Analog/Alternography Group Meets 7 pm Mon, Nov 12: Developing with Coffee!

Ever wonder what to do with that jar of instant coffee? Coffee—particularly instant coffee—has another use: developing film. It’s called “Caffenol.” PhotoMidwest darkroom docent Bill Guetschow will be leading the group discussion about his experiences using Caffenol to develop film. Bring your own decaf.

The PhotoMidwest Alternography Group meets at 7:00 pm Monday, November 14, 2018 at PhotoMidwest. The group is open to all members.

We are surveying members to determine which topics interest you. These topics will be the centerpiece of our monthly meetings and will be announced in the PhotoMidwest newsletter. Please include your name and contact information on the completed survey to help us track and organize Alternography. Surveys can be emailed to me at or you can bring your survey to our next meeting. SURVEY (Click to open)

The Alternography Group leader is Herb Nelson. Contact: Herb Nelson

Nature Group meets 7 pm Wed, Nov 14

The theme for November will be "Animals: Wild and Domestic."

The Nature Interest Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. We show and discuss images of nature, topics of interest to the group, and share info on upcoming activities. Voluntary monthly themes are selected to challenge your creativity yet feel free to bring your best images. For more information, contact the group leader Dick Wieboldt.

Travel Group Meets at 11:30 am Fri, Nov 16 (Note Date Change)

In November the Travel Group will meet on Friday, November 16, and NOT the usual 4th Friday. The subject will be “The Story Behind the Picture.”

Similarly in December the meeting will be on third Friday, Decemnber 21, instead of the fourth Friday.

Normally the PhotoMidwest Travel Interest Group (TIGR) normally meets every 4th Friday of the month to share and discuss travel-related images that portray a sense of time and place. You may bring 2 to 4 digital/printed images reflecting this month's theme, or other travel images you wish to share. Let the leader know if you need to leave early, so we can show your pictures promptly. Contact: David Schoengold, Larry Hands, Marcia Getto, Trevor Passmore or

If you would like to be added to the TIGR email list, send an email request to This group is led by David Schoengold, Larry Hands, Marcia Getto and Trevor Passmore. Email us at with any questions.

Third Thursday: Jim Barnard’s Gender Fluidity Project, 7 pm Thurs, Oct 18

From Gender Fluidity, by James Barnard. All rights reserved by James Barnard.

Jim Barnard will be the Third Thursday speaker on October 18th. He’ll be presenting the images from his 3 year Gender Fluidity project and will share the stories behind their creation. The portraits were a collaboration between Jim and his subjects, and illustrate the range of gender identities in society.

Michael Kienitz, Iceland’s Vanishing Beauty: Chazen Museum, Tours Sept - Nov

Iceland’s Vanishing Beauty: Photography by Michael Kienitz

Madison photographer Michael Kienitz created these images during five years of work in the region of Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland. A visually stunning area of extremely varied features, the park encompasses—and is named for—Europe's largest glacier. Kienitz calls upon his deep photographic experience to capture this incredible but disappearing landscape of active volcanoes, ice caves, beaches, canyons, waterfalls, wetlands, black sands, and mountains, all created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity.

Preview Reception and Lecture at Chazen Muserum
Tours with the Artist

October 21, 2 p.m.
November 8, 12:30 p.m.

Selling Your Work at Art Fairs & Online: Third Thursday, 7 pm June 21, 2018, & PDF of presentation

 Art Fair Booth. All rights reserved by Don Mendenhall

Art Fair Booth. All rights reserved by Don Mendenhall

PDF of the presentation slides

Have you ever considered selling your photography at art fairs or online? Join photographers Don Mendenhall, Steve Ralser, and Sarah Stankey who currently sell their photographic work at art fairs and/or online or have worked for art fairs.

They will the whys (and why not's) of selling your photography by participating in art fairs and/or online retail websites including online retailers such as Amazon. We will cover finding and selecting the art fairs or online sites, equipment, preparation before the fair, expenses, payments, and shipping.

Third Thursday, 7 pm, May 17, 2018: Memoirs of a Freelance Magazine Photographer - Brynn Bruijn

The May 17, 2018 PhotoMidwest Third Thursday presentation at 7 pm features photographer Brynn Bruijn.

