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September 24, 2013


Portrait & Identity Night

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00pm 
Guest Host: Lydia Panas
One more presenter slot available!

Lydia Panas, Maria and Corinne, from the series After Sargent. 
Open to all photographers and photo enthusiasts interested in portraiture and the study of identity through visual imagery, in celebration of Framed: Identity and the Photographic Portrait in the PRC's gallery this fall. 

These free, informally structured programs foster a sense of community with photographers, PRC members, and students by offering an opportunity to share images and insights about particular topics in contemporary photographic practice. Audience members without work are also encouraged to participate, no reservations needed. 


    Mary Ellen Mark, "Tiny" in Her    
    Halloween Costume, Seattle,
    Washington, 1983.
Mary Ellen Mark 
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 pm 
BU College of General Studies, Room 129
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

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Mary Ellen Mark has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions, and editorial magazine work. She has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, andVanity Fair. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. Today, she is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. 


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An Evening at the Peabody Essex Museum with Phillip Prodger 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 pm 
$25 PRC Members | $30 General Public
Proceeds benefit the PRC's educational programming.
Space is limited--reserve your spot now!
Toshio Shibata, Okawa Village, Kochi, 2007.

Peabody Essex Museum founding Curator of Photography Phillip Prodger will discuss the history of photography collecting at the museum, which with some 850,000 examples dating back to 1839, is now recognized as one of the oldest and largest collections in the country. He will also talk about the museum's strategies for the 21st century and the role of international artists in modern museums. Prodger will lead a tour of the museum's current photography exhibition, Toshio Shibata: Constructed Landscapes. We will discuss different strands of practice in Japanese photography and how they are viewed in the marketplace as well as the importance of Japanese photography in photographic history. We will also discuss other international photography "hotspots" and how to collect in them-places like China, India, South Africa, and Brazil.


Vision and Voice: Master Class with Lisa Kessler

Eight Mondays: October 7 - December 2, 6:00- 9:00 pm
$675 PRC Members | $725 General Public
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Limited to 8 participants - ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!

Lisa Kessler, Truck with Angel from Seeing Pink.
Whether you attended Lisa Kessler's spring master class, or are starting new with Lisa, this class will challenge you to advance your work to a new level. This class will focus on producing a project photographed in the material world. Emphasis is placed on content and the process of articulating one's own vision--where fine art or documentary--and honing one's individual voice. Participants may work on an on-going project, or being a new one. The lass will include group and individual critiques, and culminate in a final edited sequence of photographs.


Lou Jones: Designing Your Life

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6:30 pm
BU College of General Studies, Room 511
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 
Lou Jones, Saint Petersburg Russia. Copyright Lou Jones - FolioLink Website 2013 ISProductions. 
The profession of photography can be embraced for commercial or aesthetic reasons. A person can take pictures for art or money. But what if you could use photography as a vehicle on which to build your life? We as photographers are often "hired guns," putting the finishing touches on other creative peoples' fantasies - but many of us desire to be proactive and initiate our own projects. We have ideas to produce books, exhibit our work, publish magazine articles, or travel to exotic places. The "real" world strives to squelch creative thought and independent adventures and puts pressure on artists/photographers to conform. Lou Jones will draw upon his extensive work experience to show you how to enlist the element of time as an asset to your creativity, craft, and pocketbook. Your photography can initiate a lifestyle as well as be a source of revenue. This lecture will demonstrate how Jones integrates and aligns his interests and resources to design his life.




Tips for How to Price Commercial Photography 

As a marketer I can tell you that knowing what to charge for a service or product is always challenging. There are no hard-and-fast rules to follow. Unfortunately for photographers, understanding how to price our work has become ever more challenging in the past decade.

Pricing isn't something that you'll master and then not worry about again. It is an ongoing part of the business that needs regular supervision and updating.



Identity and the Photographic Portrait  

Caleb Cole, Myra Greene, Lorenzo Triburgo 
September 3 - October 12, 2013 
PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 
Myra Greene, TS, Rochester, New York, from the series My White Friends, 2008/2013.
As a means of exploring issues of identity, contemporary artists have been using photography to examine aspects of themselves and others. In the age of the Internet, avatars, online personalities and profiles, as well as obsessive online documentation of one's activities and characteristics, identity has become more fluid, pluralistic, multifaceted, detailed and yet, at times, illusive and elusive. The artists featured in Framed rely on photography's promise to present "truth" or "reality" to explore, reveal, and conceal aspects of the complex subject of identity. In some cases, the artists rely on photography's promise to present "reality" to create and authenticate fictitious identities or role-playing. Overall, the artists in this exhibition challenge our beliefs and assumptions about identity and the photographic portrait.



Collier Heights: Lydia A. Harris

September 3 - October 12, 2013 
PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 
Collier Heights is a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia that was developed, financed, designed, and constructed in the 1950s and 1960s predominantly by and for African Americans. In addition to portraits of homeowners, Lydia Harris' photographs of rooms reflect the social, historical, and cultural uses of space. Her poignant documentary photographs, in the words of the artist, "tell a story of the Collier Heights community-the interconnected lives, from the beginning when the residents had few other choices of where to live to the present when their neighborhood has been recognized for its architecture and the tight knit bonds among its residents."
Image: Lydia A. Harris, Philpot, from the series Collier Heights, 2013.


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