Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Artist Profile: Amber Jenks

SFCC Photography student Amber Jenks takes us along on a recent photo shoot at Riverside State Park. This video was assembled as part of a class assignment in the PHOTO 200 Photo Media Class.

Monday, June 8, 2015

SFCC Shootout Behind The Scenes

The PHOTO 200 Photo Media Class filmed and edited some of the large productions at the 2015 Photography Shootout held at the Riverside Event Center in downtown Spokane.

The Art and Photography of JP Fuller

JP Fuller created this video for an assignment in the PHOTO 200 Photo Media class during Spring quarter.

Friday, June 5, 2015

SFCC Photography Student Profiles

Here are some recent videos that were completed for the PHOTO 225 Portfolio II class.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Learning to Walk

Photography Student Jeff Gregory created this beautiful slideshow about his experience with photography and spine surgery in the PHOTO 200 Photo Media class.

The Wyoming Experience

Digital Media Production student JP Fuller created this multimedia slideshow for a project in the PHOTO 200 class.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Welcoming of RL Dietz exhibition and Photo Arts Club lecture

Ira Gardner introduces RL Dietz to the SFCC Photo Arts Club meeting 5/1/2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Student Video Project for Make A. Wish Foundation

SFCC Photography Student Jasmina Perkovic completed this project for the Make A Wish Foundation.  Great Job Jasmina!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Favorite Poem Project

SFCC photography students collaborated with creative writing students who wrote an essay and poem inspired by their favorite poet.  For most of our students this was their very first attempt at shooting and editing videos.  The project was a wonderful opportunity to explore the relationship between words and images.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Recent graduate Jessica Mumm was our guest speaker today and shared this video that documented her second year in the program.  It was an outstanding lecture by a talented grad!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Photo Students Reveal Their Passion

 Students in the PHOTO 200 completed video interviews of each other that reveal the beauty and passion that drives their work.

Interview with Jonathan Adams-Haspert

Interview of Hayley Asicksik

Interview with Grace Blanchard

Interview with Taylor Schultz

Interview of Marc Harvey

Interview with Halle Shepherd

An Interview with Jasmina Perkovic

Interview with Michael Hannigan

Interview with Raymond Morales

Friday, December 5, 2014

An Artist's Creative Process

Here is a short video that SFCC Photography student Grace Blanchard put together to describe her creative process on a recent photo shoot.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Location II Large Production Shoot!

Recent Graduate Jessica Mumm put together a video of one of the photo shoots her class completed last year.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cell Phone Typology

Students in the Photo 101 classes investigated typologies while using their cell phone to make straight forward symmetrical portraits.  The activity was design to explore the aesthetics associated with photographing in a manner similar to how a daguerreotype was made as well as to explore the power of the work of Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, and August Sanders.  

The activity started with a question about the impact of using a waist level finder on composition and ended with a discussion about the design principle of unity and variety.  While the quality of the image varied by the phone, the power of the images was apparent to all.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Commercial Photographer Tony Roslund was a guest speaker at the SFCC Photo Arts Club on Friday October 31st.  He and his assistants gave a lighting demonstration and spoke about the business skills necessary for success in the commercial photography field.

Thank you Tony!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Half Way Point

Here are some projects recently completed by 4th quarter students enrolled in the PHOTO 200 Photo Media class.  These slideshows give us a wonderful example of the diversity of interests, styles, and tremendous talent of our SFCC students.

Jasmina Perkovic

Micaiah Gray

Taylor Schultz

Topher Fischer

Raymond Morales

Grace Blanchard

Baayin Asicksik

Ashley Sue Hamilton

 Jennifer Guymon

Alicia Dunavab

Richelle Entrup

Jonathan Adams-Haspert

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dean Davis was a guest speaker at the SFCC Photo Arts Club on Friday October 17th.  Dean is  a successful commercial and fine art photographer who shared his latest personal project that is going to be exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Culture beginning November 28th, 2014.

Thank you Dean!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

SFCC Photography Graduate Documents 2nd Year Experience

2014 Graduate Jessica Mumm created this video reel that documented her time during the second year.  It is a wonderful celebration of the camaraderie and magic that exists due to the special people that attend here.

Congratulation 2014 Graduates!

Friday, June 13, 2014

More SFCC Photography Shootout!

SFCC Photography Shootout!

This past spring the entire SFCC Photography and Digital Media Programs relocated to the Riverside Place Event Center formerly known as the historic Masonic Temple.  The facility was filled with old theaters, ballrooms, and historic architecture.  Every class for the week was conducted on site and involved tremendous logistics management to haul and secure gear.  All instructors were on hand for the week.

