Josh Smith 09-29-19

Josh Smith, The First Years

September 5–29, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: September 5, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk with Josh Smith: Friday, September 6, 12:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.

Josh Smith documents the changes—both monumental and subtle, internal and external, and positive and negative—that come with parenthood in his series The First Years. Acting as a “family historian,” he uses photography as a tool to examine a new way of being and to explore the many contradictions that can exist within a family. Smith’s intimate black-and-white photos of his wife and two sons “serve as place markers for intangible moments of elation, fear, and confusion.”

“The unremitting demands of parenthood contained joy, tenderness, vulnerability, frustration, and fear all at once. The weight of being fully needed by our children afforded us a sense of purpose, but also denied us our autonomy and individuality. As we worked to understand our intricate new roles as parents, our relationship shifted, resulting in a new connection, but also a sense of estrangement.”

Josh Smith was born in Springfield, Missouri. He earned his MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has been living and working in the Bay Area since 2004. Throughout his career he has explored various photographic projects, with his most recent being a body of work exploring the dynamics of family. Smith has exhibited widely within the Bay Area and beyond, including at Stanford University, the a.Muse gallery in San Francisco, and SF Art Market. Smith is a photography instructor at Marin Academy and resides in Pacifica, California with his wife and two sons.

Jennifer Thoreson 09-29-19

Jennifer Thoreson, Testament

September 5–29, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: September 5, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk with Jennifer Thoreson: Thursday, September 5, 5:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.

“I like to know and feel the moment where people fall apart, and saturate my work in it. I am seeking the moment of relief, and relishing in the moments just before it occurs.”

Jennifer Thoreson’s series Testament is an exploration of resilience, dependency, the burdens we carry as human beings, and the yearning for release. Set in a house that Thoreson rented for a year, the images manifest psychological struggles as vast, crawling sculptural masses, which the artist fabricated using materials such as wool, linen, clay, and human hair. Conceived through a spiritual lens, the photographs borrow symbolic language from the Bible. They take particular inspiration from Matthew 11:28, a verse that reads: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

The content of Thoreson’s images reflects her curiosity about human nature. She states, “I am attracted to vulnerability, to peeling back a skin that reveals something precious, dark, and tender. I am drawn to moments where people are on an edge, barely laced together, befriending disaster, remembering something, or exposing something.”

Jennfer Thoreson is a photographer and installation artist currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her artistic process includes fabricating abstract objects, arranging architectural spaces, and staging furnishings and models to create deeply personal and engaging pieces. Thoreson plays many roles, including photographer, teacher, lecturer, and mother. Her work has been shown in collections both nationally and internationally. Through her art, she invites the viewer into a process of self-renewal as she explores the intricacies of human relationships and the ways that brokenness can give way to redemption and healing.

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman 08-21-19

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, Still Wet from the Cocoon…Photographic Collaboration as Ecosystem
Portland Art Museum Photography Council’s
Brown Bag Lunch Talk Series

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019, Noon - 1pm (calendar)

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

Fruit Loops Landscape from Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape

Collaborators Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman weave history, myth and popular culture into photographic narratives that investigate human experience and explore the physical and social landscape. Their collaboration is an ongoing conversation that began in the late 1970s when the two artists met as students at the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. They share a studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where they continue to develop projects that probe interdependent and mutable narratives.

Plum from Ponder Food as Love

Ciurej and Lochman exhibit widely nationally and internationally with work currently on view at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Collaborative artwork is in private and public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum and the Yale Center for British Art.

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.

Gregory Sullivan 09-27-19

Gregory Sullivan, Pollution of Night
Open/Close: Now - September 27th, 2019

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

“Pollution of Night” is series of images from Gregory Sullivan’s recent exploration of the light that illuminates a city at night. In it he examines the interaction of different light types, color temperatures and intensities throughout light industrial areas of Portland, OR. This mixture contributes to the ‘glow’ of the city. Light pollution functions to safeguard people and property and allows for safer navigation of cities at night. But as a consequence, it also blocks out the night sky and further distances us from the natural world. An experienced outdoor photographer, in this series Greg applies his landscape aesthetic to abandoned cityscapes to stunning result.

Gregory Sullivan is a Portland, OR based photographer. He began studying photography in 1990 at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and subsequently earned his AA in Photography from Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, OR. He has had solo exhibitions in California and Oregon. In 2018 he self-published a magazine, also titled “Pollution of Night,” featuring images from this series.

