Clatsop County Group Show

Clatsop County
Roger Dorband, Ken Hochfeld, Michael Granger
Presented by LightBox Photographic Gallery

Jan 15 - March 4, 2018
Artist Reception, Sunday, February 18, 2:00-4:00 (calendar)

Argyle Tasting House
691 Highway 99W
Dundee, Oregon
503 538-8520

Please rsvp to argyle winery at this address if you plan to attend?

LightBox Photographic Gallery of Astoria presents the work of three photographers who envision the nature of Clatsop County from their unique viewpoint.

Clatsop County is the heart of Oregon’s North Coast. It is a history ladened land that in 1805 became the terminus of Lewis and Clark’s Expedition of Discovery. Six years later, Astoria, the county seat of Clatsop County, became the first U.S. settlement on the Pacific Coast. While its early history is not forgotten it is the climate and the geography that mostly define the special nature of Clatsop County. For photographers working in the area, the landscape, the weather and historical elements frequently merge in the fabric of a single image. This might be said of photographs from anywhere in the country that are taken outside of an urban setting. But when the subject matter includes the beautiful Pacific, the 4th largest river in the U.S., the Great Northwest Rain Forest, ships in the harbor, volatile weather conditions, fog and constantly changing light over the river, there is increased potential for images rich in beauty, drama and diversity.

Roger Dorband
Astoria, Oregon

Roger Dorband is best known for his color landscape books on the Rogue River and Steens Mountain, the Astoria resident considers himself a “witness” who looks for iconic images that capture the essence of a place.

“As a photographer my most important bodies of work are series that depict a particular place. Most notably I have published books on northwest Portland’s Thurman Street, southern Oregon’s Rogue River and the Steen Mountain area of Malheur County. Though I consider myself a “photographer of place”, the landscape has often been central to my work. When I moved to Astoria ten years ago the big open skies and changeable weather over the Columbia, and the Pacific beaches inspired me. But before I began getting images I really liked I had to get the usual Astoria photographic subjects out of my system. So naturally I took the requisite photos of the Megler Bridge, sunset skies, the Peter Iredale shipwreck and the sea lions, none of which rose above many similar photographs I saw of those subjects by other photographers.

Over time I have studied the history and culture of the North Coast beginning with Washington Irving’s classic book on the founding of Astoria. What I learned is that the North Coast, and Astoria in particular, has been through numerous peaks and valleys in prosperity, has suffered through catastrophes of fire and wind, and, if one looks back far enough, epic disasters caused by major earthquakes. In spite of claims made about the beautiful landscape of the North Coast, the natural resources of the area have been largely exploited as reflected in numerous clear cuts and the absence of old growth trees as well as an extremely depleted fishing industry. Not that there are no hopeful signs but to me the area is at best one in recovery.

I believe that seeing the North Coast as I do has brought a deepening to my imagery that includes some sense of loss and perhaps a little of the loneliness one feels next to the immensity of the Pacific. Paradoxically there is a sense of hope and endurance here too, perhaps engendered by the history and culture of the area, which I trust will allow viewers to apprehend the North Coast’s enduring beauty.” ~ Roger Dorband - Raven Studios

Ken Hochfeld
Portland, Or.

Ken Hochfeld is a Portland based fine art photographer who sees expressive beauty in the landscape. Originally from California, where he graduated with a degree in photo communications from California State University at Fullerton, he and his wife Carol have lived in Oregon for 40 years. He finds the natural beauty and lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest emotionally sustaining.

Hochfeld’s toned black and white photographs may reflect upon the scene before him, but more often are subtly contemplative and sometimes offer clues to his emotions or thoughts. He typically chooses to make photographs in quiet places that are not typical iconic scenic locations. Hochfeld says “Occasionally a dramatic scene simply calls on me to make a photograph and I oblige.” With his most current work, “Communities of the Lower Columbia River”, Hochfeld explores human interaction with the landscape. His photography has been exhibited in various galleries in Oregon, California, Colorado, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Washington.

Michael Granger
Astoria, Oregon

Michael Granger and his wife, Chelsea Vincent Granger, opened LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria in June 2009 with the mission to promote creative and alternative photography on the North Coast of Oregon. LightBox exhibits work of photographic artists in juried, group and solo exhibits. With over 100 exhibits behind them, LightBox Photographic strives to educate the public about fine art photography, the varied processes and the unique vision of each photographic artist. Having had a career in fine custom photographic printing, Michael’s interests concentrate on imagery that speaks to the viewer and the quality of the final photographic print in all mediums.

He practices the art of image making and celebrates those that make it to print.

William Anthony at Portland Art Museum

William Anthony, "Time Slip" Dragster Series: A Return to Analog

Portland Art Museum Photography Council’s
Brown Bag Lunch Talk Series

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Noon (calendar)

Portland Art Museum
Miller Gallery in the Mark building
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
503 226 2811
Cost: Free to the public.

Every Wednesday night during the summer, Portland International Raceway hosts E.T. (or “Elapsed Time”) drag racing of NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) dragsters. From under-18 junior-class racers to tricked out top alcohol-burning supercars, locals from the Portland/Vancouver area congregate to race not so much against each other, but against time. And in this crucible fueled by a rich mix of gasoline and adrenaline, Time Slip was born.

