Interviews
Dec 4th 2017 Posted in: Blog, Interviews, Photographers 0

arthur wechsler self portrait film photography

Arthur Wechsler discovered photography at an early age. His grandfather was a photographer in the Korean War and Arthur had one of his old cameras sitting in his room “forever.”

“One day, I think a year before he passed away, I asked for a camera, and he got me one for Christmas. I was 11 or 12 at the time,” Arthur said.

Oct 3rd 2017 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Interviews 0

anton-belov-Body Politic

You may have noticed a new face at The Flow over the past several months. Meet Anton Belov: His official title is Production Assistant, and in his time here, he’s proven to be a valuable member of our small team.

A recent graduate of California College of the Arts with a BFA in Illustration and a freelance graphic designer, Anton Belov has been doing a little bit of everything at The Image Flow, from printing photographs to designing fliers to being available for the next task, whatever it might be. When he is not at The Flow, he can be found freelancing for a number of clients such as Stanford Children’s Health, Saint Mary’s College of California, or the Paramount.

“Recently I’ve been gravitating toward illustration, moving away from graphic design and becoming more interested in the image-making part design, rather than shapes and text,” he said.

Jan 4th 2017 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews 2

Preserving vintage maps Abraham Ortelius's Maris Pacifici

Michael Jennings and Cecilia Malaguti are the couple behind Neatline Maps, a vintage and rare map dealer in the San Francisco Bay Area. They came to The Image Flow to make a digital archive of their collection—which consists currently of over 300 maps—both for their online store, and as a way to preserve the maps and the stories they represent. The reproductions are being made with TIF’s medium format Hasselblad, which offers extreme resolution and sharpness.

Michael and Cecelia became interested in maps through their training as archaeologists—Michael works for the nonprofit Center for Digital Archaeology in Marin. They started out collecting a few maps they particularly enjoyed, but a year ago, they decided to turn their hobby into a business.

Aug 9th 2016 Posted in: Interviews, Student Work, Workshops 3

Intermediate photography james clift 05

Balancing your photographic pursuits with the ups and downs of daily life can be a difficult task. Keeping pace with a photography series requires not only dedication but also a clear direction to ensure building success. Here, workshop student James Clift talks about how creative assignments with concrete deadlines can help expand the horizons of the intermediate photographer.

Apr 26th 2016 Posted in: Exhibitions, Featured Posts, Interviews 1

Big Red, Jay Ruland, Withering Roses, exploration of age and age issues, pictures of flowers, flower photography

After 25 years in the workforce, Jay Ruland decided to go back to school and, not surprisingly, found himself surrounded by 20-somethings. While he says he was welcomed by his junior contemporaries, he was struck by the way they perceive the world; that is, the things they found to be beautiful also tended to be as young as they were. As a 50-something, Jay says the aging process is beautiful in itself, and the desire to show that is the basis for his Withering Roses floral photography series, which will be featured in his new solo exhibition at The Image Flow As the Allure Fades opening on May 14.

“The younger students sort of had a bias toward things in society that are young and pretty, and we’re taught through the media that younger is better. But if you look closer in nature, things that are getting older are still beautiful and the process itself is a beautiful process,” says Jay.

He chose to work with roses because they are a societal symbol for beauty, something you’d give on a first date or use to decorate your house, but also because they can communicate ideas, from the number you give to the color, and transgress cultural barriers.

Feb 9th 2016 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews 0

Chrysta Giffen photo retouching digital imaging expert

If you read magazines or watch TV (or have landed at SFO recently) you’ve seen Chrysta Giffen’s work. With more than 12 years in the photography industry, she’s one of the most sought-after digital retouchers in the business. Her extensive client list includes Nike, Disney, and Sephora; Bravo TV, Discovery Channel, and Showtime; New York Magazine, Wired, and Men’s Vogue; and a certain giant albino python—just to name a few.

Jan 25th 2016 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Selected Artists 0

A film still from Gary Yost's work in Fiji. Gary says Fijians and warm and welcoming people.

Marin County, CA-based filmmaker Gary Yost is best known for his short film The Invisible Peak about a project to restore the West Peak of Mount Tamalpais to its natural state. The film was shown in numerous film festivals to acclaim and awards. Most recently, Gary was invited to the Fijian island of Vanua Levu by Gavin de Becker, founder of the Naqaqa Giving Foundation to film the indigenous people of that island.

Sep 29th 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Photographers 0

Nathan Lomas digital photography instruction

Nathan Lomas has been a photographer since the age of five. He’s dabbled in painting and a few other pursuits, but photography is the one that stuck. “My dad put an old Ricoh camera in my hands about that age. I didn’t really know what I was doing,” he says. Jump ahead a couple of decades, and Nathan has definitely figured it out.

Nathan is The Image Flow’s newest team member, a photographer, adjunct professor, and studio owner specializing in making antique tintypes modern again.

Sep 1st 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Photographers 0

Leanne Hansen Language of Light

On the cusp between student and teacher, Leanne Hansen discusses her career before photography, the importance of light, and finding her best images close to home.

