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2015 FStop Group

Have a Good Summer
Next FStop Meeting
September 16th 6:30 - 9:00



Photo: Tom Arndt

Tom Arndt;
"The Webster Dictionary defines the word “chronicle” as a historical account of events, typically without analysis or interpretation.  Some synonyms of chronicle include:  Narrative, record, document, report.  There are famous newspapers that use Chronicle on their masthead, the iconic San Francisco Chronicle one example.

This year we are going to spend time photographing our world; a chronicle of our lives that will become a permanent record of that which we want remembered in our annual F-Stop exhibition and catalog.   

This kind of photographic recording This kind of photographic recording – the basis for this year’s exhibition and catalog -  is a way of building a narrative account of what we encounter during our summer days.  Indeed, this is a very open ended topic.  The important thingto remember is that we are building a lasting, narrative chronicle that is ultimately not just for this show, or this year, but for ourselves and for others decades from now."

Photo: Sally Mars

Sally Mars;
"Art is the language we use to speak to those of the future about the experience of living today, just as those who lived long ago speak to us today through their work, reminding all of us of our common humanity.  This is our voice.  This is our link across time, across cultures.  This is our chronicle.

Our present becomes our past so quickly.  Who or what we photograph should be considered timeless, and important to us.  We will use all of our visual tools – light, form, environment, composition -  to reveal the feelings we want remembered.  Photography is unique in its ability to clarify our experience.  Our photographs chronicle the past and present for the future.

We know that you will find significant and profound moments, unique every day encounters, the expressions of humanity, community, ourselves and our world that will define our "F-Stop Chronicle" materials, and voice.

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About the F•Stop Group

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.

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

Meeting Dates for 2015
September 16th
October 21st
November 18th
December 16th

FStop Group Opening Reception
FStop "Chronicles" is Friday, November 13th - 6:30 - 8:30

Group benefits include:
Peer review and critique

At each monthly meeting, five 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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