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planning a regional gathering: a toolkit

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Are you interested in hosting a Chapter conference or event? Do you want to learn how to build programming that brings together SPE members and your local community? Do you need help with planning the logistics? Join us on Tuesday, June 25th at 2-3:30PM ET/1-2:30PM CT for a free online training session with Margaret LeJeune (Vice-Chair), Abbey Hepner (Affiliated Chapter Chair), Toni Roberts (Interim Executive Director) and Jason Reblando (Development Committee Chair). During this session, we will discuss how to construct a timeline for successful event planning; how to create mutually-beneficial connections with local institutions including schools, galleries, and museums; how to develop a budget and secure funding, and best practices for how to promote your event. We will also have time for Q&A with attendees. The accessibility and proximity of fall Chapter events make it possible for many members to participate and stay engaged with SPE throughout the year. Vital to the strength and prosperity of the organization, Chapter events are often the first introduction our members have to SPE and entice attendees to participate in the organization in the future. Help us grow the SPE community by planning an event in your area!

Eddie Adams Workshop - Submitting a Portfolio

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Daniel McInnis:Using Photography and Visual Literacy Modules-a Pat...

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This presentation will share a case study on how McInnis' course uses photographs, fine art and films to open up discussion about real-world and timely topics. Some of these topics are difficult, especially when addressing a group of students who are politically divided. Photographs offer students a common language with which to begin student-led discourse and collaborative research regarding race, class, environmental impact, etc. This presentation will describe and explore some of the specific methods used and their subsequent scaffolded, active-learning tools. Folded into these four specific pedagogical approaches are some other key ideas that help to describe students' learning outcomes and applicable philosophies.

dena eber & Jordanna Kalman


dena eber: Becoming Alex eber will present images, supporting ephemera, and stories that explore the process of her daughter, Margaret, discovering their new identity as Alex. eber reveals her own gaze, understanding and transition. eber's is a project about one Gen Zer and one Mother—it represents a changing landscape for many in this generation, but especially for their parents and for those who love them. Jordanna Kalman: Jordanna and the Masters of Photography In this series Kalman considers the influence of a male-dominated history of photography and how her work has been shaped and bound by it. In this series Kalman's photographs are seen through a window cut into photographs made by male Master Photographers she admires. She wrestles with the fact that her work, so influenced by men, may not be considered worthy by those same men simply because of her gender.

Kristine Heykants: Navigating Turbulent Times through Portraiture ...

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In 2020 Minneapolis College partnered with Hennepin Theater Trust to lead a workshop at the downtown public arts high school FAIR School for the Arts. The culmination of the workshop would be banners printed from images made by the students, to be mounted in downtown Minneapolis. Heykants will discuss how this project became all the more salient as the COVID19 lockdown went into place, George Floyd was tragically murdered, and the city erupted in unrest. Heykants will share tools for engaging students in discussions of identity, share artist references, lesson plans, and case studies on collaboration with partner institutions.

Tate Shaw: Affective Misplacement and The Image City

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This lecture will present a re-framing of empathy and the call to empathize more in relation to images and image makers as part of a capitalist reification process that benefits those empathizing at the further expense of their subjects. Inspired by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay's Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism, it discusses the complicity and consequences of the empathetic photographer and critic's privilege relative to photographic subjects as part of an imperialistic system. Central to the discussion will be the 2012 Magnum Photos House of Pictures project as an example of how empathy and its documents are reified in a capitalist economy.

Jessica Labatte, Larissa Garcia: Dodging Truths and Burning Facts

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This presentation will describe a collaboration between a librarian and photography professor to integrate visual and information literacy instruction into photography courses. Considering examples from photojournalism to university archives, students explore how photographic choices influence our notions of truth and authenticity to create their own photographic conspiracies and consider the systems of power at play from the early days of photography to now. Presenters will share assignments and activities that not only underscore the connection between visual and information literacy and artistic practice but also foster critical thinking skills.

Janet Zandy: When Black Lives Don't Matter: Marion Palfi's There I...

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This presentation will present (textually and visually) excerpts from Marion Palfi's There Is No More Time and raise questions about the efficacy of photography to counter structural racial oppression and the role of institutions as agents of racial justice or injustice. Marion Palfi (1907-1978), was a pioneering social research photographer, who produced photo series on the elderly, children, Native Americans, prisoners, and, especially, race relations in America. In August 1949, she went to Irwinton to investigate the death of a black man. Posing as a white European interested in Southern small town life, she uncovered a white supremacist social space far removed from the American ideals she cherished. Out of that experience she produced a 100 page narrative of testimonies and photographs, titled, There Is No More Time: An American Tragedy.

Panel: Andres Gonzalez, Forest Kelley, Sameer Farooq, and Marni Sh...

