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Meetings Sept. 2008 - June 2009

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We are planning many interesting meetings during our 2008-2009 season, including color, black & white and digital print presentations. Return to this calendar for further announcements. And please join us at our meetings!

Meetings take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM, September through June.

Address: The D & R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ.        Map and directions


Topic of the meeting


June 10th, 2009


General meeting, upstairs room.

MICHAEL A. SMITH & Paula Chamlee "Our work and the visual concerns that go into it."


Brief Bio

Michael A. Smith, born in Philadelphia in 1942, has been working in photography since 1966. Less than a year later, in 1967, he began photographing exclusively with an 8x10-inch view camera, committing himself to the contact print. Later he added both an 8x20 and an 18x22-inch view camera.

During his second year as a photographer, he began teaching his own seminars and workshops, but after seven and a half years, he stopped teaching to dedicate himself solely to the making of his photographs.

His photographic journeys during the past 41 years have taken him to every state in the continental United States, western Canada, Mexico, and Europe. The results of these remarkable odysseys are included in the permanent collections of over 100 museums in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

His commitment to the medium has resulted in over 200 exhibitions. In addition, he has twice received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been the recipient of major commissions to photograph four American cities. In 1981, Smith's first book, the two-volume monograph, Landscapes 1975-1979, was awarded Le Grand Prix du Livre at the Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie in Arles, France. At that time, the Swiss publication Print Letter commented that "For the first time in the 11 years of the Rencontres, a deserving book has won the book prize."

In 1992, Smith was honored with a 25-year retrospective exhibition at the International Museum of Photography at the Eastman House in Rochester, New York. To mark the occasion, Michael A Smith: A Visual Journey--Photographs from Twenty-Five Years was published.

His first book of portraits, The Students of Deep Springs College, was published in the fall of 2000. His next book, Tuscany: Wandering the Back Roads--Volume II was published in the fall of 2004.

He is currently working on a series of landscape photographs from Iceland and a series of portraits made in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2008 he was commissioned to photograph Chicago.

For more information:

Paula Chamlee

Brief Bio

After beginning a career as a painter in the mid-1980s, Paula Chamlee discovered photography and quickly found direct involvement with the world outside the studio to be irresistible. In the twenty-three years since, she has traveled extensively, making her photographs both in the United States and abroad.

Chamlee has been the recipient of numerous grants, including one from the Leeway Foundation for "Excellence in Photography." Her photographs have been widely exhibited and are in numerous collections, both pu blic and private in the United States and abroad. She is collected in over 25 museums in the United States.

Her first book, Natural Connections: Photographs by Paula Chamlee, consisting of photographs and writing about the natural landscape, was published in 1994 and established her reputation as a highly original artist working within the classical tradition of straight photography.

In Chamlee's second book, High Plains Farm, published in 1996, she looked to her roots and photographed and wrote about the farm where she grew up on the High Plains of the Texas Panhandle. One critic called High Plains Farm "one of the genuinely significant contributions to photography and landscape study in many a year," while another described it as "epic in its vision and intimate in its humanity."

Her third book, San Francisco: Twenty Corner Markets and One in the Middle of the Block, published in 1997, takes a look at the uniqueness of small, family-owned markets amidst the larger, faster-paced commerce of a big city.

In 2004 she published two books of photographs from Tuscany: Tuscany: Wandering the Back Roads--Volume I, and Madonnina.

Recent photographs have included a series of landscape photographs from Iceland, and a series of the Texas Panhandle from the air. In 2006 she began working on her first film, Flow, which has its first screening in December, 2008 at the James A. Michener Art Museum.

In 2008 she was commissioned to photograph Chicago.

For more information: visit www.michaelandpaula.com



The pictures were taken by Valerie Chaucer-Levine.


June 1st, 2009


June 1st, 2009. Critique workshop, downstairs room.


May 13th, 2009

Richard Wright, Holds an International Center of Photography, General Studies Certificate Columbia University, MFA Painting, Princeton University, BA Art & Archaeology/Fine Art.
"Imperfect Light—The Art of the Phone-togram". Rick Wright displayed and discussed his phone photographs taken over the past year. In his words, "a year-long celebration of the peculiar way light lands on a cheap digital sensor." The talk focused on the art of the imperfection and the perception of light as more than mere visual experience.



From left to right,
1. Nominating Committee Chairperson, Fran Gerber, reading the slate of 2009-10 candidates. 2.Newly elected treasurer, Walter Varan 3. Members voting.


1. Re-elected President, Carl Geisler. 2. Re-elected Program Committee chairman, Lionel Goodman. 3. Seated front (L) Ilya Genin, founder of the forming Creativity Forum, and (R) Leo Vayn, newly elected Vice President 4. Simon Laufer, newly elected Vice President


Visitors and members

Photos by Jerry Gerber

May 4th, 2009

PPC Critique. $5.00 fee charged at the door.

April 8th, 2009

Moved to April 15th
due to the Jewish Holiday

Hope Proper, Long-time Curator of Photography at Perkins Center for the Arts. Her photograph collection is a virtual museum of contemporary photography. Exploring Relationships: Within, Between and Among images.
She discussed relationships, not only with respect to content, but also with respect to the “physical and formal attributes of a photographic print” that comprise “the tools a photographer uses to define and interpret that content.” (Stephen Shore, The Nature of Photographs, p. 3). These tools include frame, vantage point, focus and time.

Hope Proper speaking at the club meeting.


Photos by Jerry Gerber

April 6th, 2009

PPC Critique. $5.00 fee charged at the door. Please register if you plan to attend!

March 22nd, 2009

Matting and Framing workshop, 6:30 PM. One Hunters Run, Princeton, 08540. Sheila and Carl Geisler.
$5.00 fee charged at the door for materials.

March 11th, 2009

Ernestine Ruben, "Detours in Photography"
"Detours in Photography: Ideas, their origins and the voyages they take in the creative process. What influences their trip and what is the ultimate destination?" Internationally known through extensive exhibitions, books, and workshops. Her work is included in many major museums and private collections.

Ernestine Ruben, "Detours in Photography". Meeting on March 11th, 2009:




Judge from Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibit, Thomas Delorenzo, Carl Geisler, our President,
and Spencer Spencer Saunders, Photo Exhibition Committee at Phillips Mill.

Photos by Valerie Chaucer-Levine.

March 2nd, 2009

PPC Critique. $5.00 fee charged at the door.

Feb 25th, 2009

"Art Words: Writing Compelling Artist Biographies, Artist statments, and Promotional Materials". Writing workshop by Richard Trenner. 7:30 to 9:30 pm. $5.00 fee charged at the door.

Feb 23d, 2009

Announcing A Princeton Photography Club workshop HOW TO PRINT — A workshop on Color Management!
MONDAY February 23rd, 2009 - 6:30 PM to 10 PM
Location at the D & R large room
Dinner included- Sandwich wraps and sodas
Cost per member $15.00
Cost without dinner $7.00
RSVP david@hopewellphotographic.com
please state with or without dinner

An introduction to color management, color management tools, and setting up your system to print. We will cover the principles of WSIWIG (what you see is what you get), explain color space and profiles, demonstrate how to calibrate your monitor, and show you how to set up Photoshop and print dialog boxes properly. We will also cover color managing other output options, such as digital labs, and canvas and book companies.

Presented by Barbara Warren 215-369-3553

Feb. 11th, 2009

Tricia Fagan, Director of the Art Gallery at Mercer Counter Community College.
"Learning Our ABC+Gs: Early Women Pioneers in Photography." The talk was mostly at regional women photographers of note at the turn of the last century who were innovators in the whole art photography movement.The talk focused on each of the four women (ABC+G = Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, Imogene Cunningham, and Gertrude Kasebier).

Photos by Jerry Gerber

Feb.4th, 2009

Critique Workshop. David Mills of NJFCC will ctitiue your images. The workshop is full. 7:30 PM. $5.00 fee charged at the door.

Jan. 14th, 2009

Richard Trenner, SENSE AND SYMBOL. Lecturer in The Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He is presently President of Advanced Communication Training in Princeton. His photographs provide insights (sense) into cultural, social, political, aspects of the world and attempt to move the obvious meaning of an image to a deeper level that feels broadly significant (symbol).

Photos by Maia Reim.

Jan. 5th, 2009

PPC Critique session. Link to the photo reportage.


Dec.10th, 2008

Emitt Gowin, A POETIC EXPERIENCE. A Professor of Photography at Princeton University. His meticulously detailed photographs can often be read as much as abstract art as documentary images. His body of work is hors categorie.

Photos by Valerie Chaucer-Levine.

Nov. 12th, 2008

Amy Arbus was be the speaker at our PPC November 12th meeting. Her talk was entitled "The Fourth Wall". See the photo reportage in the Club Events section of the site.

She is the daughter of Diane Arbus (March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971), an American photographer, noted for her portraits of people on the fringes of society, such as transvestites, dwarfs, giants, prostitutes and ordinary working class citizens, in unconventional poses and settings.
*Famous photographs:
*Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, New York City (1962)
Central Park, New York City (1962) — A scrawny boy, with the left strap of his jumper awkwardly hanging off his shoulder, tensely holds his long, thin arms by his side. Clenching a toy grenade in his right hand and holding his left hand in a claw-like gesture, his facial expression is maniacal. Arbus captured this photograph by having the boy stand while moving around him, claiming she was trying to find the right angle. The boy became impatient and told her to "Take the picture already!" This photo was also used, without permission, on the cover of punk band SNFU's first studio album, And No One Else Wanted to Play.
* Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 — Young twin sisters are seen standing side by side in corduroy dresses. One slightly smiles and the other slightly frowns. This photo is echoed in Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining, which features twins in an identical pose.
* Jewish Giant at Home with His Parents in The Bronx, NY[6] (1970) — Eddie Carmel, the "Jewish Giant", stands in his family's apartment with his much shorter mother and father.
* Masked Woman in a Wheelchair PA, 1970

Photo reportage from the Club Meeting with Amy Arbus. It was a delightful experience for all of us.

Collage: Meeting with Amy Arbus

Photos by Valerie Chaucer-Levine.

Oct.15th, 2008

Congratulation to all the winners of the NJFCC Pictorial Competition!
We certainly can be proud of ourselves and our members. Of the 18 photographs our club was permitted to enter 12 were winners! Link to the results of the competition.

The Princeton Photography Club was hosting "The New Jersey Federation Camera Club Pictorial Photo Contest" at our October 15th meeting. 7:30 PM at the D & R Landtrust. This was an inter club pictorial photographic competition sponsored by the Federation in which three judges were selecting the winners. The images reviewed were projected on our large screen and the judges shared their thoughts about the award winning photographs.
The three judges were be Bruce Berenson, Arts Council of Princeton
Ernestine Ruben, known for her landscapes, nudes and architectural photography
Andy Schmitt, Photography Department head, Peters Valley Craft Center

Sept.10th, 2008

"Show and Tell" - bring one or two of your best summer photographs for discussion.

Start of the Season 2008 - 2009 (September - June)

First meeting of the season 2007-2008: