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2016 FStop Group

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We all have bodies of work that may go back many years. I often look back at images I made 40 years ago that I thought were unworthy or weak at the time. With the passage of time and gaining perspective and wisdom with age, I can now see some power or value in that work. I am so glad I did not have a delete button.

In life, and in photography, sometimes looking back can help bring us forward. So we are now proposing an F-Stop group exhibition that is about photographs from our past that we now see differently, and seems relevant to us now. Often, they help inform the present. 

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Call Opens Oct 14th and closes Oct 30th.
Results Posted Nov 4th
Opening Reception Dec 2nd

Next FStop Meeting
October 19th, 2016


Photo by Dorothy Childers

The F•Stop Group is a community of photographers that meet on a monthly basis, September through June, and are dedicated to critiquing and supporting each other's work. The mission of the F•Stop Group is to promote aesthetic and technical growth in each person's photography. Tom Arndt hosts the group and Sally Mars will co-host. 

Starting with its new season Mpls Photo Center will continue that support for the F•Stop Group, sponsoring and hosting the meetings at the Mpls Photo Center the third Wednesday of every month, except for the months of July and August.

A Note from Tom & Sally:

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all are having a great summer and making lots of new photographs.
I can't believe we are actually going into our 11 year.  Sally and I have
been working hard.  We are looking forward to seeing you in September.  We
have decided that this year we are really going to concentrate on more
critiques and less on speakers.  We will have speakers but not every month
like last year.  Really want to concentrate on seeing and talking about your

I have an idea for an FStop exhibition  that would open December 2.  It's
working title is "Reflection."  We all have bodies of work that my go back
in time up to 45 years like me.  I often look at work that I made 40 years
ago that I thought was awful and with the passage of time and gaining wisdom
with age, I can see work that I am so glad I didn't have a delete button
for.  Looking back and help bring us forward. So what I am proposing, and we
can talk about this at the meeting,  is an FStop exhibition that is about
moments from our past that are new and revealing about our present.

We will be showing 5 artists at this first meeting in September.

To avoid confusion, we will be begin compiling a new exhibitor list for this fall and
will publish the list on the MPC website as we go so you can see who is coming up 
and if there are available spots.  All spots are on a first come basis so send an email
the date you want to show to Dan at

So we'll see you on the 21st of September.

Tom and Sally

Join the Group
Anyone can join the group. If you choose to attend one of the meetings, the cost is $5 per meeting, and goes toward special guest speakers, physical space to facilitate the meeting, snacks and beverages. You may sign up by emailing

Meetings Start at 6:30pm and run until 9:00pm

Meeting Dates and Portfolios for 2016/2017 Season

September 21st
1. Bill Rodman
2. Mark Gustafson

October 19th
1. Mike Fuerst
Chris Smith 
3. Manny Castillo
Carla Gesell

November 16th

December 21st
1. David Tacke

Janurary 18th

February 15th

March 16th
April 19th
May 17th
June 21st


Group benefits include:
Peer review and critique

At each monthly meeting, three presenters show their work. The work must be made in the last year and each presenter may show only once per year. The work should be shown in print form, and in print color or black and white. Critiques last approximately 15 minutes. The presentation begins by the presenter introduce themselves and shares a bit of information about the work. We ask that you keep it brief so there is ample opportunity for conversation. Tom Arndt provides his insight into the work and is part of the critique process. All F•Stop members are asked to respect each other in the critique process by offering ideas that help better realize the photographer's intent. Not all FStop members are at the same level of accomplishment, but everyone can benefit from thoughtful comments. This idea creates an atmosphere that is different from meeting to meeting.

If you would like to show your work at the next  meeting, you may sign up by emailing, please tell us the date you would like. Please bring prints.

Along with critique, there may be guest speakers or videos as part of the meeting. The heart and soul of The F•Stop Group is community. For more information on the F•Stop group or to join, please email:


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