The 2012 F295 Symposium

June 7-10, 2012
Pittsburgh PA USA

F295 is proud to announce the 5th F295 Symposium and the 10th F295 event! Over the past 6 years F295 has hosted over 60 speakers, 28 sold out workshops, and 6 exhibitions! We look forward to having you with us for another inspiring and ground breaking event.

The diverse and creative group of artist photographers that assembles for this conference is unlike any other. It’s a group that recognizes the fact that photography has reached an exciting point of maturation and is ripe for a new 21st century approach.

Here’s a summary of what we have in store for you this year.


Thursday, June 7, 2012
5-9:00pm Thursday evening: Opening Reception at Rangos Ballroom, University Century, Carnegie-Mellon University
Featuring open portfolio sharing, networking, industry trade show – featuring our friends from Freestyle Photographic, Harman Technologies, Pinhole Blender, and many others! And an opening lecture presented by Jerry Spagnoli and Dr. Jeremy Rowe, Visual Literacy, Metaphor, and Method: The Subconscious of Culture.

Friday, June 8 , 2012
9am-5pm: Lectures and Round Table discussion at The Carnegie Museum of Art.
Join us as we hear a variety of practicing 21st century photographers share information about their work and the thoughts, ideas, and rationale behind it. Read about our fascinating 2012 symposium speakers: Wayne Martin Belger, Jonathan Kline, John Metoyer, Beverly Rayner, Josephine Sacabo, and Anna Strickland here >> We’ll be announcing speakers chosen from submissions we received from the F295 Call for Papers around March 17.

2012 F295 Speaker Order
Tom Persinger: Introduction 9-9:10
Jonathan Kline: Eclipitics/2001-2007 9:10 – 9:50
Sue Abramson: Emotional Relocation 9:50-10:30
Wayne Martin Belger:Thinking Inside the Box 10:30-11:10
John Metoyer: Synthesizing Centuries 11:10-11:50
Q/A 11:50-12noon

LUNCH 12noon: 2pm

Linda Benedict-Jones, intro, 2-2:10
David Emitt Adams: Conversations with History, 2:10-2:50
Beverly Rayner: Mixing Things Up: Image-Object Hybrids, 2:50-3:30
Anne Arden McDonald: Atom, Planet, 3:30-4:10
Josephine Sacabo: You Are Now, 4:10-4: 50
Q/A 4:50-5:00

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Saturday, June 9, 2012
9am-5pm: Hands-on Workshops co-presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers
This years workshops include: Calotype with Dan Estabrook (sold out!) Daguerreotype with Jerry Spagnoli (sold out!), Multi-Color Gum with Brian Taylor (sold out!) and Mordançage with Elizabeth Opalenik (sold out!), and our State of the Industry Seminar with Eric Joseph of Freestyle Photographic !

6-9pm:  A special program at the Carnegie Museum of ArtLight, Time, and The Apparatus: From Pictorialism to 21st Century Photography

At the turn of the last century, world-renowned photographer Alfred Stieglitz was “determined that photography would be accepted as art”. He championed Pictorialism as the process that would achieve this [task.] Join us for an interesting and wide ranging discussion in which four contemporary photographers, whose work is informed by the history of photography and its various processes, discuss their thoughts and ideas on photography’s foundational elements: Light, Time, and Apparatus. They’ll offer reflection on how these foundational elements influence the creation of their work as they emphasize control of the craft in a time of commercial standardization countering the often anonymous quality of much of contemporary photography.

Tom Persinger will introduce and moderate this event that will include speakers Stephen Berkman, Martha Casanave and Norm Saracheck!

Sunday, June 10, 2012
9am-5pm: Continued Hands-on Workshops co-presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers
This years workshops include: Calotype with Dan Estabrook Daguerreotype with Jerry Spagnoli, Multi-Color Gum with Brian Taylor and Mordançage with Elizabeth Opalenik!