Photography can be such a solitary craft, and that solitude can be necessary to do great work. But I think there’s value in getting together in person with other photographers, bouncing ideas together, commiserating and celebrating. Many cities have a Photo Night, where photographers and friends of photography meet up in a backyard or a bar, show some work, see other folks’ work and maybe have a pint or two. Let’s start doing that here in Oregon.
Our first Portland Photo Night will be Thursday, Feb. 8, at T.C. O’Leary’s Irish pub on NE Alberta, from 5:00-7:00. We won’t have a projector set up to show work at this first event, and will aim to keep it pressure-free and small-scale. Let’s just hang out and build something together. If all goes well, we can grow into other communities throughout Oregon.
The proprietor Tom O’Leary will be brainstorming photo-themed cocktails — so far he’s come up with the Mapplethorpe and the Minor White. Happy hour is from 4:00-6:00, and there will be bagpipers at 7:00. Yes, real-live bagpipers. I’ll see you there!
Here’s a great, detailed recap from Photolucida regarding their recent State of Photography in Portland event at Disjecta. Hundreds of us photographers gathered to talk about what’s working and what we can improve from a community standpoint. The panel largely focused on the art photography realm, but there’s plenty to chew on for photographers of all stripes.
Topics included the struggle to build community support for nonprofits and the arts, the city’s supposed inferiority complex, grants and funding, the importance of framing what a “photo community” can be, and Photolucida’s own Portland Photo Month coming up in April.
Chicago Tribune photojournalist E. Jason Wambsgans will speak at two University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication events and show his powerful project that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.
Wambsgans will discuss his work — which illuminated the epidemic of gun violence in Chicago by focusing on ten-year-old Tavon Tanner’s recovery from a shooting — in Portland on Jan. 30 and in Eugene on Feb. 1. Oregon Focus will co-host the Portland event.
As Portland photographers continue to navigate the developing art scene in a changing city, a Photolucida event at DISJECTA on Thursday promises to be an enlightening gathering of views on the here and now. I’ll see you there! From the invitation:
“Join us for an evening discussion with some of the key figures in Portland’s photographic community. We want to know…what is happening now and what is next? What do you feel is working and what is missing?
Lend your voice and learn along with us! Stick around after the one-hour panel for a social hour to continue the conversation. Beverages and snacks will be provided! Free and open to the public!” Continue reading “The State Of Photography in Portland Today – A Panel Discussion”