Steven H. Begleiter is an internationally awarding winning photographer living in Denver. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD). His photo career began in NYC, as first assistant to Annie Leibovitz and the late Mary Ellen Mark. In 1982 he opened his studio in Soho, NYC and worked on commissions for JW Thompson, Hill and Knowlton, AT&T, Forbes, US, Elle, and Esquire. His iconic photograph of Bill and Ennis Cosby graced the cover of Time Magazine. His first book of photographs Fathers and Sons (Abbeville Press 1989) was a critical and commercial success. After 17 years in NYC, he was recruited by the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design to teach photography, where he authored two more photography books. Ten years later he moved to Missoula, Montana to teach at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and authored two more photography books. This Spring, 2020, his sixth photography book, Photographic Lighting for Everybody will be published by Amherst Media.
Yes, Camera is his real last name. He is a professional photographer in Denver shooting mostly editorial and commercial photography specializing in environmental portraits. He is best known locally for photographing most of the feature stories and covers for Westword magazine for over 20 years. He has a studio / gallery in the heart of Denver’s Santa-Fe arts district which has a very popular First Friday arts walk. He has used this as an opportunity to work on a personal project he calls the “Portrait Parade.” Often he will take advantage of this situation by setting up an unique scene and asking people to pose. What he likes most about the “Portrait Parade” is how collaborative it is. By letting the subjects interpret and inhabit the scene he builds and allowing them to create their own characters, together they make images that tell stories that are filled with humor, emotion and meaning.
Kimberly Chiaris received her BFA in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her interest lies mainly in personal storytelling through hand made processes. Her practices often involve digital composites combined with analog and alternative processes that include elements of mixed media. Her focus is primarily on themes of origin and identity and how trace memory, emotions, time and culture shape and shift our understanding of history. She has recently exhibited at The Image Flow, Light Box Photographic, Center for Fine Art Photography, Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, FotoFest, SE Center for Photography, PhotoPlace Gallery, L.A. Photo Curator, Art Intersection, Candela Books and Gallery. She has been published in Christina Z. Anderson’s book – Cyanotype-The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice, The Hand Magazine, Shadow and Light Magazine, Shots Magazine, RfotoFolio, L.A. Photo Curator and HM Hard Music Magazine. Kimberly also loves teaching and igniting curiosity in people through art processes. She has taught numerous photo based art classes and workshops at Universities, Colleges, Museums, galleries, Artist associations and nonprofit organizations.
Erin Dvorak is an artist and visual arts educator living in Denver, CO. She earned her BFA in Photo Media in 2014 from the University of Kansas and has worked in various facets of education for over five years. She has experience working with students as a Visual Art Coordinator, Field Instructor, and Operations Coordinator. Currently, she teaches visual arts to middle schoolers in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood. Erin’s primary artistic focus is to create a discussion on the topic of environmentalism by documenting the contemporary landscape using large format film photography. When she is not teaching or working on art, Erin can be found mountain biking, attending concerts and art shows, or enjoying the sunshine in the park.
Marc Feldman is a professional sports, commercial, and real estate photographer with over 25 years experience. He is a graduate of The University of Southern California Film School and Art Center College of Design.
He owned and operated his own advertising and commercial production companies in Los Angeles. He was the Senior Staff Photographer for Golf Illustrated and GolfWeek Magazines and was a contributing photographer for Getty Images and WireImage, on the PGA Tour and all other professional sports. Marc’s work has appeared in every major sports magazine throughout the world and has received numerous awards for both his commercial and editorial work.
Patti Hallock received her BFA in photography from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2004 and her MFA in photography 2007 from Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City. Patti has been teaching photography at the University of Colorado at Denver. She works digitally as well as with medium and large format film. Her work is represented by Goodwin Fine Art in Denver, Colorado. She was invited to exhibit work from her project, “The West Is Here” in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CO, in January 2013. A book about the work was published in conjunction with the exhibition and included an essay by Karen Brooks from the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum. Her work is in both public and private collections and has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Eric Joseph is a photographer and Executive Vice President of New Business and Product Development at Freestyle Photographic Supplies. Eric graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1985 with a B.A. in Art, Specializing in Photography. With over 30 years of experience in the photographic industry, he has unique access to vast technical resources and always seeks to share important and accurate information with as many folks as possible. Eric has traveled across the United States leading seminars and workshops related to digital printmaking. The most notable of which is entitled, “The World of Inkjet Paper…The Print Matters!” Speaking at colleges, universities, commercial labs, photo clubs, art centers and professional photographic organizations, Eric teaches digital printmaking with an emphasis on empirical knowledge allowing folks to make informed decisions about their digital output and how to obtain consistent, reliable, repeatable and controllable results.
