Members of the Photoworks Faculty are professional fine art and commercial photographers. We are experienced teachers and mentors who are committed to teaching and helping their students find or hone a powerful visual voice.

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Richard BatchBatch, Richard

Richard Batch was 15 when he got his first real camera, a Yashica Mat-LM. Having only 12 shots per roll taught him to think before shooting. El Greco led him to learn about zone focusing and relating subject to environment.  After receiving his degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, he landed a job as the staff photographer for The Northern Virginia Sun. He also shot for Dossier Magazine, two theatres in DC and freelanced.
Wet darkroom printing work became much easier when he ran film/developer/paper calibrations to produce negatives, which allowed the full range of zones to be printed without any additional work. On the digital side, more testing of papers, printers, film scanners and techniques in Photoshop helped him work toward the production of the fine digital B&W print.  Photojournalism and portraiture are his passions.

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Teaching Statement:  Condensing a lifetime of knowledge about what makes a good photograph and how to best realize it in print form into a relatively few classes can be a terrific way to efficiently transfer a lot of knowledge quickly. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to skip all the things that didn’t work! I love photography and the thrill of helping others realize their goals.

 

Sue BloomBloom, Sue

Sue Bloom came to photography in the 1980s from a drawing and painting background. She holds a BFA and an MFA from Maryland institute College of Art. Sue was a proud owner of the first Mac in 1984 and has been creating digital art since the beginning of that medium. She is a professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She teaches photo workshops throughout the US and conducts photo trips abroad. Sue’s background in alternative darkroom processes lead to experimentation in her digital work. Her work in expanding creative, fine art photographic possibilities has led to three books on her techniques: Digital Collage and Painting (Focal Press, 2006), Digital Painting in Photoshop (Focal Press 2009), and Digital Collage and Painting 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2010). She writes for some photo magazines: Shutterbug, After Capture, and is a staff writer for the Australian magazine Better Photoshop Techniques. Her work is collected broadly and featured in several photo books. She recently had a show of infrared photography that traveled throughout the US for almost two years.

Sue’s workshops are high energy and full of creative possibilities. Her knowledge of both traditional darkroom methods and cutting edge digital software, materials, and techniques make her unusually qualified to deliver an abundance of content to her students. Students say she is patient, her pace is wonderful, and the instruction is inspirational.

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Teaching Statement: Teaching is merely sharing what you have learned. Sharing that body of knowledge in a pleasant, nurturing, and creative manner is my goal. Everyone has a creative spirit. Uncovering that impulse and delivering methods to access and develop that spirit is primary to my teaching style. I like to ask a lot of “what-if” questions. Pushing our creative boundaries in techniques, content, composition and materials are key to advancing our creative selves.

 

John Borstel: "Root Ghost"Borstel, John

John Borstel got his start in photography as a student at Photoworks. His award-winning work, combining aspects of photography, performance, and the written word, has been seen in gallery settings throughout the DC area and beyond. John is Humanities Director for Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, an internationally-touring contemporary dance company based in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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Photo by Joe CameronCameron, Joe

Joe Cameron started out as a painter, but in his mid-twenties he fell in love with photography and never looked back. He went on to teach fine-art photography for thirty-five years at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Joe’s work is in the collections of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

His solo exhibitions include the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He has received artist grants from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Washington Gallery of Modern Art and the Apeiron Photography Workshop in Millerton, New York.

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Teaching Statement: “Making art is dreaming out loud.”      Author unknown
John Cage on the artwork of Morris Graves:
“His birds are not birds. They are invitations to events at which we are already present.”

 

Page Carr, GlenEcho Photoworks Faculty MemberCarr, Page

Page Carr is an Associate Professor of Photography and Media at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria. Her MFA is from the Rhode Island School of Design and her AB in History is from Bryn Mawr College. She is interested in cultural and physical aspects of visual perception and information, and her work in various media is documentary or experimental, or both.

Teaching Statement: Learning to use any camera can be fun. My PhotoWorks classes are small and flexible to suit the needs of each student, and questions are always welcome.

 

Eliot CohenCohen, Eliot

Eliot Cohen is one of the area’s best known digital educators, reknowned for his ability to explain digital procedures in a clear, logical manner. Eliot teaches workshops nationally and internationally, and consults with individuals wishing to improve their skills in digital photography and editing.

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Teaching Statement: Digital photography and editing doesn’t have to be complicated. There is typically a logic that’s easy to explain and techniques that, once demonstrated, are easily understood. It’s quite a beautiful thing as you feel it come together. Lots to enjoy, nothing to fear.

