DCP Speaker Series
Intimacy and The Art of Visual Storytelling
In the digital age, we are deluged with visual information and an overabundance of images. What distinguishes Ed Kashi’s work is the intimacy and complexity of his storytelling. This lecture will span a range of stories, issues and approaches that represent the frontiers of visual storytelling, from smartphone photography to short documentary films. The lecture will touch on such diverse issues as Syrian refugees and the impact of oil in the Niger Delta, to stories closer to home about immigration and aging.
This talk comes during his The Art of Visual Storytelling Workshop at DCP from March 7-11 where he will be helping participants develop their personal style and approach as it applies to documentary work.
ABOUT ED KASHI
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.
Ed has done 17 features for National Geographic since 1991 including landing 4 covers of the domestic edition and numerous covers of the foreign language editions. Some of the titles include “The Struggle of the Kurds”, “The War for Nigeria”, “Marseille’s Melting Pot” and “The Danube: Europe’s River of Harmony and Discord”. He also teaches workshops around the world for the magazine.
Ed sat down with DCP Director Peter Poulides for an hour long interview after a previous workshop. In the clip above he talks about the passion and commitment it takes to be a photojournalist.
This lecture is generously supported by our friends at Competitive Cameras.
- Doors open at DCP at 6:30pm.
- Lecture starts promptly at 7pm and ends at 9pm.
- Tickets are $5 and must be purchased through the DCP website before the lecture. If the event is not sold out tickets will be available at the door for $10 cash only.
- There is plenty of free parking in front of DCP, on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light and Power.
This speaker series is presented in collaboration with:
The Texas Photographic Society is a non-profit organization that celebrates the photographic arts, inspires the creative development of its members, and provides opportunities to engage with diverse audiences.
TPS is delighted to be celebrating over thirty years of providing programs and services for photographers and their audiences across the country. While “Texas” is in the name, TPS sustains an active international membership representing ten countries and forty four states.
Sponsorship provided by Frame Destination.
January 18, 2018
Marketing Your Photographic Work to Galleries
Missy Finger, co-owner of Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (PDNB) in Dallas, Texas, will join Jeanine Michna-Bales, a Dallas based photographer represented by PDNB, for an exciting evening of conversation about seeking and maintaining gallery representation.
Jeanine will speak about her latest photographic project, Through Darkness to Light, which was recently published as a monograph under the same title. She will discuss how she prepared this project for approaching venues and also share methods for successfully marketing one’s work today.
Missy will identify what she finds most desirable in an artist and his/her work, address how she reviews prospective candidates for gallery representation and ultimately what it takes to ensure healthy artist-gallerist relationships.
ABOUT JEANINE MICHNA-BALES
Jeanine Michna-Bales is a visual activist working in the medium of photography. Her work explores the relationships between past and present within a social context. She meticulously researches each topic — considering different viewpoints, causes and effects, and political climates — and often incorporates found or archival text and audio into her projects.
A comprehensive publication of the Underground Railroad series, Through Darkness to Light, was released in April 2017 by Princeton Architectural Press and includes a forward by Andrew Young. An accompanying traveling exhibition through ExhibitsUSA is currently touring the country through 2022. Images from this series have appeared in solo and group exhibitions around the United States, including Moving Walls 23: Journeys at Open Society Foundations in New York City and Washington DC, Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape at MOCA | Jacksonville, and upcoming Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South.
Her work has been featured in numerous publications and online blogs, including New York Times Lens Blog, UK Daily Mail, In Sight by The Washington Post, Smithsonian.com, Virginia Quarterly Review, Transition from Harvard University, Geo Historie, Lenscratch, and Wired Raw File. Michna-Bales was named to the Critical Mass Top 50 in 2014 and most recently in 2017.
Among other honors, her work was selected for the 2016 Documentarian of The American South Collection Award from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. She was awarded the top Portfolio Review Prize at PhotoNOLA 2015, resulting in a solo show at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2016.
Whether exploring the darkened stations along the Underground Railroad, long-forgotten nuclear fallout shelters, or the invisible epicenters of environmental turmoil, her work seeks out places that are hidden in plain sight. She conceives and presents her projects in a way that spark curiosity about a given subject and encourage discourse among audiences of all backgrounds.
