2013 - Through A Lens: Ten

About the Preliminary Jurors
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Jordan Bickett

Jordan Bickett was born in Utah in 1990, and raised in Fremont CA. While attending San Francisco State University he received the Strauss Scholarship for Photography in 2011. Jordan's work examines the landscape of the western United States, the history of photography, as well as the quotidian. His photographs have been shown in group exhibitions throughout northern California including at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.

Jordan's website: jordanbickett.com

Alison Brooks

I have been involved  in photography for the last thirty years. As a primarily self-taught artist, I began in the black and white darkroom producing my first images using ‘old fashioned’ wet techniques. I progressed through color processing and printing and on to digital  darkroom methods. Despite the availability of current technology, I still prefer working in the traditional darkroom, especially for black and white images. I am especially fond of nineteenth-century processes and experimenting with printing
on alternative substrates, such as glass, metal and stone. My current work involves a melding of art and science through the use of x rays of shells and botanical subjects.

For fourteen years I owned and operated my own photography business. During that time I produced countless images for customers and instructed hundreds in darkroom and general photography techniques. I continually produced my own artistic images during this time, and plan to pursue fine art photography indefinitely. My ‘tools of the trade’ include everything from 35mm to 8x10 field cameras, as well as electrophotography, which uses no camera at all! I have photographed with microscopes, telescopes, kaleidoscopes and pinhole cameras, and I have often said that if anyone can figure out how to attach a lens to a kitchen sink, I will doubtless try that also.

I have served as a photography judge for twenty years, working with camera clubs, county fairs, and other artistic competitions. I enjoy teaching and encouraging photographers of all skill levels, and find inspiration from their various viewpoints.

Brian Cassey

Since making Cairns home a few decades ago Brian has been freelancing for National and International media including News Ltd, Fairfax and 'The Wires'.

Brian covered tsunamis in Asia (Banda Aceh Indonesia, Phuket and Khoa Lak Thailand, Myanmar 2004/5) and the Pacific (Sissano Papua New Guinea 1998), the evacuation of refugees from East Timor (1999), George Speights coup in Fiji and the World Economic Forum riots in Melbourne (2000), the victims of the 2002 Bali terrorist bombs and the devastation wrought in Australia by category 5 cyclone's Larry (2006) and Yasi (2011).

His work in Australian indigenous communities has been recognised with numerous awards including Walkley nomination.

A Walkley Award winner in 2005 and 2011 (as well as three time finalist), Brian has also won several Queensland Clarion media awards, won the "Australian Sports Photo of the Year" in 1985 and has achieved recognition in the Moran, Head On, Hurley, Rothmans and Gordon Parkes photo awards ... as well as the Kellicut International in 2012. In 2010 Brian was selected by peers in the "Top Ten" of "Australia's Top Photographers" in both the Photojournalism and Editorial categories.

You can find out more about Brian at: www.briancasseyphotographer.com

Michael Collette

Michael Collette invented the large format digital scanning back and founded Better Light in 1992 to develop and manufacture these unique image capture devices. Mike enjoys the challenge and reward of using a 4x5 field camera with a scanning back for landscape photography, from sweeping panoramas to intimate portraits of natural subjects. His large prints attempt to recreate not only the detail and color of the scene, but also the emotional impact that caused him to set up the camera in the first place.

Learn more about Mike and his photography at: www.betterlight.com/gallery


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.

You can find out more about Robert at: www.rjonesfoto.com

Zachary Genteman

Always surrounded by a big city Zachary Genteman took to photographing the street and the many colorful scenes it has to offer. Zachary is fascinated by the experimental process as much as the decisive moment. In recent years he has taken his experimental process off the street and into nature portraying the landscapes of California through a plastic lens. His photographs have been featured by Sierra Club, Films and Grains Magazine, and most recently on the Instagram Super Bowl blog.

In his 10 years in the photographic industry Zachary has overseen high end photographic stores and labs. Currently he is curator for The Gallery at Calumet Photographic located in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA.