Photography Workshops and JACK DYKINGA speak at BIOCOMM 2007, Tucson July 23-27

Tucson-based photographer CHIP HEDGCOCK has helped to organized a series of photography workshops in conjunction with BioComm‘s Annual Meeting being held in Tucson July 22-27.

From the website: “Biocommunicators are often called upon to photograph a wide variety of small static objects in the hospital or laboratory where they work. This four hour workshop will help them use the skills and techniques that they already have to photograph small (and often highly mobile!) animals in the studio.”

Faculty include Chip, Adobe staffers Lynn Grillo and Ashley Manning Still, Daniel Dejan of Sappi Fine Paper, medical photographer Adam Cooper, nature photographer Bill Fortney and Sam Chesnutt who has pioneered Total Body Photography and the MoleMapCD as a “Standard of Care” for patients at high risk for Melanoma.

Most of the workshops will be held on or near the UA campus in central Tucson, and some will be held at the Sonoran Anthropod Studies Institute (SASI) and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Check the info for each individual class to be certain.

This group brings a diverse and interesting mix of art, technology and science to their teachings. Check out the offerings, and Chip’s stunning photographs, a portfolio of which was featured in Lenswork Magazine #28. Brooks Jensen, editor of Lenswork, has stated “Chip is to bugs what Weston was to peppers!”

To launch the event, on MONDAY, JULY 23rd, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m., Tucson-based photographer JACK DYKINGA will give the Keynote address for the conference: “Feeling the Light on the Land” which is open to the public and sponsored by Fuji. Jack will be showing images from projects that made a difference in conservation and how a camera catalogs beauty while protecting the environment.

This lecture (only) will be held at the Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 E. Second Avenue (just west of the U of A Campus). It is free and open to the public.

From the event website:
“Pulitzer Prize (1971 Feature Photography) winning photographer Jack Dykinga blends large format landscape art photography with documentary photojournalism. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic Magazines. His eight wilderness advocacy, large format books include: Frog Mountain Blues, The Secret Forest, The Sierra Pinacate, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley. He authored and photographed Large Format Nature Photography, a “how to” guide to color landscape photography. Jack Dykinga’s ARIZONA, released fall 2004 from Westcliffe Publishers, is a compellation of Jack’s best Arizona images along with his personal wilderness experiences.

Additionally, he has also collaborated with Mexico’s Agrupacion Sierra Madre to help produce their latest book on the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, printed in both Spanish and English.

Currently, he serves on the board of The Sonoran National Park Project in an effort to create a new Bi-National Park on the Arizona/Sonora, Mexico border.

He has also focused on Texas/Mexican border highlighting the biological richness and diversity of the protected areas along the Rio Grande River corridor which appeared in the February 2007, National Geographic Magazine.

In April, 2007, Jack and four other photographers: Thomas Mangelsen, U.S.A.; Patricio Robles Gil, Mexico; Fulvio Eccardi, Italy & Mexico; and Florien Schultz from Germany, became the first ever R.A.V.E. (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) for the International League of Conservation Photographers, to document the El Triunfo Cloud forest in Chiapas, Mexico, drawing attention to the threatened habitat there.”

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