Michna-Bales currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her family and a German Shepherd named Kandie-Sue who also serves as her photography assistant.
ABOUT MISSY FINGER AND PDNB GALLERY:
PDNB Gallery (Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery) is an art gallery specializing in photography and photo-based works from the 20th Century to present. It opened in Dallas in 1995.
Before opening the gallery Missy and her husband, Burt Finger, were private dealers in antiques, including fine watches, collectibles, and fine art. Collecting photography became a passion of both Burt and Missy, which resulted in the opening of PDNB gallery.
Missy has organized many group and solo exhibitions as well as a traveling exhibition. She served as Programming Chair for the Dallas Museum of Art’s Friends of Photography in the mid-1990’s. The gallery has been a long-time member of AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) since 1997. Missy recently ended her tenure on the Board of AIPAD. She has also participated in the FotoFest Biennial’s Meeting Place since the early 1990’s as a reviewer.
Missy graduated 1982 from the University of Texas, Austin with a BBA in Marketing. She studied art history afterwards at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
December 6, 2017
Looking Up – Images That Happen When You Connect With Nature
DCP and Texas Photographic Society are excited to present an evening lecture by Mike Mezeul II. Mike is a self-taught, internationally published photographer based out of Dallas, Texas. His work focuses primarily on landscape, night sky and severe weather photography, but he also shoots aviation, weddings, professional sports, live music and commercial advertising imagery. If you read that correctly, you now know he shoots everything under the sun, minus babies.
Mike’s work has been featured worldwide and has most recently been published in National Geographic Jr., BBC Magazine and Digital Camera Magazine. Picking up his first camera at the age of 15, Mike’s passion for photography developed while shooting film for 6 years before transitioning over to digital. Today, Mike shoots all Nikon gear and has recently licensed some of his work to the brand for their marketing.
Mike plans to talk about his imagery covering severe weather, northern lights, landscape, the Milky Way and more. Texas Photographic Society will give away a one-year Friend Membership which will include an original, signed print by Mike from their 2017 Print Program.
To view more of Mike’s work, visit his website at http://www.mikemezphotography.com
October 19, 2017
Reid Callanan: A Life of Photography and Education
Join Reid Callanan, founder and director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, for an evening of conversation and images focused on the joy and wonder of living a photographic life in the world of photo education. For 42 years Reid has immersed himself in creative photographic communities in Maine and New Mexico that hold high the value of craft, vision and inspiration. The power of photography coupled with the life-changing workshop environment has taken Reid on memorable journeys to San Miguel de Allende, Cuba and Japan as well as offered him fascinating experiences with many of the world’s best photographers. In his presentation he’ll share personal stories and what he has learned about the creative photographic process. It’s bound to be an enjoyable and insightful evening.
I make images to see the world more clearly and myself more deeply. I photograph to discover and to reveal. I started photographing in 1974 during a semester abroad at Richmond College in London and have been making images ever since using a variety of photographic processes including silver halide, Polaroids, and now digital capture. My photographic projects include a personal diary of images called Homescapes, Polaroid images with an SX-70 camera and Time-Zero film, black-and-white digital portraits made in Cuba and Mexico, and most recently iPhone travel images.
My entire adult life has been focused on photographic education, the past twenty-eight years as Director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and before that working at Maine Photographic Workshops. While my business career is nearly all consuming, I do make time to photograph every day and for my ongoing portrait projects. I strive for emotional impact with my pictures and having a visual language enriches my life. My website includes completed bodies of work and ongoing projects.
ABOUT REID CALLANAN:
Reid Callanan is a photographic artist and founder/director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, currently in its twenty-eighth year offering workshops to the international imaging community. In addition to campus programs in Santa Fe and San Miguel de Allende, the Workshops offers destination programs across the United States and to Cuba and Japan. As a dedicated educator, Reid understands the power of photography, especially in today’s visually centric culture. Reid also serves on the President’s Council of the Texas Photographic Society.
In 1994 Reid founded the non-profit Santa Fe Center for Photography, now known as CENTER, as a way to give exposure and support to photographer’s from all over the world and currently is President of its Board of Directors. CENTER’s award programs have established the careers of countless photographic artists.
