Luc Busquin at Camerawork Gallery

Luc Busquin, Atop the Troposphere Exhibit

July 1st - July 28th, 2017

Camerawork Gallery
2255 NW Northrup Street
(Linfield School of Nursing - Peterson Hall)
Portland, OR 97210
Gallery Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday, Saturday 9am-5pm (free admission)

“Atop the Troposphere” is a series of black and white high altitude aerial
photographs. Busquin’s career choice as an airline pilot and the images he
created are influenced by the writings of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944).
Busquin notes, “As a teenager I read his books, Southern Mail, Night Flight,
Wind, Sand and Stars, The Little Prince, etc., which imprinted themselves on my
young imagination. I always knew that his work had steered me toward my
chosen profession as a pilot, but it was only late in this project that I realized how
much his writings had influenced my art.”

Busquin’s images are photographed from the upper edge of the troposphere,
around 35,000 feet above North America. “This perspective makes a significant
difference in what I see. With altitude, the tree disappears in the forest, but the
forest appears out of the trees; with even higher altitude the forest gives way to
networks of forests and fields.” Busquin’s images show the mesmerizing beauty
of the Earth, and its large-scale transformation by our civilization. The
photographs in this series contain a mix of natural and man-made features—
such as rivers, fields, mountains, roadways, and cities—illustrating the spectrum
of human alterations of the land.

Busquin noticed how the depictions of the Earth found in Saint-Exupéry’s books,
written over eighty years ago, are often at odds with what he observes from
above today. As an airline pilot, Saint-Exupéry described how aviation was
connecting people separated by vast area of wilderness and insurmountable
obstacles. In contrast, Busquin has observed how very little of the land is left
unaltered by our civilization, with only the most arid or rugged regions remaining
somewhat unchanged, and how a network of infrastructures is connecting all of
the land. Busquin says, “One thing doesn't change—the view from above never
ceases to impress.”

Luc Busquin was born in Belgium where he lived until 2002 when he relocated to
Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and two children.

Before becoming a pilot, Busquin started photographing from above by attaching
a camera to a remote-controlled airplane. After reading Antoine de Saint-
Exupéry’s books, he chose to become an airline pilot. Busquin learned to fly at
age sixteen and has been flying for twenty-five years.

Busquin’s work has been shown at the Aperture Gallery in New York, the
Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and was featured in LensWork (April
2017). This is his first solo exhibit.

Pushdot Studio

Lightleak Los Angeles

Friday, July 7th - July 28th, 2017
Artist Reception: Friday, July 7th, 6 - 8 pm

Pushdot Studio
2505 SE 11th Avenue
Suite 104 (in the Ford Building, enter on Division Street)
Portland, OR 97202
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am to 5:00pm, free admission

Each January, for the past three years, Lightleak members escape the Oregon winter to visit Los Angeles together. We enjoy several days exploring and photographing the surroundings from a central base. Los Angeles is visually generous, making it impossible to exhaust its photographic potential. The pushdot show represents a small selection of photographs from recent years.

Lightleak is a Portland-based group of photographers, established in 2004, who meet monthly to share work, socialize and plot photographic mobilizations. Members included in this show are George Kelly, Scott Binkley, Gary Gumanow, Steve Rockoff, Bob Gervais, Blake Andrews, Missy Prince, Lisa Gidley, Jason Shiloh Moore, Faulkner Short, Jenny Olsen, and Bryan Wolf.

Studio Sale in Vancouver

Studio Sale at Christine Eagon's Pop Up Gallery

Friday, July 7th, 5 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, July 8th, 12 noon to 5 pm

Christine Eagon's Pop Up Gallery
401 W. 23rd St.
Vancouver WA 98660
phone 360-696-9363 / 360-566-5104
also shown by appointment

You are invited to swing by on First Friday July 7, 5-8pm and Saturday July 8 noon-5pm to the pop-up gallery where film photography and alternative processes are alive. Step into the archives of my 40 year art career.

I have original work in a variety of media: Polaroid transfers, B&W photography, painting, and international postal art. Framed and matted works include enigmatic landscapes of ancient England, Felix the Cat images, and circle paintings of the night sky.

Photography and paintings also shown by appointment other dates and times.