 

Mac Cosgrove-DaviesCosgrove-Davies, Mac

Mac Cosgrove-Davies is a self-taught photographer who since 1978 has been practicing historic photographic processes including gum bichromate, cyanotype, VanDyke, palladium, and carbon printing. Mac’s images derive from his extensive travel to developing countries as well as everyday life.  Using antique and hand-made film cameras in various large & panoramic formats he seeks to match the image to the beauty and elegance of the selected photographic process. In addition to building the occasional camera, printing frame or other useful photographic gadget, he also creates books and presentation portfolios for his prints.  Mac is pleased to return to the Photoworks faculty after a multi-year hiatus when his work-related travel made teaching impractical. He is represented in various collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Library of Congress, Maier Museum, and Lehigh University Art Galleries.

Scott DavisDavis, Scott

Scott Davis got his start in photography as a means to an end: to create subject matter to use for painting and drawing. But upon seeing his first print appear in the developer tray, he was hooked on the magic that is the medium, and it became a full-time obsession. The camera became his tool for interpreting the world around him, recording what he reacts to and transmitting that experience to others. Twenty years on, his never-ending quest for knowledge has taken him to learning antique and historic processes from the daguerreotype to wet plate collodion, platinum/palladium, gum bichromate, and beyond. His camera has taken him around the world, from Argentina to Cambodia, Spain to Thailand, Italy to Puerto Rico. His work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

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Teaching Statement: Scott Davis teaches platinum/palladium printing, working with large format cameras, and photographing the human figure.

 

SoraDeVore-CubaDeVore, Sora

Sora DeVore is a documentary and fine art photographer who has photographed for The Washington Post and many other publications. While living in Mexico she assisted acclaimed photographers Mary Ellen Mark and Graciella Iturbide. Sora has received numerous grants to teach photography to low socio-economic communities nationally and internationally. Adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.

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Teaching Statement: I like to think of myself as a resource that makes student’s photographic experience easier, deeper, and more enjoyable. Whether I lead by example, encourage individuality, or help resolve an issue, the core is each student’s personal growth.

 

Rebecca Drobis: Brilee, age 4, East Glacier, MontanaDrobis, Rebecca

Rebecca Drobis‘ award-winning photographs tell the stories of childhood and youth culture. She especially loves photographing children and exploring their wondrous world. Her work has been published in the Washington Post Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and by the Discovery Channel. She is a passionate teacher who enjoys sharing her love of photography with her students.

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Sarah GordonGordon, Sarah

Sarah Gordon is a lecturer, curator, and art consultant with a specialty in American photography. She worked for seven years in the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, contributing to major exhibitions of photographs by Robert Frank, Harry Callahan, Frederick Sommer, Charles Marville, and the Pre-Raphaelites. She has taught the history of photography at George Washington University and American University. Gordon wrote the catalogue essay for the 2015 exhibition, Photoworks: Presence of Place, at the American University Museum. She has written articles on Eadweard Muybridge and one book, Indecent Exposures: Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion Nudes, published by Yale University Press (fall 2015). Gordon has a PhD and an MA from Northwestern University and a BA from the University of Michigan.

Frank P. Herrera: Evora, PortugalHerrera, Frank P. (Tico)

Frank P. (Tico) Herrera was born during the Battle of Britain to Mary Betty Parker and Francisco Herrera y Sanchez, in Beckley, West Virginia. After the war, the family moved to Morgantown, where Francisco began a career as an professor at West Virginia University with young Frankie to grow up in a bifurcated academic/rural West Virginia world. At college, he fell under the spell of Fellini’s use of black and white and Faulker’s articulate language. A friend committed suicide leaving him a Voigtlander Vitessa. Essentially that was it for Frank. After a short career as a Spanish Instructor, he became a full time photographer in 1970, and is still doing it.

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Teaching Statement: I’ve been teaching photography for more than 40 years to a wide spectrum of students with varying interests and abilities. I have learned to address their needs as individuals rather than impose on them any regimented syllabus. I try to act as a catalyst to help them teach themselves about photography. Nan Golden (long time professor of photography ) once said “I can’t teach you photography, but I can help you learn photography”. That’s what I try to do.


Karen KeatingKeating, Karen

M.F.A., photography, Maryland Institute College of Art. Karen is the high school photography teacher at the Field School in Washington, DC and is the director and a teacher at Photoworks. She is a member of Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria. Karen was a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council grant; published her photo book, “Cuba: Watching and Waiting” in 2008 and received the Center’s 2010 Teaching Award. Fine art photography in the genre of street shooting and documentary defines her style.

