Photo I Students Complete Documentary Sites

The students in Rosi Dispensa‘s spring 2012 Photo I course have agreed to share the websites they built as part of the requirements of a documentary photography final course assignment.

The process involved the creation of Photoshop mock-ups to be used as guides. The students understand the importance of having a solid idea of what the design “should” look like before starting on the coding and how it can be a great help. It is important to remember that a website is not an image. A finished website is a flexible, moving thing, built with HTML or CSS. Photoshop gives us (and the client) an “expectation” of how a website will look – but not how it will behave. The students were also challenged to thinking about how their design would translate into code all the way through the design process – never forgetting- for a good designer, content drives design!

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Community Engagement Photography Exhibition

May 4, 2012

Terra Hall, 17th fl.

Community Engagement Photography is a UArts undergraduate class that fuses together elements of photography, community arts and art education.  The course is firmly rooted in principles of collaboration and reciprocal learning in order to prepare students for a ten week partnership between UArts photographers and photographers ages 5-12 from Goodlands, a Latino non-profit organization in North Philadelphia.

Opening reception: May 4, 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Terra Hall

211 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA

Fairmount Arts Crawl – Apr 29

Enjoy the Fairmount Arts Crawl this Sunday from 2 – 6 pm in the lovely Fairmount neighborhood.

The Fairmount Arts Crawl is an annual event that attracts over 4,000 residents, visitors and art lovers alike to the Fairmount neighborhood.

Come and stroll down the avenue visiting over 45 different businesses-turned-art-venues housing over 70 installations. Along the way enjoy music, dancing, kids activities, live demonstrations and so much more!

The Fairmount Arts Crawl is an annual event sponsored by the Fairmount Community Development Corporation that transforms over 45 local businesses into art galleries for the day. The free event hosts over 70 artists and is open to the public.

Just a block away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fairmount Arts Crawl is easy to get to for visitors and locals alike. On public transportation, the neighborhood is served by local bus routes 7, 38 and 32 as well as trolley route 15.  The neighborhood is also located just off of I-76 and I-676 — and plenty of parking in the private parking lot right on Fairmount Avenue.

Contemporary Artists Discuss Van Gogh – Apr 27 @PMA

In conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s current exhibition, Van Gogh Up Close (on view through May 6), a panel of contemporary artists will discuss the significance and influence of Vincent Van Gogh’s work on living artists at a special lecture held at the museum this Friday evening, April 27.


Featured panelists include Zoe Strauss (whose photography exhibition, Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, just closed at the PMA), as well as local artist Emily Brown and Hiro Sagakuchi, a local artist and educator who also serves as the Museum’s art handler.

Together, they’ll engage in an informal conversation about why the great Dutch post-impressionist remains so influential to current artists.

Be sure to get your tickets in advance here.

Philadelphia Artists on Vincent Van Gogh
Friday, April 27, 6:30 pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Cost: $10; $8 members (ticket does not include museum admission)
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Photographic Workshops + Semi-Annual Photo Contest

Be Honored by Leaders in the Photographic Community … And Win the Workshop of Your Choice!

The portrait. Environmental, studio, candid or posed. Self or pet, color, black-and-white, alternative process or iPhone. No matter what the genre, there’s a power in a well-captured portrait, a sense of breath and life. A portrait can comfort us, unnerve us, cause us to smile, or move us to tears. Whatever the emotional response, portraits possess the capacity to connect us all through shared encounters.

This contest is an opportunity to pause and review your photography, then join an international community of photographers and share your portraits with distinguished judges. The winning images will be featured on Aline Smithson’s Lenscratch blogzine, and the prizes are great. The Grand Prize alone is worth over $5,000!

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The contest is privileged to have such an esteemed panel of jurors to view the entries and select the contest winners.
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Amber Terranova, Photo Editor, Photo District News (PDN)

Aline Smithson, Photographer, Founder/Editor of Lenscratch blogzine

Andrew Smith, Owner/Director, Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc.

Reid Callanan, Director, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

The Workshops is grateful to our educational partners and sponsors who have contributed to an impressive prize list with a total value of over $15,500. Entrants have the opportunity to win one Grand Prize, one Second Prize, one Third Prize, or one of 46 Honorable Mentions. Entrants who are alumni are eligible to win one Workshops Director’s Award.
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1) Grand Prize

  • The workshop of your choice in Santa Fe including tuition, fees, meals and housing at the Residence Inn by Marriott
  • Gitzo Leveling 3S G-Lock GT2531LVL Tripod and Mag Centre Quick Release GH2780QR Ball Head
  • Chimera Strobist Octa Beauty Kit
  • VisualServer Website Standard Account for One Year
  • A&I Studios, Epson Archival Pigment Print, up to 16×20″
  • Lumiquest Ready for Anything Kit
  • Aperture Magazine, One Year Subscription

