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Next Photo Union Meeting Tuesday, September 9th

Photo Union Meeting Dates
MPC Members: $22.50 a session
Non-Members: $25.00 per session

Note all meetings are on Tuesdays
Scheduled Meetings for 2014

September 9th
October 14th
November 11
December 9th

Photo Union was created to bring monthly discussions, assignments and review to help stimulate, guide and inspire photographers of all levels.

 Using the underlying principles that define and guide great photography, participants will be encouraged to concept and explore ideas, turning the abstract into the concrete through thought provoking assignments.
Photo Union's goal is to elicit the more conceptual aspects of photography, helping the photographer to define their personal and creative vision, while refining their unique photographic voice.
Those new to photography will find that seeing the world through an artist’s eye not only benefits their work, but in turn their being. More established photographers will appreciate the monthly challenges and lively dialogue.
Photo Union encourages practicing the photographic arts to execute new work each month in response to a given assignment.
Photo Union is about thinking, learning, sharing and growing.  It’s about finding your voice, finding inspiration, and limitless exploration of the possible, improbable and impossible.
Photo Union is an accepting and supportive league built on our common love of photography and believes there is an artist in each of us.
Join the Union and free the artist in you today.

Topics that will be discussed and demonstrated:

  • Monthly discussions, assignments and review to help stimulate, guide and inspire photographers of all levels.
  • Participants will be encouraged to concept and explore ideas,
  • Elicit the more conceptual aspects of photography, helping the photographer to define their personal and creative vision
  • Limitless exploration of the possible, improbable and impossible
Notes From Sally & Assignment From the May Meeting
Why hello Photo Union League,  

I hope your shooting is going well, and that our current assignment – expounding on the previous one, images of ourselves which exclude our likeness – is inspiring you, and that our former session and discussion is helping you to feel free, and providing plenty of room for your muse to sing.  

For those who were not with us last round, we each addressed the project above, and did so with great success.  The project was a challenging one for many, as investigations of the self – whether pictured or not – might tend to be.  In our discussions, we elaborated on the notion of all work we create being a form of self-portraiture – a document of our decision-making in a moment, our attractions and motivation in that moment, and well beyond it.  In consideration of this thought process, our continuation of this assignment may or may not serve as a more literal portrayal of ourselves told in captures of that which molded us, or brings us peace, love, joy or reason...or, that which spoke to us in and only for a fraction of a second.  The decision of what to photograph and how to present it is entirely yours, and as such could be nearly anything, though I might anticipate images that are somehow personal in nature - however direct or abstract the “personal” might describe itself in your work.

If you were not at the previous session, by all means, feel free to explore the topic and join in, whether as a photographer participant, a fellow philosopher, or an exclusive observer.  We welcome you!  And if you were at the last session, we hope to welcome you back, and see where this two-parter has taken you!  All are welcome, always.  And as members of Photo Union we know:  In art, there are no wrong answers, and the “right” answer is exclusively the one which is right for the work’s creator at the time of creating it.  To this, seize your topic, and seize your moment!  I for one can’t wait to see what you’ve done!

This will be our last session before a summer break.  We’ll regroup in September to review our summer assignment (I’ll share that Tuesday, though perhaps you’ve guessed it already).  

And...the first Photo Union exhibition opens November 8, in conjunction with the annual F-Stop exhibit!  Each participant (limited to a maximum of 25) will have a square area approximately 24x24” in which they can present and install their work as they see fit.  This could mean one image, a custom display of multiple images, framed presentation, pinned’s your space, and your vision, in response to a single Photo Assignment of your (semi-)choosing (I’d like to limit our assignment cues to four, so please feel free to let me know the assignment or assignments you’d be most interested in sharing either via email or in person on Tuesday).  We’ll install the show together prior to the exhibition date (or you may defer to me if you’re not available to do that).  I’m so excited!  Aren’t you?  

And speaking of the annual F-Stop exhibition...the Call for Entries opens June 18.  Tom Arndt and I will serve as jurors on the them The American Way:   

Additional opportunities that await you:

Black and White at our own Minneapolis Photo Center:

Peaches and Cream at Milim Gallery:

In Praise of Trees at Photo Place:

Water, Elemental and Fundamental at Photo Place:

Books/Words/Music in Shots Magazine:

Do you have an opportunity to share?  Let us know, and/or post it on our facebook page:

Excited to see you Tuesday.  It’s going to be a great evening!

Yours truly,

Sally Mars

Sally Mars: Sally Mars is Producer of Photography, Broadcast and Film for Photographers and Directors. She also consults as a Project Manager, Creative Director and Marketing Consultant in print and broadcast for select clients including; Prada, Coca Cola, Volvo, Target, Mercedes, Union Pacific, Microsoft, AT&T, Cessna, Fox Sports, Nike, Champion and Reebok. Her agency clients include; Bailey Lauerman, Carmichael Lynch, Clarity Coverdale Fury, Goodby Silverstein, Campbell Mithun Esty, BBDO, GSD&M, Olson, Martin Williams, and Fallon International.

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