Workshop with Gregg Kerber

Milky Way Over Mt Hood Workshop

Gregg Kerber, Instructor
Discover the Light Photography

Saturday, October 14 (6:00 - 9:00 pm), 2017
Hood River, Oregon
For more workshop details and registration information, please click here
This workshop is limited to 6 students.
Cost: $110

The wonder and amazement of the Milky Way. Billions of stars stretching over the entire night sky. Throw in majestic Mt. Hood to take your photography to the next level and amaze your friends and family.

The date for this workshop was specifically chosen during a time when the Milky Way will be positioned directly over Mt. Hood. This only happens during a few months during the year from this location.

Due to the remote nature of this workshop, participants should bring water and food.
Photography instruction and assistance will be provided in the field and tailored to individual needs with an emphasis on the many challenges faced when shooting at night.

This workshop requires nearly cloud free skies. In the event that weather conditions aren't favorable on 10/14, alternates date will be available.

Early workshop registration and booking of accommodations is strongly recommended.

M.C. Reardon at Lan Su Chinese Garden

M.C. Reardon, Possible Moments of Consciousness

July 1st-July 30th, 2017
Opening and Artist’s Reception: Saturday July 1st, 5-7pm

Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Street
Portland Oregon 97209

If you are not able to make it to the opening please visit during normal business hours:
Lan Su Chinese Garden is open to visitors seven days a week year-round,
closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Summer hours
March 15 - October 31
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Lan Su Chinese Garden is hosting M.C. Reardon's solo exhibit 'Possible Moments of Consciousness' in its Scholar's Hall Gallery in July. The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, July 1st, from 5-7 pm, where you can meet the artist and ask questions about her work. If you are not a member of the garden but would like to attend, a limited number of comp passes are available. Please contact M.C. Reardon for more information about free admission through her website at

When synchronicity happens, being in the right place at exactly the right time, one can experience inexplicable joy, inspiration and understanding. To M.C. Reardon, as a visual artist, her moments of experiencing Consciousness may take place when she is walking urban and rural landscapes, meditating, or working in her studio; the din of civilization and the framework of consensual reality fade away, and the acute awareness of Nature arises. Her photographs and paintings reflect upon the beauty of wild nature simply enduring; going about its daily business, living in the present moment,
at peace… and yet…still influenced by our presence.

M.C. Reardon is a photographer, painter and poet; a native of Portland. Her artwork is an expression of how important it is to feel connected with the elements, understand her holistic place in the environment and satisfy her need for soulful connection to Nature. Taoist traditions deeply resonate with her, guiding her vision in her creative work; where practicing mindfulness and natural flow offers peaceful solitude, and inspiration has a clearer voice.

Her work has been published, exhibited and collected worldwide; including the Elmhurst Art Museum in Chicago, Linus Gallery in Los Angeles, AN/T Gallery in Seattle, the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph and Blackbox Gallery in Portland. She is represented by the gallery at Stewart Jones Designs in Joseph OR.

Zach Krahmer at the Portland Art Museum

Zach Krahmer, Listening with Purpose
Portland Art Museum Photography Council’s
Brown Bag Lunch Talk Series

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 Noon - 1 pm

Portland Art Museum
Miller Gallery in the Mark building
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
503 226 2811
Cost: Free to the public.. (People are welcome to bring their lunch.)

Sasaki Tomie, Gonohe, Aomori Prefecture, 2015. © Zach Krahmer

Underlying Zach's photography is an inherent desire to understand how people from varied backgrounds shape ideology and meaning. He wants to communicate stories that contextualize diversity of experience and provide space to confront or reconsider our own generalizations and biases. During this talk, Zach will explain his process and highlight specific projects he feels are particularly relevant in today’s sociopolitical environment. Projects discussed span work created over six continents and ten years, ending on his most recent project that involved historic processes to document the disarmament process in Colombia.

Maritza, Ituango Municipality, Colombia, 2017. Wet plate collodion. © Zach Krahmer

Zach grew up in Oregon, before heading to Washington, DC where he studied International Relations. He currently works as a filmmaker and photographer, completing projects for numerous local and international organizations including the United Nations. His work seeks to bridge groups, and enable empathy.

About the Brown Bag Lunch Talks

The Brown Bag Lecture Talk series is a presentation of the Portland Art Museum’s Photography Council and is generously sponsored by Pro Photo Supply.