Shot entirely with three film cameras and two film stocks, commercial and editorial photographer William Anthony sought to highlight this unique, passionate community that has been pursuing the checkered flag for over 40 years. The community remains unchanged, the recent threats of encroaching development and gentrification put this unique pastime at risk. A fun side project soon became an all-consuming, weekly addiction and honed William's photography skills, reconnecting him to the fundamentals learned decades earlier with vintage, all-manual cameras and the traditional dark room.

William Anthony is an award-winning commercial and editorial photographer based in Portland. A former advertising art director, William’s work strives to honor the deeper stories and concepts he shoots both for himself and while on commission. For the past 13 years, his career has spanned genres such as advertising, photojournalism, portraiture/lifestyle, travel and social media. While proficient in all new digital technologies, his skillset is deeply rooted in the fundamentals of analog film photography.

William has shot for clients such as Alaska Airlines, BMW Motorcycles, Microsoft, Nike, The North Face, and Starbucks.

William lives with his wife in NE Portland and works full-time as servant for two cats he’d much prefer were dogs. When not shooting pictures for a living, he likes to spend his spare time shooting more pictures.

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.

Jennifer L. Stoots, AAA at Disjecta

Jennifer L. Stoots, Follow The Money
March 15th, 2018 from 7:00-9:00pm (calendar)

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
8371 N. Interstate Ave.
Portland, OR 97217

TICKETS $10 (pre-event) / $15 (at door)

Join us for an evening educational discussion, Follow the Money, presented by Jennifer L. Stoots, AAA. This is the first in a quarterly event series produced by Photolucida that will take place in the Disjecta Arts Building in Historic Kenton.

At a fundamental level, the basics of the art business are no different than any other time in history; the tools, mediums and tastes have changed, but the art market has patterns as well as cycles. The art world can be deliberately cloistered and the market mystifying for many. The aim of this lecture will be to demystify and illuminate based on Stoots’s experience working at galleries, art fairs and as an art & photography appraiser. Many of the issues and topics addressed are relevant to many fine art photographers and artists who work in the medium today.

This presentation will briefly review:
The evolution of the Western art market.
The motivations of invention and the birth of the photo industry.
The “modern medium” and its acceptance as an art form.
Snowballing of the photography market in the 1970s and 1980s, when there was a flourish of photography galleries in the US and major auction houses dedicated departments exclusively to photo.
Top selling photographers and photographs—auction records and what’s interesting about the markets where those top tier prices were achieved.
The current landscape of the fine art photography market, including a discussion of art fairs and online platforms.
Jennifer L. Stoots, AAA, is a certified photography appraiser, accredited by the Appraisers Association of America. She has been professionally involved in the arts for 24 years, has managed and worked with galleries for 20 years, and has been appraising contemporary art, photographs and photographic archives for 16 years. She is also a photography historian, writer, art market consultant, and organizes workshops and presentations centered around legacy and estate planning for artists and photographers.
Stoots earned her Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Oregon (1994), her Master’s in the History of Art & Design from Pratt Institute (2013), and her appraising credentials from NYU’s Appraisal Studies Program for Fine and Decorative Arts (2002).


Femme Photo Brunch

Femme Photo Brunch Panel

Sunday, March 11th, 11am-2pm (calendar)

Elephants on Corbett
5221 SW Corbett Ave
Portland, OR 97239

Price: $35 (ASMP and PPA members) / $45 (General)
Registration is required. Please purchase tickets at

Join us for a stimulating panel discussion featuring three local professional women photographers moderated by Beth Nakamura. Our panel will be discussing their work and experience in the current competitive and male-dominated industry, as well as the future of photography. There will be champagne and a light brunch. Anyone interested in photography and learning about the industry from these successful photographers are encouraged to attend.

Holly Andres is a fine art and commercial photographer known for her stylized cinematic scenarios often inspired by her own childhood experiences. Andres regularly photographs editorial assignments for national publications including The New York Times Magazine, TIME, and The New Yorker. She has earned numerous grants and awards including the 2016 PDN Photo Annual in Advertising and AI-IP American Photography Awards.

Gia Goodrich is an award-winning photographer and conceptual artist. Since receiving her MFA in 2011, her work has celebrated and challenged complex notions of identity. Her project, Love Wins won international acclaim as the largest on-going archive of LGBTQ love stories. In 2014 she started VEV studios, empowering women to love their physicality by creating powerful images that reflect their unique beauty. Her work has been featured in CNN, Tech Insider, Huffington Post, Out Magazine, the New York Times.

Leah Nash is an editorial, commercial and assignment photographer based in Portland. Starting with a photojournalism background, Nash specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, portrait, and documentary work. Her work has won awards and grants, including one grant for a documentary series in India in 2004. Nash currently works as one half of the photography duo called Nash Co. Photography with Chris Onstott.

Beth Nakamura is a visual journalist based in Portland. A two-time Emmy finalist, her work has been recognized by National Headliner Awards, Online News Association, Pictures of the Year International, Society of Professional Journalists, National Black Journalists Association, National Press Photographers Association and many others. Nakamura is also an instructor of the University of Oregon Multimedia Journalism Graduate Program and faculty member for the Missouri Photo Workshop.

Presented by Pro Photo Supply and ASMP Oregon.
For questions, please email

Destruction Dance at Blue Sky Gallery

Destruction Dance

Sunday, February 25 at 7:30pm at Blue Sky Gallery (calendar)

All good things must come to an end, and, as mandated by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl, this exhibition must be destroyed.

