2011 - Through A Lens: Inspiration or Desperation

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Robert Jones

Robert Jones is a San Francisco photographer whose primary interest is landscape and abstraction of landscape. He has photographed extensively in the greater Bay Area and in the Southwest.  He has studied with noted photgraphers Fred Picker, Oliver Gagliani, John Sexton, Bruce Barnbaum and Jay Dusard among others.  He has had several one and two person shows in Bay Area galleries and is affiliated with the Zone III Photographic Society.

Robert is a long time friend of the show. He has been a volunteer with the show since its beginning in 2004.

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Rex Naden

I spent thirty-five years in the chip industry. I hold fourteen US patents and B.A, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rice University.

As I develop my identity as a serious photographer, is my honor to work with — and to learn from — Charles Cramer.  Our joint exhibition The Landscape: Master and Apprentice runs January 29 through early June, 2011 at the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Cupertino, CA. 

My first one-man show Natural Designs ran in October, 2010 at Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento.  My image Lake with Flax and Red Gum Trees was one of 40 images out of 40,000 entries at the Smithsonian Institute; it hung in a six- month exhibit in 2010 in the Smithsonian headquarters building and was viewed by 1 million visitors.  My image Twins was National Geographic’s Image of the Day in 2010. My work is in the permanent collections of the Santa Clara Towers high-rise office buildings, Filoli Gardens, Courtside Club, Sand Hill Road, medical clinics, and private homes.  I am represented by the art consultants Carol A. Dabb and Suzy R. Locke. 

I am a Trustee and Chairman of the Exhibit Committee for the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel, CA, a historic venue established by Ansel Adams and Brett Weston in 1967.   

You can more about Rex at: www.rexnaden.com

Marvin Wax

Mr.Wax is a recipient of a full scholarship to The Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering in New York City. After graduating with a fine arts degree, he continued independent studies with photographers Wynn Bullock, Ansel Adams, Roger Minick, Paul Caponigro, Ted Orland, Steve Kiser and Geir Jordahl to name a few. His professional career was spent as an art director, graphic designer, architectural photographer and as Associate Professor of Design at San Jose State University.

He went on to publish two books:

  1. “Mystique of the Missions” by American West Publishers (64 color plates)
  2. “The Eichler Home” Design for Living by Chronicle Books (100 color plates)

Mark Reid

Mark Reid is an award winning photographic artist living in Portland, Oregon.

From an early age, Mark carried a camera to record his experiences, and to share them with others. He has studied at Columbus State University, University of Utah, and the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. The urban environment inspires Mark's images where he creates illusions from found objects that have been discarded.

Mark has exhibited in group and solo exhibits in New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Germany, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Vermont. Collections that include Mark's photographs are: Denver Museum of Art, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, High Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Arts and Sciences, High Desert Museum, Utah Arts Council, Snowbird Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Atlantic Telephone and Telegraph, Columbus State University, and St Charles Medical Center.

Web site:  www.markreidphotography.com

Eleanor Webster

Eleanor has a background in theatre arts, over 35 years experience as a serious amateur photographer, and has a deep appreciation of the arts in general. Her profession was a classroom teacher. She taught a class in Travel Photography in a Basic Photography Course for 25 years in San Mateo. She, also, organized and led Photo Safaris to East Africa which involved assisting clients with their photography in the field for 20 years, and has organized five 3 day Photography Conferences at Asilomar and here in the Bay Area. Ellie has organized two juried Photography Shows for the Belmont Arts Council held at the San Mateo County Arts Council. There have been two private shows of her work in a Palo Alto gallery and at the San Mateo County Arts Council. She has judged prints, slides and digital images for the Photographic Society of America, camera club councils, local camera clubs and County Fairs for 20 years.


David Cresson

David Cresson is a life-long amateur photographer and art appreciator. He is the owner and curator for the Coastside Art Gallery and Wine Bar, in the heart of Half Moon Bay's historic Main Street. The gallery features major media of art, and currently displays the works of a number of very notable photographers.

Gallery web site: www.coastsideart.com