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Jo Babcock and Mark Brown discuss a few photographs made with a pinhole camera

The opening reception for this year’s F295 symposium is Thursday, May 29 from 5-9pm.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with your peers and industry leaders! The event features a targeted industry trade show in which you can get to know and talk with people who are making products that relate to the work you’re making (you can also snag some free samples and give-aways from these great folks!), an exhibition of Ralph Gibson’s photographs drawn from the collection at the University of Pittsburgh, a portfolio sharing session, and the opening night artist lecture by Joni Sternbach on her ongoing Surfland series of wet plate images!

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France Scully Osterman and two guests discuss tintypes.

The portfolio sharing event is loosely structured: There’s a room packed full of 8′ tables on which attendees and speakers are invited to layout your photographs for discussion, inspiration, critique and knowledgeable photo-talk!

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Martha Casanave with a few prints, a couple of her books, and a few of her hand-made (and free!) bookmarks!

This is a fantastic opportunity to give and receive feedback, view other work, network in the industry, and trade (or buy/sell) prints!  We highly recommend that everyone bring work to share—you might just gain new and useful points of view on your photographs.

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Looking down a row at the portfolio sharing session.

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Jody Ake discussing his fabulous In-Camera Industries wet plate backs with two conference attendees.