Join us for the performative dance destruction of the exhibition featuring dancers Lu Yim, Mike Barber, Subashini Ganesan, Pepper Pepper, Meshi Chavez, and Linda Austin. Dancers will sometimes be performing simultaneously in various areas of the gallery. Tickets can be purchased here.

Suggested donation of $15, no one turned away for lack of funds, but you must pre-register!
Email Amanda at if you would like to pay a different rate.
This event will likely sell out.

Robert Frank, Welsh Miners (1953), from the book London / Wales (2007) © Robert Frank

Michael S. Thompson in Eugene

Michael S. Thompson, Dynamic Rhythms in Northwest Landscapes

February 15th - July 2nd, 2018
Opening reception: February 15th, 2018 5:00 - 6:30 pm (calendar)

University of Oregon School of Law
Knight Law Center
2nd floor gallery
1515 Agate St., Eugene, Ore., 97403
Opening 9am - 5pm daily

Thompson’s fascination with the intersection of the natural and built landscapes is highlighted in “Dynamic Rhythms in Northwest Landscapes," which includes 31 color photographs from 1981 to 2016.

Crescent Pine with Moon
“Humanity works hard to bend nature to its purposes. Nature works just as relentlessly, though not always successfully, to modify human intention to natural conditions. The intersection of the two may result in a simple, pleasing picture, or in one that surprises and encourages further thought.”

Thompson has specialized in travel and garden photographs for magazines and books for 35 years. His Oregon roots date to student days at Portland's Reed College and graduate studies at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism. He and his wife Barbara continue to live in Eugene, where they raised two daughters.

Submissions wanted

“The Immigrant Story”
Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply

Submissions will be accepted from February 1 through April 30, 2018 (12:00 midnight PST).

A photo contest telling the story of immigrants in our community

To highlight the diversity and strength of our community, “The Immigrant Story” is hosting a photography contest to address an issue that is prevalent in our country today: xenophobia. The contest, open from February 1 through April 30, 2018, welcomes submissions of photographs that depict the stories of immigrants who have added to our diverse cultural landscape.

Sankar Raman / The Immigrant Story
We are a nation of many immigrants and ethnicities built by the beautiful tapestry of different identities and cultures woven together. The current climate in our nation and events this past year have reminded us that many of our neighbors continue to face prejudice.Through visual stories of immigrants, whether first generation, second or 10th, we see the hopes and dreams that we all share for ourselves and our families and the things that bind us as a community and a nation.

By humanizing the immigration issue, learning something about the individuals whose journeys brought them to the United States, we hope to add to the empathy and understanding we have for each other. This, in turn, will help heal and bring our community together. A final selection of photos will be made in May and will be exhibited at Pro Photo Supply in June 2018. There will be a community event at Pro Photo with speakers from different cultural community groups. A selection of photos will also be shared on social media and online by Pro Photo Supply and by The Immigrant Story.

What we are looking for – Submitted images can tell a story about a recent immigrant, second generation family, or go back many generations to reference a person’s or family’s story about coming to the United States. Images might speak to this process of seeking out a new home here and the things that compelled them to do so, as well as the challenges and successes they found when they came.

Some suggested aspects of life to photograph could include: home life, celebration, family, work, community, education, leisure. We encourage photographers of all levels to participate including students, amateurs and professional photographers.

To enter, complete an entry form with the required information

Submit Here

Lightroom Newsletter Feb 2018

Hello LightBox Friends,
      On Saturday, February 10th from 6 - 9 pm we will open the eighth annual Photographic Nude Exhibit. Please join us and celebrate the Country we live in, our freedom of expression and our individual civil rights, are you listening White House … and Facebook? As an Art Gallery we are feeling more and more responsible to fight for the protection of our rights, and why not?  If the goal of the current administration is to suppress the arts to further their diabolical goals, then we are ready to fight and we are ready to express our thoughts, opinions, emotions and protests. As depressing as the current situation is, it has added another reason we wish to stay a vibrant Art Gallery exhibiting not just pretty pictures. We are here to foster awareness as we stand together with artists to express ourselves freely.
      The year is off to a great start at LightBox with a successful call for The Photographic Nude 2018, thank you for your participation and support of the exhibit to everyone who submitted their work. We are excited to show the results from our Juror, Christa Blackwood, who has succeeded in curating a very thought provoking and personal exhibit. In this era we are proud to have a dynamic progressive woman as juror of this exhibit, thank you Christa for a great job. Once again, please join us for the opening so we can show off all the artists and our hard work. 

      Plan ahead for March when we will open a solo exhibit for the very expresive and extremely talented Austin Granger, (no relation) . It just happens that the best photographer with the name of Granger in Oregon is not myself or Chelsea, but Austin. We look forward to introducing you to the imagery of this prolific visual master.  The year will be a journey through the photo universe with an array of solo and group exhibits planned. Just to give a short summary, we host Austin Granger in March, The PDX 30 and LightBox Files in April, and shows for Terry Thompson and John Wimberley this Summer and a juried Exhibit curated by Robert Adams in August, along with the world famous Annual Plastic Fantastic Show and mnay more events and shows we are not quite ready to announce, so we will keep you in some suspense. 
       As always we thank you for folowing LightBox and what we do. Soon we will launch our Annual Membership Drive, when we enlist you to stand with us to help pay the rent and utiities to keep the lights on at LightBox.  As we always say, nothing that has happened here at LightBox would ever have been if not for the members that help support us. If you are a current member please know we would love your continued support with your renewal of your membership for 2018. If you have not been a member, please know that we could sincerly use your support and we will probably be reaching out in the next month to enlist you into the LightBox Community.
 Best, Michael and Chelsea

  In 2018 we hope for the repudiation of ignorance and a return of our Humanity.
Take your visions to new heights and express yourself to the fullest! 