About the Photography Council

The Portland Art Museum Photography Council offers its members unique opportunities to learn more about the history of photography with Julia Dolan, Ph.D., the Museum’s Minor White Curator of Photography. Council membership dues support the acquisition of photographs for the permanent collection. The members’ annual print share meeting, private tours with Dr. Dolan, an annual art acquisition meeting, and special invitations to lectures by renowned photographers are just some of the benefits of Council membership.

The Portland Art Museum Photography Council’s Brown Lunch Talk series, conceived in 2009 by Past Council President Jim Leisy as a means of introducing the Portland photography community to the wealth of talent and creative energy in our region, has become one of the Council’s most popular public events. Since its inception, the BBLT has offered over sixty monthly presentations by regional and visiting photographer/artists that are free and open to everyone interested in photographic arts and process.

Call to Artist's - OSU Space Grant Exhibit

In the Gallery  
at The LaSells Stewart Center    
Details at a Glance
  • What: 
    • Call to Artists  
  • Where:
    • Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center 
  • When: 
    • Deadline is on July18, 2017
Standard Gallery Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
If you need assistance with registering please call us at (541) 737-2402

875 SW 26th Street
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
(541) 737-2402 


The OSU Space Grant
Art Exhibit
Juried Exhibit
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ Midnight

Notification of Selection: July 20, 2017 (A complete list of accepted work will be posted on our website as well)

Exhibit Dates: July 29 - August 30, 2017

Reception Date: August 11, 2017 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Subject Matter: With the full solar eclipse coming in August 21, we invite you to submit any works of art relating to: a solar eclipse, rockets, comets, stars, planets, nebulas, meteors, Milky Way, black holes, space exploration, and anything else that pertains to the solar system.

Number of Pieces: Maximum of (5) Pieces Per Person 

Mediums Accepted: Any

Naming Structure of Each Piece: Artist Name, Title of Piece, Medium, Selling Price (or Not For Sale), Phone Number (must be attached to back of each piece of art to be accepted)

Fee: $20 per artist (we take cash, check, and credit cards)

Dimensions: Artwork Cannot to Exceed 4' in Any Direction

*Fill out the online submission form here!*

For questions please contact
Tina Green-Price at
or call 
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LightBox Gallery Show

The Plastic Fantastic Show VIII

June 10th - July 5th, 2017
Opening and Artists' Reception: Saturday, June 10th, 6 - 9pm

LightBox Photographic Gallery
1045 Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 468-0238

Bob Gervais: Bruce Cow Spaceship Mexico: Honorable Mention

LightBox Photographic Gallery celebrates its 8th anniversary with the opening and artists’ reception of the Plastic Fantastic Show VIII on Saturday, June 10, from 6-9pm.

This annual group exhibit originated with LightBox’s love for images made with basic, plastic “toy” film cameras as a way to celebrate the gallery’s anniversary each year. The images achieved from this photographic method using cameras with less than perfect optics and control lead to unpredictable and sometimes extraordinarily beautiful results. A large number of photographers from around the world shoot images with these basic cameras, creating unique photos that are captured on film.

Internationally renowned fine art photographer Susan Burnstine of Los Angeles once again juried the exhibit. Susan is a highly acclaimed photographic artist shooting with film using rudimentary homemade cameras of her own design, consisting of plastic lenses and vintage camera and household parts. “For the 7th year in a row, it was a great honor to act as juror for The Plastic Fantastic Show. I congratulate all the selected artists and enthusiastically applaud every photographer who submitted. This year’s submissions proved to be a banner crop and it was a challenge to narrow down the selections to just forty-five standouts. Congratulations to all.” ~ Susan Burnstine.

This year Sean Lande of Vancouver B.C. received the juror’s top award for the image, “The Storm before the Calm”, Jim Rohan of Wakefield, Ma. the second juror’s award for “False”, Lilyan Aloma from New York, N.Y. received the third award for “In Between” and Bob Gervais of Portland, Or. received the Honorable Mention.

LightBox opened in Astoria eight years ago on June 13, 2009. Chelsea and Michael Granger established the venue to educate in the photographic arts. In these eight years and with nearly 100 exhibits since opening day, LightBox has become a Northwest photographic resource, hosting national and regional artists’ with exhibits of fine photography, conducting artists’ presentations and workshops, all as part of the goal to provide a center for the promotion of creative and alternative photography on the North Coast of Oregon.

