Third Thursday, 7 pm, Feb 18: Social Media & Website Development for Photographers, Bring Your Devices Along!

Join PhotoMidwest member Katarina Marchant for a discussion of photography as it relates to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and all those other websites. Website development will also be coverdd. Katarina offers the perspectives of a recent Photography MFA graduate. It should be a lively, insightful, evening. This is a participatory event; everyone should bring their tablet, laptop, or phone so we can work together to solve questions!

Giving Tuesday at PhotoMidwest, 10 am - 8 pm, Tues, Nov 28

First there was Black Friday, then there was Cyber Monday.  Now, Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday  after Thanksgiving) is a growing movement to spur charitable donations and volunteering. PhotoMidwest will participate in Giving Tuesday this year, and we hope that you will too.  Our participation will be in the form of an open house and pop-up member photography show taking place throughout our facility.  Visitors will be able to see our facility, purchase prints and used gear, become members, and make donations from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm.

You can help in several ways: 

  • Bring a framed print to show as part of the exhibit (if you have a tabletop easel, bring that along as well; a limited number of easels will be available at the studio).
  • Donate one or more prints to PhotoMidwest for sale during the exhibit.
  • Donate a plate of light refreshments to serve to visitors during the day.
  • Volunteer to staff the studio for one or more hours during the day (two people per hour is the goal).Stop by to see the exhibit and talk photography with other members and visitors.
  • Tell your friends to come see the exhibit and ask if they would be able to drop a couple dollars into the donation bin.
  • Drop a dollar or two into the bin yourself

We're starting our participation in Giving Tuesday with a small event, but we hope that this will be a seed for larger and more elaborate exhibits and social and charitable events in the future.  Prints and sale donations can be left at the studio until Monday November 27; please clearly label any donations and leave them in our digital print lab and notify Sean Lamb about them.

If you have questions, or to volunteer for an hour or more, please email Sean Lamb .

Third Thursday, 7pm, Nov 16: 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 Thursday, Nov 2, 7-9 pm

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, 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. Currently he holds the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professorship at the Department of Art History and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, and is also the director of the Center for the Art of East Asia and the Consulting Curator at the Smart Museum at the same university. He sits on many international committees including Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Council, and chairs the Academic Committees of OCT Contemporary Art Terminal and Yuz Museum. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books and anthologies on traditional and contemporary Chinese art; the most recent ones 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: 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.

Doors Open Milwaukee, Sat & Sun Sept 23 & 24

Doors Open Milwaukee is a two-day public celebration of Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture and history. This event offers behind the scenes tours of more than 150 buildings throughout Milwaukee’s downtown and neighborhoods and in-depth tours led by community leaders. Sites include commercial properties, sacred spaces, apartment buildings, breweries, art galleries, community gardens and more stretching from downtown to the surrounding suburbs, and the neighborhoods between.


Among the tours available (several of which sold-out on the first day of Historic Milwaukee members-only sign-up) including a 2.5 hour Milwaukee Photo Walk on Saturday, Sept 23. Those interested should buy their ticket ASAP before it also sells out.

Third Thursday 7 pm, Aug 17: 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.


Third Thursday, 7 pm July 20: Let's Get Social!

Social media for photographers -- platform overview, tips and discussion.

Iceland by Gena Larson. All rights reserved by Gena Larson.

Iceland by Gena Larson. All rights reserved by Gena Larson.

Join us for PhotoMidwest's July Third Thursday topic - social media. We'll talk about the basics of social media platforms available and how photographers can make the most of these tools for sharing their work and growing their following. Whether you're only dabbling in the shallow end of the social media pool or swimming strong, constant laps you're likely to walk away with a new appreciation for social media and some tips and tricks for making the most of your online social brand.

Gena Larson by Gena Larson. All rights reserved by Gena Larson.

Gena Larson by Gena Larson. All rights reserved by Gena Larson.

Gena Larson, Instagram account manager for PhotoMidwest, will lead the discussion.

Third Thursday presentations are free, open to the public, ADA accessible and begin at 7 pm at PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr. Suite 212, Madison, Wisconsin.

Third Thursday for 7 pm, June 15, will offer films about photographers & photography.