 The Photographic Nude 2018
   February 10 - March 7, 2018 

                                                                              © Christa Blackwood

The Photographic Nude 2018 

    Dedicated in Memory of Ruth Bernhard and her Creative Spirit.

Opening Artists Reception, Saturday, February 10, 6-9pm.

     The Photographic Nude is a juried exhibit exploring the artistic and creative view of the body and its form, celebrating the nude in photography by embracing a variety of styles. We welcome the timeless elegance of a classical study as well as alternative and provocative styles. Studies of the whole or partial human form, nude or semi-nude are eligible.
     LightBox is honored to have fine art photographer Christa Blackwood serving as juror for our 8th Annual Photographic Nude Exhibit. The exhibit will be published online in 
Blur Magazine again this year.

Congratulations to the Photographers exhibiting in The Photographic Nude 2018

Andi Schreiber • Carol Dass • Da’Rrell Privott • David Dennard • Espen Aaroe

Diana Nicholette Jeon • Donald A. MacDonald • Felix Martin • Francis Crisafio

Ekaterina Kiryanova • George Johnson • Heather Oelklaus • Jim Washington

J.P. Terlizzi • Laura Kurtenbach • Lauryn Hare • James Lucas • Malcolm Lobban

Marcie Rich • Matthew Finley • Matt Storm • Michael Quinn • Michael Puff

Nickolas Hurlbut • Nina Weinberg Doran • Patrick Whitaker • Paul Cunningham

Paul B. Goode • Saelon Renkes • Robert Dutruch • Ruth Dudley Carr

Terry Johnson • Thomas Zamolo • Trey Squire • Steve Lease • Vienne Rea

László Gálos & Zoltán Vadászi

Awards will be announced the day of the opening.

      Christa Blackwood is an acclaimed photo-based artist whose photographs of male nudes reference identity, photographic/art history and popular culture.  Her works employ multiple techniques and methods  fusing traditional, historical and alternative methods with contemporary ideas and practices.  She has been featured in The New York Times, Art Desk Magazine, The Village Voice and The Chicago Sun Times and her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad.
       Learn more about Christa Blackwood at


Coming up in March

Austin Granger • Correspondence

March 10 - April 10, 2018

Please join us for the opening and artist reception on Saturday, March 10, from 5-8pm.

Austin will give an artist talk from 4-5pm, before the opening.

please contact LightBox at 503-468-0238 for reserved seating.

     “When I’m photographing well, I have the most uncanny feeling that the pictures are predestined. I recognize them. They echo the feelings inside myself. They correspond. My subjects are the things that ache.
      Whether or not I can portray feelings using objects that may not ostensibly depict those feelings is something that I wrestle with. People see things differently. After all, we bring our minds–all of those thoughts that make us–to our looking at things. In a very real way, pictures are always of our heads. They’re all self-portraits. Still, I’d like to think that it’s possible to put something across, to bridge the gap, meet a stranger in the middle, and connect. After all, do we not all share the same basic, existential struggles? Fundamentally, deep down, are we not all made of the same stuff?
      Perhaps then, by going inward, one goes outward as well. Perhaps one can approach the universal through the individual. I’d like to think so. I’ve come to think of my pictures as an attempt to understand myself, and also, as an attempt to communicate. I want to express emotions that people will recognize. I want my pictures to be a correspondence between us, to be both the place and the record of our meeting.” ~ Austin Granger
Austin Granger is the author of Elegy from the Edge of a Continent: Photographing Point Reyes. Born in San Francisco in 1970, Granger has worked as a baker, house painter, naval radar operator and camera salesman. He first began to photograph while studying philosophy in college as a way to get out of his head. Preferring to use traditional film cameras, Granger has come to see his photography as a spiritual practice–a way in which to shape his life and enrich his relationship with the world.

LightBox Photographic Gallery

Call for Submissions

PDX 30

April 8, 2017 - May 10, 2017

Artists' Reception, Saturday April 8, 6 - 9 p.m.

Submission period will be open on Monday, February 12th

  Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, March 11, 2018

      In recognition of Portland Photo Month, April 2018, this group exhibit celebrates LightBox’s appreciation of the Portland Photographic Community. We are looking for images which exhibit the unique vision and creativity of the individual photographer. One image from 30 photographers will be chosen to be featured in the exhibit. This is an open call with no submission fees. We do ask for a hanging fee of $40 from the accepted photographers to help put on the exhibit.