2) Second Prize

  • Santa Fe Photographic Workshops $500 gift certificate
  • Dynalite RP400 W/S Power Pack and a RH1050 Flash Head
  • Nikon COOLPIX S6300 Digital Camera
  • Lumiquest Location Portrait/Children Kit
  • Aperture Magazine, One Year Subscription

3) Third Prize

  • Santa Fe Photographic Workshops $250 gift certificate
  • Bron Imaging California Sunbounce Micro Mini with Flash Bracket
  • Think Tank Photo’s Shape Shifter Back Pack
  • Lumiquest Strobist Kit
  • Aperture Magazine, One Year Subscription

4) The Workshops Director’s Award

  • The workshop of your choice in Santa Fe including tuition, fees, and meals
  • Calumet Genesis 300B with Power Port Battery System
  • Wacom Intuos4 Medium + Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Bundle
  • Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter
  • Lumiquest Special Effects Kit
  • Aperture Magazine, One Year Subscription

5) Honorable Mention

  • The Inspirational Series from Santa Fe Photographic Workshops—a 2-disc DVD set of words and images from Sam Abell, Keith Carter, Tony O’Brien, Joyce Tenneson, Nevada Wier, John Paul Caponigro, Jay Maisel, Joe McNally, Elizabeth Opalenik, and Eddie Soloway
  • A copy of PORTRAITS, the 50 winning Contest photographs in an A&I Studios soft cover book.

Get inspired! Review the 50 winners of SUMMER, LIGHT, and FAMILY.

2012 Student Photo Contest Winners

National Geographic Student Expeditions announced late last week that more than 1,800 photos were submitted to the National Geographic Student Expeditions Photo Contest. Students were asked to submit a photograph that captures the spirit of exploration and discovery, accompanied by a written description of the “moment” captured and how it reflects what exploration means to them.

Of the 1,800‐plus entries that were submitted, the judges arrived at 28 finalist entries, then selected a grand-prize winner, a second place winner and a third place winner. The grand-prize winner will travel to London this summer to participate in the National Geographic Student Expeditions London Photography Workshop. See more about the prizes.

The winner and finalist images and descriptions below represent a rich story of exploration through the eyes and lenses of high school students across the country. We congratulate each of the finalists on their outstanding work! Check out the winners and finalists, choose your own faves, then share them with family and friends.

Student photographers looking to further develop their photography skills can choose Photography as an On Assignment project on any of our summer travel programs for high school students. Learn More.

Grand Prize Winner

Coyote Curled at Sunset

Photo and description by Timothy Brooks

With a strong vision and sense of smell, and the ability to reach up to forty miles per hour, coyotes are symbolic of adventure. I was fortunate enough to find this wild coyote while visiting Yellowstone National Park. It leaped and ran under tree branches and between boulders. I made sure not to disturb the coyote, and when it lay down on top of a hill I was able to include the coyote’s environment in the background. This image displays the coyote’s vast habitat, and a sense of mysteriousness and exploration, through its single eye staring back at the camera.

Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Second Place Winner

Midnight Light

Photo and description by Lijah Hanley

On an unusually warm midnight walk on the picturesque Oregon coast, it was a perfect moment to capture a self portrait. As I stood in the dark, feeling the smallness of my being against the immensity of the world around me, my eyes saw darkness, but my camera captured the true beautiful panoply that surrounded me.

Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon

Third Place Winner

The Caiman in the Water

Photo and description by Grant Lauer

It was my first time ever in South America, a mission trip that I had gone on with my school. What I grew to realize during that trip was what wonders lie off the beaten path. I visited a small zoo alongside a river and saw many new animals. In my growing curiosity, I strayed off the tour to capture a photo above a small enclosed pond. This picture reminds me that exploration can never truly be experienced on a path.

Location: Peru

Pantone Color of the Year for 2012 – Tangerine Tango

Each year Pantone, the color-matching company best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), selects a particular color to be “Color of the Year.”

This year, welcome 2012’s Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463) (Pantone 17-1463) to the list of previous annual winners.  This color is being used to create a makeup line, in partnership with Sephora, as part of this announcement.

The color is chosen to purportedly connect with the zeitgeist. For example, in 2011, Honeysuckle was selected because,“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues.”

Pantone color designations are used in a variety of industries, primarily printing, though sometimes in the manufacture of colored paint, fabric and plastics.

Why do you think Tangerine Tango represents 2012 (so far)?  Are you seeing more of this color lately?

Luminance 2012 | Not Your Average Photography Event

Although taking a picture is still as simple as pressing a button, the creation and consumption of images at all levels has changed drastically in the past decade, year and even months.

