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June 2021

Christopher Harris’s Color Photographs and Stories – Photojournalism

June 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chris Harris presented his B&W Photojournalism and told his wonderful stories to the CCC in November 2020. His presentation was so well received that we asked him to give us more. Lucky for us he said yes!

Chris Harris was late to join academia.
For over twenty-five years he worked as a freelance photojournalist for major news media worldwide. From his base in New Orleans he photographically documented the news of the world for TIME, Life, Newsweek, the New York Times as well as many other major publications. Professor Harris is well known for his diversity of work. Whether it was the “Sex in New Orleans” coverage for Playboy Magazine, his coverage of Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter for Newsweek, his extended (14 page) essay on bullfighting for Sports Illustrated,Tennessee Williams for People Magazine or Walker Percy for Esquire, Harris has met the needs of publications worldwide. From the late 1960s to the early 1990s he specialized in covering Central America as well as the American South. His work was represented worldwide by GAMMA/Liaison agency in Paris and New York.
Since coming-in from active photojournalism Professor Harris obtained his advanced degree in Journalism from the University of Alabama in order to go into higher education. He is a Professor Emeritus in the College of Mass Communication, Electronic Media Communication Department at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. His specialties included photojournalism, media law and ethics and visual journalism.
Professor Harris is the co-author (with Paul Martin Lester) of Visual Journalism, published by Allyn & Bacon, Boston in 200

Quotes Concerning the Photographs of
Christopher R. Harris
“the best” Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards—recently released from Federal Prison

“The photos are quite lovely and evocative…it is a poetic view…from the inside out.” Novelist Walker Percy on reviewing Harris’ coverage of the Natchez Pilgrimage

“I took them (your pictures) home as a Christmas present…(my parents) still talk about that ‘civilized fellow from New Orleans.’” Journalist Bill Moyers

“Harris has a way of capturing specific instances which generalize universal truths.” Art Critic George E. Jordan, New Orleans Times-Picayune

“(Chris Harris’) use of documentary photography as a personal art form has certainly made him an artist of great merit. Mr. Harris’ artwork has enriched our collection.” New Orleans Museum of Art Director E. John Bullard

“Keep-up the fair work.” Ted Knight…the actor Ted Baxter from the Mary Tyler Moore show in a personal note

“When I first met Chris Harris in New Orleans…he was a seasoned, but slightly seedy-looking, internationally known photographer. Think of the photojournalist played by Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now Redux, but with a Southern accent, and you know what I mean.” Photo ethicist, and co-author, Paul Martin Lester

“(Chris Harris shot)…the world’s most incredible sports photograph of Roberto Duran-Sugar Ray Leonard fight. It was an absolute definitive photograph…” Gambit newspaper editor-in-chief Gary Esolen

“I can’t wait to see what your photographs do to me. Impossible!” Playwright Tennessee Williams

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Astrophotography presented by Andrew McCarthy

June 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Andrew McCarthy is the photographer behind the incredibly detailed 81-megapixel HDR image of the moon that recently went viral. McCarthy says it’s actually a composite of almost 50,000 photos.
It’s rich in texture and contrast as it shows the moon in half shadow and makes the viewer feel as if they could reach out and feel the craters. It looks like something that NASA would proudly feature in its image library.
But McCarthy isn’t a professional photographer; he works in sales development and business operations for a software company. His astrophotography is a labor of love that he persues from his backyard in Sacramento, California. And he’s only been doing it for less than two years.
McCarthy sells prints of his astrophotography through his online store, but a section of his website notes he doesn’t treat it as a way to make a living.
“I keep the prices low to make sure anyone interested in my images has a way to hang them on their wall.” He also says any money he makes from his images goes straight to upgrading his photography gear.
McCarthy has captured images of a variety of heavenly bodies, from comets to distant galaxies. And he’s had other photos go viral in the past. But this captivating shot of the moon is his most popular post on Reddit, attracting over 160,000 upvotes.

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July 2021

Moving Beyond Color – Working & Seeing in B&W presented by Nic Stover

July 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join San Luis Obispo, CA based professional landscape and nature photographer Nic Stover for a LIVE Zoom session to talk about Beyond the Color All About Black & White Photography.

In this session we will talk about the Technique, Vision, and Processing of black & white images This class will help you to evaluate what images you might want to select for black and white images, see some simple ways to correct minor distractions in post and give you greater confidence to express yourself in new ways.

We will explore some of the following essential concepts in the creation of black and white images.
1. Discover what goes into a B&W image vs a color image both in terms of capture but also with processing.
2. Examine the various camera settings that improve our opportunity to capture and process more compelling black and white images.
3. Explore the myths common associated with black and white image creation.
4. Examine what kind of scenes make for more compelling images as black and white than color.
5. How we can use depth, texture, luminosity, sharpness, and focus to dramatically improve the interaction with our images.

About Nic Stover
Nic Stover was raised in the high mountains of Western Colorado on a single magazine subscription to National Geographic and only 5 television channels, where the only shows his family regularly watched were Nature (PBS) and the Tour De France. It was here that his love for adventure, the outdoors, and photography took shape.
Stover is based in San Luis Obispo, California and focuses on landscape photography classes and workshops encouraging his class participants to Develop their skills, Explore their capabilities, and to Create meaningful work.
Nic Stover Photography exists to help photographers understand the unique perspectives that assist in the discovery of their capabilities, while enabling a deeper connection with themselves and others through creative expression. Through his classes, webinars, tutorials, and presentations Nic works with people of all ages, backgrounds, experiences, and desires focused around a dialog on how we can thrive in our own unique creative and artistic process.
His landscape photography work has taken him across the globe — from the backcountry of Greenland, to the windswept mountains of Patagonia, and the frigid extremes of Alaska. His portfolio of work encompasses desert, ocean, night, and mountain photography. Nic also enjoys showcasing the amazing the places that are unique to the Central Coast, from sea caves to sand dunes, and its dramatic coastal landscapes.
Additional information can be found at www.stoverphoto.com

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December 2021

John Barclay – Program TBD

December 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

John Barclay will present via Zoom on a topic TBD

John’s Bio
I always created images, but I was never “a photographer.” I told myself I wasn’t creative. I wasn’t artistic. My stick figures were failures. But I had this new camera and I wanted to learn how to use it. On the first night of my first photo workshop, I stared in awe at the images shared by the group. The dream of being a “good” photographer was born. I sought out great photographers like Dan Sniffin, Tony Sweet and Nancy Rotenberg and I emulated them, listened to them, and learned from them. But I became a photographer in my own right when Nancy forbade me to look through anyone else’s viewfinder for the entire duration of an epic trip to Africa. “Follow YOUR vision,” she said, “and make the pictures that only you can see.” Doubtful, but willing, I began looking for the images that spoke directly to me, that pulled my eye or aroused my imagination. I looked for connection, and found my photographer self.
I created my program “Dream • Believe • Create” to reflect my artistic journey. I began my journey with few skills, but aspired to be better. I watched and learned, gained a bit of confidence, and then began to see photography not only as a reflection of the world around me, but also as the representation of the reality inside me. My photographic journey freed me to create what was uniquely mine. Being genuinely aware of the beauty around me as I look through my lens feeds my soul and brings me great joy. I encourage the participants in my workshops to share that journey and discover the artist residing inside each of them.
Following that inner eye, I photograph whatever makes my heart sing. I have explored diverse subjects and continue to learn processing techniques that bring my vision to life. I am eager to share my journey with my tour members, to help them pay attention to what turns their heads, to help them feel more connected to the experience of making unique images that make their hearts, too, sing.

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