Brynn Bruijn began her career as an underwater photographer in Saudi Arabia. She then lived in Europe for twenty-five years and was a regular contributor to numerous European and American magazines including: Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Professional Photography Magazine, The Netherlands, Signature, KLM Airlines in-flight Magazine, Aramco World, National Geographic and Florida Design Magazine. Her interior work has been featured in several books: The Royal Progress of William & Mary for the BBC and Dutch Government as well as Cuba, Five Hundred Years of Images, sponsored by the Bacardi Family. Several of her interiors are in the book, Fine Interiors of Naples, Florida. Her first two books were The Red Sea Coral Reefs and Uzbekistan.

Brynn has finally settled down in Mount Horeb and she will be coming to PhotoMidwest to share her experiences and her photographs.  Join her for an educational and entertaining evening.

Third Thursday: Nature Photography with Steve Apps

The March 15, 2018 PhotoMidwest Third Thursday presentation at 7 pm features Steve Apps speaking about Nature Photography. Steve will be teaching the PhotoMidwest class on Nature Photography. To learn more about this class and to enroll, go to Nature Photography with Steve Apps. 

Steve Apps is a Pulitzer Prize finalist (team coverage) with more than 30 years of experience as a professional photographer, most recently for the Wisconsin State Journal where he was the chief photographer/photo editor. He is widely published outside of the newspaper industry with nine book credits to him as the photographer. He has taught photography classes at Madison College and the Rhinelander School of the Arts.

Third Thurs 7 pm April 19, 2018: Copyright Law & the Photographer, with Elizabeth Russell

As a photographer you own thousands and thousands of copyrights. And every single one is going to outlive you. Then what? This Third Thursday presentation will begin with tips and a few surprises about managing copyrights in estate plans. After that, we’ll have an open discussion about copyright myths – because in copyright law, there’s nothing more dangerous than believing a myth.  Come and share what you firmly believe about copyright; what you kind of believe (but aren’t sure it’s true); what you don’t at all believe (but fear it might be true).

Speaker Elizabeth Russell is an attorney in Madison and a PhotoMidwest member active in both the Street Photography and the Human Interest groups. Her law practice concentrates on helping businesses in the fields of copyright, trademark and digital business law. She also has an active arts law practice. She authored Arts Law Conversations: A Surprisingly Readable Guide for Arts Entrepreneurs and has a forthcoming book on copyright in estate planning. Copies of Arts Law Conversations will be available at a discount after the presentation and can be signed by her. Her website is

Alternatives to Lightroom & Photoshop: Third Thursday, 7 pm Feb 15, 2018

PDF's of the presentation's handouts and slides available

Both Lightroom and Photoshop are now only available from Adobe by subscription. What are the alternatives? Should you even consider alternatives?

Join a panel of PhotoMidwest photographers including Tim Mulcahy, Sean Lamb, Jim Thornbery and possibly others discussing what you must consider to get the right answer for your photography situation.

 All rights reserved by James Thornbery.

All rights reserved by James Thornbery.

Whether you are a post processing novice unfamiliar with clarity, layers, blend modes, or masks or a savvy pro keeping track of over 100,000 photographs and needing Fast Fourier Transform noise reduction, frequency separation, or luminosity masks, this Third Thursday will have something for you.

There will be handouts comparing Lightroom and Photoshop versus:

  •  software that may have come with your camera,
  •  established alternatives DxO PhotoLab and Capture One, and
  •  new alternatives Luminar, ON1 Photo RAW, and Affinity Photo.

We intend to not duplicate other reviews and comparisons you can find on the internet, but will also provide links to the best videos and web reviews comparing these programs. Hope to see you there!

PDF's of the presentation's handouts and slides available

Third Thursday, 7pm, Nov 16, 2017: Katharina Marchant - Photography: the manufacturer of memory

 Katharina Marchant, self-portrait. All rigfhts reserved by Katharina Marchant.

Katharina Marchant, self-portrait. All rigfhts reserved by Katharina Marchant.

Since photography's creation there has been a push and pull between photography as an artwork and photography as a documentary tool. With November's 3rd Thursday presentation we will be exploring the relationship between photography and how our memory has been influenced by the photographing process and the images. The presentation will explore how photographers use imagery to recall memory, how memories are changed through the photographic imaging process, and how has the subject matter of photography influenced memory.

 All rights reserved by Katharina Marchant.

