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Portland, Oregon
January 2018

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The State of Photography in Portland Panel Discussion Thursday, January 11th,  7pm

Portlander Claire Sykes's photography-related articles appear in Photographer's Forum and Communication Arts, and on American Photographic Artists website.

Portland State University makes the list The 15 Top Art Schools in the United States

Ami Vitale, Photojournalist at Portland’s Newmark Theatre, January 22 National Geographic

At the Museum In the Beginning Minor White’s Oregon Photographs thru MAY 6

Brown Bag Lunch Talk  Lesley Hickey  January 17, at the Portland Art Museum

Northwest Film Center  DON’T BLINK – ROBERT FRANK  January 10 – Wednesday 7 p.m.

The State of Photography in Portland
Panel Discussion
Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 7pm

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Portlander Claire Sykes's photography-related articles appear in Photographer's Forum and Communication Arts, and on American Photographic Artists website.

Along with those on Mary Ellen Mark, Ralph Gibson and Judy Dater, she has written in-depth profiles on Portland photographers Chris Rauschenberg, Joni Kabana, Stu Levy, Toni Greaves and Ron Van Dongen, among others.

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Communication Arts Magazine

David Emmite

This Portland, Oregon–based photographer’s work plays with nostalgia and surrealism.

A vintage, nostalgic feel edged with humor and satire runs through much of Emmite’s work, whether product shots, studio and environmental portraits, still lifes, or motion props.

The 15 Top Art Schools in the United States
Portland State University makes the list

PSU offers traditional studio-based MFA programs, but what sets it apart is its unique Art + Social Practice concentration, which socially engaged artist Harrell Fletcher instituted 10 years ago.

“Social practice is a term that people now know, and there’s a kind of integration happening with studio-based practices,” he says. “Even in traditional MFA programs, you see more and more artists including participatory, collaborative, performative, site-specific elements into their work.”

The three-year, flexible residency program combines individual research, group work, and experiential learning. Although small—admitting only a handful of students per year—major artists working in this increasingly popular field have featured as faculty there, from Jen Delos Reyes to Shannon Jackson, Pablo Helguera, and Tania Bruguera.


Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions

Venue: Portland’5 Newmark Theatre, Portland, OR, United States
Date + Time: January 22, 2018     7:30 pm    $25
Ami Vitale, Photojournalist

Two decades covering civil unrest and the violence of war earned Vitale her stripes, but also taught her to look past the foreground for the untold stories.

Speaker Highlights
Winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism
Winner of the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Journalism
Nikon Ambassador

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In the Beginning

Minor White’s Oregon Photographs

DEC 9, 2017 – MAY 6, 2018

Photography Council Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Lesley Hickey

January 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

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

Oregon Historical Society Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years  January 15 – June 24, 2018

The Camerawork Gallery  CHAOS THEORY, December 30 - February 2, 2018.  Opening Reception will be from 4pm-6pm on Saturday, December 30th at the 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

Pushdot  Ashley Innis, Paranthetics THRU -January 26


Caldera- the application for the Artists in Residence Program will open on January 15, 2018 and are due by midnight on March 15, 2018.  Please visit our website for more information about the updated process, and feel free to direct any questions to

......Road Trip

Nebraska History Museum
"What We Carried: Lincoln, Nebraska"
January 26 - May 25, 2018
A photo-storytelling project by photographer Jim Lommasson and the Lincoln, Nebraska Yazidi community.
Yazidis are a persecuted religious sect in Northern Iraq that ISIS savagely attempted to exterminate in 2014. 3000 Yazidis escaped the genocide and eventually arrived in Lincoln, NE. The Yazidi community with photos and words tell their stories.

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January 10 – Wednesday 7 p.m.

“The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one in the same, and the vast amount of territory he’s covered, from The Americans in 1958 up to the present, is intimately registered in his now formidable body of artistic gestures.

From the early ’90s, Frank has made his films and videos with the brilliant editor Laura Israel, who has helped him keep things homemade and preserve the illuminating spark of first contact between camera and people/places.

Don’t Blink is Israel’s like-minded portrait of her friend and collaborator, a lively rummage sale of images and sounds and recollected passages and unfathomable losses and friendships that leaves us a fast and fleeting imprint of the life of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90.”—Film Society of Lincoln Center. (82 mins., DCP)   Trailer:

Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium Portland Art Museum-1219 SW Park Avenue
Admission: $9 General; $8 Students, Seniors; $6 Child

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