Eric regularly teaches a hands on class called “The Fine Art of Digital Printmaking” at the Los Angeles Center for Photography and performs workshops for Canon Learning Centers in Southern California and Leica Akademie.
Alexandra Mamatas is visual art educator and practicing artist based in Denver, CO. Throughout her career she has explored a variety of media and taught a range of techniques, from video and film production to darkroom photography to college level 2D-Design. Alexandra’s art education philosophy is that all students are capable of success and deserve the opportunity to explore meaning making through their own artistic voice. In her fine artwork, she personally explores dreamy themes with magical qualities, searching for the boundaries between reality and a dream state. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys marveling at the mountains in Colorado, and capturing shots during hiking and camping with a photojournalistic approach. Alexandra earned her BFA in Studio Art and Art Education and MA in Art Education, both from James Madison University in Virginia.
Brian Mark is a commercial / Advertising photographer with over 30 years experience in creating images for clients. His background as an art and art history student is essential during all of his photographic shoots. Brian currently works out of a large studio in south Denver where he can shoot anything from small objects to large, like cars during his work with Audi. Clients like Audi, Bolle, Spyder active wear, Kraft, Quaker Oats, Coors and Thule have asked Brian to bring his artistic knowledge and approach to their work.
Kia Neill teaches at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History, and is a multidiscipline artist that works between photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Neill is native to Chicago and has lived and worked throughout the U.S. as a professional artist doing public and private commissions, exhibitions, lectures, jurying exhibitions and grants, and teaching college and continuing education for 15 years. She recently moved to Colorado after starting her latest concentration of works, inspired by the Colorado landscape, for which she digitally collages her photography with elements of her abstract drawing and painting.
Michael Snively is a Colorado native and professional photographer who, for more than 25 years, has created images for commercial and private clients, publications, presentations, and exhibitions. Michael is a traditionalist whose primary medium is B&W film, not out of fear of digital but out of respect for the traditions that have guided his career. Michael is a firm believer that photographic skills are best learned through mentorship. In addition to his technical skills, Michael is highly regarded for his emphasis on light and form.
Rayna Tedford received her BFA in fine art photography at the University of Texas at Austin, and received her MFA in photography and media arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has been exhibited at Galeria de Arte Fotografico Meliton Rodriguez, Medellin, Colombia; the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City, and other venues. She has taught traditional and digital photography classes at the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado at Denver, Naropa University, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Preston Utley, is a freelance photographer based in Denver, CO. Preston has a bachelors degree in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado and has been mentored by Magnum photographer Alex Webb, National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, and New Mexico based documentary photographer Norman Mauskopf. Preston has been a working photographer for almost 20 years. First as a photojournalist at a newspaper and for the past 10 years a documentary wedding photographer. His interest in photography began as a way to connect with friends and family and has since spawned into a passion and a lifestyle. He is drawn to moments, light, and the human experience.
Frank Varney has been an active corporate location and fine art photographer, and a collegiate level photography instructor for over 30 years. Frank is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and was assistant instructor for the National Geographic Expeditions Wyoming’s Cowboy Country Photography Workshops. Frank holds an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College and a BA in Communication Arts from University of Denver. His work has appeared in AARP The Magazine, ELLE, Glamour, First for Women, and Ladies Home Journal, and books including The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes and Photography for the 21st Century.
Kenneth is an editorial and commercial portrait photographer based in Boulder Colorado. From Kenneth: “As a 30-year professional photographer, I have a job I consider one of the best and genuinely a privilege to have. On any given day, I get to document people and their world and create images that tell their stories, whether for a magazine, news article, advertisement or annual report.” Kenneth believes in the importance of making photographic prints, he shoots digitally for commercial shoots and film for personal projects, he teaches workshops, exhibits in galleries, and coordinates a local salon with other photographers.
Casie is a documentary family photographer based in Boulder who has a passion for photographing the real, nitty-gritty, heart-bursting moments of family life. Casie loves her work. “I want to help kids embrace their curiosities, build their self-esteem and help them realize their important place in the family. There are so many pressures on kids and parents to think they need to be perfect. I show them they can just be themselves.” Casie’s photographs tell the story and paint the picture of family life, self-discovery, and life-giving relationships. When not working, Casie can be found adventuring, traveling and creating memories with her family.