     We will be picking work up and returning work to Portland at a designated place on a designated date Sunday, April 8th  from 12 – 2pm and to return work for pickup on Sunday, May 20th from 12-2pm at no extra charge, making it possible to avoid the packaging and expense of shipping work to and from the gallery. We offer affordable frame installation to further help to make this exhibit a more carefree opportunity. Thank You for considering a submission! . 
Please consider a submission and help make another amazing PDX Exhibit!
Call for Submission Page

The LightBox Files

The LightBox Files Exhibit

Opening in April 2018

Call for prints

Submission Deadline, March 4, 2018

      The LightBox Files Collection is now in it's third year and we invite you to have your work in the files for 2018. LightBox honors the complete photographer by recognizing those that pursue the art of fine printing. We are looking for work from those photographers who print there own in whatever medium that may be. We will consider the submissions on the artistry of the photographs and the technical mastery of the printing. In April 2018, LightBox will feature the work in The LightBox Files Exhibit. Prints will be kept on file in our beautiful drawers for a year for public viewing.

 • There are no entry fees to submit prints for the LightBox Files, however, you must be a member of the Gallery to participate.
    Memberships start at $100/yr. and provides support for the gallery and our mission.
 • We will select 8 photographers for the LightBox Files.
 • LightBox Files prints will be kept on file in our viewing drawers for one year and periodically will be featured on the walls of the gallery.
 • Submissions of 8 - 10 matted and sleeved prints must be shipped to arrive at LightBox by March 23, 2018.
 • Complete info on the submission page.
LightBox Files Submission Page

Upcoming Shows

The Photographic Nude 2018
February 10 - March 7

Austin Granger • Correspondence
March 10 - April 10

PDX 30 and LightBox Files Exhibits
April 14 - May 8

LightBox Photographic Gallery & Fine Printing
1045 Marine Drive
Astoria, Oregon   97103  

(503) 468-0238
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 AM to 5:30 PM 

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“The Photographic Nude 2018” in Astoria

The Photographic Nude 2018

February 10th - March 7th, 2018

Opening and Artists' Reception: Saturday, February 10, 6-9pm

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

Paul Cunningham - Untitled
LightBox Photographic Gallery opens “The Photographic Nude 2018” with an opening artists’ reception on Saturday, February 10th from 6-9 p.m. This is the eighth year of the annual international juried exhibit, a collection of photographic prints exploring the artistic and creative view of the body and its form, dedicated to the creative spirit of photographer Ruth Bernhard.

Congratulations to the artists exhibiting in The Photographic Nude 2018

Andi Schreiber • Carol Dass • Da’Rrell Privott • David Dennard • Espen Aaroe
Diana Nicholette Jeon • Donald A. MacDonald • Felix Martin • Francis Crisafio
Ekaterina Kiryanova • George Johnson • Heather Oelklaus • Jim Washington
J.P. Terlizzi • Laura Kurtenbach • Lauryn Hare • James Lucas • Malcolm Lobban
Marcie Rich • Matthew Finley • Matt Storm • Michael Quinn • Michael Puff
Nickolas Hurlbut • Nina Weinberg Doran • Patrick Whitaker • Paul Cunningham
Paul B. Goode • Saelon Renkes • Robert Dutruch • Ruth Dudley Carr
Terry Johnson • Thomas Zamolo • Trey Squire • Steve Lease • Vienne Rea
László Gálos & Zoltán Vadászi

LightBox Photographic Gallery established “The Photographic Nude“ series to reveal compelling imagery and the mastery of the medium. The hope was to foster an appreciation of the nude in the medium of photography and to gain an understanding of the theme historically in the photographic art form as well as to bring recognition to the current photographers who practice their art with the theme of the nude. With a total of 50 images selected for the exhibit from 38 photographers, the show represents many of the very talented practitioners of the photographic fine art nude from around the world.

This year’s exhibit was juried by Christa Blackwood of Austin, Texas. Christa Blackwood is an acclaimed photo-based artist whose photographs of male nudes reference identity, photographic/art history and popular culture. Her works employ multiple techniques and methods — fusing traditional, historical and alternative methods with contemporary ideas and practices. She has been featured in The New York Times, Art Desk Magazine, The Village Voice and The Chicago Sun Times and her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad.

For the exhibit Christa Blackwood was interested in seeing nudes presented in unique and meaningful ways, i.e., nudes that meld photographic technique with ideas and surprise.

Again this year all accepted images to The Photographic Nude 2018 exhibit will be published in the upcoming Spring edition of Blur magazine,, an online PDF magazine promoting international fine art photography, located in Zagreb, Croatia.

The exhibit runs from February 10th through March 7th 2018. Visit for complete exhibit and artists info. LightBox offers associate memberships as a way of becoming part of the community of supporters that help to further the mission of the gallery. LightBox provides photographic printing and archival framing, restorations 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.

Melanie Flood at Fourteen30 Contemporary

Melanie Flood, Mirror Mirror

Now through March 3rd, 2018

1501 SW Market Street
Portland, Oregon 97201
t. 503.236.1430

Gallery hours: Friday and Saturdays, 12-5 & by private appointment

Fourteen30 Contemporary is pleased to present Mirror Mirror, an exhibition of new work by Portland, OR-based photographer Melanie Flood. This will be Flood’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

Aligned with contemporary conceptual photographers such as Anne Collier, Annette Kelm, Sara VanDerBeek, and Eileen Quinlan, Flood’s practice brings together two potentially opposing areas of exploration. Maintaining a cool and formal distance, her work employs the tools of still-life and commercial photography, while examining modern femininity and the female body. Ultimately, this examination turns intimate, conjuring Flood’s personal experiences and relationships.