Philip Bowser -09-30-19

Philip Bowser, Mood Lighting

September 7th - September 30th, 2019
Opening Reception: September 7th, 1 - 3pm (calendar)

Cafe Eleven
435 NE Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97211
(about a block East of the intersection of Rosa Parks and 99E)

Cafe Eleven, a Portland coffee shop that regularly features works by local artists, will show a series of photographs from Philip Bowser’s “Mood Lighting” series during the month of September, 2019. These photographs feature qualities of light that set a mood or induce feelings, which minimizes the importance of the object illuminated. The series was recently seen in the Portland Photographers Forum Community Drawer in the Park blocks, and portions of the series have been on display at the ASmith gallery in Johnson City, Texas, the Black Box gallery in Portland, and the Lakewood Arts Festival in Lake Oswego.

An opening reception will be held from 1~3pm on 9/7/2019 at the cafe on 435 NE Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97211. (It’s about a block East of the intersection of Rosa Parks and 99E.) Please stop by to chat with the artist over coffee and snacks.

For more information prior to the reception, contact the artist at During the show, direct inquiries to

Astoria Workshops - 09-28-19

Two Astoria Workshops with Joni Kabana

Workshop #1
September 28, 2019
Astoria Walkabout: Capturing Editorial Content: 10am - 3pm (calendar)
Location: Astoria

This workshop will focus on the creation of editorial photography. Based upon her assignments with magazines and the travel/tourism industry, Joni will help you create photographs that appeal to these organizations. She will review each participant’s goals and set assignments accordingly, ending the workshop with a class review of the day’s work.

Workshop #2
September 28, 2019
Nighty Light: Nighttime Photography: 5pm - 9pm (calendar)
Location: Astoria

This workshop will focus on photographing in very low light conditions. The class (co-taught with filmmaker and photographer Jeff Daly) will be held in the Astoria Underground where we will play with light in a variety of ways (long exposure, light painting, use of blur, etc.).

LightBox Gallery 09-10-19

Extending Tradition 2

August 10 - September 10, 2019
Artists’ Opening Reception: Saturday, August 10, 5-8pm (calendar)

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

Juror’s Award, Christoph Kapeller, Photo: 446
LightBox Photographic Gallery will host the artists’ opening reception of Extending Tradition 2 on Saturday, August 10th, from 5-8pm. Thirty-six photographers will show work in this exhibit celebrating the traditional approach and beauty of large format film photography.

Congratulations to the Photographers of Extending Tradition 2

Ritch Winokur • Rory Earnshaw • Patrick Whitaker • Walt O’Brien
Ronald Butler • Jason Biehner • Ray Bidegain • Tom Caples
Joseph Deiss • Ryan Gillespie • Rich Bergeman • Jim Fitzgerald
Susan Huber • Domenico Foschi • Mat Hughes • Jan Becket
Christoph Kapeller • Gene Tonry • Denise Ross • Donald McDonald
Holden Richards • Gary Samson • Greg Roth • David King Rowe IV
Terry Thompson • Brian C. Winters • Tyler Boley • Shannon Stoney
Ray Van Ness • Rosemary Jesionowski • Jim Kipfer • Brian Spies
Kelly James • Karey Walter • Dan McCormack • Steven Ballinger

In Extending Tradition 2 LightBox celebrates the work of photographers shooting with large format film or plates, generally 4 x 5 inches and larger, giving recognition to those whose interest and talent follow the masterful path of traditional large format film photography. This is the second time LightBox features the work of photographers using the traditional tools and methods from the early days of photography. These photographers find reward in the practice and their work method is disciplined and results in distinctively unique photographs. The Exhibit includes many styles of imagery and prints in many processes from Pigment Ink to all analog processes, such as Silver Gelatin and other varied Alternative Processes.

LightBox was honored to have Stu Levy as juror for the exhibit. Stu Levy was one of the founders of the Photography Council of the Portland Art Museum and was the Council President from 2003 to 2006. He is also on the Board of Directors of Photolucida and the Pacific Northwest Photographers Archive. Stu studied with Ansel Adams and was an assistant instructor for Ansel’s worksops in Yosemite and Carmel, and also taught at the Ansel Adams Gallery Workshops. Stu lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches photography workshops on the Oregon Coast.

“Extending Tradition 2” will be on display in the gallery through September 10th. Please visit the gallery during the month to see the collection of work. Complete show info is on the LightBox website at

LightBox memberships are a way to become part of the community that helps to further the mission of the gallery. Contact LightBox at 503-468-0238 or LightBox is located at 1045 Marine Drive in Astoria, hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 - 5:30.

Harley Cowan 08-30-19

Harley Cowan, The Manhattan Project

August 3 – August 30, 2019
Artist Talk, Friday, August 9, 6:30pm-7:30pm (calendar) Reception following 7:30pm-8:30pm

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, TriMet Routes 4, 24 and 44
Event is free and open to the public

Portland, Oregon photographer Harley Cowan notes, “I travel to historically significant but largely unrecorded sites throughout the Pacific Northwest to interpret and record architectural and engineering heritage with a large format camera. For the past century, this has been the traditional tool for making architectural photography because it allows for in-camera perspective correction, its sheet film provides greater resolution than any other source, and it remains the only way to satisfy a 500-year archival standard required by the Library of Congress.