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Teaching Statement: My first concern as a photography teacher is to determine the student’s level of experience to tailor the course content. I want the students to fall in love with the idea of visual communication and exploration – to love to make photos! I encourage my students to photograph what they know and who they are. I believe in the power of a small, trusting community for critiquing and in the process of dialogue with students. Teaching is a passion for me.

Michael LangLang, Michael

My interest in photography began at 14 when I was given a Leica camera and darkroom equipment. I was mentored for a year by advanced amateur photographers, learning composition and photographic technique.

Afterward I decided to go outside the confines of the classical photographic image to pursue the photo-essay in order better to communicate what I saw in the world around me. I soon discovered that I could become invisible to those I was photographing and gain an unusual closeness and intimacy with my subjects. In response to a question during an interview with Frank Van Riper of the Washington Post, I attributed this to my disability, walking with crutches and braces as a result of childhood polio – that people were taught to not stare at me. In this way, my presence with the camera became less threatening. This quality can be seen in my first photo-essay An Easy Time about a Baltimore poolroom. This essay was followed by The Hill Tribe People of Northern Thailand, where I stayed with Akha and Lahu families, and Farish Street, an essay on an historic but decaying neighborhood in Jackson Mississippi. My first project using color as an essential expressive element was Be Bar, a photo-essay on a gay bar in my neighborhood in downtown Washington, DC. This was followed by The Drag Illusion, in which both black & white and color were used, the former to show the craft and the latter to show the illusion of drag. Pretty is Not Enough, continues the exploration of drag as an art form; and was presented in A Mirror on the World, curated by Frank Van Riper.

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Teaching Statement: My teaching approach is a combination of seminar and tutorial. I present ideas and tools, discuss them with the group, and use a tutorial approach to help participants achieve individual aims and solve problems.

 

Na'ama LewinLewin, Na’ama

Na’ama Lewin is a photographer and video artist living in Maryland. She is a Research Professor at George Washington University where she runs the Corcoran School of Art and Design’s study away exchange with Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem. She has been adjunct faculty at the Corcoran since 2002 where she taught many photography and video classes (digital and traditional darkroom). She received a General Studies certificate at the International Center of Photography in New York City and her MFA in Photography and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Her work has been screened and exhibited across the US including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California, the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center in Washington D.C. and Art in General gallery in New York City and Photoworks Gallery at Glen Echo Park.

 

Barbara Maloney: "Danube," photopolymer gravureMaloney, Barbara

Barbara Maloney is a photographer and printmaker based in Howard County, Maryland. Barbara formerly taught photography at Montgomery College and did commercial work, then spent several years in London, where she developed a passion for alternative photography. She teaches at Howard Community College and Photoworks. Her specialties are temperaprint and photo intaglio.

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Teaching Statement: Barbara’s workshops vary from season to season, but they usually center around various alternative photographic processes. She frequently teaches Temperaprint, a printmaking process akin to gum bichromate, which was invented and developed by the late Peter Fredrick. Workshops are hands-on experiences and are limited to six participants. “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”—Chinese proverb





Gayle Rothschild - Fuax FurRothschild, Gayle

Gayle Rothschild is a fine art photographer who received an MFA degree from the University of Maryland. Instructor at Photoworks since 1983. Director of Exhibitions at Photoworks and member of the Executive Board. Taught at Vis Arts, Trinity and Montgomery Colleges. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally in many one person and group exhibitions and her photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, and the Corcoran Museum of Art. She is the photographer/illustrator for the children’s book, What Is The Sign For Friend, Franklin Watts, publisher.

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Teaching Statement: My undergraduate degree is in education and my graduate degree in photography. I am fortunate to be able to combine these two passions here at Photoworks. I enjoy teaching photography almost as much as I enjoy doing photography. In my classes, teen and adult, students explore and master old and new photographic technologies, they share a constant exchange of ideas and all experience Photoworks’ camaraderie. I strive to make the classes stimulating and fun.

Alan Sislen Candid HeadshotSislen, Alan

Alan Sislen, who lives in Bethesda, Maryland, has been an avid photographer for more than 50 years. Landscape photography in color, black and white and infrared is his passion and he has photographed in the United States, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Canada, England, Chile, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and New Zealand. Alan is an award winning photographer and a well-recognized photography educator and speaker.

