Three Amigos: John Rizzo, Fred Sway, and Neal Rantoul

Exhibition Run: Monday, April 7 – May 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 3:30-5:30pm

After more than thirty years of diverse photographic careers, three old friends: John Rizzo, Fred Sway and Neal Rantoul come together to exhibit works that are diverse in interest but united in a common bond of their love for photographic vision. The work represents each photographers’ unique take on our world, rich in color and texture, rendered with consummate skill and mastery of the medium.

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John Rizzo

John Rizzo’s images of balconies, doorways and apartments from his neighborhood in Alba, Italy are abstracts of color, texture and design. Fred Sway’s rendition of porches and yards in rural Massachusetts transforms the mundane and ordinary into exceptional still lifes of color and form. And finally, Neal Rantoul’s never-before-shown images of a cliff face in a fjord of northern Iceland convey a sense of diminished human scale in the face of powerful and aw inspiring natural force.

Neal Rantoul is a career artist and educator. Recently retired from 30 years as head of the Photo Program at Northeastern University in Boston; he is devoting his efforts full time to making new pictures and bringing earlier work to a national and international audience. With over 50 one-person exhibitions over the length of his career, Rantoul has exhibited new works within the last year at both Panopticon Gallery and The Danforth Museum.

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Neal Rantoul

John Rizzo started his career in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied and taught photography. His early work as a documentary photographer earned him a Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities Photography Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Project Grant. Eventually John found his way to Portland, Oregon where he opened a studio and enjoyed a successful career as an Advertising and Editorial Photographer. John founded Ars Nova Gallery and was a cofounder and the artistic director of Obscura Gallery, two critically acclaimed galleries in the burgeoning Portland, Oregon art scene.

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Fred Sway

Fred Sway is former director of New England School of Photography and Boston University Photo Services. He completed a Master’s Degree in Photography under Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design, IIT, Chicago. His most recent exhibitions include the Griffin Museum of Photography.

 

 

 

 

Celestial Navigation: Keith Johnson

Exhibition Run: Monday, February 24 – April 4, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5-7pm

Salter Nova webCelestial Navigation is a large-scale photographic investigation that began as a response to a painting by Rebecca Salter at British Art Center and grew into a suite of gridded images about the night sky. Photographer Keith Johnson’s interest turned towards what happens when a photograph of ordinary, regular, every day stuff takes on a different meaning, looks different and even becomes something else: an image.

“My take is that the longer involvement allows for serendipity and image to enter into the experience both mine and the viewers. These pictures are about an AHA! Moment. I would see some surface and look at it for a while intrigued when the roof or the chrysanthemums or the snow sort of tugged on my coat tail and said “Hey you, pay attention.” I found myself saying, “OK I get it. And got to work.”

The images on view detail extended and in depth investigations of singular subjects transformed through seeing. Letting go of narrative, these visually enveloping grids construct new realities to entice the mind and the eye.

Keith Johnson received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind following a year at Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons. Ten years of teaching led to a move to the business side of photography after completing an MBA. He supports his fine art making as a sales consultant in the northeast and is on the summer faculty at Penland School of Crafts, VSW, and Maine Media Workshop, and thesis mentor at SVA in NY and AIB in Boston.

Recent solo shows include Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; FotoFest, Houston, TX; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; New England School of Photography, Boston, MA; Panopticon Gallery,  Boston, MA; Nelson Hancock Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, WA, and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.

Collections include RISD, George Eastman House, and Center for Creative Photography.  He is a recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships and Residencies at Light Work and Visual Studies Workshop, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.

Suzanne Revy: To Venerate the Simple Days

ImageTo Venerate the Simple Days is a magical visual essay crafted by photographer Suzanne Revy on the joys of family and the explorations of summer.

Her images capture the sheer bliss of long days, imaginative play, and freedom within the landscape. Her use of a toy camera draws out a surprisingly melancholic mood at times, revealing memories and continued traditions within a family when school is over and obligations fall away. Experiencing this work is akin to gazing upon a field of fireflies at dusk, a rare and ephemeral experience to warm the heart.

Suzanne Revy received her B.F.A in photography from Pratt Institute. She was the Photo Editor of U.S. News & World Reports for nearly a decade before becoming Acting Picture Editor at Yankee Magazine in the late 90’s. For the last 10 years Suzanne has focused on her career as an artist: she has been exhibited locally and nationally as such venues as the Danforth Musuem, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Photoplace Gallery, and Texas Photographic Society. Suzanne is Represented by Panopticon Gallery, Boston MA.