Third Thursday for 7 pm, June 15, will offer films about selected photographers and photography. The films and videos include:

  • A documentary on Edward S. Curtis’s photogravures of American Indians.
  • Short interviews with Cole Weston, Eve Arnold, Duane Michaels, and on the street with Garry Winogrand,
  • Bill Moyers on Garry Winogrand and Emmit Gowin.
  • and possibly a few more surprise shorts.

And we will have FREE POPCORN for the audience. It should be an enjoyable, simulating evening for all. If there is interest, we can pause for discussion between the films.

Scenes from a Magic Lantern by Sean Lamb: Reception at 7 pm Thursday, May 6

One of the more interesting donations PhotoMidwest has received over the years is a collection of
Magic Lantern slides showing scenes from about 1900.  These are 2x2 inch positive slides, mostly in black and white, but there are many in color.  The subjects vary, but there are several series within the collection including:

    - Western United States national parks and cities
    - Cuba and Puerto Rico
    - Paintings, portraits and maps
    - American navy ships and land battle sites
    - Eastern Europe and Russia
    - British universities and cultural sites

The gallery exhibit will feature a sampling of prints made from this collection.  At the opening, we will discuss a little bit about the history of slides like these and their use.  Once the slides are all scanned and catalogued, they will be available for study by members and prints will be available for purchase.

Used Gear & Print Sale plus Annual Meeting, Sat April 8

Saturday, April 8 is a busy day at PhotoMidwest. It starts at 10 am with the Used Gear Sale plus a new Print Sale of photographic prints donated to help support PhotoMidwest. Then at 1 pm the Annual Meeting begins, featuring light refreshments, PhotoMidwest's Annual Report, and election PhotoMidwest board members. This meeting is open to all PhotoMidwest members in good standing plus any interested guests.

The print sale features prints donated to PhotoMidwest to support our mission. It will include an unsigned print by noted photographer Sam Abell.

Hope to see all of you there!

Third Thursday, 7 pm April 20: Giving back (like a picture) is worth a thousand words

John Manaici. All rights reserved by John Manaici

John Manaici. All rights reserved by John Manaici

Giving back to the community. Whether it's your time or your money, it always makes a meaningful impact on the lives of others. Stepping up your donation by utilizing your photography skills can be another great benefactor. 

PhotoMidwest's Third Thursday speaker for April 20, 2017, at 7 pm is photojournalist John Maniaci, the staff photographer for UW Health who focuses on using his camera as a tool for giving. Maniaci has documented and shared such things as fights against cancer, life-altering illnesses and clinical trials designed to save lives. Over the past eight years his photography at UW Health has provided many tears of great joy. And yes, in a few instances, tears of sorrow. But his incredible visual stories about patients, doctors, nurses and employees have helped support families in their greatest time of need.

All rights reserved by John Manaici

All rights reserved by John Manaici

When not on duty, Maniaci continues to hold up his camera. His gift-giving is wide-ranging. From such things as donating his time as a wedding photographer for a couple with little time left, to contributing to the community of Cambridge, WI, where he's documented the high school's annual winter scholarship fundraiser, "Dip for Dozer," for the past several years. Another project he started, now connected with UW Health, is taking senior portraits for students who can't afford to pay studio costs. Maniaci's goal is to support community groups and families who are otherwise unable to record special moments.

All rights reserved by John Manaici

All rights reserved by John Manaici

Prior to working at UW Health, Maniaci spent 20 years as a news photographer, including 12 glorious years shooting news, sports and portraits for the Wisconsin State Journal. His award-winning work has always made an impact. He's been a philanthropist at heart his entire career, and life. We all know a picture is worth a thousand words, but so is giving back.

Third Thursday presentations begin at 7 pm and are free and open to the public. They are at PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr. Suite 212, Madison, Wisconsin - ADA accessible

MMoCA Gallery Talk: Melanie Herzog on The Photographer is Present, 1 pm Thurs, April 13

(Note this is at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, not PhotoMidwest)

The real, altered, and imagined spaces depicted in contemporary photography resonate with meanings that are variously social, historical, and sometimes deeply personal. The photographer may be visually present within the photograph, or the photographer’s presence may be implied as a spectator beyond the photograph’s frame. This gallery talk will explore ways in which contemporary photographers convey meaning in their photographs through the position they occupy – whether present within or absent from the photograph – in relation to reconfigured realities they depict.