The Plastic Fantastic Show VIII runs from June 10th until July 5th. LightBox offers memberships as a way of becoming part of the community of supporters that help to further the mission of the gallery. LightBox provides fine art reproduction, restorations, photographic printing, and other photographic services. LightBox is located at 1045 Marine Drive in Astoria, hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 5:30. Contact LightBox at 503-468-0238 or at, and visit for more info and to enjoy past, current and upcoming exhibits.

Congratulations to the photographers accepted into
The Plastic Fantastic Show VIII at LightBox

Lisa Lindamood • James Malsich • Vicki Reed • Diane Peterson
Bob Gervais • Jim Rohan • Michael Weitzman • Blayne Macauley
Betti Rippentrop-Pridmore • Ryan Synovec • Bill Kirby • Ky Lewis
Sean Lande • Leighton McWilliams • Brian Franczyk • Ellen Davis
Barbara Murray • Lilyan Aloma • Rachel Marie • Patrick Whitaker
Jacqueline Walters • Kathleen Dailey • Chris Cranford • Jim Munro
April Rocha • Paul Sharratt • Kent Krugh • Maria Ovsyankina
Adrienne Defendi • Richard Bonvissuto • Chuck Baker • Reiko Yagi
Michael Gonzales • Ted Klyce • Steve Jones • Jocelyn Mathewes

Juror’s Awards:

First Place: Sean Lande “The Storm Before The Calm”.
Sean Lande’s image “The Storm Before The Calm” is a moody, poetic treat that guides our imaginations into an striking noir that has endless interpretations, thus making this an image that continues to grow, shift and change with every viewer.

Second Place: Jim Rohan “False Awakening”
Jim Rohan has been a frequent contributor and award winner to Plastic Fantastic in years past and his image “False” is right up there with the best of his offerings. This cinematic scene of a woman looking out onto a long, distant road evokes a multitude of emotions along and a captivating narrative.

Third Place: Aloma Lilyan “In Between”
A whirlwind of kinetic energy sweeps through this lyrical image via the use of a alluring technical approach that provides an engaging metaphorical delight.

Honorable Mention: Bob Gervais “Bruce Cow Spaceship Mexico”.
Another frequent contributor and former winner, Bob Gervais, offers yet another look into his quirky, unique vision of the world. This time it’s a man and his cow strolling across the field with an odd, interstellar shaped water tower in the background that makes this image even more out of this world.

Workshop and Tour with Gregg Kerber

Southern Oregon Coast Photography Workshop and Tour
Gregg Kerber

Friday, September 22 (5:00 pm) - Tuesday, September 26 (10:00 am), 2017
Between Bandon and Brookings, OR
Contact phone: 503-200-4109
Cost: $795
This workshop is limited to only 6 students.
For more workshop details and registration information, please click here

A very special workshop in a very spacial place. The southern Oregon coast features an abundance of amazing sea stacks from Brookings to Bandon.

In addition to sea stacks, this workshop will also visit some amazing venues for photography including Blacklock Point, Cape Blanco (the second farthest point west in the continental US), Cape Arago, Shore Acres, and Sunset Cove.

As an added bonus, I've planned this workshop during moonless nights when the Milky Way will be shining bright (sky conditions permitting). I will provide detailed instructions (written and in the field) on how to successfully photograph the stars.

You will learn to see more creatively through your camera, and how to use the camera as a tool. You will be given opportunities to experiment with composition, how to choose the right lens, and the importance how shutter speed and aperture affect an image and are used for creative effects. Most importantly, you will discover the different properties of natural light and how it affects your photographs.

Documerica Photography Project at Newspace

In Response: Revisiting the Documerica Photography Project
Shane Anderson | Sarah Christianson | Peter Crabtree | Donna DeCesare | Elizabeth Gritzmacher | Sara Quinn | Stephen Slappe | Terray Sylvester | Linda Wysong

On view: June 2 - July 16, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, June 2, 6:00-8:00pm

Newspace Center for Photography
1632 SE 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Sarah Christianson, One million gallon saltwater spill, Ft. Berthold Reservation, from the series When the Landscape is Quiet Again: North Dakota’s Oil Boom, July 2014 & 2015. Courtesy the artist.