Catching Up: Gretjen Helene

p2p-logo2011 Garner Center Featured Artist Gretjen Helene is one of 18 exhibiting artists participating in From Paper to Pixels, a collaboration between traditional and new media artists to create unique, interactive experiences:

‘Of the Egg In the Heart’ has been reinvigorated through this collaborative process with my new friend, Jamie Kosoy of Brooklyn, New York. We spent time online and in person through August exploring the capabilities and limitations of both the tangible and in-tangible mediums we both brought to the work. Together we took the original conceptual and structural basis of this piece and brought the figures inside to life. By incorporating real-time video/projection media we want to bring you, the viewer, into the intimate interior of the eggshell to meet another person inside. Your experience depends on your interaction and her reaction might give you startle.

Opening Reception: November 21, 5-7pm
Exhibition Open through January 17, 2014
Suffolk University Gallery, 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA

 

Things You Should Ask Your Wedding Photographer AND YOURSELF: Henry + Mac

Guest blog from Henry + Mac, a Boston based wedding photography business owned by ’11 NESOP graduate Dana Curran (Tavares) and her husband Zak. You can find their work featured in publications like Brooklyn Bride, Style Me Pretty, The Wedding Chicks, Intimate Weddings, and Classic Bride or check out their Facebook page.

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Figuring out who should document your wedding day can be a pretty stressful ordeal. Photographers book 1-2 years in advance – meaning it’s usually your 2nd commitment (if not first) after picking your venue.  There are literally thousands of options in the New England area alone. Figuring out where to begin can be overwhelming to say the least.

My wife and I are in a unique position because not only are we wedding photographers, but we just got married ourselves this September and got a whole new education on the hiring process. So we’re going to give you a little insight from our vantage point, the side of the vendor and the side a couple who just experienced it.

We’re often asked our advice for picking a photographer; what should a couple ask?  Who did YOU hire?  How did you decide?  If you keep up with popular blogs you’ll read over and over again questions like, “ How many images do you deliver,” or “ what equipment do you use,” or,” do you have insurance?”

Ugh. Look we get why that idea is out there.  These questions are important to understand before entering into any agreement.  The wedding machine will push this on you constantly. It’s nothing against that line of thinking it’s just, well, is that what’s really important?

So, this will not be that sort of list.

Any professional photographer worth a damn should be able to deliver you plenty of professional images, have insurance and all that. You’re inviting someone in to one of the most important days of your life so far; that’s a big deal.  If you ask vanilla questions, you’ll get a vanilla photographer.

We also included questions we think you should ask yourself. In the roller coaster of wedding planning they’ll hopefully give you a better idea of what you want your day to feel like, and what you want your experience to feel like with your photographers, you know, the ACTUAL important stuff.

  1. ASK YOURSELF: DO YOU WANT A BUSINESS TRANSACTION or PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP? We each have our own priorities and a vision for our big day that are often drastically different from one another. Both are great options just be honest about which you are looking for upfront.  Really think about this.  The rest of your communication from then on will hinge on this decision.  If you have a personal relationship it DOES NOT mean you don’t get the same professional treatment. Make sure you get what’s included in your package, discuss what that means, and set expectations. Make sure you understand the contract and your usage rights.   But also make sure that if you want something more personal out of the relationship your photographer has the depth and connection to do so.
  2. ASK THEM: Hourly vs. full day coverage. The toughest thing when talking to photographers is comparing apples to apples. Some charge by the hour, some full day. Some deliver edited photos, some don’t.  While every photographer builds his/her business differently for very personal and legitimate reasons, you just need to make sure it fits your vision.
  3. ASK YOURSELF: WHAT’S OUR BUDGET?  Yes, we’d all love to fly Jonas Peterson in from Australia to flawlessly capture our day and make us look like movie stars.  Unfortunately, we can’t all afford it.  Sometimes, a budget is a budget.  Be realistic, do your research to find out what the market bears, know what’s important to you, and try to set your expectations accordingly.  Find a few photographers you’re drawn to on a few different levels – talk to them – find out who fits you best – then go with your gut.  Find the happy place between the disappointment of an unattainable figure and the disappointment of choosing based solely on numbers.  There’s a match for you at every budget level.
  4.  ASK THEM: WHY DO YOU THIS / HOW’D YOU GET INTO THIS? Ask some questions about how they got into their business, what motivates them to do this? What’s important to them?  What are they looking for in you and other couples?  Why is always the heart of the matter.  This is usually something a photographer volunteers anyway and comes up naturally in our conversation but if this matters to you, ASK.  We think this is a vital question to discuss.
  5. ASK YOURSELF: DO YOU TRUST THEM? Can I let go and allow this person be the professional?  Can I trust them to do their job?  Not just that they’ll deliver what you’ve agreed to, but that you also feel comfortable trusting their creative process.  Do I trust them with this enormous responsibility?
  6. ASK THEM: HOW WILL WE PLAN FOR THE DAY TOGETHER? WHAT DOES A DAY WORKING WITH YOU LOOK LIKE?  When the right one answers these questions you should find yourself nodding along, having revelations, ‘Yes! That’s exactly what we were thinking!”  Timeline meetings, phone calls, a site visit. Be on the same page 30 days out so when you see them on that day, they just do their thing so you can do yours.
  7. ASK YOURSELF: DO YOU LIKE THEM? The last question you should always ask is of yourself. It should go something like, “ Do I like hanging out with these people? Would I love having them around on my wedding day?” Any other answer besides, “Hell YES,” should warrant serious reconsideration of hiring that person. We spend more time with the bride and groom than anyone else on their wedding day. If you want to enjoy every minute of a day that always flies too fast, you must be comfortable with your photographer.  It’s the only way you will look back on your photos and truly feel like a piece of you is reflected, that your story was told.  That, to us, is everything.