Like Kelm, Flood’s jumping off point is the blank, seamless backdrop and platform of the commercial photographer. This pristine netherworld is Flood’s picture plane, host to an assortment of disparate objects, meticulously arranged into coy and performative sculptural forms. These sculptures are ephemeral, constructed solely to be the object of the camera’s gaze, eternally constrained to two dimensions. Though the chosen materials are often cheap and flimsy relics of pop culture and mass consumerism (pantyhose, ThighMaster, toilet brush holder), they are easily transformed into sensuous, refined reflections of the feminine experience through perfect lighting and the simple act of being photographed.

This transformation, from humble to slick and polished, mirrors the (perhaps unrealized, perhaps unattainable) fantasies and expectations of many little girls waiting to grow up. As the artist herself says: “I look in the mirror and wait to see myself as I thought a woman should look—poised, tucked, upright. My work is the space where that desire is obtained. I tuck, pleat, fold, stuff, balance, refine the materials into evocative gestures.” The seductive tactility of these tawdry and suggestive materials reveals tensions between domesticity and power, femininity and ambition, finally revealing familiar stories of body discomfort, physical humor, and self-intimacy.

Melanie Flood (b. 1979 Manhasset, New York) is an artist based in Portland, OR. She holds a BFA (2001) in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA (2017) in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University. Since 2008, Flood directs Melanie Flood Projects, which began as an artists’ salon located in her Brooklyn residence. In 2014, the gallery relaunched in downtown Portland, OR. Her projects have been featured in Art in America, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Zingmagazine, Photo District News, among others. Recent presentations of her work include Autzen Gallery, Portland, OR (2017), Carl & Sloan Contemporary, Portland, OR (2016). Flood is the recipient of a Precipice Fund Award (2016).

Youth Darkroom Class at University of Portland

Youth Darkroom Class with Bobby Abrahamson

Dates: Feb. 18 - Mar. 18, 12:30 - 3:30 PM, Five Sundays

Saturday Academy, classes held at University of Portland
Instructor: Bobby Abrahamson

Open for students grades: 8-12
Tuition: $185
To register:

For questions contact:
Mary Wisneski

Will you be the next Ansel Adams or Dorthea Lange? Experience the magic of black and white photography from start to finish: shoot the image, develop the negative and print your photograph. Learn composition and lighting techniques for creating a good negative. Explore camera basics including f-stop, shutter speed and exposure. See your surroundings through a photographer's keen eye during walking field trips as you develop your individual style. In the darkroom, learn how to develop negatives and make prints, experiment with exposure, contrast, filters and paper. Explore the many different effects that can be achieved with a single negative. Choose your best photographs to develop into prints for your portfolio or for display.

Chris Ogden at Camerawork Gallery

Chris Ogden, Stones Echo - Visual Poems Written On Quarry Walls

February 3rd - March 2nd, 2018

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

Camerawork Gallery is proud to present the gallery debut of a ten-year project by noted North Carolinian professional artist Chris Ogden. These fine art photographs weave together a trinity of predominant themes played out on the theater of dimensional stone quarry walls: Mystery, time, and elemental cyclical changes.

Ogden notes, “In the days when stone flowed like water, time didn’t mean the same thing as it does to us today. Granite, marble, travertine, sandstone, slate, basalt . . . these are the children of Kronos. When miners reached under the ribs of the Earth to pull out its still-beating heart and make the Pyramids, Chartres Cathedral, the First National Bank, or a Washington, D.C., they opened a window into the Earth’s crust. Behind such a scrim, the oldest gods play out their dramas as through an eerily familiar fog.

“Make no mistake: here too is the hand of man. Yet despite signs of old explosions, rust, cuts, meltings, tailings, and drill holes, Nature remains imperturbable—not serene, but equanimous, even generous. She invites meditation.

“Which is more real, the reflection of rock, or the rock? Such questions grew in me during my adolescence, whether leaping into the swimming hole of an abandoned quarry with the sounds of high school joys and angsts echoing off the walls, trying to name all the colors of the Grand Canyon—where I bought my first piece of petrified wood for thirty-five cents and decades later kayaked below its towering walls that map histories beyond our comprehension— or craning my head upward from the raging flume’s edge of Franconia Notch to the gorge’s metaphorical and contradictory tableaux.

“Earth, I came to realize, doesn’t mind our anthropomorphic voyeurism. In the stone, born before human DNA, we see multiple layers, histories, titillations, the sensuality of the half-understood. We see frozen violence—something taboo, as if we had walked in on a patient. As a photographer, I feel the awe of the surgeon.

“As Native Americans thanked their prey for giving themselves in the hunt, so we must turn here to a generous landscape to say, “We honor you, we thank you.” I hope you’ll find these photos both evocative and provocative. I invite you to view each as a stepping stone backward and forward into time, expanding outward across the universe and inward into our existential component parts, both tangible and not. In another billion years, what will this planet look like?”

Chris Ogden is an American artist whose work explores concepts of cyclical change and metamorphoses, particularly in the evolving relationships between elemental and human forces in the tangles between geologic and human concepts of time.

He favors capturing moments as matter and energy transition between states, offering glimpses of the elegant interdependence “inside” materials and creations. He uses the photographic medium, primarily with natural light, to capture found environments as proffers of essence, metaphor, and archetype. These are
often existent in rock, sand, water, ice, fire, wind, and hand of man impacts.