“There was a time when photographers established themselves with work produced for a private or federal documentation program such as the Farm Security Administration or Works Progress Administration. Unlike other New Deal programs following the Great Depression, there are three federal documentation programs which are on-going and active today. They continue to follow strict guidelines for black & white, large format, film photography. The Historic American Buildings Survey was established in 1933 as a joint venture between the National Park Service, the American Institute of Architects, and the Library of Congress as a way preserve American built history. Historic American Engineering Record was added in 1969 to record American industry and infrastructure. The Historic American Landscapes Survey was created in 2000. As a contemporary photographer, I believe early practice within these programs provides a valuable foundation upon which to build.
“I grew up in Richland, Washington next to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. B Reactor, brainchild of physicist Enrico Fermi, completed in 1944 as part of the Manhattan Project, was the world’s first full-scale nuclear reactor which produced plutonium for the Trinity Test at Los Alamos, New Mexico and the Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Arguably the greatest engineering feat of the 20th Century, and the most terrible, a Promethean altar of science, it has long held a fascination. Photo documentation first began in 2017, when I was granted a research fellowship and four days of access to the Hanford Reservation and B Reactor.”

Harley Cowan is a photographer based in Portland, Oregon. He is a Richland, Washington native. He is also a practicing architect. His interest in large format photography led to a research fellowship in heritage documentation and preservation with work in the Library of Congress. Earlier this year, Cowan was inducted into the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international collective of photographers founded in 1987, dedicated to making visible all aspects of the nuclear age. He is its 38th member.

Cowan won the 2018 Access Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. He was a speaker for the 2018 Photography Council’s Brown Bag Lecture Series at the Portland Art Museum. He has lectured before University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program, DoCoMoMo Oregon, the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, and the Society of Architectural Historians at their 2017 conference in Victoria, B.C. In September of 2018, he was the Artist-in-Residence at Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve.

His work is published in SAH Archipedia, an online encyclopedia of historic sites by the Society of Architectural Historians, and in print with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation quarterly magazine This Place, Washington State University’s alumni quarterly Washington State Magazine, and the Atomic Heritage Foundation’s publication A Guide to the Manhattan Project in Washington State. His photography has been the subject of articles by the Portland Business Tribune and the Tri-City Herald.

He worked with the National Park Service to create a solo exhibition titled “Architecture of the Manhattan Project” currently on display at the Olive Gallery at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park visitor center at Hanford. His Manhattan Project portfolio was the subject of a solo photography exhibition on the 75th anniversary of the Manhattan Project at Allied Arts / Gallery at the Park in Richland, Washington. It was featured in the 2018-19 Pacific Northwest Viewing Drawers at Blue Sky Gallery and Center for the Photographic Arts in Portland, Oregon and a finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass. Juries selected photographs for representation in the “Life In Analog” national exhibition of film photography at Fort Works Art in Fort Worth, Texas, the “Lyceum Portland” group show of silver gelatin and alternative process prints at Jailhouse Studios in Portland, Oregon, and the “PDX 30” group show at LightBox Gallery in Astoria, Oregon.

A graduate of Washington State University, for eight years, Cowan was a member of the Professional Advisory Board for its School of Design & Construction. Early in his career, he spent six years working in nuclear industry. His studies also took him to Far Eastern State Technical University in Vladivostok, Russia where he was the first and only western student to attend.

Christos J. Palios 09-01-19

Christos J. Palios, Conversations

August 1 - September 1, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: August 1, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk: Thursday, August 1, 5:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.

Meals have traditionally been a time for connection. The table is seen as a space to share time with family and friends, to relax, and to bond. Cell phones have changed this aspect of culture fundamentally.

Christos J. Palios explores the paradox of isolation due to social networking in his photographic series Conversations. “I contemplate the indomitable implications technology has on the efficacy of human interaction and communication. How do our persistent networks and unremitting digital engagement impact our presence in a social sphere? Do they deepen our awareness of our surroundings or dampen them by over-sensitization?”

Palios’ large-scale photographs of shared meals throughout Greece and America use the universal language of food to raise equally universal questions about community and engagement in the digital age.

Christos J. Palios was raised as a first-generation Greek-American. His practice originated in design and animation, and he earned a BFA degree from the University of Maryland. Palios is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has pursued art full-time since 2006. His work explores themes of identity, connection, and memory and isolation within a variety of environments, including remote and often inaccessible spaces.

Anton Gautama - 09-01-19

Anton Gautama, Home Sweet Home

August 1 - September 1, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: August 1, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk with Anton Gautama: Saturday, August 3, 3:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.

What is a home? To many Chinese-Indonesians, home is not simply a structure—it is physical evidence of their aspirations, struggles, and love.

