Sunday, November 29, 2009

Great exhibition opportunity for photo students.

Stephenson University is hosting a juried photo show open to students in the Mid-Atlantic region. The jurors are: Kathleen Ewing from the Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington, DC, Jay Fisher from the Baltimore Museum of Art and Bob Sasha from Mediastorm in NYC. You may submit up to 4 digital or film based images. There is no fee to apply! The deadline is December 15. For more details click here. Selected works will be exhibited in the gallery at Stephenson University this winter.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


As many of you may have noticed, the Spring section of VAFA 211 Studio & Light is now full. If you planned to register for this class and have been closed out, please place yourself on the wait list. We are currently trying to determine how many students are still interested in taking the class. Thanks.

Open Lab Hours for Thanksgiving.

Open lab hours for Thanksgiving week are as follows:
Wednesday - Darkroom & Digital open lab 1-6pm
Thursday & Friday - CLOSED
Saturday - Darkroom & Digital open lab from 10-4pm
A safe & happy Thanksgiving to all.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Black Friday Photo Competition

Great competition oppurtunity! Below is a quick synopsis of the theme of the competition and you can find out further details by going here. May the best shopper win!

Every year, Black Friday rings in the yearly holiday shopping season, with hundreds of thousands of people getting up before sunrise to queue for bargains and deals; when the doors are unlocked, the stores being besieged by their own customers. During Black Friday last year, security guard Jdimytai Damour, was trampled to death by crazed shoppers as he tried to hold back bargain seekers at a Walmart in Long Island . Unfortunately, the uproar in the media was mostly over by the end of the weekend.

Picture Black Friday is a photojournalism project that aims to revisit and analyze a combination of forces- a worsening economy, financial desperation, excitement, fear, and a distinctly American cultural tradition- that culminate the morning after Thanksgiving.

More specifically, Picture Black Friday is an open call for photographers throughout the U.S. to go out and produce images that document Black Friday- how you see it, on your terms. Imagine this project as an open assignment: you have freedom to approach this event from any angle you wish, returning with single images or even a mini-project that documents Black Friday like no other media outlet will. A selection of these images will be exhibited on this site.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Filmmaker Errol Morris has an interesting new post on his NY Times Blog. The post begins with the following:
Question: What is the difference among these three photographs?

Is it photojournalism, propaganda or art, and why? To read Morris' own response as well as the thoughts of NY Times readers you can go to his post here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Registration & Advising

That time has come again - time to be advised and register for the Spring semester. Priority registration begins November 23. The following photo courses are available in the Spring Semester:
•VAFA 110 - Digital Photography Fundamentals - learn how to use your digital camera and the basics of photoshop
•VAFA 210 - Digital Photography II - advanced photoshop and portfolio development.
•VAFA 151 - Photography I - intro to black & white film - process your own film and print in the darkroom
•VAFA 157 - Photography II - advanced black & white darkroom work & portfolio development
•VAFA 211 - Studio & Light - Learn to use professional studio lighting - photograph portraits, products, etc in the studio.
•VAFA 196 - History of Photography - Learn the fascinating history of photography from Daguerre & Fox Talbot to contemporary artists.


For the rest of the semester, we will have open labs in the darkroom & digital lab on Saturdays. Saturday lab hours are from 1pm-4pm. Please be cleaned up and ready to go by 4pm if you take advantage of these lab hours. Enjoy!!