Lectures and other interesting videos2018-10-15T09:37:21+00:00

From the CPA Archives

Here you’ll find lecture (and other) videos from the long history of the Center for Photographic Art.

Dr. Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator of the prestigious Center for Creative Photography and Curator of Photography at the Phoenix Art Museum, shares insights into her exciting curatorial projects, her connection with the West Coast landscape tradition and the direction of contemporary photography. View the video.

John G. Zimmerman, one of the 20th century’™s most wide-ranging and innovative photojournalists helped generate a golden age in magazine photography. He grew up in Torrance, California, developing and printing film in the family kitchen and darkroom. A three-year high school photography program with Hollywood cinematographer Clarence A. Bach prepared him for his first a job as a staffer at Time magazine. Following that assignment he spent several years freelancing for Life and Ebony magazines, creating groundbreaking images of the lives of African Americans in the Midwest, and in the deeply segregated, pre-Civil Rights south. View the video.

Renée Byer is a documentary photojournalist, multimedia field producer and Pulitzer Prize winner and is well-known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged and those whose voices would otherwise not be heard. Her internationally acclaimed book, Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor illuminates the stories of people living on the brink of survival. The book won First Place Documentary Book from the International Photography Awards in 2014. View the video!

Oliver Klink and Rick Murai – Join seasoned travel photographers, Oliver Klink and Rick Murai for a lively discussion of the divergent technical, esthetic, and philosophical approaches that help mold their award-winning images. Using work from independent visits to the same countries, they will share fascinating comparisons of how their personal creative decisions affect their outcomes. Oliver and Rick will reveal intimate discoveries from a range of locations within Bhutan, Easter Island, Myanmar and beyond, and share their excitement for world travel. View the video.

Drone Photography Lecture  -CPA members Joel Gambord, Robin Ward and Steve Zmak will provide an artistic,  technical and legal overview of this new and exciting, often controversial imaging platform.  View the video.

Roman Loranc – is a self-taught photographer who began his journey as an artist in the early 1960s when he received a 35mm camera for his first communion. Over time he learned to print and develop on his own and continues to do so, now using a 4×5 view camera. Roman shapes the photo from start to finish. The innate drama of the landscapes is reproduced through a variable split-toning (sepia and selenium) technique. His work is included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House Rochester, New York; National Art Museum of China; and Bibliothèque Nationale de France.  View the video.

William Giles – Now in his 80s, William Giles has lived an extraordinarily adventurous life, and photography has been his creative mainstay. Giles earned his MFA from the University of Rochester, and later became Chairman of the Department of Photography there. He has lived on four different continents, photographed the civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was a staff photographer at the famed photography magazine Aperture.  View the video.

John Chiara – John discusses his innovative methods for exploring traditional photography in its most primitive form, utilizing his large scale camera obscura. John works with a room-sized camera he designed and built himself, which requires a flatbed trailer to transport. He photographs both urban and rural environments, and once settled on a location, the set up for making a single photograph can take the better part of a day. View the video.

International Juried Exhibition – Distinguished curator Philip Brookman, Consulting Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. gave a lecture about the competition and a review of his own work, on November 4th, 2017. View the video.

50th Anniversary Celebration – An Adams, Weston, and Bullock (the children) share their memories at our 50th Anniversary celebration.   View the video.

Richard Garrod – Rather than a lecture, this is an independently produced interview with photographer Richard Garrod, who was a protege of Ansel Adam, and friend of Brett Weston. The interview, by Tracy Valleau, covers Richard’s photographic advice, memories and images from his books. View the video.

Paul Kitagaki – Northern California photojournalist, Paul Kitagaki Jr., has reviewed over 900 photographs at the National Archives, taken by War Relocation Authority photographers of the 1942 internment of 120,000 Japanese American citizens. From fragmentary captions he has identified more than 50 subjects — including an image of his father’s family at a relocation center created by one of his professional heroes, Dorothea Lange. View the video.

Ted Orland  Santa Cruz resident Ted Orland has lived a many-faceted life in photography, filled with remarkable highlights. He was an assistant to Ansel Adams as well as an instructor at the Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshops for fifteen years. View the video.

Holly Roberts – In this age of the ubiquitous photographic image, the unique print has become a rare and precious thing. Holly Roberts combines photographs with paint and mixed media that magically add up to more than the sum of their parts. View the video.

Al Weber, juror for the 2009 International Juried Exhibition at The Center for Photographic Art, on the opening of that exhibit. Introduction by David Bayles. View the video.

Jerry Takigawa and Bob Sadler reflect on the PIE Labs, an upcoming series of workshops for the development of authentic expression.
2014 PIE LABS (Photography+Ideas+Experience) View the video.

Between the Shadows  Photographs by Susan Burnstine and Traer Scott

Curator: Brigitte Carnochan –  View the video.

Photographs by Traer Scott –  View the video.

Photographs by Susan Burnstine –  View the video.

Center For Photographic Art brought back our popular Members’ Nights program in 2012. The first gathering was on Thursday evening, February 2nd.  View the video.

Two-Day Video Boot Camp workshop participants filmed a video for CPA with volunteer talent, Jeannie Marino. Workshop instructor, Richard Newman, guided the participants as they filmed. This workshop created a video about CPA. They had a great time telling the CPA story!! View the video.

Cameraless imagery with Kim Kauffman  –  Kim Kauffman will demonstrate via a slide presentation the cameraless image capture and photo-collage processes that she uses to create her Illumitones images. She’ll also discuss the history of cameraless imagery and collage from the birth of photography to the present.

Part 1 –  View the video.

Part 2 –  View the video.

Part 3-  View the video.

Illumitones: Exploration in Abstraction  –  Kim Kauffman describes her ongoing exploration of abstraction through a selection of work from the 1970’s to her current body of work, Illumitones. She’ll also show examples of other photographers’ abstract work throughout the history of photography, addressing the place for abstraction in an inherently descriptive medium.

Part 1 – View the video.

Part 2  – View the video.

Part 3 –  View the video.

Charles Cramer gives a tour of his exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art. He discusses some of his favorite subject matter, including trees, rocks, and water. He also illustrates how the colorful water reflections are captured. A slideshow at the end is accompanied by a Scarlatti piano sonata, played by Cramer. View the video.

An excerpt from Charles Cramer’s Lecture and Opening at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA. His talk was entertaining and informative- he drew parallels between interpretations: a musical score by the musician and a photo capture by the print maker. Thanks to Bill Atkinson for the videography, and to Karl Kroeber for the images of Charles Cramer in the darkroom.  View the video.