Ogden’s work is frequently shown at museums, galleries, and other arts venues in traditional shows and multimedia installations. His work is enthusiastically owned by private and corporate collections alike.

He believes in giving back to community and serves many boards, including as the long-standing chair of the Durham Public Art Committee where he recently spearheaded bringing Photoville’s FENCE (the largest photography public art project in the world) to Durham.

Born in Mexico City, growing up in Buffalo, excepting a three-year stint in Bermuda, he lives in his adopted home of Durham, North Carolina, near his alma mater Duke University. He works and teaches globally, particularly in the Ant/Arctic and other deserts around the world.

Charles Purvis at MICX Studio

The Project Salon
presented by Charles Purvis @ MICX Studio

February 17 through July 28, 2018

MICX Studio
6635 N Baltimore Ave
Portland, OR 97203

12 weeks for $450
For information:

The Project Salon provides a space, time, and process for the purpose of creating a body of work (be it an exhibition, book, or portfolio) over a extended period of time and with the support of other photographers doing the same.

To really progress as photographers and artists we need to go deep and we need to go deep over an extended period of time. We also need the reflection and support of others who share our passion and commitment to the medium. We learn by doing and we learn by understanding how others experience our work; and in committing to work with others we find a new level of commitment to our own work.

The Project Salon meets for 12 sessions over a 6-month period, twice a month for 3-4 hours. Participants, having committed to a project, present their ongoing work to the group and receive and offer constructive reflection concerning subject, narrative, editing, final form and the general arc and feel of the work. The last 2 weeks focus on editing, collating, and final form presentations. The sessions are facilitated by Charles Purvis who offers individual mentoring and support, both technical and artistic, for each participant. We also study the work of other photographers as it pertains to our work and process. The Salon is limited to 8 participants. All photographic mediums are welcome.

If you are interested in finding out more about or enrolling in the Project Salon please email Charles at or go to

For 21 years Charles Purvis was a highly successful studio photographer in New York City, completing hundreds of commercial assignments for top advertising agencies and creating a large body of innovative and influential work inspired by a relentless curiosity and desire to uncover the creative potential of the medium. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1981, was represented by Art and Commerce (1990-1997), was invited to shoot with the 20x24 Polaroid camera in Polaroid's NY studio, has taught multiple week-long summer workshops with both the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and the Maine Media Workshops, and lectured at the NY School of Visual Arts and at Parsons School of Design.In his upstate NY studio Charles created numerous handmade books and photographic works for exhibition. Charles has years of experience with the application and innovative use of 35mm, 120, 4x5, 8x10 and 20x24 formats, films, polaroids, processes and darkroom techniques. As an educator and mentor, Charles' priority is to support each photographer in employing the full capabilities of the medium to manifest their ideas into a powerful statements of intent and purpose.

Angelica Dass at Pushdot Studio

Angelica Dass, HUMANÆ - Work In Progress

OPEN/CLOSE: February 2, 2018 –March 26th, 2018

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

Pushdot Studio is honored to be working in conjunction with Angelica Dass to bring her internationally acclaimed project, Humanae- Work in Progress to the West Coast of the United States for the first time. We believe the artist’s vision presents a unique reflection on race, it’s definition and it’s impact on our social dialogue. We invite you to view this powerful exhibit and participate in the conversation surrounding this highly charged topic.

Humanæ is a “work in progress” by the Brazilian Angélica Dass, who intends to deploy a chromatic range of the different human skin colors. Those who pose are volunteers who have known the project and decide to participate. There is no previous selection of participants and there are no classifications relating to nationality, gender, age, race, social class or religion. Nor is there an explicit intention to finish it on a specific date. It is open in all senses and it will include all those who want to be part of this colossal global mosaic. The only limit would be reached by completing all of the world’s population.

However, this taxonomy close to Borges´ world, adopts the format of the PANTONE ® guides, which gives the collection a degree of hierarchical horizontality that dilutes the false preeminence of some races over others based on skin color or social condition.

These guidelines have become one of the main systems of color classification, which are represented by means of an alphanumeric code, allowing to recreate them accurately in any medium: is a technical-industrial standard. The process followed in Humanæ also is rigorous and systematic: the background for each portrait is tinted with a color tone identical to a sample of 11 x 11 pixels taken from the face of the photographed. Aligned as in the famous samples, its horizontality is not only formal also is ethical.

Thus, without fuss, with the extraordinary simplicity of this semantic metaphor, the artist makes an “innocent” displacement of the socio-political context of the racial problem to a safe medium, the guides, where the primary colors have exactly the same importance that the mixed ones. It even dilutes the figure of power that usually the photographer holds. The use of codes and visual materials belonging to the imagery that we all share, leaves in the background the self-referentiality of the artist, insistent and often tiresome.

Many of the ingredients that characterize the [best] spirit of this time appear to be part of this project: shared authorship, active solidarity and local proposals likely to operate globally, networking, communication expanded to alternative spaces of debate, awareness without political ideology, social horizontality... The spectator is invited to press the share button in his brain.

At present, more than 3700 images exist in the project. They have been taken to 28
cities, in 18 different countries: Madrid, Barcelona, Getxo, Bilbao, and Valencia, Paris, Bergen, Winterthur, Chaisso (Switzerland), Groningen, The Hague (Netherlands), Dublin, London, Tyumen (Russia), Gibellina, and Vita (Italy), Vancouver (Canada), Pittsburgh, and Chicago (USA), Quito (Ecuador), Calparaiso (Chile), Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Cordoba (Argentina), New Delhi (India), Daegu (South Korea), Addis Abeba (Ethiopia), Chiasso (Switzerland).

