JOHN SEXTON PHOTOGRAPHY NEWSLETTER
Happy New Year... and Happy New Decade!
It looks as if 2010 is going to be a busy - and hopefully productive - year. I am excited to announce my 2010 and early 2011 workshop program - which will include some workshops that are old friends, as well as two new workshops. The Expressive Black and White Print workshop is being offered for the twenty-sventh consecutive year. Back by popular demand will be the return of my Fine Tuning the Expressive Print workshop, which is being offered for the twenty-fifth time. I am extremely excited to be teaching two brand new workshops with my long-time friend Charles Cramer.
Charlie and I will be doing a workshop, The Luminous Print: A Synthesis of Traditional and Digital, at our home and studio in Carmel Valley in March. In October we will be conducting the premier offering of our workshop, Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra: Exploring Autumn Light, based at Lee Vining near Mono Lake on the spectacular east side of the Sierra Nevada range. I have the greatest respect for Charlie as a photographer, and as an instructor. To learn more about Charlie and his photography, check out his web site: www.charlescramer.com.
In 1973 I attended my first workshop. It was Ansel's annual Yosemite workshop. The dedicated and gifted staff of instructors and assistants, combined with the location, made it a life-changing experience for me. I feel privileged to have attended photography workshops as a student, assisted at a variety of workshops, served as Director of Ansel's workshops for the last two years they were offered in Yosemite, and finally to have instructed literally hundreds of workshops since the first one I taught with John Charles Woods in 1975.
I'm a big fan of photography workshops. I feel they are an efficient, enjoyable, and exciting method of learning. Interestingly, it was seventy years ago in 1940 when Ansel offered what is considered to be the first photography workshop ever, the US Camera Forum in Yosemite Valley. Ansel was joined by his good friend Edward Weston as the other instructor at this event. Surprisingly, only a handful of people registered for the workshop. It must have been quite an experience! I hope that my workshop program continues to carry on a wee bit of the magic that exuded during Ansel's session. My desire is always to combine information with inspiration!
As was mentioned in last year's workshop brochure, Ray McSavaney and I will not be doing our popular Southwest Landscape: A Sense of Place workshop in 2010, due to a long-standing prior commitment that Anne and I have. If you are interested in being notified about future offerings of the Southwest Landscape workshop, please email email@example.com and we will add you to a list to be among the first to receive advance information.
Anne and I hope that 2010 will be a photographically productive and inspiring year for all of us.
2010-2011 JOHN SEXTON PHOTOGRAPH WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
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Below you will find a sneak preview of our workshops. The real information about the workshops - including detailed workshop descriptions, staff biographies, as well as lectures and seminars I will be presenting - can be found at www.johnsexton.com.
I would also like to invite each of you to join my email newsletter list. This is the easiest and fastest way to learn about my workshops. I promise we will not bombard you with constant emails every few days. In fact, I generally send out four to six emails per year. We value your privacy and do not share your contact information with anyone. You can join the emailing list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 831/659-3130.
I am excited to be teaching two new workshops with my good friend Charles Cramer. Charlie is a gifted photographer and a superb instructor, and is a sensitive and skillful print maker in both black and white and color. Charlie's experience encompasses the traditional to the latest digital technologies. Charlie's expertise adds a new dimension to my workshop program.
It is a pleasure to continue to offer the always popular Expressive Black and White Print Workshop for the twenty-seventh consecutive year. By popular demand, I will again offer my Fine Tuning the Expressive Print Workshop for the twenty-fifth time.
If you have any questions about the workshops, please feel free to contact my assistant Laura Bayless at 831-659-3130, or email: email@example.com. Her office hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Pacific Time.
March 9 - 14,
March 22 - 27, 2010
October 10 - 15, 2010
November 16 - 21, 2010
March 1 - 6, 2011
March 15 - 20,
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PHOTOGRAPHIC ART FINE PRINT PROGRAM
I suspect a number of subscribers to this email newsletter may be aware of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California. The photographic heritage of the Monterey Peninsula is legendary, and the Center carries on the rich tradition of photography in this area. Some of you may recall the Friends of Photography, which Ansel Adams and a number of other photographers founded in 1967. The Center for Photographic Art occupies the same gallery space today, as the Friends of Photography did at the Sunset Center in Carmel. The Friends of Photography left the Monterey Peninsula in the 1980s and unfortunately no longer exists.
The Center for Photographic Art was established in 1992, and is supported by membership, grants, and gifts. The CPA has an ongoing and vital program of exhibitions, workshops, and publications, and endeavors to promote a better understanding and awareness of the many different approaches to the photographic medium.
As is the case with many not-for-profit organizations, the difficult economic situation of the past couple of years has been challenging for the CPA. I'm pleased to report that the Center has weathered the storm and is back with a new intensity and vitality. Nancy Budd was recently appointed as the Center's new Executive Director, and there are new, enthusiastic members on the Board of Trustees.
Though based in Carmel, the Center is an organization that supports photography everywhere. Upcoming exhibitions include work by Martha Casanave, Wynn Bullock, and yours truly. As I mentioned in a previous email newsletter, I'm honored to have my traveling exhibition, John Sexton: A Photographer's Journey, on display at the Center's gallery from July 3 through August 27. There will be a lecture and book signing, followed by an opening reception on Saturday afternoon, July 10.
Readers of this newsletter might be particularly interested in the Center for Photographic Art's Fine Print Program. It's a great way to acquire signed fine art photographic prints while helping to support the Center's programs and activities. The Center is currently offering a selection of photographs from the following well known and respected photographers: Martha Casanave, Brigitte Carnochan, William Giles, Jane Olin, Ted Orland, Saelon Renkes, Ryuijie, and Kim Weston. All of the prints are $220, including tax and shipping. To find out more about the Center's Fine Print Program, visit: www.photography.org/cfpp.php
If you would like more information about the Center's many programs, call 831/625-5181 Tuesday through Sunday, between 1:00 and 5:00 pm PST or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out their CPA web site: www.photography.org
TECH TIP: WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY FOLLOW UP
In my last email newsletter (November 2009), I made mention of how valuable the chemical heat packs were for cold weather photography. I received a lot of good feedback from others who have found them to be beneficial for keeping their hands and toes comfortable while making photographs.
Our good friend and workshop supporter, Dan Madden, who lives in Colorado and does a lot of winter sports photography, suggested another use for the adhesive-backed toe warmers. He sticks them on the grip side of his camera and on the bottom where the battery compartment is located. I haven't tried it myself (since I don't have a camera with a battery pack!), but it sounds like a great tip.
A few weeks ago I found some interesting lightweight, simple, and
inexpensive fleece fingerless gloves. They are called Wristies. One of the problems I've had with fingerless
gloves is that the cut off fingers tend to be uncomfortable for
me. These gloves are different. They don't have any cut
off fingers. They just end at your large knuckle. They
have a slit for your thumb. One unique attribute is they also
have a pouch for a chemical warmer. Anne and I each purchased a
pair, and they seem quite comfy, but we haven't had a chance to use
them in the field yet. Here's a link to the Wristies.
SOME THOUGHTS ON PHOTOGRAPHY... AND OTHER TOPICS
“There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.”
– Robert Heinecken
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