Bridge/road work may delay westbound traffic at Whitney Way exit

If you drive to PhotoMidwest by going west on the US 12 & 14 Beltline, you may experience significant delay or possible closure of traffic exiting at Whitney Way and then turningleft (south) under the Beltline to Schroeder Rd and PhotoMidwest. There is significant construction involving the road under the bridge. A route that always stays south of the Beltline or taking the next exit, Gammon Rd, may be your best route to PhotoMidwest under these circumstances. We have not yet found a link on the internet with regular updates on this project.

Budget a few extra minutes for the trip to PhotoMidwest.

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.

Tues Feb 7: North of Dixie - Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South

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.

3rd Thursday: Photojournalist Craig Schreiner, 7 pm, Jan 19

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.