Photographer William Porter talks about his lifelong love affair with photography (“...a cross between a religion and an addiction”), the evolution of his career from Marine Corps documentary photographer to commercial photographer, to specialist in architectural photography, and his role in the visual preservation of historical sites. Mr. Porter’s diverse commissions include the Earl Warren Building, the O'Shaughnessy Dam, Moffitt Field, the Chinatown YMCA in San Francisco, and more recently, Bay Meadows Racetrack, prior to its closing. His archival prints are held by the Library of Congress, the Historic American Building Survey, and by numerous state and municipal historical societies. Twice awarded the Purple Heart while serving in Viet Nam, Porter holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. William@williamporter.com
Donald Farnsworth, director of Magnolia Editions www.magnoliaeditions.com in Oakland, CA, will discuss the innovations of the studio and its past, present, and future projects. Magnolia Editions is a workshop with an eye for the unexplored: its recent innovations include tapestry editions by Chuck Close and Alex Katz. Mr. Farnsworth's talk will include images and short movies illustrating various techniques developed at Magnolia Editions. Farnsworth is internationally known as an artist, master printmaker and authority on the history and manufacture of handmade paper. Employing innovative hybrid technologies in collaborative projects with his wife, Era Hamaji Farnsworth, his work synthesizes the historic and the unorthodox.
Alyson Kuhn, editorial director of the Alphabetilately project, will talk about the its evolution from whimsical notion in 1997 to major museum exhibition currently at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, DC. In 2008, Alphabetilately was chosen by as the theme for the National Postal Museum's 15th Anniversary celebration. Alyson will be accompanied by philatelist Bill Senkus, originator of Alphabetilately: an Alphabet of Philately. From 1997-2002, Alyson was the Communications Director on the board of the SF chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts; she also served a three-year term on the board of the San Francisco Center for the Book, where she co-curated two exhibitions. She has taught workshops across the country about the Art of Correspondence. Her diverse clients include the Smithsonian Institutions, the Hearts in San Francisco project, Adobe Systems, and the US Postal Service.