This group exhibition presents the work of nine artists whose image-based work documents the correlation between environmental problems and issues of race, gender, place, age, class, occupation, health care, lifestyle and others. The projects were selected from submissions responding to an open call Newspace announced in early 2017 for work inspired by the Documerica Photography Project—a program initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1971 to document the human connection to environmental issues.

The contemporary projects selected by Newspace reveal little-known stories of the disproportionate impact that big industry and personal interests have on our environment. They will be presented alongside a digital slideshow of images from the Documerica project. This exhibition comes at a watershed moment not unlike the one from which Documerica was born (the celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970 and the formation of the EPA in 1971) with a similar sense of urgency stemming from an oppositional impetus. The new government has made a clear statement on its position towards the environment with the appointment of an EPA director who has promised a systemic dismantling of the agency’s oversight, and substantial de-regulation of environmental protections. This comes at a period of record global temperatures and frequent natural disasters that have scientifically been linked to climate change. Revisiting Documerica focuses on the significance of cross-national communication and collaboration to provide a consistent picture of the impact our priorities have on the viability of our planet.

About the Documerica Photography Project:
In 1971, the newly formed EPA announced the initiative Documerica—a photography project to document the environmental changes the American landscape had undergone leading up to the formation of the agency. This endeavor was modeled after the famed Farm Security Administration (FSA) project (1935-1944) where photographers and writers were hired by the government to document the conditions of rural poverty during the New Deal era. Similarly, Documerica aimed to legitimize the efforts of the EPA in regulating industrial polluters and raising awareness to the individual culpability of American consumers whose wasteful habits were proven to increasingly affect the environment. Seventy photographers – from famous to unknown – were sent on 115 assignments across all 50 states from 1972 to 1978 to create a “visual baseline” from which environmental progress could be charted, and were furthermore tasked with capturing on camera “the human connection” to environmental issues. The resulting 20,000+ images linked issues of race, gender, place, age, class, occupation, health care, lifestyle and more to environmental problems. A slideshow of select images from Documerica will be on view at Newspace during this exhibition.

Read more about Documerica here.

This exhibition was initiated by Yaelle Amir, Newspace’s Curator of Exhibitions & Public Programs.

Sean M. Johnson at Pushdot Studio

Sean M. Johnson, Burials
Catherine Haley Epstein, 50 Days 50 Choices

Friday June 2nd – June 30th, 2017
Artist Reception: Friday June 2nd, 6-8pm

2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite 104 - in the Ford Building,
enter on Division Street
Portland, OR 97202
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri. 8:30am to 5:00pm, free admission

Sean Johnson

One of the most significant and sacred rituals shared across cultures is the preparation of the dead to journey from this world to the next. A burial is a common expression of this practice. Depending on the custom, bodies may be adorned, cleansed, safeguarded, or otherwise meticulously prepared for the transition to the afterlife, which is often idealized as a new existence of abundant bliss or spiritual fulfillment.

Individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ are members of a global community that is marginalized or condemned in many cultures and religions. In response to this pervasive social disparagement, many people who are queer develop extensive fantasy worlds in which they can exist in a peace and form of their own making.

Artist Sean M. Johnson seeks to create a dialogue that explores these individual ideologies of desire, loss, liminality, release, and hope through the expression of queer fantasy. His focus on the burial ritual creates space for the models’ idealized worlds and the selves they could be without the stigmas placed on queer people in the world outside the photograph.

Each piece was created in collaboration between the artist and his subjects, who are all LGBTQIA+ identified artists themselves. The images are grounded in the personal visions of those pictured, and while the metaphor of the burial may invoke morbidity and solemnity, the portraits are equally celebratory and unifying. These realms are intimate explorations of selfhood, and for the artist, Burials is a way to contemplate the desire to become in our imaginations what we cannot be or obtain in our everyday lives.

This series of Burials is generously funded by a project grant from the Regional Arts & Cultural Council.

Sean M. Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregon. His work has been exhibited in Berlin, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, Portland, and Houston, and has been featured in various books and publications including Frieze, Pref Mag, and Mascular Magazine. He holds an MFA in Visual Critical Studies from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and has taught and lectured at multiple institutions, including UMASS Boston, NYU, The Museum School, Lesley, and Boston Architectural College.

