2011 - Through A Lens: Inspiration or Desperation

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Scott Atkinson

Scott Atkinson is a large-format landscape photographer and photo editor based in Half Moon Bay, California.

Sometime early in his photo career he decided to “stay home” and shoot only in California’s native habitats. Not that it’s a hardship: he lives by the ocean and also travels widely, from coast to valley to mountains to deserts, in his dusty old Toyota truck. He still shoots mainly with a traditional view camera and film, in both 4x5 and 8x10 formats. His work has been published by Audubon, The California Academy of Sciences, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Sunset, Westcliffe, and The Wilderness Society.

Scott has photo directed and/or edited more than 50 book projects. He’s also a longtime calendar editor for Sierra Club, where he reviews thousands and thousands of images per year.

Deanne Fitzmaurice

Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer based in San Francisco. Her work has been published in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the NY Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine. In her 19 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, she won the prestigious Casey Medal and the Associated Press's Mark Twain Award, in addition to awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, National Press Photographers Association, Best of Photojournalism, Pictures of the Year International, California Press Photographers Association, Atlanta Photojournalism Competition. Deanne was a finalist in 2005 for UNICEF's "Photo of the Year" award. Her work has been shown at Visa pour L'Image in Perpignan, France, the largest international photojournalism festival. She also has been a contract photographer for the best-selling Day in the Life books. In addition, Deanne is a co-founder of the camera bag company, Think Tank Photo.

More about Deanne can be found on her website www.deannefitzmaurice.com

Erika Gentry

Erika Gentry is a Visual Artist and Educator. An early advocate of the creative digital domain, she has been teaching and presenting electronic arts and photography at the institutional, organizational and individual levels nationwide since 1996 and has been a consultant to many of the industry's leading professional photographers as they converted from film to a digital work-flow. She has worked in freelance photography, magazine and book picture editing, art direction, advanced digital post-production, web design and as a curator and educator. She has taught one-on-one and group courses at corporations and colleges such as The Rochester Institute of Technology, The San Francisco Art Institute, Foothill College, City College of San Francisco and Rayko Photo Center. She is currently an Associate Professor at City College of San Francisco. Gentry grew up in Portland Oregon and received her bachelor of arts degree from The School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She completed her master of fine arts degree at The School of Imaging Arts and Sciences from New York's Rochester Institute of Technology. Her personal photographic projects explore issues of identity as expressed through the use of technology. She exhibits her art work nationally and serves on the National Board of Directors for The Society for Photographic Education, the advisory board of Lensculture Magazine and is former Vice President to the Board of Directors for Fotovision.org.

Selections from her projects can be seen at www.erikagentry.com and her educational blog can be viewed at www.erikagentry.wordpress.com

Robert Nishihira

Robert Nishihira has worked as a commercial photographer for18 years, serving clients such as Qualcomm, Kyocera, Jack-in-the-Box, PizzaHut, Chrysler, etc. He has won numerous awards including Print Magazine*s Awardof Excellence, CA Magazine's Award of Excellence, AIGA's Homburg Award, and ASMP's Gold Award. Nishihira is currently a professor of photography at the City College of San Francisco.

More about Robert can be found on his website www.bobnishihira.com