ABOUT SANTA FE PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS:
Known as one of the premier photography workshop organizations in the world, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops provides a supportive community where participants are inspired to achieve their photographic goals – both personally and professionally. Their instructor roster reads as a who’s who in the world of photography, spanning specialties such as documentary to landscape to high fashion to special effect and fine art.
The Workshops has had a major effect on two generations of photographers of all levels. Their immersive environment allows participants to live and breathe their craft for up to a week at a time. DCP Director Peter Poulides has taken 2 week long workshops at Santa Fe, each of which provided a huge boost in his creativity and professionalism as a working photographer and instructor. For years DCP has been referring clients to Santa Fe for impactful, long-form workshops.
September 14, 2017
Disparate Visions With a Shared Voice
DCP and Texas Photographic Society are proud to present an evening of inspiring lectures by two talented photographers and educators: Scott Hilton and Kenda North. Kenda and Scott both teach in the photography program at the University of Texas at Arlington. They will each present their personal work along with aspects of their teaching philosophies. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Texas Photographic Society Executive Director Amy Holmes George addressing the similarities and differences between their visions as photographers and voices as educators.
Scott Hilton started photographing in high school. He has a BA in Art with a concentration in Photography from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an MFA in Creative Photography from California State University, Fullerton. He currently teaches photography as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries across the United States. Along with collaborator Bryan Wing, Scott’s current work is a tintype portrait series called Project Barbatype, a look at the world of Beard and Moustache competitions, which is expected to be published as a book in 2019. Scott began working with hand-made photo processes while in graduate school and started producing tintypes in 2009.
Kenda North is professor and head of photography at University of Texas at Arlington. She was Chair of the Art and Art History Department at UTA from 1991 to 1999. She received her MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop (University of Buffalo) in January 1976. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago (76-77), the University of California at Riverside (79-89) and has been at UTA since 1989. She received the Honored Educator Award from the SPE South Central Region in 2009.
Her work is represented by Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and is carried in galleries in San Francisco and La Jolla, California. She has had over 50 one-person exhibitions (national and international) and participated in hundreds of juried group exhibitions since 1977. Her work is in the public collections of over 50 museum and gallery collections including the Smithsonian, the Federal Reserve, LA County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. A monograph of her work was published by Gallery Min in 1988, and her work has been reproduced in a range of photographic anthologies and exhibition catalogs.
Her work in hand applied dye transfer in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s marked her interest in color photography. Her process was documented in several publications and video programs including Darkroom Dynamics by Jim Stone, recently reprinted as a 35th Anniversary edition. Kenda North has worked in a range of color processes in her career including dye transfer, Cibachrome, dye coupler prints and digital fine art printing.
Kenda North resides in Dallas. She does programming for the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts and is currently Board President of the Emergency Artist Support League.
April 20, 2017
Fully Committed: Married to Their Craft and Each Other
DCP and Texas Photographic Society are proud to present an evening lecture by two talented and dedicated photographers: JB and Susan Harlin.
JB and Susan Harlin are on a mission to capture their world with camera and film. They view this as a life-long project of seeing, learning and doing. Capturing the moment, to be preserved in a photograph requires dedication, patience and knowledge of craft. They travel repeatedly to places that inspire and stimulate their creativity.
Both artists work with film sizes that range from 4×10 to 16×20 inches. Using very large cameras and film allows a greater feeling of texture and reality not achievable with other media. Most of the finished photographs are created by placing these large negatives directly in contact with the printing paper. The resulting contact print has a look and feel all its own.
JB and Susan do not follow fads, nor subscribe to the latest “here today, gone tomorrow” ideas that seems to plague the modern day hurried way of life. They create their photographs using time honored tools, working solely with film and traditional photographic paper in the wet darkroom. The tools and equipment they use are a mixture of custom modified commercial photographic paraphernalia and custom built from scratch equipment. All of this is done in their own garage workshop. Little of the tools they use have not been in some way modified by JB.
The jbhphoto.com web site has been online for over ten years. It contains a wealth of photographic information, as well as examples of the artist’s work, their regularly updated blog and snapshot albums of their travels.
This lecture is sponsored by Frame Destination.
November 11, 2016
Mary Virginia Swanson
To Be Published, or Self Publish?
Publishing Options for Artists Today
A book of your photographs is the most effective promotional tool you can have, whether pursuing the editorial, advertising or gallery market.