“To make successful photographs, we need to understand all of the possibilities and variations for light.” Her new workshop The Language of Light for Photographers offers photographers the opportunity to explore and experiment with the different types, shapes, and colors of light.

Aug 11th 2015 Posted in: Alternative Process, Interviews, Photographers 0

Time Portal platinum/palladium precision digital negatives Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson, photographer and developer of the patented Precision Digital Negatives process, says you always have to be on the lookout for an opportunity. Mark gave up a successful career in the mental health industry to pursue photography, and while he has a loyal following of galleries and collectors, he is known for a system for generating the best digital negatives for alternative processes.

Jul 7th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Interviews 1

Mike Roberts Wish You Were Here America's Postcard King

In Wish You Were Here, author Bob Roberts details the life and work of his father Mike Roberts, which spanned more than 50 years. A self-taught pioneer in the development of color photography and printing, Mike was a 20th-century icon known as America’s Postcard King.

Lightroom expert and in-house retouching specialist Taralynn Lawton worked three years to retouch 70 of Mike’s historic color and black and white images.

“There was one piece that we had from the cover of a Disneyland magazine. It was really a disaster and she patched up the color and the image so that you have no idea,” says Bob.

Mar 3rd 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Photographers 0

Anthony Fendler Catherine Karnow exhibition-quality printing Vietnam retrospective

Photographer Catherine Karnow has made a name for herself shooting surprising and thought-provoking images of Vietnam since 1990. Her new retrospective will open at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong March 9.

Catherine is well known in Vietnam: She began shooting in the country in 1990, and calls the late General Giap a personal friend. In 1994, she was the only foreign journalist invited to accompany him privately to Dien Bien Phu, the site of the battle that won Vietnam independence from the French.

Jan 6th 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Photographers 2

Catherine Karnow Art of Photographing People

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow will present her lecture “The Art of Photographing People” on February 5 at The Image Flow, and a workshop in March. Known for her photographs of people, here, she discusses her teaching style, her existential search for “home,” and what drives her to keep on shooting.

“No matter whether I’m shooting on location or in a workshop, I have the faith that the magic will always happen,” she says.

Nov 21st 2014 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Photographers 0

Larry Davidson Burnt Door Digital Printing

You could say that Larry Davidson “discovered” photography as a young boy helping out his commercial photographer father. “I worked in his lab, and there was always a camera around the house when I was growing up,” Larry said.

In high school Larry and his friends built a darkroom in his garage from the spare parts they cobbled together from his father’s business in order to start a business of their own doing odd photography projects around town. But it wasn’t until later, when he took a few photography classes in college and also discovered Ansel Adams’s work that he says photography became something he could enjoy, just for the sake of it.

Larry’s work has since evolved from black and white landscapes, to bright and colorful architectural photography, to the vibrant abstract work he is now known for.

Nov 3rd 2014 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Interviews, Photographers 3

Jens Closer Hendrik Paul landscape photographer

Hendrik Paul straddles two worlds: He grew up in Mill Valley, CA, where he took his first photography class in eighth grade. He spent his free time hiking on Mount Tamalpais and soaking up the northern California landscape, but his roots are firmly planted on a 500-year-old farm in Germany.

“It’s such a different life from how we live, this small farming community, living off the land. The men went out and did the field work and the women did the cooking. It’s still quite antiquated compared to California or America,” says Hendrik.

Sep 29th 2014 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Lectures 0

Matt Black Former cotton migrant at home Teviston, CA

From southern Mexico to rural California, Matt Black documents the social issues of modern farming and the effects of one of the most severe droughts in recorded history.

Matt Black began photographing the small towns and expansive farmlands of California’s Central Valley for nearly 20 years. A native of that vast agricultural area that runs nearly the entire length of the state, Matt says he began to notice a shift in the people working the fields around his home town.

Aug 18th 2014 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Interviews 3

Anthony Fendler digital imaging expert

Anthony Fendler comes to The Image Flow after eight years in Santa Cruz as image collection manager at the Frans Lanting Studio. He has over two decades of professional experience using the digital darkroom and desktop publishing. He is an expert fine art printer and long-time photo workflow educator. He will be teaching workshops at The Image Flow as well as working with clients to fulfill all of their photographic and digital darkroom needs. Here he answers five questions on photography, technology, and how they intersect.

Jan 28th 2012 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Interviews 2
Discussion with Gary Yost: Photographing Bowling Ball Beach

The Image Flow sat down with Gary Yost to discuss his experience trekking up to Pt. Arena in Mendocino County to photograph the unusual shaped rocks that reveal themselves only at certain tides. What inspired you to photograph Bowling Ball Beach in Mendocino’s Pt. Arena? I was at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival in […]

Oct 29th 2011 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Interviews 2

Photo © Barbara Hazen.

Photographer Barbara Hazen on her long-term love affair with San Francisco’s Grant Avenue.

Sep 26th 2011 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Interviews 0
Q&A with Bill Green

How did a 14 year old become a rock and roll photographer? In those days concerts weren’t events featuring a single key artist with a minor opening act.  Every concert was an event featuring 3 or 4 bands on each bill – and often an early and a late show.  So the bands would play […]