Although his equipment might be “state-of- the-art,” Alan’s style and technique are traditional. He has studied with well-known British landscape photographer Charlie Waite, former National Geographic photographer Bruce Dale, digital expert Thom Hogan, black and white master John Sexton, photographic artist and Photoshop expert John Paul Caponigro, fine art photographer Charles Cramer and color management/printing expert Bill Atkinson, and Photoshop expert Eliot Cohen.

In 2005 he was juried into Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, and was juried into the Torpedo Factory as a Resident Artist in 2006. Alan is a long-time member of North Bethesda Camera Club where he has served on the Board and been selected as Advanced Color Print Photographer of the Year, Black and White Photographer of the Year and Advanced Electronic Photographer of the Year.

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James D. SteeleSteele, James D.

B.S./M.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Missouri. Master photography classes with George Tice, Carson Graves, Christopher James, Cole Weston, Joyce Tenneson, and Martha Casanave. Jim Steele is a photographer working in both monochrome and color landscapes and nudes. Steele is equally comfortable in both traditional and digital processes.

Steele photographs the landscape throughout the Southwest, Northeast, Pacific Northwest, and Europe. Steele has a studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. He frequently lectures on the subject of fine printing and has taught at Photoworks, the Smithsonian Institution, the Art League in Alexandria, Va, and has guest lectured in photography at Georgetown University.

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Teaching Statement: Craft is not a substitute for a lack of vision…..

 

Blake StenningStenning, Blake

As a fine art photographer, I have strived to develop an artistic vision that embraces chance and intuition with the rigor of formal compositional principles. At times, my work is concentrated on long-term projects that delve deep into a defined subject matter. Other times, I allow the moment at hand to reveal a singular image that is guided by my aesthetic of discovering the extraordinary within the ordinary. However, regardless of where my endeavors may take me, my mind’s eye is continually arranging, comping, and responding to the scene in front of me. Capturing the image represents one aspect of my artistic process. Bringing it to live in the digital darkroom completes the other.
I believe that mastery of craft is a life-long pursuit. My aim as a teacher is to guide students towards developing a critical eye for their own work – through careful observation and experimentation – grounded in their own personal aesthetic. It is a deliberative process for which there are no shortcuts. Instead, the rewards are the joy of discovery and the refining of one’s artistic vision.

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Frank VanRiperVan Riper, Frank

Frank Van Riper is an award-winning documentary and fine art photographer, journalist and author whose work has been published internationally.

His photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC) as well as in the Portland Museum of Art (Portland, Maine.) His 1998 book of photography and essays, Down East Maine/A World Apart, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won the silver award for photography from the Art Director’s Club of Metropolitan Washington. His latest book, done in collaboration with his wife and professional partner, Judith Goodman, is Serenissima: Venice in Winter, a coffee table collection of black and white photographs and essays, published in 2008 both in the US and Italy. (www.veniceinwinter.com)

In 1992, Van Riper became photography columnist of the Washington Post, where his column, “Talking Photography,” appeared in the Camera Works section of Washingtonpost.com and is now available worldwide at www.TalkingPhotography.com. Talking Photography, a ten-year collection of his columns and other photography writing, was published in 2002.

A popular teacher and lecturer, Van Riper has lectured and/or taught in the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program, the Maine Photographic Workshops, the University of Maine at Machias and at other colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic. In 2009 he and his wife inaugurated the Lubec Photo Workshops at SummerKeys, a series of small, week-long, user-friendly summer classes in Lubec, Maine, administered by the SummerKeys Music Workshops, www.summerkeys.com. In October, 2010, they also inaugurated The Umbria Photo Workshops, their first international photography workshop in Umbria, Italy (http://www.experienceumbria.com), and in January, 2013 began “Unseen Serenissima: The Venice in Winter Photo Workshops.”
Van Riper was a 1979 Nieman Fellow at Harvard. In May, 2011, Van Riper was inducted into the City College of New York Communications Alumni Hall of Fame.

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Teaching Statement: I teach the way I cook: hands-on. The manual will teach you the basics, but I am there to help you get the most out of your camera by showing you how it’s done. Then (here’s where the magic happens) you take control of your camera, newly confident, and make photos you never thought possible.

Tom WolffWolff, Tom

Tom Wolff studied painting at the School of Practical Art (now Art Institute of Boston), studied Form and Color with Richard Filipowski at Harvard University (1967), studied Linear Design with Robert Preisser at MIT (1967), attended the Arts Students League in New York 1970, studied photography at George Washington University (1974) and Photoworks at Glen Echo Park. Attended Prince George’s Community College, Digital Photography, Graphic Design and Design ll, 2011-2012.