full credit in this course and can attend an additional one for EXTRA CREDIT or to replace an absence.

9/18 EXTRA CREDIT or REQUIRED: Chris McCaw | Rachel Phillips @ Photo Alliance

KariOrvik_CCSFlecture10/2 FIRST CLASS: Kari Orvik, Tintype Studios
Kari Orvik moved to the Bay Area from Alaska and became a photographer while working in affordable housing in San Francisco. She has set up public portrait studios in SRO’s, BART plazas, and on rooftops throughout San Francisco. Her work focuses on memory and change over time, which she explores through the historical photographic process of tintypes. From a darkroom made in the trunk of her car, she makes long-exposure tintypes of urban landscapes that document time passing in ever-changing San Francisco neighborhoods. Her work has been featured on the cover of San Francisco Magazine, in exhibitions at SF Camerawork, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Headlands Center for the Arts, where she was a graduate fellow. She received her MFA at UC Berkeley, and grants through the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Foundation. She currently operates her own tintype portrait studio in San Francisco – kariorviktintypestudio.com.

10/9 EXTRA CREDIT or REQUIRED: Patricia Lagarde | Luis Palacios Kaim @ Photo Alliance

10/16 SECOND CLASS: John Greenleigh with Flipside Studios
MacBook_Rocket_StandingJohn Greenleigh has been a Bay Area based product photographer for over thirty years, nineteen of those specializing in 360° product demos. He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and was a staff assistant to renowned color photographer Jay Maisel in New York. John opened John Greenleigh Studios (later Flipside Studios) in San Francisco in 1982, and soon began a 24 year run shooting for Apple. In 1996, Apple asked John to begin photographing every one of their products in 360 degrees using a new technology called Quicktime VR (QTVR). Since then, Flipside has gone on to produce 360° product demos for other leading companies including Nike, Specilaized Bikes, T-Mobile, Microsoft, and LG. In addition to John’s studio work, a personal documentary project became the book, “The Days of the Dead: Mexico’s Festival of Communion with the Departed” with text by Rosalind Beimler. It remained in print for 23 years and sold over 40,000 copies.

Jones_RattlesnakeLake 210/23 THIRD CLASS: Tomiko Jones, Artist & Curator
Loose narratives unfold in sculptural video installations and questionably fictional photographs. Linked to the identity of place in social, cultural and geographical terms, her work explores transitions in the landscape with attention to public lands. Jones received her MFA in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona. Recent projects include Canal, a site-responsive three-channel environment for Scottsdale Public Art, and Rattlesnake Lake, a long-term photography project in the Cedar River watershed in Washington, and supported by an En Foco New Works Fellowship. Rattlesnake Lake will be on exhibition in San Francisco at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) September – November 2015. She is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Photography Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado and currently is a Visiting Artist and Curator-in-Residence at California Institute of Integral Studies.

Through-a-Lens-Darkly-Black-Photographers-and-the-Emergence-of-a-People-2014110/30 FOURTH CLASS: FILM SCREENING “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.

Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose experiences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon. African Americans historically embraced the medium as a way to subvert popular stereotypes as far back as the Civil War era, with Frederick Douglass photographed in a suit and black soldiers posing proudly in their uniforms. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and its founding ideals.

Inspired by the book Reflections in Black by photo historian Deborah Willis, the film features the works of esteemed photographic artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others.

11/6 EXTRA CREDIT or REQUIRED: Beth Moon | Amanda Marchand @ Photo Alliance

11/13 NO CLASS – SPE WEST Retreat

Buster Posey swings through on an at-bat at AT&T Park in San Francisco, on Monday, October 6, 2014, as the Giants played the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. The Nationals defeated the Giants 4-1.

Buster Posey swings through on an at-bat at AT&T Park in San Francisco, on Monday, October 6, 2014, as the Giants played the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. The Nationals defeated the Giants 4-1.

11/20 LAST CLASS: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / San Francisco Chronicle
Carlos Avila Gonzalez joined The San Francisco Chronicle in 1997 and has become a leader in the photography department’s shift to multimedia reporting. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area and 1995 graduate of San Francisco State University, Gonzalez began his career near California’s Central Valley at newspapers covering diverse communities. Gonzalez has traveled to Afghanistan, Cuba, Iraq Central America and Mexico numerous times for The Chronicle, and he is a volunteer teacher at a National Geographic Photo Camp For Kids.


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Sue Tallon
Rocky McCorkle
Nigel Poor
Alex Farnum
Eric Cheng
Sarah Christianson
Sam Wolson

Spring 2015 Lecturing Photographers
Fall 2014
Lecturing Photographers

Spring 2014 Lecturing Photographers
Fall 2013
Lecturing Photographers

Spring 2013 Lecturing Photographers
Fall 2012 Lecturing Photographers
Spring 2012  Lecturing Photographers

Stella Kalaw
First I need to say Ms. Kalaw interned with Irving Penn. In a way that might be enough of an intro., but the list of galleries, museums, residencies, awards, and publications attached to her name attest to the dynamic vision with which she uniquely explores the world around her. By the way, she shoots with “film” and hates the snow.

Craig Lee
Formally photographer for the S.F. Examiner / Chronicle, now specializing in food, wine, and the life style images of everyday people. His food and wine photography was recognized as the ” best in the nation” by the James Beard Foundation. This will be an especially unique evening as he will not only be showing his work, but will be doing a demonstration on how he actually shoots his food shots.

Chris McCaw
The early years involved self taught explorations in skateboarding/ zine /punk scenes with a fisheye lens the mid-late 80’s. After high school he learned everything he could about photography. Finally he fell in love with the simplicity of large format cameras, and in 1992 got his first 4”x5”. The following year he fell in love with the platinum/palladium printing process and even larger cameras. To this day Chris makes his living through the platinum/palladium process. Currently he’s working the boundaries of analogue photographic mediums with his project titled Sunburn.

Beth Moon
Beth Moon was a fine art major, although she is a self-taught photographer with interests in alternative printing processes. Beth employs platinum printing that she learned while in England. Beth has exhibited widely in Great Britain, France, Italy and throughout the U.S. She has had solo shows in London, San Francisco, Verona and Chicago. Beth has won the Golden Light Award from the Maine Photographic Workshops and she has been published widely in major photographic magazines.

Stan Muselik
Photography, advertising, fashion, still life, beauty, editorial, studio photographer based in San Francisco, California.

Deborah Oropallo
Emerging more than twenty years ago from the San Francisco Bay Area, Deborah Oropallo (b. Hackensack, New Jersey, 1954) has moved from traditional painting and printmaking to incorporating digital media and imagery into her work, creating printed canvas paintings and related editions of pigment prints.
Oropallo has always regarded her artwork as based in photography. In her early work she painted imagery from found photographs. Later, she placed objects on a stat camera, capturing a shadow or silhouette from which she made silkscreens and stencils that transformed images of mundane objects into visual abstractions. Recently, Oropallo has been using her own photography, and digital work as a natural evolution.

Mike Stapleton
A veteran F.B.I. agent with a specialty in forensic photography. During his career, Mike has been involved in such extreme cases as the “Uni-bomber( Ted Kaczynski), the Polly Klaas kidnapping and murder, the bombing of the Federal Building (Oklahoma City), and many other high profile cases. His work has taken him both nationally as well as to Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

Huntington Witherill
Having trained with Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, and other “classical” photographers in the 70s, Witherill has morphed himself into the digital & photoshop tide as he borrows from his past into the present. His work has been featured in more than 100 shows and is in museums and permanent collections all over the world.

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