October Meeting Notes…

See attached – mark your calendars for December 10th holiday party (no November meeting), get your cameras out and take some portraits, and let me know if you want to be included in a meeting fairly soon to sketch out plans for 2019.

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October 2018 Meeting Highlights

  • PANEL:  Portraits in and Out of the Studio
    What a rich roundtable discussion we had, led by Stefan Engstrom and featuring David Morel, Monte Arnold, Aisha Kaikai, Bill Lund and Sai Mallula.  Not only did we get a glimpse of some very fine photography, we got to ponder the difference between “snapshots” and intentional portraits.  Good debate about whether a portrait needs to be “staged” but pretty unanimous from the panel that it is essential to establish a relationship with the person being photographed – whether over a period of days/weeks/months, or just a more immediate chance meeting.  My notes will be brief:  I found the presentations too mesmerizing to write much down.
Bill Lund - Mikenzi

Bill Lund – Mikenzi

The portraits ranged from an ongoing project of Bill Lund’s at Café Coco, to a series by David Morel with the same model in studio and on location , to wide-ranging formal and informal portraits – all such a pleasure to see, and all together also giving us a good sense of each photographer and their sensibility and approach.


    The presentation on portraits was “live” last Tuesday, and could possibly be pulled up for those who missed it.  We’ll figure out how/when this might be a good vehicle for sharing meetings in general At any rate, we’ll use Instagram to share the work from the panelists.  And also for a Portrait Challenge – see below. Sai and Tamra and Aisha, thanks for getting this going!


  • PORTRAIT Challenge!  Those on the panel challenged the rest of us to get out of our comfort zone and take portraits between now and our holiday meeting in early Decembr.  We accepted!  So, send Tamra Stallings a jpeg with ONE portrait before December 7th.  While you’re at it, send her your Instagram account name so we can extend your/our followers:  tamra@tamrastallings.com .


  • PLANNING For 2019:  Let Emily Passino know if you have time/energy to help plan for 2019.  There will be a short planning meeting “soon,” and lots of opportunities to pitch in if this is the year you might be able to step up and help.  Email me at emily.passino@gmail.com.


SNAP Calendar.

Headline news, mark your calendars for our HOLIDAY GATHERING – see details below.  This is for ALL ACTIVE SNAPPERS.     If you have been coming to our meetings, sending in entries for the various shows and otherwise engaged with the group, WE HOPE TO SEE YOU!!  Bring something delicious to share, and/or a beverage of your choice, and ONE wrapped (or stuck nicely in an envelope) photograph, around 8 x10 or larger (but not HUGE, maybe 12 x 16-ish).  The photos do not have to be matted, and they certainly are never framed.

Nov 27 No Meeting
Dec 7 Last day to get Tamra a portrait photo (see discussion above)
Dec 10 6:30 – 8:00 Holiday Gathering, at TECA –will include our traditional Dirty Santa photo swap, as well as potluck food and beverages..
Jan 22 Robin Conover – Discussing her photography, the experience of managing photography for a magazine,  and the annual Radnor Lake calendar – !!
Feb 26 TBD; Call for entries for show at Scarritt Bennett Center (Juror = Susan Shockley, theme TBD)
Mar 26 Jerry Park – Discussing his new book, A Tennessee Portrait, as well as general ins and outs of publishing a photography book
Apr-Jun Scarritt Bennet show; juror to lead discussion while show is up


Note: SNAP Meetings are now regularly held in the community room at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. Address:  2964 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204.  Park out front in visitor’s lot, or around to the side/back where the TECA has private parking which is okay after 5:30.  Entrance to the building is at the front, at the visitor’s lot. Avoid any parking spots with the neighbor design company’s signs.

Camera Work, the 115-year-old publication, is available to be read once again…

Alfred Stieglitz published a photographic quarterly called Camera Work
over a century ago. Original copies are rare, fragile, and very expensive.
It served as the mouthpiece for the photo-secession movement and introduced
pictorialism to the world. Not only are the photogravures beautiful, but the texts, essays,
and critiques are also worth reading. Emerging photographers, including Steichen,
Robert Demachy, Gertrude Käsebier, Clarence White, and James Craig Annan as well
as 19 th century photography pioneers Hill & Adamson, and Julia Margaret Cameron grace the pages of Camera Work. The advertisements found on the last few pages of every issue remind the reader of a bygone era of early analog photography.
Very few people or institutions own original copies of Camera Work. Each time they are
handled, the risk of damaging a piece of photography’s history is present. The greenish-
grey paper used for the cover, and the bindings are extremely friable. It is not readily
available to browse its content. The price original copies command makes it impractical
for scholars and institutions to buy and to use them as teaching tools or for reference.
The goal is to give access of its content to teachers, students, museums, libraries,
collectors, and photography history enthusiasts.

Photographer and photogravure admirer, out of town SNAP member,  Pierre Vreyen has published, for the first time, a high quality, affordable facsimile of all 50 issues. He incorporated high-resolution scans made from each original Camera Work plate and painstakingly reproduced each page as close to the original as possible. One can now read and appreciate every single page published by Alfred Stieglitz in his photographic quarterly. It took two years to digitize, clean, and color correct all 3924 pages and covers. The result of such meticulous work is a faithful facsimile publication. A bonus new issue, number 51, was created and is a table of content of all previous 50 numbers.

For more information, please visit cameraworkmagazine.com or email Pierre Vreyen at

Live Q&A with MOMA Curator…

In celebration of National Photography Month, this month’s LIVE Q&A takes you behind the scenes on a tour of MoMA’s collection storage, where many photographs are stored, followed by a Q&A with Sarah Meister on how curators choose which photographs to acquire and display. Submit your questions in advance in the comments below, and see you on Wednesday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Watch live: https://youtu.be/ZXB6F51xXyY

February SNAP Notes…

Next Meeting:

Winter, at least what passes for it around here, proceeds. Personally, I shot as much, or more, during this time of year than in the summer. For a transplanted Yankee, southern summers are like northern winters: a time to stay in climate controlled environs. Since now and during the upcoming Spring is a good time for nature photography, our speaker this month is Byron Jorjorian.



“Fine art photographer, Byron Jorjorian has been capturing the natural world on film for over 30 years. He is considered by many to be one of the nation’s premier fine art nature photographers. With over 400,000 images in his files, his photographs have appeared on nationally published greeting cards, calendars, magazines, posters, murals, fine art prints, brochures, and advertising. Byron has had over 12,000 images published and more than 22,000 prints installed comprising more than 1,200 projects in various markets worldwide.”

Byron will be discussing his approach to photographing at our February meeting, Tuesday, 28th, at Dury’s, 6:30 pm. We all owe a big thank you to Dury’s and their staff for providing this facility for our meeting.

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