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.

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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


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