***This event will be held at Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House.
The print-on-demand revolution has opened up new publishing possibilities for artists; it has never been easier or more affordable to produce and market a book of your work. Digital printing enables creation of a publication or catalogue for a specific audience. A traditionally published photo book with an accompanying “Limited Edition” collectible print has growing market appeal. The traditional publishing path has the advantage of a highly specialized team that brings experience with design, production, marketing and distribution systems to the table. In a self-publishing scenario you can create exactly the book you envision, but without the input and expertise of seasoned professionals at a publishing house. Which approach is best for you?
In this informative and richly illustrated presentation, Mary Virginia Swanson will demystify the process of making a photo book from the perspectives of both traditional trade and self-publishing paths, helping participants determine the pros/cons of each. She will lend advice on marketing your book at its release and beyond, stressing the importance of a web and social media presence, as well as the value of public presentations and print exhibitions to extend the life of your title in print. Swanson will share resources from her recent title with co-author Darius Himes, Publish Your Photography Book (Princeton Architectural Press, Revised and updated 2015).
In addition to the lecture, there will be a presentation of photo books by local artists and a social and book signing to follow.
Mary Virginia Swanson will also have portfolio review sessions available the morning of Saturday, November 12 at the Dallas Center for Photography. For more information and to sign up visit here.
About Mary Virginia Swanson:
Mary Virginia Swanson is an author and educator who helps artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner. Her seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level.
She is the recipient of the 2015 Honored Educator from the Society for Photographic Education, the 2013 Lifetime Achievement FOCUS Award from the Griffin Museum of Photograph and the 2014 Susan Carr Award for Education from the American Society for Media Photographers (ASMP). Swanson served as the Executive Director of the 2016 LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia.
She co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book (2015). Her current book project is Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs (2017). Mary Virginia’s website is www.mvswanson.com and her Instagram feed is @maryvirginiaswanson.
This lecture is sponsored by Frame Destination.
September 29, 2016
Creative Partnerships: Life with two artists under one roof
DCP and Texas Photographic Society are delighted to present an evening of inspiring lectures by two incredibly talented artists married with cameras: Susan kae Grant and Richard Klein.
Richard Klein and Susan kae Grant have lived and worked together for 29 years collaborating directly on many projects and indirectly on most everything else. Though Klein’s work is commercial and Grant’s is fine art, they share a passion for creating fabricated images that individually portray beauty and imagination. As best friends they have built a marriage on shared interests in the arts and image making. The evening includes a short presentation on each of their work followed by a panel discussion moderated by Texas Photographic Society Executive Director Amy Holmes George addressing the intersections between their photographic work and also their relationship as artists/spouses.
Grant will discuss her creative process and show examples of “Night Journey” which represents a collaboration of artistic and scientific inquiry into the nature of dreams and memory. Grant’s fascination with accessing otherwise unobtainable states of consciousness led her to work with sleep researcher Dr. John Herman in a laboratory to conduct REM sleep awakenings as inspiration to create her work. Using the shadow as metaphor, Grant photographs models and props in the studio using a 4×5 view camera with a medium format digital Leaf back. Grant believes, “The shadow implies a reality without being real. It allows fabrication of a world and a narrative that occurs only in the photography occupying a space between illusion and reality.” Grant’s images conjure up fairy tales and nightmares while deliberately portraying a sense of surprise and wonder.
Susan kae Grant’s photographic and book-works are included in numerous collections, including The George Eastman House, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Minneapolis Art Institute, The Tokyo Museum of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Victoria and Albert Museum National Library. Grant received an MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has conducted workshops, lectured and exhibited her work throughout the United States, Canada, China, Europe, Australia, British Columbia, Africa and Japan. Galleries representing her work include Conduit Gallery, Dallas; Verve Gallery, Santa Fe; and Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, LTD, Birmingham. She resides in Dallas, Texas, USA and currently, Head of Photography and Book Arts at Texas Woman’s University and teaches a bookmaking workshop annually at the International Center for Photography in New York City.
Richard Klein will share his insights as a location photographer specializing in creating beautiful images of hospitality. Known as a master of cinematic lighting, he will show examples of 25 years shooting internationally on the Pacific Rim from Tokyo to New Zealand as well as in Africa, the UK, Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean. When discussing architecture, he states, “Great designers imbue the built environment with a sense of life and rhythm creating a nonverbal desire on the part of the viewer to want to be there.” Klein’s goal when shooting is to interpret what it feels like to be in the space using light and composition to create the illusion of 3D depth into the 2D picture plane.
