Camerawork Gallery 110218

Austin Granger, A Beautiful Sadness

September 29th - November 2nd, 2018
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 29th 3 - 4 PM (calendar)
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 29th 4 - 6 PM

Camerawork Gallery
301 N. Graham Street, Portland, OR 97227
Located in Lorenzen Conference Center - Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Campus.
9am - 6pm, Monday-Saturday, Sunday, 10am-4pm
Free off street parking available, Stair and elevator access

A reviewer once described Austin Granger’s photographs as possessing a “beautiful sadness”–a description which makes him happy. “I want my pictures to make people feel,” Granger says, “I want them to express, through the things of the world, universal human conditions. I want to meet my viewer in the middle. What’s it all for, if not that? “The subject matter in this exhibit is wide-ranging, but the pictures are all of one piece,” notes Granger. “They are all about more than what they show. At least, that’s the way I think of it. I’m interested in whether or not a subject can carry the weight of an emotion or an idea, even if on the surface that subject is not explicitly related to that emotion or idea. I want to make pictures that correspond with the viewer’s interior world—pictures that resonate. I want to make mirrors. I want to bridge the gap and make a connection. Is such a thing possible? I’ve thought about it a lot, and my answer is... sometimes. People bring their minds to their looking at things. I expect the best I can do is to follow my inner compass, and photograph the things that make me feel, in as clear a way as I can, and hope that the viewer will feel then too. “I don’t really know what it is I’m looking for when I’m photographing, but I know it when I see it. When I’m photographing well, I have the uncanny sense that the pictures were already there, just waiting for me. They feel pre-destined. I quiet myself and they appear. Photography for me is passive like that. I put up my antennae and wait. I recognize pictures right away. I recognize how they feel. When it’s going well, I don’t have any doubt about either the subject or how it should look. I recognize my pictures. I know them. They’re like the pieces of a puzzle. I may not know quite what the puzzle is of, but I know which pieces belong to it. Good pictures feel charged. They feel significant. They have a certain ache. And yes, admittedly, sometimes they have a certain sadness. “I’d like to say though, even though my pictures might look sad, I am seldom happier than when I’m making them. And I’d like to think they might make someone else happy too—in the way that listening to sad music can lift our spirits.

“See, I’m a blues photographer!”

Austin Granger is the author of the acclaimed book, Elegy from the Edge of a Continent: Photographing Point Reyes. His pictures have been exhibited in a number of West Coast galleries, including LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, the CAC Gallery in Santa Rosa, and the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento, and have been featured in magazines such as B&W, Looking Glass, Manifest, and the West Marin Review. His work has graced album covers, a book cover, and Nike basketball shirts.

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.

workshop in Vancouver 110318

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) on the iPhone and iPad
Taught by Gregg Kerber (Discover the Light Photography)

Saturday, November 3, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (calendar)
Vancouver, WA (address provided upon registration)

For more information and registration, click the link below:

$49 (6-9 students)
$44 (10-12 students)
$39 (13-15 students)

Image was planned with TPE.

What is TPE?
• Helps you plan outdoor photography shoots in natural light
• It's a map-centric sun and moon calculator - see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth
• Night mode - plan astro photography shoots (constellations, Milky Way, etc.)
• Line-of-sight analysis - defines your shooting direction and shows the topography along your shooting direction
• Visual search - tells you the exact dates and times when sun or moon will align with your subject
• Maps - view different map types such as Apple or Google Maps
• Time/direction of sun, moon, and galactic center rise/set
• Moon phase and % illumination
• Civil, nautical and astronomical twilight
• Save all your favorite locations
• Golden hour duration

• Crescent moon visibility

Photography Workshop 102118

Portland Nonprofit Photography Workshop
Wednesday October 17 at noon - Sunday October 21 at 5 pm (calendar)
Takes place during the entire day throughout.

The cost is $1750 for the five day workshop.


Momenta is hosting their popular Project Portland: Photographing with Nonprofits workshop this October 17-21. Join us to use your photography as a force for change, give back to your community, and develop your skills in the process.

The intensive 5-day workshop includes a photo assignment with a local nonprofit, daily editing sessions with the instructor team, professional portfolio presentations each night, and the Momenta core lectures which focus on: marketing your work to paying nonprofit clients, successful strategies for grant writing and crowdfunding, portfolio suggestions to get better paying jobs, networking tips, contracts and negotiations, and much more. Likewise, the professional instructors will share their work and talk about how they work with editors and get the best from their contracts. Plus, attendees can take out a Leica to shoot with for the workshop as well!

Since our first workshop, Momenta’s student and instructor work has been featured in national publications, our alumni have created entirely new career paths in humanitarian photography, and 3 stories from our workshops have been nominated for Pulitzer Prizes! We’ve trained students early in their photojournalist trajectories, mid-career professionals in the midst of career changes, and hobbyist photographers seeking to use their skills as a force for social change.

You can address any questions to

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Leslie Peltz, Silos of Washington County Photographs

September 27, 2018 – May, 2019
Opening Reception, Thursday September 27, 2018 6-8 pm (calendar)

Washington County Museum
Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus
17677 NW Springville Rd. Portland, OR 97229
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am-3 pm

Molly Alloy, Community Engagement Coordinator and Guest Curator

Photographs by Leslie Peltz of silos used for grain, seed and silage storage in Washington County are part of the new exhibit, AgriCulture: Shaping Land and Lives in the Tualatin Valley. Her pensive black and white images invite the viewer into quiet moments she has encountered in her outings across Washington County to document silos with a Holga camera.

Visitors to this dynamic, colorful exhibit will be able to touch, hear, see and learn about agriculture and the many ways it impacts our communities. Since time immemorial people in the Tualatin Valley have used their labor and technology to maximize the amount of nourishing food and valuable plant products that grow in this fertile area. Those efforts have re-formed human habits and social structures as well as the physical landscape. This interactive exhibit centers on eight oral histories drawn from the museum’s archive housed within Pacific University’s digital exhibits. These individuals, some historic and some contemporary, speak to the field of agriculture through their personal experiences and the experiences of their families and ancestors. Together they become a dialogue across time, culture and technology that highlights many facets of agriculture’s impact on us all.

Along with photography, video, illustration, and an interactive drawing station, historic objects from the museum’s collection will be featured throughout the exhibit so that visitors can experience first-hand some of the tools that have helped shape the land around them.