Special thanks go to the student coordinators Marc Harvey and Richard Russell and instructor Erik Sohner who made this happen so successfully.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2014 Student Portfolio Review

Photos provided by JM Adamshaspert

SFCC would like to thank the following photographers and filmmakers who participated in the 2014  Student Porfolio Review:

Tony Boccaccio
Richard Heinzen
Colin Mulvany
Tony Roslund
Rick Singer
Matt Shumate
Shaun Springer

Craig Sweat

Friday, February 28, 2014

New photography show runs through Friday, March 28

“Fetish of the Mind,” a series of surreal single set montage composite photographs by SFCC photography instructor Erik Sohner, is running through March 28 in the SFCC Photography Building gallery.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.

Although Sohner’s background is primarily in commercial photography, he has begun to transition into fine art photography. In the photographs on display, he uses a light painting technique to unite “the familiar, the strange, the real and the imagined within the frame of a photograph.”

For details, contact Sohner, 533-3832.

Monday, November 25, 2013

SFCC Hosts Filmmaker Workshop

SFCC Digital Media Production Program and Lewis and Clark Video Production Instructor Joseph Comine hosted a two day filmmaker workshop for area high school students.  Local professionals from the Spokane Film Project led by Juan Mas and Adam Boyd collaborated with Spokane Public Schools and Community Minded Television to organize the event.

Students participated in 4 workshops ranging from storytelling, camera operation, lighting, audio recording, and editing.

This event was made possible through the efforts of:

Joseph Comine, Lewis & Clark High School
Lisa White, Spokane Public Schools
Janale Garnett, Spokane Public Schools
Ira Gardner, SFCC 
Penny Butters, SFCC

Special thanks to Spokane Film Works:
Juan Mas
Adam Boyd
Shaun Springer
Tom Dineen
Sean Finley
Jamie Junction
Tom Tayler
Brian Gosline
Jade Warpenburg
Rob Foote
Jason McKee
Seth Mead
Joni Elizabeth

Thursday, March 14, 2013

2013 SFCC Student Portfolio Review

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2013 SFCC Photography Program Portfolio Review. Special thanks to our guest reviewers from industry:

Craig Sweat
Anthony Boccacio
Mica Jones 
Ifong Chen
Keith Currie
Young Kwak 
Colin Mulvany
John Mark
Deke Cloyd 
Paddy Hoy
Matt Shumate
Megan Schuyler-Kennedy
RIck Singer 
Lori McCray-Brown 
Jay Cousins 
Larry Wooley 
Chris Wooley

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Almost Ready!

Students and faculty hung 56 photographic images at the Kress Gallery in downtown Spokane as part of preparations for this year's 2011 Society for Photographic Education Northwest Region Conference.

Volunteers have been hauling artwork around to different venues and setting up displays that celebrate the diversity of photography and its impact on our culture.

Imagery ranges from candid street photographs that capture everyday moments to colorful abstract imagery that is musical in nature.

Trying to figure out what images fit next to others is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

The Kress Gallery Exhibition is a group show of SPE Members who submitted work for review and consideration to be a part of the exhibition. Each image was selected based upon a unique attribute or idea that is represented within the work.

Conference Co-Chairs and SFCC Faculty members Ira Gardner and Melissa Rackham have been working for months to put the conference together and the gallery exhibitions are just the finishing touches.

Please join us for the First Friday Artist Reception Friday night at the Kress Gallery from 5-8pm. Be sure to check out the other photographic conference exhibitions at the following locations:

SFCC Photography Building
Barili Winery
Nectar Tasting Room
Spokane Public Library
Dean Davis Photography
Kolva-Sullivan Gallery
Brick Wall Gallery

Photos by Mike Busby

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

SFCC Photography Hosts Major Conference

Photo by Eric Sohner
Design by Chris Thompson

The Spokane Falls Community College Photography Program is hosting the Northwest Region Conference for the Society for Photographic Education November 3rd - 6th.

SPE is a national nonprofit organization, provides not only a forum for the discussion of photography as a means of creative expression and cultural insight, but nurtures its development through teaching, criticism, and scholarship.

Conference Theme: Visual Evolution
Conference Chairs: Ira Gardner & Melissa Rackham

The 2011 SPE Northwest regional conference will examine what many media theorists describe as a ‘21st Century Renaissance’ brought about by innovations in digital imaging and internet technology that are comparable to the impact of Gutenberg’s press.

The transformation from analog to digital and the convergence of still and motion photography into compact media technology constitutes a renegotiation of traditional ideas about photography and visual literacy that is emerging into questions about how photographers are addressing the impact of New Media.


All attendees: please fill out and submit the conference registration form to melissa.rackham@spokanefalls.edu.

