Jeff Jacobson and Maggie Steber (act fast), Vaughn Sills, Ernie Button, Meg Birnbaum, Karen Davis-Photography Atelier: Updates

FORM AND CONTENT - a workshop offered by Jeff Jacobson and Maggie SteberJeff Jacobson and Maggie Steber

Jeff and Maggie are joining together to offer a unique week-long photo workshop, “Form and Content” in Miami FL March 25 to 31 (5 days from now). Steber, a contributing photographer to National Geographic and formerly Director of Photography at The Miami Herald is a master of the narrative in photography.  Jacobson, who exhibited at the Davis Orton Gallery in 2011, author of “My Fellow Americans,” “Melting Point,” and upcoming “The Last Roll” is known for his idiosycratic and formally beautiful documentary photographs.  The workshop is limited to 10 students.  There is space left but time is short.  Scholarships may be available.  Contact Jeff or Maggie for more info.

Vaughn Sills,  Sturgehill GardenVaughn Sills

Vaughn’s beautiful black and white photographs of  traditional African American Gardens of the South will be exhibited in Charlotte SC and Chicago IL this summer.  “Traditional African American Gardens of the South” will be on view at the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC from May 4 to September 9, 2012.

In Chicago, July 14 – September 30, 2012,  there will be simultaneous exhibitions of “Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens” at the DuSable Museum of African American History and and the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL.

Vaughn exhibited at the Davis Orton Gallery in 2010.

Meg Birnbaum Person/PersonaMeg Birnbaum

Congratulations to Meg. The photography festival, Encuentros Abiertos-Festival de la Luz, has invited Meg to exhibit 24 photographs from her ‘person/persona’ portfolio series. The exhibition will take place at the Museum of Art Pompeo Boggio, in the Chivilcoy Province in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Meg exhibited photographs from Person/Persona at the Davis Orton Gallery in 2011.

Clearing the Land #17 by ErnieButtonErnie Button

Ernie has an intriguing new series, “Clearing the Land” which can be seen on his website. It’s a poignant look at the building boom and bust in Phoenix, his home town.  During the boom “a construction sign would go up announcing the arrival of a new community and I knew the fate of those triees, that vegitation.”  Ernie followed the signs and photographed the trees before they were razed.  Now, with the bust, all that remains are vacant lots of dirt and tire tracks. Ernie exhibited his series, “Cerealism” at the Davis Orton Gallery in 2010.

Photography Atelier at the Griffin Museum

Photography Atelier 15 an exhibition and websiteKaren Davis of the Davis Orton Gallery is happy to anounce an exceptional exhibition of photographs by students of Photography Atelier 15 at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester MA from  March 8 to March 25, 2012. If you’re in the Boston area, you’ll enjoy visiting the show.  If you can’t make it, visit the atelier website.  Karen has been teaching the Atelier for a number of years.  She hopes to offer it in Hudson through the Davis Orton Gallery in the near future.

Photography Atelier is a unique portfolio-building course for emerging to advanced photographers.  In addition to guidance and support in the creation of a body of work, the class prepares artists to market, exhibit and present their work to professionals.

In the Atelier, students may choose to photograph with digital media or film; use SLRs, plastic cameras, cell phones, and other methods for image capture and select from the range of options for image presentation.  Instruction in the Atelier includes slide presentations and discussions which consider contemporary trends in photography as well as the history of photography.  Assignments are designed to encourage experimentation in both subject matter and approach. Supportive group critiques help each participant create strong images as well as edit and sequence their work to produce cohesive portfolios. In addition, final formats such as photobooks, mixed and multi-media works and installations are encouraged.  Student work from each class appears in exhibition and on the Photography Atelier website:

The Atelier is designed to accommodate repeat enrollment as well as one time participants.  First presented by Holly Smith Pedlosky at Radcliffe Seminars in 1997 and taught by Holly and Karen Davis over the past fifteen years,  the Atelier is very happy to find itself at home at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Karen, Meg Birnbaum, course assistant, and Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director of the Griffin, each first encountered the Atelier as students in the class.