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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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When September 21-23, 2018
Where AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park, AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Keynote Speaker Jesse Burke

This year's Northwest SPE conference will examine how the photographic medium can explore interactions between human and nature, as well as human nature itself. How do these concepts oppose one another? In what context can they be compatible? Against the backdrop of the Wyoming's Teton mountains, workshops, panels, and discussions will expand beyond landscape photography, delving into topics such as portraiture within nature, human impact on the environment, construction of boundaries, public lands management, and more.

Human/Nature can be broadly defined and SPE is looking forward to a wide range of unique and exciting proposals related to this concept.

Where: University of Wyoming's NPS Research Station at the AMK Ranch.  On Jackson Lake, 1 hour north of Jackson, Wyoming.

When: September 21 – 23, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Jesse Burke (

Conference Website:


Conference Tickets are not yet available.

In September of 2018 SPE Northwest will be retreating to the banks of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park to discuss how photographers incorporate nature and our ecosystems into our work.  Featuring artist talks, panel discussions, demonstrations and photographic excursions, this will be a unique and small conference event.  

While we don't yet have a specific price, this conference will cost in the range of $250 per person for all housing and food, Thursday evening to Sunday morning.

We are now accepting proposals for this conference.  We are interested in the following types of presentations but are also very open to other options.  Because of the unique nature of this site, we encourage everyone to think outside the box and come up with interesting and new ways to use the location.  Below the list of presentation types see a brief description of the facilities to guide your proposal.  

-Image maker presentations

-Art Historical talks / museum or gallery related talks

-Small group discussion or teaching workshop topics

For this we're thinking about guided discussions on a single topic, eg 'Syllabi analysis' or 'Science and Photography' or 'Social practice photography'.

-Workshops / photography expeditions

The site has one large lecture hall, a medium sized conference room, a biological wet lab (not light tight but we can figure it out), multiple small meeting rooms / living rooms and lots of outdoor space, weather permitting, with amazing views.

Finally, please read carefully through the description of our location and spend some time looking at housing options, travel and the location information before submitting a proposal.  This is a unique location and as such has a range of difficulties and opportunities inherent to it so please make sure you actually will attend before submitting.

Proposals deadline extended to Midnight on May 23, 2018. Members and Non-members alike may submit proposals. To submit a proposal please send an email to the following address with the below information.


Affiliation / city of residence

Type of proposal

Brief description of proposed talk, discussion, workshop, expedition or other ideas, 500 words or less.

Website where we can see your work if relevant.

Up to 10 sample images, jpgs, no more than 2mb each.

Questions about a potential proposal? Contact Conference Chair Bailey Russel at

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