In addition to the Sean M. Johnson’s work in pushdot’s primary gallery, we will also show Catherine Haley Epstein’s exercise 50 Days 50 Choices made in reverence to those that died in the Orlando, Florida nightclub killing on June 12, 2016. She made 50 choices on their behalf, every day after the event because 49 of them did not have a choice that day. She included the assailant because we are all born with angry stardust; we just make better choices. Epstein will be repeating the memorial project this year. Proceeds from the sale of the 50 image prints will go towards GLSEN, an international Gay-Straight alliance to make schools a safe place for LGBT youth.

Adam Bacher at Camerawork Gallery

Adam Bacher, Conspiracy Of Ravens Exhbit

June 3rd - June 30th, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday June 4th, 2 - 5 PM
Artist Talk: Sunday June 4th, 3 - 4 PM

Camerawork Gallery
2255 NW Northrup Street
(Linfield School of Nursing - Peterson Hall)
Portland, OR 97210
Gallery Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday, Saturday 9am-5pm (free admission)

Portland photographer Adam Bacher notes, “Ravens are recognized to people around the world, and inhabit nearly every corner of the globe. Robust, admired, and sometimes feared, they’ve coexisted with humans for thousands of years and hold an integral role in cultures throughout history,

“For the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, Raven is the Creator of the world, and considered a trickster god. In Greek mythology ravens were a symbol of good luck, and the god’s messengers in the mortal world. In most North European mythologies ravens were symbols of war, death and misfortune. And to this day, English legend says the kingdom will fall if the ravens of the Tower of London are removed.

“Today we refer to groups of ravens as either a Conspiracy, a Constable, or an Unkindness. Conspiracy is the expression I find most suiting, and this body of work is the result of conspiring with ravens over the last four winters.

“Ravens are considered the smartest of birds. Their brains are more similar in relative size to mammals and primates, than other animals. This gives them the ability to learn, remember, and use insight to problem solve. They are playful, intelligent, cunning, and at times silly creatures. Spend enough time with them and their personalities become apparent. From my experience, interactions are distinctly personal.

“In mountainous regions, ravens frequently roost together in the winter before dispersing to larger territories after the snow melts. I choose to focus my time with them during, and just after, heavy snowfall to emphasize the contrast of the black birds in a white environment. The window of time is limited and it’s taken four seasons to assemble a solid body of work. On many occasions, I photographed in raging snow storms, camera covered with plastic tenting, body bundled in layers of clothing, and loving every minute being out there. These images are deeply engaging. In many of them, direct eye contact reflects the raw connection between photographer and subject. This is the connection I want to resonate with viewers of my work.”

Adam Bacher prospers in Oregon as both a commercial and fine art photographer. It’s not uncommon for him to begin a day photographing a Fortune 500 CEO, and end the day in a snowstorm in the mountains photographing ravens.

He’s maintained a successful commercial photography business in Portland since 1991, and has been fortunate to be involved in many interesting projects over his career. Bacher’s first large body of work began with extended backpacking trips into the high mountain wilderness of the western United States, leading to many exhibits and lecture presentations. From 2007 to 2010 he took trips to Rwanda documenting the recovery from genocide and return to peace. From 2011-2015 he was involved with a medical relief team and other non-profits in Haiti, leading to extended trips documenting the plight of the Haitian people.

The raven photography project took flight when Bacher came across a conspiracy of ravens after a day of cross country skiing in February, 2014—and his love for and fascination with them resulted in the series, “Conspiracy of Ravens.

Ima Mfon at Blue Sky Gallery

Ima Mfon, Nigerian Identity

June 1st - July 2nd, 2017
First Thursday Opening Reception: June 1st 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm

“A lot of times Black people are not necessarily portrayed in the best light in the media. I wanted to create pictures that had a sense of pride and elegance to them."
Ima Mfon began Nigerian Identity by posting a call on Facebook for fellow Nigerian expatriates living in the United States to be photographed. Although the individuals who responded brought with them many different life experiences, Mfon deliberately minimized the environmental context of each image and used high-contrast lighting to alter skin tones and redirect focus to each person’s unique features in order to challenge viewers’ preconceptions about identity, class, and race. For the artist, who came to the United States to pursue his undergraduate studies, this series is a personal one. He notes that in this country, “regardless of my unique heritage, I am reduced to being just Black."

