F295: Photography Beyond Technique
May 29 – June 1, 2014
Pittsburgh PA USA

This June F295 celebrates its 10th anniversary as a leader in the exploration of contemporary photographic practice during a time of unprecedented change. The industries long romance with chemicals and silver halides as the basis of mass, commercial photography has ended, but in its place a generation of photographers – informed by a keen knowledge of history and technique- are creating a new paradigm of informed use. This years F295 symposium offers another group of practicing photographers delivering presentations that provide insight into their method of work and how their decisions are informed by the unique dialog that exists between subject, content, and photographic process. We hope you will consider joining us at this unique and compelling photographic event.

Over the past 10 years F295 has hosted over 100 unique lectures, dozens of sold out workshops, and 11 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. You will leave this symposium not only fueled with creative ideas but with new and stronger relationships with others in the field.

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

Thursday, May 29, 2014
5:00-10:00pm Thursday evening: Opening Reception at University of Pittsburgh’s Frick Fine Arts building hosted by the department of the History of Art and Architecture. Featuring open portfolio sharing, networking, industry trade show – featuring our friends from near and far! The event also features an exhibition of photographs from the Universities wonderful collection and


F25 is extremely pleased that photographer Joni Sternbach will be discussing her thoughts and ideas around the creation of her magnificent body of work Surfland for this years opening lecture. Sternbach has travelled the world photographing surfers, using the wet plate collodion process, in their environment as a means of exploring questions of identity and attempting to capture the spirit of freedom and adventure  intrinsic to the American psyche.  Don’t miss this fabulous lecture!

Friday, May 30 , 2014
9am-5pm: Lectures and Round Table discussion at University of Pittsburgh’s Frick Fine Arts building auditorium.

2014 F295 Speakers

Tom Persinger: Introduction, 9-9:15
Jefferson Hayman: Somewhere Like This, 9:20 – 10:00
Bea Nettles: Time and Place, 10:05-10:45
Binh Danh: In Memory of…, 10:45-11:25
Q/A 11:25-11:45

LUNCH 12noon: 2pm

Robert Hirsch, Introduction, 2-2:10
Dan Herrera: The Aesthetics of the Pretend, 2:10-2:50
Joe Mills: Giving Flesh to the Infinite/The Transcendence of Preference, 2:50-3:30
Edward Bateman: Forgotten Histories & Mechanical Memories: Constructing the Past, 3:30-4:10
Alison Rossiter: Expiration, 4:10-4: 50
Q/A 4:50-5:00

END 5:00

Saturday, May 31, 2014
9am-5pm: Hands-on Workshops co-presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers
This years workshops include:
Albumen printing with France Scully Osterman
Carbon transfer printing with Sandy King
Environmental portraiture with Martha Casanave
Gum Bichromate printing with Dan Estabrook
The World of Inkjet Paper Seminar with Eric Joseph and Freestyle Photographic
Canson’s Fine Art Paper Seminar with Canson and others!

Sunday, June 1, 2014
See Saturday’s list (above) for this years workshop offerings!