From the CPA Archives

Here you’ll find interviews from the long history of the Center for Photographic Art.

From 2001 through 2007, Jim Kasson conducted a number of interviews of photographers and others who influence the field of fine art photography. We have linked to some of those interviews below.

David Bayles
David Bayles is a photographer, conservationist, workshop leader, and the co-author of Art and Fear, one of the best-selling books on the process of creating art. Jim Kasson Interviewed David… More

Philip Brookman
August 2004 Philip Brookman is Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He is a writer, editor, filmmaker, and photographer. He graduated… More

John Paul Caponigro
June 2006 John Paul Caponigro has a background in painting which informs his chemical and digital photography. His work resides in numerous private and public collections. An authority on digital… More

Brad Cole
August 2006 For more than two decades, Brad Cole has used a cinematic and musical visual vocabulary to address the mystery of human presence, producing exquisite silver prints, films, and… More

A. D. Coleman
April 2003 A. D. Coleman, photography critic and lecturer, has published numerous books, including The Grotesque in Photography, Light Readings,Tarnished Silver, Depth of Field, and The Digital Evolution. His collection of essays, Critical Focus, received… More

Linda Connor
February 2004  Linda Connor has been teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute since 1969. She received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MS from… More

Mac Holbert
September 2004 Mac Holbert is a founder of and partner in Nash Editions, the first and one of the best fine-art digital printmakers in the country. He is also a… More

Stephen Johnson
May 2004 Stephen Johnson is a photographer, designer and teacher. His photography explores the concerns of a landscape artist working in an increasingly industrialized world. His work has also concentrated… More

Michael Katakis 
November 2003 Michael Katakis has been writing and photographing diverse cultures and places for 25 years. His photographs of China were exhibited at the Smithsonian. There are two books devoted… More

Michael Kenna 
December 2001 Jim Kasson interviewed Michael Kenna at his home in San Francisco. JK: Tell me about the new book. MK: It’s called Easter Island and is published by Nazraeli Press. A… More

Arthur Ollman
September 2005 Arthur Ollman is the Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. Jim Kasson interviewed Arthur when he was in Carmel to judge the Center Awards.… More

Ted Orland
February 2003 Jim Kasson interviewed Ted Orland at Ted’s studio in Santa Cruz, California. JK: How’d you get started in photography? TO: I started in the school of architecture at University of… More

John Sexton 
February 2002 Jim Kasson interviewed John Sexton in February during a long walk in the upper Carmel Valley. JK: Your latest book is overtly thematic. Much of your earlier work could… More

Karen Sinsheimer
March 2007 Karen Sinsheimer is the Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA). Jim Kasson interviewed her at the Museum. JK:How’d you get into this business?… More

Jerry Takigawa
December 2006 Jerry Takigawa received a BA in art with an emphasis in painting from San Francisco State in 1967. He studied photography with Don Worth. In 1969 he started… More

Brian Taylor
March 2006 Brian Taylor is a professor of Art and Design in the Photography program of California State University, San Jose. He is President of the Board of the CPA,… More

Arthur Tress
April 2002 In a career extending from the mid-1950s to the present, Arthur Tress has created an extensive, rich, and wide-ranging body of work.  Initially Tress worked in a documentary,… More

Al Weber
August 2003 For more than 40 years, Al Weber has been a successful commercial photographer, a respected artist, and one of the most revered educators in photography. Jim Kasson interviewed… More

Jack Welpott
September 2007 Living on the West Coast, but neither geographically or stylistically completely of the West Coast, Jack Welpott has produced a widely-ranging body of personal work. For almost fifty years he has exerted… More

Kim Weston
August 2002 Kim Weston, Cole Weston’s son and Edward Weston’s grandson, creates exquisitely choreographed and emotionally complex studio nudes. Jim Kasson interviewed Kim in his Wildcat Hill home, once Edward… More

Huntington Witherill
August 2001 Huntington Witherill’s new book, Botanical Dances, is being published by Lenswork Publishing. The book costs $65, and may be ordered from Lenswork Publishing at Jim Kasson spoke with Hunter in his… More

Don Worth
November 2002 Jim Kasson interviewed Don Worth at his home in Mill Valley, CA. JK: You were a musician before becoming a photographer? DW: Yes, I was able to read music and… More