Most photo conferences focus on gear and technique. But something more significant has been happening around us. Digital cameras have become ubiquitous, camera phones capture more photos than stand-alone cameras, social networks have become the largest and fastest growing repositories of photos on the Internet. The impact of photography has become more significant than ever before.

Let us introduce you to Luminance and ask the question of how photography is changing and how society is responding to that change.

What is it?

Luminance 2012 is a fresh new conference that will bring leading voices from across industries to explore the intersection of business, technology, culture and photography. Luminance is a two-day conference featuring two dozen top speakers from a variety of organizations that help to create, consume and define photography in a myriad of ways. Each speaker will present a 20-minute TED-style talk on a topic relevant to their area of expertise. A brief Q&A will follow each session.

When is it?

September 12-13, 2012 in New York City. An optional, limited attendance photography workshop will also be held on September 11, 2012 at Root Drive-In Studios, with renowned pro photographers Zack Arias, Corey Rich and Robert Seale (learn more).

In addition, the Luminance #ilovephotography Party will be held the evening of Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

Who should attend?

Photographers, technologists, designers and those who care about the direction of photography should attend. It’s a chance to engage in a dialogue with others who are creating the technology that’s driving massive shifts in the photography landscape, to learn from each other and get inspired about what is still to come for the industry.

Who’s speaking?

Industry leaders from the photography, technology, design, social media spheres and more, including:

  • Zack Arias, commercial photographer
  • Chris Chabot, Manager of Google+ Developer Relations, Google
  • John Maloney, CEO of Tumblr
  • Eileen Gittins, CEO + Founder of Blurb
  • Srinivas Narayanan, Engineering Manager of Facebook Photos, Facebook
  • Eric Cheng, Director of Photography at Lytro
  • Scott Belsky, Found + CEO of Behance
  • Jen Bekman, Founder + CEO of 20×200
  • Robert Seale, photographer
  • Lucas Allen Buick, Co-founder + CEO of Hipstamatic

Where is it?

Luminance will take place at BMCC TriBeCa Performing Arts Center in the heart of TriBeCa, New York City. The Center has been home to a variety of productions including the TriBeCa Film Festival.

Find out more about the conference location and logistics.

How much is it and how can I register?

Conference tickets are $299. Admission for the two-day conference plus full-day workshop is $399. They also have discounted prices for students. Find out more and register – space is limited.

Philly Tech Week + Corzo Center Events Announced

Philly Tech Week is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia, organized by Technically Media Inc., with over 100 events from April 20-29.  For a full listing of events during Philly Tech Week, visit  The Corzo Center and UArts are hosting over 15 events on campus.

Of these, we would like to highlight a few .

  • Startup Weekend – An intense 54-hour event that focuses on team building and business idea development, often tech-related, that can form the basis of a credible business.
  • Digital Performances in a Possible Future – New Paradise Laboratories will share their innovative process of integrating technology into theatrical performances.
  • Switch Philly – Five Philly startups compete for a prize pack that will help switch their business to the next level.
  • Entrepreneur Expo – A showcase of work by technology over fifty entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial community.
  • New Technologies: Impact on Artists – A discussion of the impact of technologies on the way artists work, how they present their art, and how they promote their careers.


New Technologies: Impact on artists, their work and careers

Thursday, April 26

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Chapel, Room 100, Gershman Y

401 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

The University of the Arts

A discussion of the impact of technologies on the way artists work, how they present their art and how they promote their careers.  Speakers will provide both an overview and concrete suggestions and examples.  Time for Q&A will follow the lecture.


Entrepreneur Expo

Thursday, April 26

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Y

401 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

The University of the Arts

Free for UArts students, alumni and the general public.

Seating is limited, registration required.


The Entrepreneur Expo is a showcase of work by technology entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial community.  Meet with and talk to local startup founders.  Learn about new ideas, business plans and uses of technology.


Digital Performances in a Possible Future | Extremely Public Displays of Privacy & Fatebook

Monday, April 23rd

6:30-8:30 pm

CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall

320 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

The University of the Arts

Free for UArts students, alumni and the general public.

Seating is limited, registration required.


New Paradise will open the laboratory doors to its Fringe productions in virtual space and live theater.  Using excerpts, Whit MacLaughlin, artistic director, and Larry Loebell, dramaturg/playwright, will explain what they’re doing and propose a possible future for the delivery of theater.


Switch Philly | Learn what is new in the Philly start-up community.

Wednesday, April 25th

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Y

401 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

The University of the Arts

Free for UArts students, alumni, faculty and staff

(ID required – use code CORZO at checkout).

$10 for the general public.

Seating is limited, registration required.

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Five Philly startups compete for a prize pack that will help switch their business to the next level. Each startup gets seven minutes to demo what they have been working on and a panel of judges and the audience will vote on the winner.

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