Nigerian Identity is part of the Embodied: Asserting Self exhibition series, which is generously supported by Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer.

Ima Mfon is an editorial and fine-art photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria. He also spends a great deal of time in New York City, where he recently earned his MFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts. Mfon was a recipient of the 2015 Lensculture Emerging Talents Award and he has exhibited at the Klompching Gallery and Rick Wester Fine Art in New York City, San Francisco Camerawork Gallery, and the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography. Mfon also periodically collaborates with Bloomberg, covering stories that showcase less reported aspects of Nigerian culture.

Wendy Ewald at Blue Sky Gallery

Wendy Ewald, This Is Where I Live

June 1st - July 2nd, 2017
First Thursday Opening Reception: June 1st 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Photography and Social Practice Panel Discussion
in conjunction with This Is Where I Live, led by Portland artist Emily Fitzgerald
Saturday, June 24, 3:00 PM

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm

This is Where I Live is a collective photographic portrait of Israel and the West Bank as seen by the people who call this region home. From 2010–2013 photographer Wendy Ewald worked with a total of fourteen different communities, providing point-and-shoot digital cameras and mentoring participants as they visually documented their lives. Ewald’s collaborators included shopkeepers in the Jerusalem market, Gypsy children in the Old City, elderly Palestinian women in East Jerusalem, high-tech workers in Tel Aviv, and students in military academies and elementary schools. The final exhibition includes nearly 400 images, all of which are testaments to the vitality and variety of the region’s cultural landscape as well as the multifaceted nature of Jewish identity.

This Is Where I Live is generously sponsored by Jim and Susan Winkler.

Wendy Ewald has spent more than 40 years collaborating with children, families, and teachers all over the world. In addition to creating her own photographic images, she encourages her collaborators to use cameras to record themselves, their families and their communities, and to articulate their fantasies and dreams. She has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of American Art, the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland among others and participated in the 1997 Whitney Biennial. Her many honors include a receiving a MacArthur Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. This is Ewald’s second solo show at Blue Sky.

Holly Seeber

Holly Seeber, Portfolio Works

June 1st - June 28th, 2017
Opening & Artist Reception: Thursday, June 1st 7:00pm-9:00pm

77 Salon
1100 NW Glisan St, #B2
Portland, Oregon 97209

Monday-Saturday || 9:00am-8:00pm
Sunday || 12:00pm-8:00pm

Opening on June 1st and until June 28th, at 77 Salon in Portland, Oregon will be showing a selection of portfolio pieces by photographer Holly Seeber.

Group show in Salem

Contemporary Abstraction
Julia Bradshaw, Ellen George, Elizabeth Magee

May 5th - June 24th, 2017

Bush Barn Art Center
600 Mis­sion St. SE
Salem, Ore­gon 97302
T: 503-581‑2228
Tuesday-Friday | 10 am-5 pm
Saturday-Sunday | Noon-5
Monday | Closed

Julia Bradshaw

Opening on May 5 and until June 24, at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, Oregon, a selection of works from photographer Julia Bradshaw's "Stacks and Shapes" series. This is part of a 3-person group exhibition titled "Contemporary Abstraction" with Ellen George (sculpture), and Elizabeth Magee (painting).

In this project, Bradshaw treats photographs as malleable two-dimensional material, creating topographical landscapes and geometric shapes from source-photographs that refer to the fore-edges and top-edges of paperback books. The image is from one of her more recent artworks titled "Landscape Scroll".

Alan Wieder at the Beaverton City Library

Alan Wieder, Separate Wings of the Same Bird – Photographs from Cuba & Puerto Rico
May 2nd - June 30th, 2017
Artist Talk: June 15th, 2017 7pm

Beaverton City Library
12375 SW 5th St.
Beaverton, OR
503 644 2197
Sunday 1pm to 5pm
Monday thru Thursday 10am to 9pm
Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm

Many, many years ago Lola Rodriguez wrote “Two Wings of the Same Bird”:
Cuba y Puerto Rico son                                                          Cuba and Puerto Rico are
de un pájaro las dos alas,                                                       As two wings of the same bird,
reciben flores o balas                                                              They receive flowers and bullets
sobre el mismo corazón ...                                                      Into the same heart ...

Rodriguez grew up in Puerto Rico but lived part of her life in Cuba. I was privileged to photograph in both countries this past year. While they have parallel histories and there continues to be mutual individual admiration, the countries paths separated in 1959. And today the countries are Separate Wings of the Same Bird. For me, Cuba lives in color and Puerto Rico in black & white – thus street life differs, both in photographs and in spirit.

Gregg Kerber

Milky Way Photography Workshop
Instructor: Gregg Kerber

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 (5:00 pm - 10:30 pm)
The Dalles, OR area
Contact phone: 503-200-4109
Cost: $150
For more workshop details and registration information, please click here
This workshop is limited to 8 students.

The wonder and amazement of the Milky Way. Billions of stars stretching over the entire night sky. Throw in one of the world's great wonders and take your photography to the next level and amaze your friends and family.
For this workshop, I've selected two very special locations for shooting the Milky Way. One is near an abandoned house and the other is near an abandoned historic church.

Due to the remote nature of this workshop, participants should bring water and food.

Photography instruction and assistance will be provided in the field and tailored to individual needs with an emphasis on the many challenges faced when shooting at night.

This workshop requires nearly cloud free skies. In the event that weather conditions aren't favorable on 9/16, alternates date will be available.

Raymond J. Klein

Raymond J. Klein, The Prize

June 1st - June 30th, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 7th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Beard's Framing
11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 892-5115
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The exhibition is a celebration of the winning of a first prize in an international photography contest by photographer Raymond J. Klein, 84, retired, Vancouver, WA.

Popular Photography Magazine displayed the winners of the annual photography readers contest in the March/April 2017 issue of its magazine. Raymond is a retired advertising photographer with an enviable client list any photographer would have liked to have. In his retirement is a member of a local camera club, The Film Pack Camera Club of Vancouver, WA.

On a recent field trip he managed to capture an image which sparked the imagination of the judges of the contest, who awarded him the first prize in one of six categories in the contest, the “Cities and Architecture” category, which had received more than 197 images from 60 different cities around the world.

The City depicted is Portland, OR, with the Marquam Bridge and mighty Mt. Hood with an Alpine Glow lighting effect near dusk. The exhibition contains archival pigment ink, canvas wrap productions, of additional prize and award winning images by the photographer.

The overall contest drew in almost 1500 images, split among the six categories, from all around the world. Cities like London, New York, Ottawa, Cuba, Miami, Vienna, Los Angeles, Beijing, Chicago, Paris, Shanghai, Portland, Moscow, to name just a few.

Blue Sky group show invitation

A group exhibition at Blue Sky August 2017

In 1979 there was a total solar eclipse in the Portland area. Too late, I realized that Blue Sky had missed a great chance to "educate the public about photography" by having an Eclipse Show that had no photographs of the sun and moon. If you picture a photographer at work, you are likely to picture them moving side to side while looking through the camera - trying out various compositions of foreground objects eclipsing the background things. "Eclipsing" is a primary aspect of photography but it's not part of people's understanding of the medium.

There will be another total eclipse of the sun in Oregon on August 21, 2017, and Blue Sky will present a show that month of non-celestial eclipse images of ordinary objects.

As an example, here is a 1979 image of mine:
photo: Christopher Rauschenberg, 1979
To propose an image for inclusion in this Eclipse theme show, just reply to this email (without changing the subject line) no later than May 29 (Memorial Day) 2017. Your image file shouldn't be more than 1M or so.

As always at Blue Sky, there is no entry fee.

Chris Rauschenberg
Eclipse curator

P.S. Here's another example, by Romain Blanquart:
photo: Romain Blanquart, 2014

About Blue Sky
Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is an exhibition space and resource center for artists, the general public, and the national and international photographic communities, located in Portland's historic DeSoto Building, on the east side of the North Park Blocks between NW Davis and Couch Streets.

Blue Sky's mission has remained steadfast since 1975: to educate the public about photography and support the careers of photographic artists by creating conversations between photographers and the world, and presenting and documenting their work for international audiences and future generations through exhibitions, lectures, and print and digital publications.

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