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How should we document the made-invisible? Short of access, how should we as photographers attempt to make pictures, document, or photographically represent histories or circumstances when being present with our primary subject isn't possible? Andres Gonzalez, Forest Kelley, Sameer Farooq, and Marni Shindelman will discuss the strategies, ethics, and social implications of making work about subjects that have been siloed by social, political, or economic forces. From prisons and detention centers to the growth of virtual labor markets, from stolen artifacts to mass shootings, what are the forces that push people into isolation, and social events beyond the horizon, and how can we as photographers respond? How does depicting absence change what a photograph can be?

Meggan Gould & Evan Hume - Image Makers Presentations

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Meggan Gould: Sorry, No Pictures A presentation of a new book project entwining text and photographic practice. Gould will discuss the process of making the book and the importance (and terror) of vulnerability. She will perform a reading of sections of the book and share the underlying work. The book is an open dissection of vision and photo geekery in the context of two decades of photographic making and teaching. Gould writes about machines, mothering, messes, travel, ink stains, open boxes of photosensitive paper, bird-watching, influences, language, clogged nozzles, clocks, teaching, humility, and labor. Gould writes about places where technology fails us, or where we fail technology. This book represents her own personal reckoning with the power and pitfalls of the medium. Evan Hume: Viewing Distance This presentation will focus on the series Viewing Distance, which compiles and transforms declassified material from US government archives to examine photography as a tool of the military-industrial complex for reconnaissance, surveillance, and documentation of advanced technologies. Viewing Distance combines photographs pertaining to Cold War developments in photographic technologies with contemporary documents and devices, connecting past and present with implications for the future. Processes including analog printing, digital collage, scanner manipulation, and data bending are used to animate the archival material. Through this disruption and layering, historical fragments are presented in a state of flux, open to alternate associations and implications. What we are allowed to know and see is often incomplete and indeterminate, encouraging speculation and critical vision.

Grad Night: Natcha Wongchanglaw, Megan Hansen, and Amanda Quinlan

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Natcha Wongchanglaw shares stories of the Couchsurfing community in New York City and the surrounding vicinity, a group of people who open up their homes to travelers to learn and exchange cultures in return. Megan Hansen's work attempts to understand the American West through myth, ideology, and pop culture. Amanda Quinlan's practice exists at the intersection of photography with artificial intelligence, architecture, and shared nostalgia. She employs lens-based photography in conjunction with optical, digital, algorithmic, and physical manipulations to investigate nuanced understandings of the way that image making is intertwined with the idea of a façade.

Amy Kim- Teaching about Fake News: From Rooftop to Laptop

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This presentation examines the inherently complex nature of photography and includes pedagogical methods to guide students to distinguish fake news from facts. The presentation is based upon a chapter polished in Teaching about Fake News: "From Rooftop to Laptop: Photographic Art(ifice)" published in 2021 by American College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Portrait & Lifestyle Work with Fujifilm GFX

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Presented by FUJIFILM X-Photographer Kara Mercer Kara has been an avid user of Fujifilm for years! The GFX systems has transformed how she shoots on set and on location, ultimately transforming her work and client relationships. In this class, she will walk you through techniques for creating portrait and lifestyle imagery. Whether you are shooting commercial work professionally or for fun, you'll walk away from this class with new found knowledge and be inspired to create more! Bio: Kara Mercer is a commercial and editorial photographer and art director based on the West Coast. She specializes in developing content for fashion, travel, and lifestyle brands from around the globe. Known for her use of light and her eye for creative direction, Kara believes every image should stand strongly on its own while also contributing a unique yet complementary voice when serving as part of a collection.

Meredith Davenport - Membering

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How does one account for a history of enslavement and the distorted narratives that are built around the shame that a legacy like this leaves in its wake? Membering is a collection of narratives about the artist's family history as enslavers. This project is a collection of layered narratives using images and words from found documents related to the artist's family story, which begins with a slave ship and ends with the death of her father.

Alexis Childress: The Tekhnologia of Blackness

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Inspired by Afrofuturism, Alexis Childress' work manifests as visual interpretations of her experiences growing up as a Black woman in the rural Midwest, confronted with racial tensions and generational oppression; using technology to examine race, culture, social transition, and self-identity.

Noelle Mason: X-Ray Vision vs. Invisibility

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Translating images from near-instantaneous creations to installations, sculptures, drawings, alternative process photographs or hand-made embroideries and weavings, Mason's work alters the physical and psychological space between viewer and document. Infusing the hand-made onto images generated by machine-vision serves to question the authoritative aesthetic of surveillance and remote sensing.

Resilience-Based Teaching in a Colonial Education System

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What does decolonization look like in your classroom and how does one go about it? Emily Hanako Momohara, Wendel White, Tarrah Krajnak and Lorena Guadalupe Molina will discuss the fundamentals of colonized curriculum, amplification of white culture, and patriarchal classroom structures to give examples for dismantling these traditional practices to better serve all students. The conversation will cover building curriculum around race and history to transect a photography classroom that goes beyond racially diverse artist examples. Methods like the feminist classroom, non-masculine structure, and emotional development will expand instruction delivery. A special emphasis will be placed on identifying and including the needs of 1st generation, differently-abled, new American, Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the student body, staff and faculty. A resilience-based approach to teaching can offer shared labor and the normalization of all the peoples.

