Happy New Year! We hope you have had a great start to 2011 and are looking forward to the months ahead. We have welcomed back our students to the winter term and the seniors are already looking towards June.
|Commercial Photo Production|
We are excited to have Beth Huerta come on board this term to teach a special topics course in Commercial Photo Production. Taught by a seasoned advertising producer the course will introduce prospective photographers to commercial production practices. Topics that will be covered include the definition and marketing of personal style, the varied roles of vendors and clients, interpreting layouts and concepts, and approaches to commercial production. Guest speakers include:
Zoey Sless-Kitain, Photography Director, Philadelphia Magazine
Matt Seminara, Artist Representative, Friend + Johnson
Jennifer Allison, Artist Representative, JA Represents
Renienne Simmons, Senior Account Executive, The Star Group
Cindy Hicks, Senior Art Producer, The Martin Agency
Anthony Moschini, Print Producer, Moschini Productions
Glenn Stevens, Group Art Supervisor, Euro RSCG Life Catapult
Beth Huerta is a freelance Executive Producer for Philadelphia-based advertising photographer Pier Nicola D'Amico and D'Amico Studios Incorporated (DSI) as well as producing for other local, regional, and national photographers.
Over the past seven years, Huerta has played an integral role in the success of DSI. Her expertise has secured Pier Nicola's position on the vanguard of the highly competitive industry of advertising photography. During her tenure, DSI has tripled its net worth and has been repeatedly honored by Communication Arts, Graphis, and the American Advertising Federation. Pier Nicola was recently named one of the top 200 advertising photographers worldwide by Luerzer's Archive for the second time. Recent accounts include Eisai, Inc., Levi's and Sony South America. Huerta has produced photo shoots featuring such notables as Thom Yorke, Kevin Garnett, Ryan Adams, Kobe Bryant and Parker Posey.
Prior to DSI, Huerta worked as a freelance technical assistant and consultant for some of the most successful advertising photographers in the nation, including Howard Schatz, Theo Westenberger and William Huber. An established photographer herself, Huerta has exhibited her work in esteemed galleries in Boston and New York, and was published by American Photography.
Huerta is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 1995.
Kylie Wright will be our teaching Digital Photography II (Photo 240) this term where students will further their knowledge of image construction, manipulation, retouching and collage techniques, using primarily the Adobe softwares Photoshop, Bridge and LightRoom. Emphasis will be placed on an exploration of the full potential of all aspects of the application. In addition to exploring various advanced digital imaging techniques, students will be encouraged to apply these techniques to their work, and to critically examine the profound effects that new imaging technologies are having on the ways we see and make art. A variety of topics will be covered, including advanced selection techniques, channels, paths, text, blending modes, filter effects, color management, monitor calibration and digital cameras.
Wright currently teaches digital coursework at SVA in New York and works freelance for a handful of well known artists. In the past few years she was the sole imager for both large scale prints as well as the book 'Beneath the Roses' by artist Gregory Crewdson. There is a great article featured on Aperture 190 regarding Wrights collaboration with and compostiting process for Crewdson.
More recently she worked extensively on Andrew Moore's 'Detroit Disassembled' project, which is both a book and a museum show, as well as Robert Bergman's 'Selected Portraits', a show at PS1 that originally debuted at the National Gallery. Other current clients include James Casebere and Taryn Simon.
Wright also was a master printer for elite clients, including Gregory Crewdson, Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, Richard Misrach and Robert Polidori amongst others; working with both artists and their galleries. She helped create gallery and museum exhibitions, consulted with artists on portfolios, and digitally image files for book publishing. These book collaborations include Joel Sternfeld's 'American Prospects', Gregory Crewdson's 'Twilight' and '1985-2005', Stephen Shore's 'Uncommon Places: The Complete Works', and Andrew Moore's 'Russia'. During this time, she has lectured on digital technology and photography at the International Center of Photography; has given tours introducing college students to digital imaging; and have assisted the curating of shows at the in-house gallery, Laumont Editions Gallery.
Wright's extensive background in post-production will make her a wonderful resource for our sophomore students during their foundations year.
|Award & Exhibition Notices:|
Jeffrey Stockbridge: Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 10, National Portrait Gallery, London. Now through February 2011.
Sarah Cohen: ONWARD '11 Selected Photographer for "Three Pillows". Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA. February 10 - March 27, 2011. (Selected image is featured in our header this month.)
Stuart Rome (Faculty): Signs and Wonders, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL. February 19 - May 29, 2011. This is a solo show of new work commissioned by the Southeast Museum of Photography. The exhibition will have an accompanying book/catalog and is scheduled to travel after the exhibition closes at the museum.
|Invitation & Reminder: |
Drexel Photography High School Contest
Opening Reception & Exhibition:
You are formally invited to attend the opening reception of the High School Contest Exhibition on Saturday, January 29th from 1-3pm. The opening reception will feature the work of our nine award winners and over 140 individual artists. We will be exhibiting the work at our photography gallery located at the Photography Facility on 33rd & Arch Streets, from January 29th to February 26th, 2011. The Photography Gallery is located on the fourth floor of the Paul Peck Problem Solving & Research/Academic Building located on the NE corner of 33rd & Arch Streets (101 North 33rd Street).
You can see the award winning images and a list of selected students on our website.
We want to extend a reminder to all selected photographers: your photographs must be matted 11x14 (outside dimensions and sent in to us no later than January 17th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us as soon as possible.
|We are looking forward to an exciting term with the freshman taking their first photography course at Drexel, the sophomores working with Andrea Modica and Kylie Wright, the juniors beginning their Junior Projects, and the seniors continuing on their Thesis work for the exhibition in June. Next month we have the Drexel Photography High School Contest exhibition and opening reception. The February newsletter will feature the winning artists, opening reception, and contest details.|
Paul Runyon, Sr.Program Director