Angélica Dass is a Spanish-Brazilian artist based in Madrid. She has received international acclaim through her pivotal project, Humanæ, which is a collection of photography portraits of people revealing the true beauty of human skin color. This project has been shown in numerous exhibitions and talks across the continents, and through her TED Global talk in Vancouver in 2016, her main concerns and the philosophies of the project have reached a great numbers of audiences around the world. Dass holds a BA in Fine Arts from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil) and a MA in Photography from EFTI (Spain). In 2014 she was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the “Nine Brazilian Photographers You Need to Follow”.

Dorothy Glenn at Wolff Gallery

Dorothy Glenn, Generous Mystery

Exhibition Run: January 3rd - February 25th, 2018
Opening Reception: First Friday January 5th, 2018

Wolff Gallery
2804 SE Ankeny St. Portland OR 97214
(971) 413-1340
New Hours! Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6pm

Wolff Gallery presents Generous Mystery by Dorothy Glenn, a series in which photography serves as a medium for self-exploration. Glenn turns the camera on herself, creating in-camera multiple exposures in addition to more straightforward yet delightfully surreal imagery. Through these methods, she embraces the experimentation, change, and uncertainty inherent to these processes that also mirror the demanding but generative work required for personal growth.

Robert Frank at Blue Sky Gallery

Robert Frank, Books and Films: 1947–2017

January 4th - February 25th, 2018

First Thursday Opening Reception: January 4th 6:00 - 9:00 PM (lecture at 5:00 pm)
with a Lecture by Gerhard Steidl prior to the opening:
Print Is Not Dead. The Beauty of Analogue Media in a Digital World
Thursday, January 4, 5:00 PM

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

Robert Frank, Tunnel (video still), color and black & white, 4 minutes, 2005 © Robert Frank
Robert Frank is considered the inventor of street photography. With his method of sequencing and composing pictures in intuitive series beyond the traditional photographic essay, he has developed new forms of expression within the medium of photography.

Despite Frank’s significant influence on photographers of his own and subsequent generations, there are only few exhibitions of his work. Frank’s original silver gelatin prints are today fragile objects, and most are not on public display. Galleries, museums, and investors lend Frank originals only under limited conditions of display with exorbitant insurance costs, which makes organizing traditional exhibitions very difficult. This traveling exhibition, meant to be shown primarily at universities and schools, seeks to remedy that.

Conceived by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl, this exhibition shows Frank’s work in photos, books, and films in a direct, accessible manner. Frank’s images are printed on sheets of newsprint and hung on the walls or from the ceiling. Frank’s films and videos, which are so often overshadowed by his photographic work, are shown on small portable “beamers” projecting them directly onto the walls. Finally, the exhibition will be disposed of after display, thus circumventing the normal cycle of speculation and consumption in the art market. When the idea for this pop-up show first reached Frank in his small, crooked house in the Canadian village of Mabou, he said: “Cheap, quick, and dirty, that’s how I like it!”

In addition to the films in the exhibition, the NW Film Center will be holding a film series of Robert Frank’s work during the month of January.

This exhibition is printed by Steidl Verlag and made possible by the generous support of Steve Tisch, the Steve Tisch Family Foundation, and the Richard Ehrlich Family Foundation.

"My whole life is in this newspaper." Robert Frank about the newspaper catalogue Robert Frank: Books and Films. image © Gerhard Steidl

Robert Frank, (b. 1924, Zürich, Switzerland) became a professional industrial photographer at the age of 22 and in the 1940s became a successful fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar magazine in Paris. He felt, however, that the scope of the work was too limited. He abandoned fashion photography in 1948 and went to the United States and then to Peru to explore the expressive possibilities of the 35-mm camera. After photographing in Europe in the early 1950s, Frank returned to the United States. There in 1955 and 1956 he made a series of photographs ultimately published as The Americans, a photographic book with a text by the American novelist Jack Kerouac. After the book's publication in the United States in 1959, Frank devoted an increasing amount of time to making films, including Pull My Daisy and Cocksucker Blues, both of which exemplify avant-garde filmmaking of the era. Since 1970, he has divided his time between Nova Scotia and New York, where he continues to produce still photographs in addition to films.

Born in Göttingen in 1950, Gerhard Steidl began working as a printer and designer in 1968. Celebrating some of the most distinctive voices in contemporary writing, Steidl publishes German literature as well as translations from French, English, and Icelandic. In 1994 Steidl launched its international photobook program. Today it includes some of the world’s most renowned photographers and artists. Known for his passion for paper, printer and publisher Steidl personally selects the paper and binding materials for each title and oversees all aspects of the production process – each Steidl book literally passes through his hands. In addition to Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2017, Steidl has curated Karl Lagerfeld: The Little Black Jacket (for Chanel); Karl Lagerfeld: The Glory of Water (for Fendi); Alessandra Borghese/Alessandra d’Urso: For Friends (for Louis Vuitton); Meisterkreis/Jim Rakete: German Excellence (for the German Federal Foreign Office), Khalid Al-Thani: Here is My Secret, and Tomasz Gudzowaty: Proof.