All PhotoMidwest board meetings are open and can be attended by any PhotoMidwest member. If you have an item you want on the agenda, please contact any board member or email Camera@PhotoMidwest.Org.
PhotoMidwest's Landscape Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 pm. People interested in all kinds of landscape images, including cityscapes, are invited to bring up to four images.
PhotoMidwest's Travel Interest Group (TIGR) generally meets every fourth Friday of the month at 11:30 am to share and discuss images portraying a sense of place.
If you have a time constraint, i.e. lunch hour or other, let the leader know so your images can be shown early in the meeting. Please bring 2 to 4 digital or printed images you may wish to share.
For more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Orellana is the winner of the 2017 Chazen Museum Prize for an Outstanding MFA Student. Orellana is a third-year MFA student in the UW–Madison Art Department.
The show is a series of self-portraits of Orellana as different genders to show that the things we see as inherently masculine or feminine are arbitrary.
Reception Thursday, April 27, 5–7 p.m., Paige Court
Lecture Friday, May 5, 12 Noon
Gendered Physiognomies: Deconstructing Masculine and Feminine Appearances by Alex Orellana, Chazen Auditorium
For more information go to Middle Child: Photographs by Alex Orellana.
The following are notable events in the last few months.
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 Used Gear Sale will feature a Nikon tele-extender and other DSLR lenses, lights, a wide variety of darkroom equipment at bargain prices, and a film camera or two.
The print sale features prints donated to PhotoMidwest to support our mission. It will include an unsigned print by noted photographer Sam Abell. If you have a photograph that you would like to donate to this print sale, you can drop it off at PhotoMidwest at 7 pm Thursday, April 6, during the Featured Photographer opening reception or starting at 9 am on Saturday, April 8.
Prints are preferably matted and enclosed in a clear plastic bag (such as ClearBags, available from local art supply stores). We will have some ClearBags in 8 x 11", 11 x 14", 13 x 19" and 16 x 20" sizes if you do not have a suitable transparent bag. If you have any questions, please email Education@PhotoMidwest.Org .
At 1 pm the Annual Meeting begins but we anticipate continuing to sell used gear and prints during this time except while the annual report is presented and elections are held.
Hope to see all of you there!
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Wisconsin Historical Museum
Suggested donation of $3
The history of the civil rights movement is commonly illustrated with well-known photographs from Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma—leaving the visual story of the movement outside the South remaining to be told. Historian Mark Speltz will shine a light past the most iconic photographs of the era to focus on images of everyday activists who fought campaigns against segregation, police brutality, and job discrimination in Milwaukee, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, and many other cities. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Craig Schreiner has been a photojournalist for thirty years, primarily as a staff photographer for daily newspapers, including sixteen years at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. He has a journalism degree with an emphasis in photojournalism from Northern Illinois University, and has photographed many kinds of domestic news features, long-term projects, and sports assignments, including a national journalism project on rural health care, the Madison labor protests of 2011, two Rose Bowls, and two Super Bowls, among many others. He is also the author of One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life, published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 2013
. Craig and his wife Lisa live in Middleton and have three sons. He currently works in the Marketing and Media Relations office at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and teaches photojournalism at Madison Area Technical College.
Third Thusday presentations are free and open to the public. They are at PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr. Suite 212, Madison WI. ADA accessible.