Payment may be made online with the Paypal link, or you can mail a check to Melissa via snail mail. This event is free for SFCC Applied Visual Arts & Fine Arts students and faculty but a registration form must be filled out and submitted prior to November 1st to guarantee space availability. SPENW 2011 Conference Registration Form

Please send form and check (payable to SPE) to:

Melissa Rackham
Spokane Falls Community College
3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive
MS 3110
Spokane, WA 99224-5288

To Pay online go to: http://www.spenw.org/conferences/2011-spenw-regional-conference/

Conference Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Time: 7pm


Welcome/Early Registration
Film Screening of
Beyond Iconic: Photographer Dennis Stock, with special guest Hanna Sawka, who directed the film and is coming from New York

Location: Magic Lantern Theater
25 W. Main Avenue, Spokane, WA
note: A theater ticket price of $7 will be charged at the door and is separate from the conference fee.

Friday, November 4th, 2011
All events held at Spokane Falls Community College
8:30 - 9:30
Registration and Conference Check-In

9:30 - 10:20

Lynn Iglitzin - Humanities Washington Guest Speaker
Presentation on Margaret Bourke-White

Scott Kolbo -
"Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction"
Using digital technology to produce unique monotype images that can not be editioned

10:30 - 11:20

Hanna Sawka - The Photographs of Dennis Stock
Lessons learned in the making of the film "Beyond Iconic: Photographer Dennis Stock"

Lark Gilmer-Smothermon - Memento Mori:
Storytelling and the role of still life in painting and photography

11:20 - 1:00pm
Lunch Break

1:00 - 1:50

Robert Lloyd - How do you see China?
An exploration of stereotypical vision within documentary photography

Greg Roth - Its about time...
A discussion of indexicality and photography

WWU Student Panel - Why are you doing that?
A discussion about personal bubbles and public domain

2:00 - 2:50

Katheryn McKenna - In Relation: The Still Photograph and the Poem
This presentation will explore the mutual aspirations of the still photograph and the poem

David Lee Myers - Composite Images: Extending and Unifying Observations
Understanding and perceiving the world through a multiplicity of views

3:00 - 3:50

Elizabeth Claffey - Documentary Photography
An exploration of the relationship between medical practices and life experience

Jennifer Scott - Hypnagogia: A World Where Thoughts, Memories, and
Dreams Unite

A visual exploration of the state between wake and sleep

CWU Student Panel - Ice Cream, Hay, and Eastern Sympathies at Central Washington University
Facing the challenge of connecting with the reality of the larger photography world from a rural place within this informational era

4:00 - 4:50

Mike Emme - Technics and Desire
The shifting erotics of the viewfinder and its impact on art and education

Colin Mulvany - The State of Photojournalism
A look at the convergence of still photography and video and the economics of journalism in the internet age

Christina Z. Anderson (limit of 25 people) - Chemigrams and Chromoskedasics

A darkroom demonstration

5:00 - 6:00

Dinner Break

6:00 - 11:00pm

First Friday Spokane Gallery Tours
A tour of 8 photography exhibits including the SPE Member Group Show and reception at the Kress Gallery

Saturday, November 5th
All events held at Spokane Falls Community College

All Day - Trade Show in the SFCC Photography Building Studio

9:30 - 10:20

Panel Discussion: The Business of Art from the Gallery Perspective

10:30 - 11:20

Michelle Bates - Toy Cameras in a High Tech World
Author of Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity

W.B. Fontenot - Dangerous Excess of Human Knowledge
A presentation of work inspired from the dystopias of authors such as
George Orwell and Aldous Huxley.

11:30 - 12:20

NW Regional Meeting

12:20 - 2:00
Luncheon in the SFCC Photo Building

2:00 - 3:10

Panel Discussion: Media Convergence - What are we teaching in today's social media world?

3:20 - 4:10

Tony Boccaccio - Photographic Seeing
A presentation on how dynamic images were made at National Geographic

4:20 - 5:30

Panel Discussion: Professional Pathways in the Digital Era
Hosted by ASMP

5:30 - 7:00
Dinner Break

7:00 - 7:15
Honored Educator Awards Ceremony

7:30 - 8:30

Keynote Speaker

Brooks Jensen
Publisher of Lenswork



8:30 - 10:00pm

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

9:30 - 12:00pm
Student Portfolio Reviews
Location: SFCC Photography Building

Here is the lineup of 8 gallery exhibitions for the upcoming SPENW 2011 Conference.

1. Kress Gallery - SPE Member Group Show

The Kress Gallery is hosting the 2011 Society for Photographic Education Northwest Regional Conference Member Exhibition. The theme of the conference is “Visual Evolution” and will feature a wide range of image-making techniques and genres that celebrate the convergence of historic and contemporary photographic technologies. This group show will feature work by artists and educators from throughout the country.