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Phillip Jones: Selected Photographs

Exhibition: November 5 – December 20, 2013
Artist Reception: Wednesday November 13, 5-7pm

Currently on view at the Garner Center, Phillip Jones’ investigations of transition, construction and progress in the urban landscape. Phillip’s ethereal and energetic scenes take use across America and Europe stealthily by night, leaving no stone unturned. His squares, subtle yet poignant, respond to the relationship between architecture and societal values. The often overlooked or undiscovered vantages are magically brought to life through operatic silver gelatin prints not to be missed!

Biography:

Phillip Jones was bon in 1951 in the metropolitan Washington DC area. His father was an Academy award-winning filmmaker and his mother operated an art gallery in Dupont Circle.

He studied at the Corcoran School of Art, Antioch College and Cooper Union.

In the early 70’s he worked in the television industry. His short film Secrets won numerous awards and was exhibited at the Whitney  and Hirschhon Museums. In 1979 he became a free-lance artist working both in set design for opera and medical illustration.

In 1990 Phillip and his wife  moved to Boston as he began exhibiting his photographic work. He has been exhibited at the DeCordova Museum, the Fuller Museum, the Lafayette Museum, the Hunter Museum, the Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Federal Reserve Gallery, the Cesium Gallery and Chatham Gallery with fourteen solo exhibits at his primary venue; the Mercury Gallery.

His work is in numerous collections including the DeCordova Museum, the Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library, Pfizer, Fidelity Investments, Putnam Investments, Accenture, Banana Republic, Levi Strauss, Raytheon, Goldman Sachs and The Four Seasons.

He currently splits his time between Boston and Atlanta.

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Alumni Profile: Dave White ’06

After 6 years of working for Hasbro Inc. as a photographer, 2006 alum Dave White recently left his job to open his own studio in Rhode Island, Studio DTW.

Studio DTW is a full service photography and digital imaging studio that specializes in creating dynamic images for use in multiple advertising and promotional applications. Their clients are a diverse group of businesses and individuals, from varied backgrounds and with different needs, who recognize the importance of compelling imagery to tell their story and drive their business.

“I am about to launch a new and exciting product that combines the world of photography with 3D printing.  The brand is called TOPOGRAFICS™, they are 3D-printed files that have been converted from traditional photographs. I will be presenting my prints to the public for the very first time at the PDN PhotoPlus Expo on October 24-26th in New York City.”

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Introducing the NESOP Alumni Portal

portalpicNESOP proudly announces the launch of our new Alumni Portal. Alumni can access the portal through the NESOP website under the Alumni menu navigation item from the home page, or, simply go here.

The alumni portal is an easy way to access job leads at any time, update your personal information and stay connected with fellow alumni and 2nd year students.  Alums are encouraged to take a few minutes to set up/request an account, your account request will then be submitted for approval. Once approved, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and will be ready to log-in and enjoy all the new features of the portal!

