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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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2009 SPE Annual ConferenceSpeakers

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Karen Finley

Karen Finley

Sunday, March 29, 2009 @ 10:00am, International Ballroom

"The Jackie Look"

Karen Finley is a New York-based artist whose raw and transgressive performances have long provoked controversy and debate. She has appeared and exhibited her visual art, performances and plays internationally. Her performances have been presented... read more

Tom Fischer

Saturday, March 28, 2009 @ 11:00am, Venetian Room


Tom Fischer is a professor of photography and chief academic
officer of the Savannah College of Art and Design He is best
known for his large-format black and white landscape images.
His work is widely... read more

Mark Geil

Saturday, March 28, 2009 @ 10:25am, Oak Room

"The Utopian Wake"

Mark Geil received his BA from The Evergreen State College,
and he is now an MFA candidate in photography at the University
of New Mexico. Currently, he is working on a project exploring
the curatorial... read more

Bill Gratton

Friday, March 27, 2009 @ 9:00am, Gold Room

"What Do I Do with My 4x5 Camera Now?"

Bill Gratton's role as MAC Group's national manager of
educational markets takes him to 200+ schools a year, and gives
him a great deal of insight into trends in photographic education.
His passion and experience... read more

Brenton Hamilton

Brenton Hamilton

Thursday, March 26, 2009 @ 12:00pm, Parisian Room

"Alternative Process & the 21st Century Classroom"

Brenton Hamilton is an educator at Maine Media Workshops and Maine Media College in Rockport, Maine. His specialities include traditional darkroom craft, the history of photography and alternative processes. read more

Jessica Todd Harper

Jessica Todd Harper

Friday, March 27, 2009 @ 2:00pm, Gold Room

"Interior Exposure"

Jessica Todd Harper's images of family and friends have been widely exhibited. She has two monographs: the award-winning Interior Exposure (2008) and most recently The Home Stage (2014). Harper is represented by Rick Wester Fine... read more

David Herman, Jr., a life-long photographer, has spent the last
eight years constructing programs to help youth and their communities
produce empowering media. Herman has shared his
own visual works with a number of media... read more

Judy Herrmann

Judy Herrmann

Saturday, March 28, 2009 @ 1:00pm, Gold Room

"Real World Solutions to Digital Technology Headaches"

Judy Herrmann of Herrmann + Starke,, creates distinctive imagery for advertising, editorial and corporate clients that has won recognition from Graphis, Communication Arts, Lurzer's Archive and numerous award annuals. A past president of... read more

Douglas Holleley

Douglas Holleley

Friday, March 27, 2009 @ 9:00am, Venetian Room

"Structuring the Sprawl"

Douglas Holleley, Ph.D., was born in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Digital Books Design and Publishing. In the last year-and-a-half he has published three books about photographic education under the series title Photo... read more

Deborah Hunter

Friday, March 27, 2009 @ 9:00am, Pavilion Room

"A Search for Eden: Sprawl in Taos, N.M."

Deborah Hunter received her MFA from Rhode Island School
of Design and teaches at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Solo exhibitions include the Art Institute and the Museum of
Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the... read more

Jun Itoi

Saturday, March 28, 2009 @ 10:00am, Parisian Room

"Tokyo Story"

Jun Itoi is an alumnus of the American Photography Institute.
After receiving his MFA in photography at the University of
North Texas, he taught photography for one year at Indiana University
as a visiting assistant... read more

Chad Jennings is vice president of design and a founding
employee at Blurb. He is responsible for designing services,
such as Blurb's Educator and B3 programs, which serve professional
photographers and educators. Jennings has designed... read more

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