Richard trained in photography and sculpture at the University of New Mexico. While mastering the technical aspects of lighting he has retained an artist’s understanding of subject and context. His commercial work is photographing hospitality, food & beverage, architecture and people in paradise for clients like Disney, Hyatt International, Intercontinental, Rosewood, Shangri-La and Sheraton Grand. He has logged over 5 years of assignments shooting and directing crews in the US, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, “I strive for an understated elegance in the images, if the viewer has the experience of actually being in the space in their mind’s eye and not noticing the photography, I have done my job well.”
This event is made possible with the help of Mark from Frame Destination, a major national frame supplier located right here in Dallas.
June 9, 2016
DCP and Texas Photographic Society present an evening lecture with New York photographer, Robert Herman. Robert has been a street photographer since his days as an NYU film student back in the late 70’s. He is well known for his ground breaking book The New Yorkers, shot on Kodachrome over a period of 27 years.
Robert will share how his love for making images has evolved over the years and discuss how he used his iPhone and the Hipstamatic app to produce his most recent book, The Phone Book. Both of his books are now proudly part of the MOMA permanent library collection. Copies of The Phone Book will be available for purchase and Robert will be available after the lecture for a book signing.
Robert is also teaching a 5 day workshop at DCP from June 8-June 12. He is a strong believer in the idea that it is the eye of the photographer that makes the photo, not the camera. In an intimate and collaborative setting, he will share his experience in shooting and editing photographs.
April 20, 2016
Mike Bain is the US representative for Harman Technology, manufacturers of Ilford Photo black and white products. During his 28 years with Ilford Mike’s varied responsibilities, from technical support to business management, have given him a unique perspective on the traditional film world . Mike is also an avid film photographer.
- An overview of Harman Technology / Ilford Photo including a brief history of the company since the formation of Harman 11 years ago.
- The current state of the film photography industry from Ilford’s point of view.
- An overview of Ilford products, stressing some of the newest and most unusual items that many clients haven’t discovered yet.
- A discussion of the ULF (Ultra Large Format) program, allowing large format photographers to order custom sizes once a year.
- A question and answer session about how you are using film whether as a hobbyist, fine art photographer, commercial photographer or teacher.
- Technical Q&A about all things film.
This speaker series is presented in collaboration with:
Don’s Photo Equipment has been selling new and used photographic equipment to Dallas professionals and hobbyists for over 14 years. Conveniently located minutes from downtown Dallas, in the heart of the photo and design districts, Don’s can fill all your needs for camera bodies, lenses, darkroom equipment, lighting, background sets and more.
March 16, 2016
Loli Kantor and Frank Lopez
DCP and the Texas Photographic Society are proud to present an evening of inspiring lectures by two talented photographers: Frank Lopez and Loli Kantor. As founding members of alt8, an alternative processes group based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Frank and Loli have worked extensively in nontraditional image-making methods. While their photographic visions are rather disparate, Frank and Loli share a passion for historical printing processes. They each will speak about ongoing projects and then address their unique working processes in a subsequent Q&A panel session.
Loli Kantor is a fine art and documentary photographer whose work is concerned with community and the human condition. Born in Paris, France, and raised in Israel Loli immigrated to the United States in 1984.
Loli’s recent work centers on Jewish life and culture in central and eastern Europe. As daughter of Holocaust survivors, she brings a deeply personal interest, as well as unique sensibility to this body of work. The work, entitled Beyond The Forest, was published by University of Texas Press in November 2014.
Loli’s work has garnered notable awards and recognition and has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. Her photographs are included in museum collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin; Lishui Museum of Photography in China; Lviv National Museum in Ukraine; as well as numerous private collections in the United States and abroad.
Kantor photographs in B&W film and digital and prints her own work in traditional gelatin silver, platinum/palladium as well as archival digital methods.
She will have her book Beyond the Forest available for purchase for $50 cash or check.
Frank Lopez has had the great privilege of exploring the different cultures and traditions of China, Korea and Vietnam. Traveling with only a pinhole camera, he concentrated on aspects of local culture and variations of manufactured culture – areas of intentional cultural re-appropriation.
