The following links will take you sites that we consider to be great resources for professional photographers or dedicated enthusiasts. We also have links to organizations we support and the Web sites of some of our other favorite artists!
Resources For Photographers
SCU is an online and live photo educational resource for emerging professional photographers. Mr. Skip Cohen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasselblad USA Inc. Before taking this position in 1987, he worked at Polaroid Corporation for eighteen years in various positions in the sales/marketing and international services functions. He currently serves as a member of the Professional Photographers of America's Board of Directors. Moreover, he co-authored a photo industry best selling book on portrait photography and launched Hasselblad's new 24 page magazine.
The Friends of the Alfred Stieglitz Cente is creating a new sense of community for photography lovers and collectors – and a new mechanism for the Philadelphia Museum of Art to support and promote photography acquisitions and programming. We love to see art museums cultivating knowledge and appreciation of photography as fine art.
Organizations We Support
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, an international preservation organization, is based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1989, its mission is to facilitate the preservation and maintenance of the remaining structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright through education, advocacy, preservation easements and technical services.
The Mission of Spring House Institute is to acquire, restore and complete the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Spring House; to preserve its original architecture as a single-family dwelling for the benefit of the public as a teaching institute; and to foster the arts, environmental stewardship, social justice, and world peace.
These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $235 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
History of Photography
We enjoy studying the history of our medium and the work of the great photographers who came before us. Here are some links to sites with valuable information about the evolution of fine art photography and the tools of our trade.
This link was sent to us by a student working on an art history project (Thanks, Jennifer!). The timeline of the camera obscura is a succinct history of where it all began.
The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum preserves, promotes and educates on the history of photography. It does this by annually inducting key photographers or innovators who have made notable contribution to the art or science of photography, by promoting scholarly research into their work and achievements and collection, preservation and display of related artifacts.
Our Favorite Artists
Aaron and his wife live on a farm that has been in her family since 1815. He salvages materials for his work from the wood of the share cropper cottages on the property and the objects inside them. His work uses a mix of engraving, painting and wood-block printing techniques.
In addition to these charming porcelain pet portraits, Tim also creates stunning hand-carved porcelain sculptures and vessels.
Joel takes his love of wood, gives it the luminosity of glass by using a segmented wood turning process to create forms that are reminiscient of ancient pottery.
Sarah's work blends her passion for literature and her tremendous talent as an artist into amazing creations that honor the brilliance and spirit of great writers. Her pieces have the power to transport you straight to the heart of the books that change our lives.
Initially trained as a painter but ultimately turned his attention to blockprint. Much of his work is inspired by music. In fact, his small images are done in CD sizes, with the frames making them the size of an old 78 record. He also has round record-shaped images that reference 45 records, and large pieces that are typical of the music posters of yesteryear.
Nnamdi's sculptures celebrate the abundance of life and the largeness of the soul. Many honor women; and they are heartfelt tributes to the love we have for our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and friends. Like Nnamdi himself, these sculptures exude a wonderful spirit of joy and kindness. They are absolutely full of magic.
With simple, elegant lines and the strategic incorporation of recycled metals, Steven's ceramic pieces have a graceful sense of movement. They draw viewers in and each one seems to have its own sacred story.
Fun! Scott Causey's vibrant menagerie of ceramic animals manage to be both sophisticated and very, very playful. Each creature has a name and a distinctive personality. (And at any show, any place, you can't ask for nicer neighbors than Scott and his wife, Jodi!)