Antone Dolezal & Lara Shipley: The Naked Truth

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The Naked Truth is a new collaborative project by Antone Dolezal & Lara Shipley, set in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This project combines creative and performative photographs in close dialogue with a historical archive, resurrecting the period of the Great Depression when the Victorian era Crescent Hotel was turned into a fake cancer curing hospital by "Dr." Norman Baker, an egomaniacal charlatan exploiting the terminally ill and economically desperate. Inspired by superstition, the story of a trickster that is part truth and part myth, and a hotel that was once the illusion of a hospital, The Naked Truth explores the fine line between reality and illusion that can be used to marvel or exploit. It aims to challenge our faith in manufactured saviors and the evidence employed to make sense of the world. By giving a glimpse into this small corner of America's past, Dolezal & Shipley unveil a world that exposes the wonder, trauma and eccentric realities reverberating across contemporary America today. Antone Dolezal is a visual artist whose body of work surveys the cultural and political dynamics of American folklore and mythology. Antone is currently a faculty member at the University of Nevada - Reno. Lara Shipley is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Michigan State University. She is a photographer and bookmaker who primarily makes work about rural culture, identity, mythology, storytelling and photography's relationship to evidence.

Grad Night II: Steven Baboun, Tere Garcia, Dilmar Gamero


Join us for an evening of presentations by three graduate students exploring the sense of place, culture and identity. Each student will share a 20-minute presentation, followed by a shared Q&A session at the end. Steven Baboun is a lens-based artist from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and based in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts with a minor in Education Studies from American University and graduated from Parsons School of Design with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography. Tere Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Monterrey, NL, Mexico. In 2020 she graduated with an MFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design. Garcia has been traveling and working along the United States and Mexico Border, confronting these boundaries that demolish and hinder unity. Dilmar Gamero is a Peruvian-born, Philadelphia based visual artist and teacher with studies in audiovisual communication and theology. He's specialized in digital and alternative processes. He received his MFA in Photography at Tyler School of Art, and he's a PhD candidate in Documentary Arts and Visual Research at Temple University.

Gazelle Samizay & Helena Zeweri: The Multiple Lives of the "Afghan...


In 1985, National Geographic published an image of a young girl on its cover. With piercing green eyes and a loosely wrapped burgundy veil, the "Afghan girl," as she came to be known, riveted magazine readers.Since its publication, the legacies of this image have been profound. This presentation uses Steve McCurry's famous photograph as a jumping-off point for looking at how photographs of Afghans have been mobilized to tell racialized narratives toward militarized humanitarian projects.

Defining Diné Legacies: The Friction Between the Fragmented Archi...

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This panel explores the friction between the fragmented archive and contemporary Indigenous photographic practice in defining legacies for the Diné (Navajo) people. We follow the trajectory and historical frame(s) of the creation, archiving and circulation of 19th century photographs of Diné (Navajo), observing the nexus formed by the intersection of these historic photographs with contemporary photographic practice by Diné photographers. The discussion concludes with contemporary Diné photographers reflecting on their own practices and how such practices relate to the story of the archive and reclaim the legacies of contemporary and historical images. Panelists: Devorah Romanek, PhD, Will Wilson, Hannah Abelbeck, Rapheal Begay Moderated by Jennifer Denetdale

Bennie Flores Ansell: REUSE and REcontextualizing the Western Cano...

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Bennie Flores Ansell deconstructs the tools of analog photography to create organic migration installations and unique objects. She achieves different effects through the reaction of varying light sources with reflections and mirrors, constructing distinct installations by configuring obsolete photographic materials as an ode to and critique of the photographic process. Bennie Flores Ansell is a Houston based visual artist. Flores Ansell is currently a Professor in the Art Department of the Houston Community College. She completed her MFA in Photography at the University of Houston and an undergraduate degree in Photo from the University of South Florida. Flores Ansell pursues different conceptual ideas through the use of light, shadow, migration patterns, and observations of the tactile qualities of film and the photographic image.

Joshua Rashaad McFadden | Evidence: Collecting and Re-Situating Te...

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Joshua Rashaad McFadden's work aims to address the mass erasure of Black legacy in America. Empowered by the legacy of Frederick Douglass—who championed the power of the image and media representation— EVIDENCE gives back the voice and legacy of silenced individuals through powerful images, handwritten text of personal experiences, and a newspaper publication that delves deeper into the concept of varying masculine identities, especially within the LGBTQ

Sharing/Shaping the Wealth

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Sharing/Shaping the Wealth: Collaborative Ways Museums, Libraries, and Archives Collections Can Further Photographic Research What can researchers in other fields discover when libraries and museums begin to collaborate? This panel will focus on innovative examples of collaboration and accessibility between museums and libraries, and on the effects they have had on teaching and scholarship. Collaborations involving digitization, online presentations of shared visual materials, and community efforts to move beyond museum and library walls will be a focus of this panel. Andy Grundberg (moderator) is Professor Emeritus of the George Washington University, a former critic for the New York Times, a former dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and the author most recently of "How Photography Became Contemporary Art" (Yale University Press, 2021). Kate Addleman-Frankel is the Gary and Ellen Davis Curator of Photography at Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. She works with the Cornell library's Division of Rare and Manuscripts Collections identifying important photographs within its archives and organizes exhibitions of photographs from both the museum and the library. Johan Kugelberg is an archivist and curator based in New York. His company Boo-Hooray has placed over 130 archives with institutional libraries and museums. Caitlin Margaret Kelly is the Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Director of the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University.

Ellen Carey Lecture with Cyan Studio, Oslo Norway

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Saturday, March 27, 2021 Ellen Carey, a Pictures Generation contemporary and member of Buffalo's avant-garde — Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo — upends the medium's collective histories in art and technology with abstract, minimal "picture" signs. Photography Degree Zero and Struck by Light names her twin practices, while Pictus & Writ supports her creative tripod with writing. The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) named Carey one of the top 100 women photographers worldwide - Hundred Heroines - one of 14 Americans. She emphasizes drawing with light, photography's indexical; light with color, underscored in process and approach, is her performative record: a visual all - or - nothing (zero). Her photographs no longer represents object-subject relations but rather the twin interplay of light and shadow, stark in black and white minimalism while freeing color itself into a kaleidoscope of abstraction. Well developed in the 20th century in — Abstract Expressionism, Minimal, Conceptual Art — Carey's photographic pictures of nothing upend the medium's collective histories asking us now: "What is photography?" Or "Is it a photograph"?

Study Hall: A Pedagogical Experiment | with Sarah Phyllis Smith

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Envisioned by Sarah Phyllis Smith, Study Hall is an experimental, pedagogical exhibition space bringing diverse photographic practices directly to the students' workspace at the PrattMWP Campus. Through partnerships and innovative thinking, these semester-long exhibitions are two-fold: directly supporting curriculum, and bringing critical voices to rural areas where students lack access to contemporary art.

Grad Night: Jesse Egner, Ranran Fan, and Trent Bozeman

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An evening of presentations by three graduate students exploring personal, sexual, and racial identity. Trent Bozeman uses his practice as a tool to aid in the act of remembering his past, both ancestral and temporal. His current work explores Gullah sea island communities and the memories that continue to prolong their cultural significance. Ranran Fan works primarily in photography, installation and performance to create images and devices as manifestos about issues such as authoritarian surveillance and control of mass media, and sexual assaults and violence against women (especially women of color) in the patriarchal white-supremacy society. Jesse Egner's playful and performative photographs reflect on experiences of allientation within the LGBTQ community. Using a visual language of "body neutrality," Egner photographs queer bodies that are meant to be neither grotesque nor beautiful, as well as particular interactions between queer bodies, reflections, and environments.

FotoFika - February 3, 2021

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On February 3rd, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and Max Kandhola shared their thoughts on shifting and expanding the canon of photography in our classrooms and institutions. They asked our audience bring examples to share of sites, publications, and resources you might already be using toward this initiative so that we might all benefit from the wealth of knowledge that's already out there. They shared strategies and observations from both the perspective of faculty and students. Read more about Annu's accomplishments and view her work on her website: Read more about Max's accomplishments on his academic site:

Panel Discussion: Other Archives

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SPE's Multicultural Caucus is pleased to present "Other Archives," a panel discussion on the ways artists have created and used archives to interrogate and dismantle existing narratives.

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A Yellow Rose Project- How Far Have We Come in 100 Years?

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The SPE Women's Caucus is proud to present Meg Griffiths and Frances Jakubek's project, A Yellow Rose, brings together over 100 women all across the country making photographic work in response, reflection, or reaction to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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FotoFika - January 20, 2021


On Jan 20, 2021, Geoff Delanoy, Lindsay Metivier, B. Proud, E. Brady Robinson, and Elena Volkova shared their strategies for teaching studio lighting photography in our virtual classrooms. Similar to last week, we used the meeting more as an open forum/workshop. Each of our guests shared their thoughts on teaching studio lighting virtually.

FotoFika - January 06, 2021


We Hosted a FotoFika Workshop on January 6 at 4PM EST and talked to Tom Leininger talk about teaching darkroom photography with reduced, distanced or non-existent class darkroom time.

FotoFika - December 15, 2020


For our final FotoFika of 2020, Assistant Professor, Jonathan Molina-Garcia from VCUarts joined us. Molina-Garcia was already using hybrid teaching/critique strategies in his classroom even before COVID 19 and has since incorporated innovative remote teaching and student focused engagement at both the grad and undergraduate level.

SPE Contingent Faculty Webinar Series Part 3

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Part III: November 19, 2020 - Join us for the third part of our series as we discuss diversity in higher-education as it exists in our contemporary socio-political landscape. This webinar will address evolving trends in representation, the role of faculty of color in their departments and institutions, and the intricacies of diversity and inclusion as they manifest for faculty and students. Presenters will unpack the intersectionality between COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter Movement and the bio-politics of race and diversity in higher education. Presented by Former Multicultural Caucus Co-chair Coriana Close, Multicultural Caucus Co-chair Michael Darough, and Contingent Faculty Caucus Co-chair Erin Jennings.

SPE Contingent Faculty Webinar Series Part 2

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Part II: September 3, 2020 - How is COVID-19 changing the state of higher education? This second part of our series on the state of higher education will present research to date on how COVID is changing higher-ed and what faculty and students might anticipate going forward. Presenters will address trends in higher ed escalated by COVID, efficacy of COVID protocols, the impact of COVID on tenure track and contingent faculty, unanticipated outcomes of the pandemic and the bio-politics of COVID-19 in the paradigm of contemporary higher education. Presented by Former Multicultural Caucus Co-chair Coriana Close and Contingent Faculty Caucus Co-chair Erin Jennings. Q&A Moderated by Multicultural Caucus Co-chair Michael Darough

SPE Contingent Faculty Webinar Series Part 1

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Part I: August 13, 2020 – Join SPE for a presentation on the state of higher education as it exists within the contemporary American political landscape. This webinar will address the corporatization of higher-ed, hiring practices and the crisis of contingency, diversity and equity, labor rights issues and mobilization of faculty and students in effort to reclaim higher education. Speakers will in addition address how these aspects of higher-ed are impacted by COVID-19 in preparation for the second part of our series. Presented by Contingent Faculty Caucus Co-chair Erin Jennings. Q&A Moderated by Multicultural Caucus Co-chair Michael Darough

FotoFika - November 18, 2020

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FotoFika - October 28, 2020

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FotoFika - September 30, 2020

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On September 30th FotoFika hosted Edgar Cardenas. Cardenas' work operates in the space between art and science combining sustainability, social justice and photography. He discussed his class at Michigan State and how he and his students are dealing with teaching this semester and how the art/science dichotomy can perhaps present some solutions for the Covid moment. Edgar has a Phd in Sustainability from ASU and is currently a post-doc fellow at Michigan State University. His book, Between Two Pines addresses artists' responsibility to participate in sustainability.

FotoFika - September 16, 2020

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MUTE IS ON: IN A PEDAGOGICAL CRISIS, THE ANSWER IS SHARING - by Marni Shindleman - Marni leads the photography, Art X and AB in Interdisciplinary studies programs at the University of Georgia. She joined FotoFika on September 16, 2020.

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FotoFika - May 20, 2020

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SPE hosted the weekly FotoFika on Wednesday, May 20th at 4:00 pm EDT. We were joined by Mike Mandel who created the iconic series of 'Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards'.

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FotoFika - May 13, 2020

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This week on FotoFika, Stephanie DeMer joined us to talk about strategies for establishing healthy work/live/creativity balance during COVID 19. DeMer is the Iowa Idea Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography at The University of Iowa, she holds an MFA in Photo + Film from Virginia Commonwealth University and as part of sustaining her artistic research, she is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher.

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FotoFika - May 6, 2020

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SPE hosted the weekly FotoFika on Wednesday, April 22nd. This week we invited David Tinapple to talk about CritViz.

FotoFika - April 29, 2020

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SPE hosted the weekly FotoFika on Wednesday, April 29th. This week Cheryle St. Onge and Logan Bellew joined us.

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FotoFika - April 22, 2020

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SPE hosted the weekly FotoFika on Wednesday, April 22nd. This week Rebecca Barret-Fox who wrote the article 'Please do a bad job of putting your courses online', joined us.

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FotoFika - April 15, 2020

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SPE hosted the 5th weekly FotoFika. This week, we announced a new project and Alison Nordström joined us this week!

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FotoFika - April 8, 2020

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SPE hosted the 4th weekly FotoFika. This weeks discussion was part two in a series on transitioning thesis exhibitions online.

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FotoFika - April 1, 2020

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SPE hosted the 3rd weekly FotoFika. This weeks disucssion was a two part series on transitioning thesis exhibitions online.

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FotoFika - March 25, 2020

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We invited Rebekah Modrak – artist, author of Reframing Photography and a professor at the University of Michigan to talk about her assignment Windows Serenade among other things. We also went over the FotoFika site and some of the questions posted last week specifically in relation to teaching darkroom classes.

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FotoFika - March 18, 2020

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SPE members, Betsy Schneider from ASU and John Freyer from VCU, will be hosting a weekly Fotofika ("fika" being a good Swedish concept of coffee and talk) on Zoom hosted by SPE to talk about some ideas for distance teaching. We will also provide a space for conversation and questions as we progress through this unprecedented time with hope of doing more than just getting by. The plan now is to have the first 20 minutes be somewhat formal and the remaining 40 minutes for questions and comments. Afterwards we'll post the first 20 minutes for those who can't make it synchronously. SPE Members will be able to view the full 40 minutes by logging into their account on the SPE website.

My Shadow is a Word Writing Itself Across Time - '18 Media Festiva...

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Prompted by the fear of internment of Muslim Americans, this film reflects upon Manzanar, CA, the site of the largest WWII era Japanese internment camp in the US. Directed by Gazelle Samizay | Distribution: | 2017

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Blows With The Wind - '18 Media Festival

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Directed by Hazhir As'adi | Distribution: | 2017 A scarecrow journeys from his field under duress, only to find respite in the most likely of places.

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Genesis - '18 Media Festival

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Directed by Abtin Mozafari | Distribution: | 2017 A fantasy short film with a critical point of view about the horrible situation in Syria.

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The Exhale - '18 Media Festival

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Directed by Mohammad Hormozi | Distribution: | A father returns to his boyhood village along with his son to bury the remains of his own father under his favorite tree.

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The Four Hijabs - '18 Media Festival

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Directed by Elizabeth Wuerffel | Distribution by | 2016 | The Four Hijabs is an entertaining and accessible opportunity to engage with the complex ideas surrounding the hijab.

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Olympic Favela - '18 Media Festival


Directed by Marc Ohrem-Leclef | Distribution: | 2016 | As urban development projects for 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro pressed ahead, the city government removed thousands of families from their homes in Rio's slums (favelas). The last chapter of the Olympic Favela project (2012-2016), this film portrays the favela residents' relationship with their communities.

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This is All You Need to Know - '18 Media Festival

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Directed by Coral Pereda Serras | Distribution: | 2017 | This is All You Need to Know is an exploration of interfamilial relationships and dynamics by emphasizing culturally specific politics in Spain and the notion of divided identities. This film is a challenge to absolute positions and a search for the in-between spaces that construct one's identity.

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Yangtze Drift - '18 Media Festival


Directed by John Rash | Distribution: | 2014 | This graceful and looping path along the Yangtze River allows reality to give way to kinetic abstractions in a contemporary city symphony film focused on Asia's longest river as an individual place. In beautiful black and white, this quiet and meditative river tour often confounds preconceptions while at the same time disputing the authenticity of the journey on which we have embarked.

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Patrick Nagatani: LIVING IN THE STORY

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This film documents thirty-five years of artmaking by distinguished SPE member Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani, pioneer of the Contemporary Constructed Photographic Movement. Patrick's innovative, prolific work deals with anxiety in the nuclear age and methods of healing and transcendence. Scott Nagatani's hauntingly beautiful music score provides the film's soundtrack. The screening of the film will take place at SPE's 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, March 1, from 10:30 - 11:30 am.

Tahoe CoLab Exhibition

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In conjunction with the 2017 Society for Photographic Education West and Southwest Joint Chapter Retreat, "Tahoe CoLab: Creativity, Community, and Collaboration."

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Women In War - '16 SPE Film Festival

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This work began with research on the tag “women” on YouTube, where I found stereotypical women's images with titles like “Most Beautiful, Famous or Sexy.” By re-editing the found footage and adding sound from reports on women in war and violence against women, the subversion of women's media images and the woman as a commoditized object becomes obvious. The video breaks with a world of male illusions and exposes a world of male transgression. Directed by Evelin Stermitz | Distribution: | 2010

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Pen Up The Pigs - '16 SPE Film Festival

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The historical connections between the violence of slavery and modern day racist policing and mass incarceration are explored through cut-out animation. In moments of struggle, as people fight back against racism and their oppression, the natural world responds as animated cut-out flowers grow frantically, pollinated by the militant resistance of the oppressed, as gardens of new life are born out of struggles to destroy white supremacy. Directed by Kelly Gallagher | Distribution: | 2014 | Contact:

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Our Pale Blue Dot - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 7:41

A story of discovering our Earth from the vantage point of space. From the point of view of an astronaut, a fledgling weather satellite, or an orbiting fleet of high-tech robots, we now have a perspective of our planet of which our ancestors could only have dreamed. Directed by Victoria Weeks | | 2014

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Morning Coffee - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 1:00

A meditation on morning coffee. Peering into the cup, a journey of half dream/half daydream as one gains consciousness. Directed by Tracy Miller-Robbins | Distribution: | 2015

Tags: 2016 Film Festival, women's caucus,

ImBalancing - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 2:11

A homage to Marcel Duchamp and his alter-ego Rrose Selavy. Starring Adam Wesley George & Colette Copeland. Imbalancing is the sixth performance video collaboration between Copeland and George. Directed by Colette Copeland | Distribution: | 2015

Tags: 2016 Film Festival, women's caucus,

Liberation - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:15

It’s about time. From the moment the Racing Homers are brought to the release location to the moment they are liberated; a year’s worth of work boils down to seconds. Directed by Annie Donovan | Distribution: | 2015

Tags: 2016 Film Festival, women's caucus,

The Sun Prints of Meg Madison - Schatzie - '16 SPE Film Fes...

Runtime: 6:08

Photographer Meg Madison created a series of cyanotypes entitled, Thirst, featuring women over the age of sixty and 95- year-old Fran Hoffman, aka Schatzie, agreed to be one of the participants. Meg selected the L.A. River as the site for the print, and the water, dirty though it was, flowed as cleansing and mighty. Schatzie’s daughter, Kim Abeles, created this video about the process. Directed by Kim Abeles | Distribution: | 2015

Tags: 2016 Film Festival, women's caucus,

Vignettes (Enatic) - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:44

Part of the video series Vignettes, Fetal explores intimate experiences captured and shared in fragments. Fetal references a feminine relationship to fertility and mortality; questioning the opposing forces of potentiality and fear, beauty and grotesque, nature and culture. Directed by Ashley Czajkowski | Distribution: | 2015

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Vignettes (Fetal) - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:44

Part of the video series Vignettes, Fetal explores intimate experiences captured and shared in fragments. Fetal references a feminine relationship to fertility and mortality; questioning the opposing forces of potentiality and fear, beauty and grotesque, nature and culture. Directed by Ashley Czajkowski | Distribution: | 2015

Tags: 2016 Film Festival, women's caucus,

Six Letter Word - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 16:33

An unlikely mother is forced to confront her young son’s autism after an unexpected encounter with one of her johns. Directed by Lisanne Sartor | Distribution: | 2013

Tags: 2016 Film Festival, women's caucus,

The Ballad of Holland Island House - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 4:19

The Ballad of Holland Island House is a short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house's point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise. Directed by Lynn Tomlinson | Distribution: | 2014

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Susan - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 11:31

This film is my first experience creating a vignette about a personal subject

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Boys Are Back In Town - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 0:46

A gang of turkeys chases away a lone peacock, asserting their dominance as the kings of the coop. The fowl are all ultimately dominated by their confinements. Directed by Amanda Le Kline | Distribution: | 2015

Tags: 2016 Film Festival, women's caucus,

Twice Fried Plantains - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:44

In Twice-Fried Plantains I work in the backyard of my maternal grandparents' home in Miami. Here I set the stage for the body of work Remembrances, establishing two significant components: food and performance. In the video, I perform two tasks that are a part of my Cuban family’s fading vernacular: harvesting bananas and preparing twice-fried plantains. Directed by Ania Moussawel | Distribution: | 2012

Tags: 2016 Film Festival, women's caucus,

Strange Fruit - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:29

This work, set to Nina Simone’s Strange Fruit, examines a place, space, and time that is familiar and yet unknown. My interpretive dance is a response to the tragedy of black men lynched in the South. Through ritual and dance, I embody the loss and mourning of these men. Director: Alexis McGrigg | Distributor: | 2015

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Wobble Shoes - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 0:38

This short experimental film was made in conjunction with a photographic series titled “Rituals” which focuses on the role of nightclubs and sexualized dance play in human mating rituals. Directed by Patricia Lois Nuss | Distribution: | 2012

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Encounter - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 1:08

Directed by Tulu Bayar | Distribution: | 2008 In Encounter, artist Tulu Bayar deals with the constructed identity and investigates how outside appearance affects one’s perception of another person. This experimental short video explores in four different scenarios the strange but familiar momentary dynamics that exist between two strangers who walk by each other. Contact:

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A Story of Three Girls - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 4:04

Rebika Bhandari, Topala Pun Magar and Sabita Chising are three Nepali women who graduated from college on scholarships from the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation. In Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, only 3% of women attain advanced degrees and attending college often requires challenging long held views about the role of women in society. This short animation is a window into their difficult past, promising future and the power of education to transform a country.

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The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker - '16 SPE Film Festiva...

Runtime: 14:30

An animated history of female filmmakers. Directed by Kelly Gallagher | Distribution: | 2009 | Contact:

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Echo - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:51

In echo the filmmaker addresses the sense of mirroring and finding her location in the system in where she lives and was brought up, to understand where and who she comes from. Echo is an imperfect return of sound. The film investigates the process of establishing identity through echos

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Dying Bee - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 0:31

This short experimental film reflects transcendental personal experiences associated with time and death and questions the condition of evident environmental deterioration caused directly from humanities interactions with the natural world. Directed by Patricia Lois Nuss | Distribution: | 2015

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The Trial of Spring/Syria: Brides of Peace - '16 SPE Film F...