Melanie Herzog is a professor of art history at Edgewood College and a leading scholar on the work of Elizabeth Catlett. Herzog has also written extensively on the social documentary photographer, Milton Rogovin. 

April 13, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

MMoCA web site link

Tues April 4, 12:15 pm: The Tintype - Photography for the Masses

History Sandwiched In -- The Tintype - Photography for the Masses

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Wisconsin Historical Museum (note that the Wisconsin Historical Museum is located on the Capitol Square at 30 N Carroll St, NOT the Wisconsin Historical Society Building on the UW Campus!)

Suggested donation of $3

The tintype photograph is a truly American invention, and saw more uses and captured a wider variety of settings and subjects than any other photographic type. It saw the Civil War come and go, captured scenes from the Wild West, and was used into the mid-1900s. It was easy to produce by photographers working out of portable darkrooms and wagons. Although tintypes began losing artistic and commercial ground to higher quality techniques in the mid-1860s, it survived for well over another 40 years, living mostly as a carnival novelty. Dave Rambow, site director of H.H. Bennett Studio in the Wisconsin Dells, will share the history of this photographic type and display a variety of original and modern tintypes.

March 16 Third Thursday: David Erickson - Architectural Photography & the State Historical Society Collection

Please join Milwaukee-based architectural photographer David Erickson in a discussion of his work and the architectural photography collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society, at 7 pm on Thursday, March 16, at PhotoMIdwest. He will compare and contrast the profession and craft during the early and middle 20th century versus today. Learn about the Wisconsin Historical Society's architectural holdings which David is treating, restoring and digitizing. These include photographic prints of the "House of Tomorrow" at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago. The photographer, Eugene Hutchinson, was a friend and colleague of Edward Weston.

David is a member of the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers and has contributed to architectural journals, magazines and international architectural exhibits. He will be teaching an architectural photography class at PhotoMidwest beginning on Tuesday, April 25. His website is

Third Thursday presentations are free and open to the public. They are at our new location, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, at 7 PM

Third Thursday, Feb 16: Photojournalist Saiyna Bashir, Muslim Life in Madison

Saiyna Bashir. All rights reserved by Saiyna Bashir.

Saiyna Bashir. All rights reserved by Saiyna Bashir.

Photojournalist and storyteller Saiyna Bashir has spent her career being passionate about documenting important societal issues, from her homeland in Pakistan to Ferguson, Missouri to Madison. Currently a photojournalist for the Cap Times, Saiyna strives to tell honest stories she can share with others. Her recent coverage of Muslim life in Madison, which will be the highlight of her PhotoMidwest's Third Thursday presentation on February 16, 2017, has received widespread national recognition. Her ongoing project about acid attacks on women in Pakistan has received high praise from communities abroad.

"My commitment to pursuing a career in visual journalism began as a young undergraduate in Pakistan. Pursuing a career as a young woman in Pakistan requires one to persist against systemic barriers of women of a society rooted in conservative Islam," explains Saiyna in a summary of her achievements. Saiyna's work has been published by Al Jazeera America, Associated Press, Huffington Post, CNN, Refinery 29, The Sun Times, and many other news organizations. In addition to participating in the 2016 Eddie Adams Workshop, her work was previously accepted for the New York Times Portfolio Review and she participated in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute. Saiyna received her master's degree in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago.

PhotoMidwest Third Thursday presentations begin at 7 pm at PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr., Madison WI and are free and open to the public.

Men offer Sajdah, which means prostration to God in the direction of the Kaaba at Mecca during a congressional prayer on a recent Friday at the East Side Mosque of Madison. Photograph by Saiyna Bashir, July 2016, all rights reserved.

Men offer Sajdah, which means prostration to God in the direction of the Kaaba at Mecca during a congressional prayer on a recent Friday at the East Side Mosque of Madison. Photograph by Saiyna Bashir, July 2016, all rights reserved.