All rights reserved by Katharina Marchant.

Katharina Marchant is a photographer who recently moved to Madison. Due to her experiences growing up in the military her work centers around cultural identity. Since becoming a mother in 2013 she has expanded her work to include motherhood and identity. She currently teaches photography and art history for the University of Maryland and looks forward to pursing new photographic opportunities around Madison. Katharina has a BA in painting from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an MFA in photography from Utah State University. Her website is

Featured Photographers: Street Seen, Opening 7-9 pm Thursday, Nov 2, 2017

On view will be 29 images, from Madison and around the world, which capture unposed moments of everyday human activity in public spaces. Each photo tells the story of a moment as witnessed by the photographer.

Gallery Hours: Saturday's in November from Noon to 4 PM, prior to scheduled events or by appointment.

The Monthly Featured Photographer presentations are free, open to the public, ADA accessible and begin at 7 pm at PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr. Suite 212, Madison.

The Inscribed Studio Portrait as Self-image: Photographing a New Self in Early 20th-Century China. Monday, Oct 23, 2017, at Univ of Wisconsin

PhotoMidwest members who are not attending the Long Exposure Group's monthly meeting may want to consider this presentation at the University of Wisconsin Madison:

Wu Hung, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Professor of Chinese Art, Department of Art History, The University of Chicago

The Inscribed Studio Portrait as Self-image: Photographing a New Self in Early Twentieth-Century China

Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160, University of Wisconsin Madison

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This talk studies photographs that subtly disrupt the classification of portraits and self-portraits. These are studio portraits that bear the sitters’ inscriptions. Using a group of images related to the “queue-cutting” movement in early 20th-century China as examples, Wu Hung suggests that when an inscription is imbued with a distinct “I” voice and expresses the sitter’s personal feeling, experience, and aspiration, it transforms the anonymous portrait into a “self-image.” This case study further leads us to contemplate on photography’s role in facilitating such transformation.

Wu Hung, a member of the American Academy of Art and Science, is a well-known art historian, critic, and curator. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books and anthologies on traditional and contemporary Chinese art; the most recent include A Story of Ruins: Presence and Absence in Chinese Art and Visual Culture (2012), Contemporary Chinese Art: A History (2014) and Zooming In: Histories of Chinese Photography (2016).


Third Thurs, 7pm Sept 21, 2017: Andy Manis - Mastering Freelance Photography

 Andy Manis. By Andy Manis, all rights reserved.

Andy Manis. By Andy Manis, all rights reserved.

Be independent. Govern your own photographic talent. Enjoy managing your work hours. Freelance photography can be a rewarding experience when you run the ship. There is however a small flipside. Every client will have a different plan, program and policy, so it’s also critical to be transparent about and committed to your ethics and goals. You may want to work with some, but not with others.

Highly-regarded and experienced freelance photographer Andy Manis will share his photography, his work ethics and important freelance factors that photographers striving for independence may want to stash in their camera bags at PhotoMidwest’s Third Thursday presentation on September 21, 2017.

Manis started his photography career in 1980. He has held positions as a college staff photographer, staff photographer at newspapers, photo editor for The Associated Press, and on occasion an educator. Manis launched his freelance photography business in 1995 and has been going strong since. Clients include the University of Wisconsin, Oscar Mayer, Mead & Hunt, Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Assoc., Lindsay Stone & Briggs, Laughlin Constable, The Associated Press, The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and numerous other publications and businesses.

Third Thursday presentations are free and open to the public. PhotoMidwest is located at 700 Rayovac Dr. Suite 212, Madison, Wisconsin - ADA accessible.

Third Thursday 7 pm Aug 17, 2017: Why Film & PhotoMidwest's New Darkroom

Join PhotoMidwest instructor Herb Nelson and several students from his recent (Re) Discover Black and White Film class in PhotoMidwest's new Darkroom discuss why they wanted to learn photographic film and printing on photographic paper. Learn about the about The Great Film Renaissance of 2017.

Then find out about PhotoMidwest's new wet darkroom, a project that was 12 months in the making. Find out how can you get oriented to the darkroom so that you can use it, how to reserve darkroom time, and how to pay for it.

There will be an darkroom open house the following Saturday starting at noon during which members can be oriented to the darkroom, enabling members to use the darkroom.