Runtime: 9:14

The sisters Kinda and Lubna Zaour walked through the main souk in Damascus dressed as brides, a symbol of love and peace. They were arrested almost immediately. Directed by Lauren Feeney | Distribution: | 2015

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Inspector Xugha - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:27

Xugha, a woman from a distant time and place, walks around her environment collecting data while struggling with an armful of objects. She uses obsolete technology to mediate her surroundings, which are quickly becoming exhausted. Directed by Amanda Le Kline | Distribution: | 2014

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2015 SPE National Conference Highlights Video

Runtime: 3:58

Highlights video from SPE's 2015 National Conference in New Orleans by Walker Pickering.

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Takashi Arai, Exposed in a Hundred Suns: US-Japan Nuclear Legacies...

Runtime: 18 minutes

If art is something that we cannot stop demanding to overpower us, or to transcend human knowledge and death, perhaps the new suns unveiled by thermonuclear bombs are some extreme realization of this demand-even if this is something that leaves an unremovable curse on the earth. There is a heavenly image of a nuclear cloud captured from way up in the sky. There is another image of deformed bodies piled on the ground of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is my impossible journey in search of new monuments to connect two images separated by an unbridgeable divide between extreme beauty and extreme ugliness.

Tags: conference-presentation,

Adam Ekberg, "Creating Temporal Environments"

Runtime: 42 minutes

Ekberg's work over the last 10 years has involved creating environments and intervening in landscapes exclusively for the purpose of making photographs. In these images he uses a vast array of objects, materials, lights, and techniques to transform the setting and thereby influence what is captured within the photographic frame. Ekberg's images add up to a world of objects misplaced, misused, or inexplicably activated. He hope that an illogical moment of disbelief allows for a potential reality, just slightly off, to present itself in these photographs.

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SPE NOLA Juried Caucus Exhibition

Runtime: 3:00

Check out this video that was created to recap SPE's multi-caucus exhibition at the 2015 national conference.

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Jeff Curto, "A Life in Photography, Teaching & Learning"

Runtime: 39 minutes

SPE Midwest Region - 2013 Honored Educator Presentation by Jeff Curto.

SPE Exhibition: "Off the Web, On the Wall 2" - Winter 2014/15

Runtime: 10 minutes

A brief tour of SPE's member exhibition - installed in SPE's national headquarters in Cleveland.

Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, Twenty Years of Collaboration

Runtime: 55 minutes

SPE 2014 National Conference Presentation "Twenty Years of Collaboration" by Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe.

Tags: Conference Presentation,

SPE Exhibition: "Off the Web, On the Wall 1" - Summer 2014

Runtime: 19 minutes

A brief tour of SPE's member exhibition - the first in a series - installed in SPE's national headquarters in Cleveland.

John Upton, "The Golden Decade: The Students of Ansel Adams, Minor...

Runtime: 49 minutes

This is a recording from the SPE 2013 National Conference in Chicago, IL. The presentation examines the unique history of the photography program at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) from 1945 to 1955. The significance of the program in the postwar era of photographic education will be discussed in addition to the presentation of student and faculty photographs from the period.

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2014 National Conference Highlights Video

Runtime: 7 minutes

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Steven Skopik, "Significant Insignificance-Banality in Contemporar...

Runtime: 47 minutes

Over the last few decades banality has emerged as a dominant conceptual position and aesthetic sensibility. In contrast to reigning traditions of the early and mid 20th-century approaches that valorized technical flourish, formal virtuosity, and a relatively earnest expressive register much contemporary photographic practice has gravitated towards intentionally crude pictorial styles, quotidian subject matter and a general temper of ambivalence and irony. Contradictorily, this version of banality alludes to a lurking and often fraught significance. Such work acknowledges the photographic medium's many contradictions and communicative limitations, while embracing its nonetheless considerable-and enduring-representational allure.

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Carol Golemboski, "That Old Black and White Magic"

Runtime: 34 min

Carol Golemboski's manipulated, metaphorical images of classic illusions relate photography to the golden age of magic. Here the photographer is the conjurer, a performer who creates photographic tricks behind the curtain of the darkroom. For anyone who has ever marveled at an image "magically" appearing in the developer, these photographs express nostalgia or a way of making pictures that has quickly (and perhaps hastily) been overshadowed by digital technology. This project represents more than wistfulness for a past era and disappearing photographic techniques. It suggests that the magic of the darkroom has a place in photography's future.

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SPE National Conference 2013

Runtime: 1 minute 13 seconds

Come by our table at the SPE National Conference 2012 (Society for Photographic Education). RayKo Photo Center -

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Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman, "Geolocation: Tribute to the Dat...

Runtime: 23 minutes

Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman's collaborative practice focuses on the cultural understanding of distance as perceived in modern life and network culture. In this video lecture, Nate explores the collaborative Geolocation project, which uses publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts. The collaborators then make photographs on the site of the update and pair the images with the originating text. The act of making a photograph anchors and memorializes the ephemeral online data in the real world and also probes the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks.

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