The exhibition will display works by:
Michelle Bates
Lea Alexander
Elizabeth Claffey
Dennis Dehart
Brooks Dierdorf
Mike Emme
Alex Emmons
Ira Gardner
David Lee Myers
Melissa Rackham
Eva Skold Westerlind
Greg Roth
Michael Sell
Erik Sohner
Joseph Wilcox
Kristin Wilkins
and many more

2. Spokane Public Library - Eye of the World

The downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library is hosting a photography exhibition in conjunction with the November "First Friday Arts Tour" and the SPE Northwest Conference.

Images by social documentary photographers all over the United States are being presented in an exhibition titled “Eye on the World”. The show celebrates the role photography plays in shaping our understanding of the world and asks the viewer to consider the questions posed by Dorthea Lange to every photograph: “Is this my world? If not, what does it have to do with my world?”

Artists featured are:
Tony Boccaccio
Elizabeth Claffey
Stephanie Hansen
Tobias Hendrickson
David Horan
Robert Lloyd
Barbara Smith

Hosted by:

3. Spokane Falls Community College - Lost and Found

The Spokane Falls Community College Photography Program is hosting a gallery exhibition titled “Lost and found” features hand made artist books by Frank Hamrick and Wet Plate Collodion prints by Katherine Rondina.

The exhibition highlights the “lost” art of handmade bookmaking and 19th century Wet Plate photography and expands the visual lexicon beyond contemporary digital photography and highlights how new insights into the modern may be “found” in the intrinsic value of craftsmanship and physical artifacts.

4. Dean Davis Photography - Tension

Eva Sköld Westerlind and Frank Knapp

Dean Davis Photography is hosting a exhibition of work by Seattle based artist Eva Sköld Westerlind and Spokane photographer Frank Knapp in a show titled “Tension”. The show is sponsored by the Society for Photographic Education 2011 Northwest Region Conference.

The work of both photographers explores the qualities of water, light, and time. Sköld Westerlind writes, “I seek to capture close-up scenes from the water surface that reveal the beauty and the mystery when light meets water in these natural settings.”

Hosted by:

5. Kolva Sullivan Gallery - Dangerous Excess of Human Knowledge

W.B. Fontenot

The Kolva-Sullivan Gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of photographic work by Los Angeles photographer W.B. Fontenot. The show is sponsored by the Society for Photographic Education 2011 Northwest Region Conference.

Fontenot’s inspiration derives from the dystopias of authors such as George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. Fontenot creates a parallel universe that mocks our own digital obsession and increased consumption, creating characters that echo the imagery and themes of “1984” and “A Brave New World” as well as other dystopian worlds.

Hosted by:

6. Nectar Tasting Room - Alterations

Works by Erin Jennings and Mike Emme

The Nectar Tasting Room is hosting an exhibition of photographic work titled “Alterations” that is sponsored by the Society for Photographic Education 2011 Northwest Region Conference.

Works by Victoria British Columbia photographer Mike Emme and Memphis Tennesee photographer Erin Jennings. The theme Alterations refers to the idea of change and abstraction. Jenning’s work depicts the movements of Burlesque dancers that alter the viewer’s perception of the dancer while Emme’s photographs offer a close-up view of natural processes of decay.

Hosted by:

7. Brick Wall Gallery - Looking Back
Works by Jane Goffe and Del Lusk

The Brick Wall Gallery is hosting an exhibition titled, “Looking Back,” sponsored by the Society for Photographic Education 2011 Northwest Regional Conference. The show presents the works of Spokane-based photographer, Del Lusk and Montana artist, Jane Goffe who both utilize historic photographic processes to make modern imagery.

Del Lusk makes traditional silver gelatin fiber prints by hand while Jane Goffe specializes in 19th century processes of gum bichromate, cyanotype, and silver gelatin which result in prints that are truly one-of-a-kind.

Goffe’s work emphasizes “impressionistic” landscape scenes and Lusk’s most recent work is devoted to mannequins that portray human interaction using inanimate stand-ins.

Hosted by:

8. Barili Winery - Abstract Americana

Barili Cellars is hosting a photography exhibition titled “Abstract Americana” which is featuring the work of 6 artist and is sponsored by the Society for Photographic Education in conjunction with the Northwest Region Conference that is happening November 3-6th in Spokane Washington. The work focuses on the patterns and textures of decay within the rural landscape.

Artist featured in the show are:

Lea Alexander
William Barringer

Jay Cousins
Patricia Lowe

Tony Roche
Shirleen Mitchell