Additionally, he will discuss symbols associated with the found object – slaptags and graffiti art. The juxtaposition of found symbols initially captured with his iPhone and later interpreted into Tintypes and Ambrotypes explores the immediacy of the found object with the seemingly instant 19th Century version of the Polaroid. The ubiquitous smartphone allows the vehicle to bring the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries together.
Franks considers himself an Antiquarian Avant-Garde photographer, experimenting with 19th– 21st technologies. He has shown in galleries across the nation and most recently was featured in a 4-person invitational exhibit at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. He was recently interviewed for the Art of Photography podcast. He also teaches all aspects of photography at Greenhill School in Addison, TX and teaches 1:1 and small group tintype workshops.
To see more work by Frank or to inquire about print/plate purchases visit his website.
This event is made possible with the help of Mark from Frame Destination, a major national frame supplier located right here in Dallas.
October 27, 2015
Along with numerous awards, including Second Prize Contemporary Issues Singles in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts and American Photography, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. Additionally, his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books, including the recent Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta and THREE. Kashi’s latest book Photojournalisms, is a compilation of journal writings to his wife, done over a nearly 20-year period, from various locations around the world.
In 2002, Kashi and his wife, writer / filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded Talking Eyes Media. The non-profit company has produced numerous short films and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. The first project resulted in a book and traveling exhibition on uninsured Americans called, Denied: The Crisis of America’s Uninsured.
Ed is also leading his Near and Far 4-Day Workshop at DCP from October 26-October 29.
August 20, 2015
Artist presentation by:
Dornith Doherty and Lupita Murillo Tinnen
DCP and the Texas Photographic Society are proud to present an evening of inspiring lectures by two talented photographers: Dornith Doherty and Lupita Murillo Tinnen, former graduate school mentor and student respectively. Dornith and Lupita share a deep and meaningful creative connection; yet, their photographic work is visually and conceptually quite disparate. They each will speak about their current projects and also address their teacher/student relationship in a subsequent Q&A panel session.
Dornith Doherty will present and discuss her current project, Archiving Eden. Since 2008 she’s worked in an ongoing collaboration with renowned biologists at the most comprehensive international seed banks in the world. In this era of climate change and declining biodiversity, by collecting, researching seed biology, and storing seeds in secure vaults, seed banks play a vital role in ensuring the survival of genetic diversity in wild and agricultural species.
Utilizing the archives’ on-site x-ray equipment that is routinely used for viability assessments of accessioned seeds, Dornith documents and subsequently collages images of the seeds and tissue samples stored in these crucial collections. The amazing visual power of magnified x-ray images, which springs from the technology’s ability to record what is invisible to the human eye, illuminate the complex philosophical, anthropological, and ecological issues surrounding the role of science and human agency in relation to gene banking, but also of the poetic questions about life and time on a macro and micro scale.
Dornith, a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, was born in Houston and received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. She is currently the Distinguished Research Professor of Art at the University of North Texas. She has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Society for Contemporary Photography, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the United States Department of the Interior.
Doherty’s work has been featured in exhibitions at museums in 6 countries and part of over a dozen permanent collections. Her photos have been featured by numerous publications including Photo-eye, Oxford Literary Journal, Wired Magazine, I Love Texas Photo, Elizabeth Avedon, SPOT and American Photo Index.
Lupita Murillo Tinnen will be presenting her recent work, Immigrant Laborers, a documentary record of the many hardworking immigrants who are usually relegated to the status of ‘non-belonging other’ and not as an equal. Instead of marginalizing the laborer by depicting them in their work environment, or in a uniform, they are dressed in their chosen attire and collaborate in the decisions regarding their portrayal. As an artist, her aim is to expose the laborers as more than a simple statistic; instead, there is a face for the viewer to meet and encounter as an equal.
Lupita is currently a Professor of Photography and Humanities at Collin College and the faculty advisor for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) council #4780. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds an MFA in photography from the University of North Texas and a BA in photography from Texas A&M Commerce. Tinnen serves as treasurer on the National Board of Directors for the Society for Photographic Education and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Photographic Society. As a practicing artist, her work deals primarily with cultural and personal issues stemming from her background as a first generation Mexican American. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the US.