Things to Note:

Job Leads: As of  July 11th, job leads will no longer be emailed out to alumni database, all job leads will now be accessible through the portal and are available 24/7. They are posted in real time, so check back as often as you like.

Calls for Entry will also be posted and accessible via the portal. If you have a Call for Entry that you want to post to the portal for your fellow alums and current NESOP students, there are options for you to do so.

2nd Year Students: Your access to the portal is limited until you graduate. As a student, you will have access to job leads and Calls for Entry only. When you graduate, you will have access to the full Alumni Portal.

Class of ’13 Commencement Address: Tara Morris ’07

2007 NESOP graduate Tara Morris was selected as the 2013 Commencement Speaker and recipient of this year’s Alumni Achievement Award.

In her address to the Class of 2013, Tara, co-owner of Hitched Studios (voted ‘Best of Boston‘ for Wedding Photography in 2011,) shares her post-graduate experiences and encourages students to celebrate their strengths.

“There is no better life than the life of a successful artist – you are at that door, and it is in your hands.”

Video by Long Haul Films.

Expert Insights: Keitaro Yoshioka

NESOP Architectural Photography instructor, Keitaro Yoshioka, took a few minutes to share his thoughts on the most important elements for an emerging photographer in developing a marketing and business plan.

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NESOP: What do you believe are the five most important elements to guide an (emerging) photographer in developing his/her business plan and why? 

Keitaro: First of all, I think it is important to note that I don’t believe the standard MBA-format business plan works well for photographers.  It doesn’t fit the creative model for new photographers attempting to launch their careers.  Originally a vehicle for obtaining bank or investor funding, the “traditional” business plan has elements that are important but others that simply don’t apply in this context. 

I also think it is important that anyone entering this field understands the difference between photo enthusiasts and professional photographers.  If you want to make a living as a photographer, you need to have technical, creative and business skills and understand that, as a professional photographer, you are running your own business

With this in mind, I require my students to create both a marketing plan and a five-year plan.  Five key elements in developing these are:

1.                  Have a vision and trust your vision.  Know what makes you and your work unique.  The are a lot of photographers out there and they all have something different to offer; the most successful ones will all agree that you must trust your vision.  As an emerging artist, understand that your portfolio may be as good as or better than many of the established professionals.  To succeed, you must stay true to your vision and market yourself well. 

2.                Create your marketing materials and marketing plan; keep your “brand” in mind when doing this.  You are going to send out your own promotional cards and other promo materials (hard copy and/or electronic depending on your clients and strategy).  These materials should include your strongest image(s) and the images and materials should clearly represent/describe what you do.  Your materials should convey the image you want for your business. 

3.                Research the market to identify your potential clients. Create your (client) database based on research.  Your database should contain the company name (if applicable) and contact information (mailing address, e-mail address, direct phone or extension, website, social media sites, etc.) for all the individuals who will make the hiring decision.  Don’t simply target a department—send your materials to the marketing director, photo editor, creative director, art director, etc.  Ultimately, you want to get in front of these individuals, show them your portfolio and make a (positive) impression on them.  Create a schedule to follow up with anyone to whom you’ve sent your promotional materials—do what works: make a cold call, set up an appointment to meet, etc.  Just be sure to follow up. 

4.                Plan (and budget) to stay educated and stay in business.  Photography is always changing.  Today, more than ever, photographers must stay current with the latest technology and trends and always be ready to reinvent themselves.   This is true in terms of the equipment we use to make images and the ways and technology we use to market ourselves.

5.           Have a (five-year) plan.  Rejection is part of being a photographer, so if you are a freelancer or planning to operate your own studio, the ultimate question is how you will handle that.  Do you have a plan for the “lean” early years?  Do you plan to take other (unrelated) work in an effort to support your photography?  If so, how long can you support yourself in that unrelated field while still managing to produce new bodies of work and promote your photography business?  Because THAT is the focus—building your business and your career as a photographer.  Some may see results within a year.  Others may take five years to start earning a “stable” income from photography.  There’s no guarantee in this business.  One thing is certain, though:  If you are not shooting and if you are not aggressively marketing your business, you will not get jobs.  So, however you do it—make a plan, set goals for your photography business and constantly revisit them and work toward achieving them.        __________________________________________________________________________________

Keitaro YoshiokaA successful commercial photographer for over 25 years with client lists including IBM, Microsoft and Proctor & Gamble, Keitaro is not only a masterful photographer, but an expert in handling the business aspects of the job.

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