While photographing for his first book, Pabean Passage, Anton Gautama grew fascinated by the blend of Chinese and Indonesian cultures he found inside the homes of East Java. Born as a third-generation Chinese-Indonesian, Gautama felt the “air of familiarity” of his own upbringing reflected in front of him and he became inspired to document and explore this shared cultural heritage.

“There is a story in each frame, hopes and dreams embedded and encrypted beneath the layers of
objects that fill the space,” he says. “They tell the stories about love, opportunities, challenges, laughter, and tears of those who have called them home.”

Anton Gautama was born in 1969 in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. He is currently based in Surabaya, where he works professionally as a documentary photographer. Gautama earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University. His photographs have been featured in online and print magazines, including LensCulture and National Geographic. Gautama’s work has also been shown in solo exhibitions at the Goethe Institute in Jakarta, and at the Indonesian Institute of Art in Jogjakarta.

Rich Bergeman - 09-13-19

Rich Bergeman, The Land Remembers

Aug. 2 Sept. 13, 2019
Opening reception Friday, Aug. 2 from 5-9pm
First Friday Live Reception, Sept. 6 from 5-9pm
Gallery Talk, Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1:30pm (calendar)

Grants Pass Museum of Art
229 SW G Street
Grants Pass, OR 97528
Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm

Grave Creek
In “The Land Remembers,” Corvallis photographer Rich Bergeman revisits the terrain of Southern Oregon's Rogue River Wars of 1851-56 and retells the story through a series of 35 black-and-white infrared photographs.

Despite being one of the bloodiest and longest-running of Oregon's Indian conflicts, the Rogue River Wars are largely forgotten today. Fighting between local tribes and incoming miners and settlers festered and flared up multiple times between 1851 and 1854 before erupting into all out war involving the U.S. Army in 1855-56. It ended with the forced removal of the Rogue Valley and South Coast tribes to reservations at Siletz and Grand Ronde, in what descendants today memorialize as Oregon's own “Trail of Tears.

Rather than document exact sites from the war years, Bergeman said his goal was “to bring the historic conflict back into our collective consciousness through a reflective study of the landscape that played host to such tragic events over 160 years ago.”

An Oregonian since 1976, Bergeman is a retired instructor of journalism and photography for Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. The 70-year-old photographer has been exhibiting his work at various venues in the Northwest and beyond since the 1980s. Over the past two decades he has focused primarily on portraying forgotten Northwest histories through photographs of what’s been left behind. His photographic portfolios can be seen at, and in book form at

Washington State Photographers 08-31-19

Photo Shoot Fundraiser for Washington State Photographers

Chase The Light!
Presented by Photographic Center Northwest
June 8-9, 2019
A $20 donation covers registration, image submission, one image printed for exhibition, and supports PCNW's programs.

Chase The Light is a weekend of photographic exploration for residents of Washington State June 8-9, 2019. Every single participant who submits will have one photograph selected for inclusion in a pop-up exhibition at PCNW on June 15. We are pleased to share that all of those photographs will also have extended visibility in an outdoor regional showcase in partnership with Friends of Waterfront Seattle and The FENCE beginning in late summer!

PHOTO SHOOT -- JUNE 8-9, 2019
The photo shoot adventures commence on Saturday, June 8 through Sunday June 9. Participants in WA state, with all types of cameras, make photographs within that 48 hour window.

SUBMIT -- JUNE 10, 2019
A panel of industry professionals review submissions and select one image from each participant. All selections will be featured in our online slideshow, printed at PCNW for the exhibition June 15 and included in an extended outdoor regional showcase in partnership with Friends of Waterfront Seattle and The FENCE.

CELEBRATE -- JUNE 15, 2019
A community party on Saturday, June 15 at PCNW celebrates participants and features an exhibition and slideshow of Chase The Light photographs. Make a donation that evening and go home with a unique Chase The Light print.

Beginning in late summer, Chase The Light selected images will be included in an extended outdoor regional showcase in partnership with Friends of Waterfront Seattle and The Fence.

Jim Lommasson - 09-02-19

Jim Lommasson, What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and SyriaBook Fundraiser.

EDITOR NOTE: I want to try to help Portland photographers with NEW book related notices as well. This is an experiment as I do not know how this will play out. The book should be by a Portland (or near to Portland) based photographer and represent a cohesive body of work. Basically I don't want to push anyone's Flickr or Instagram streams in book form. Email me if you have any questions.

I’m working on a What We Carried book now and raising funds to support the cost of the book to be ready for the show.

What We Carried will be on view at the Ellis Island Nation Immigration Museum in NYC (May 25 - September 2, 2019). I’m thrilled that these powerful refugee stories will seen by so many visitors this summer at Ellis Island. A million people will see the show!

Please see my GofundMe video: