Black & White Photography by Jay Bergman

Dates: November 21, 2019 – January 21, 2020

Light emerging from shadow
Order emerging from chaos
The extraordinary emerging from the ordinary

Redwood Shores Library Gallery
399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065

Reception: Sunday, November 24, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Gallery Hours: Mon – Thur, 10 AM – 7:45 PM, Sat 10 AM – 4:45 PM, Sun 12 PM – 4:45 PM, Closed Fridays

The meeting space is provided as a community service by the City of Redwood City. The City neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual or organizations.

Gallery House Exhibit

Dan McLean, long-time member of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshop (RDPW), will be participating in
the Gallery House exhibit “Black & White Portfolios.” The exhibit runs from August 20 through
September 14, 2019 at Gallery House located at 320 S. California Avenue in Palo Alto. An artist reception
will be held on Saturday, August 24 from 2 pm to 4 pm, and everyone is welcome. Dan will be showing
all new work from his recent excursions around Northern California. Judy Kramer will be showing
landscapes, and Steve Shpall will exhibit portraits. Come meet the artists and enjoy the visual journey!


The Richard Dischler Photo Workshop Scores Big at the 2019 San Mateo County Fair Fine Arts Galleria

Once again, the Workshop members received outstanding awards in this annual juried exhibit.

The Lois Kelley Exhibitor of the Year was awarded to David Craven. This prestigious Award is given to the top Visual Artist of the year. This is an outstanding achievement.

In fact, eight out of the last nine years, Workshop members received this award.

Best of Show Color Print also went to David Craven.  Again, congratulations, David!  While many have come to mistakenly believe that the Workshop focuses primarily on black-and-white images, this award demonstrates the Workshop focuses on the print.  

Best of Show Black and White went to Olya Gary.  Indeed, we do have a reputation for Workshop members developing compelling black-and-white prints that move the soul.  Congratulations Olya!

Workshop members swept the “Carry the Light” awards.  First Place went to Greg Lim; Second Place to Olya Gary; Third Place to Joel Rubin.  Awesome!

The Workshop raked in the ribbons as well, across all categories, including Cell Phone, Abstract, Color, and Black-and-White.  A total of 86 ribbons were awarded, of which 45 went to RDPW members.  We earned a total of 17 First Place Blue Ribbons, 14 Second Place Red Ribbons, 14 Third Place White Ribbons, and 33 Honorable Mentions Yellow Ribbons.

The members submitted 34% of the entries and received over 50% of the awards.

In this digital world, so many images end up in the ether, but the RDPW is committed to The Print—a standard of print production that excels in quality.  It is clear that the RDPW standard was on full display at the 2019 San Mateo County Fair Fine Arts Galleria, and that standard was appreciated and recognized for its excellence.  It creates a lasting impression.

It’s the Print.  Again the Print. The standard shows.

Walkabout Journey at the San Mateo County Fair, June 8-9

Walkabout Journey
San Mateo County Art Fair
With Richard Dischler Photo Workshop (RDPW)

Edward Weston stated, “If you can see your feet, you can see a photograph.” If you really open your eyes and observe your surroundings,
you will discover exciting and unique images right where you walk.

We invite you to experience a Walkabout adventure at the San Mateo County Arts Fair during a two-day workshop. Bring one camera—or a cell phone—and a healthy dose of enthusiasm and curiosity.

Richard Dischler will serve as a guide, and other members of the original RDPW will be available for one-on-one coaching. Afterward, there will be an image review and critique.

So come have some fun, and see where this journey takes you.

PLACE: San Mateo County Fair at the San Mateo County Events Center
DATE: June 8th and June 9th
TIME: meet at the Galleria 10am on the 8th
COST: $69.99

A pre-fair orientation will be offered at the Dischler Photo Workshops in Palo Alto to all registrants of the Walkabout on June 2nd at 11:30 am. Address 220 California Ave Suite 115A/B.

The Richard Dischler Photo Workshops is in its tenth year and continues to break new ground in the field of photographic education. Members from Dischler’s workshops continue to receive public recognition for their work in juried and non-juried local, regional, national and international art and photography exhibits.

One-Light Studio Class, May 4

5 hours @ $299.00

In this hands-on workshop, we will demonstrate the use of one light source for portrait lighting. You will be able to see the effect of one light source from different angles on the portrait subject and how you, the photographer, can impart, evoke, and provoke different emotions and reactions. It is an exciting photographic adventure.

What to bring:
• A camera
• Laptop with imaging software (RDPW preference for Adobe LightRoom)
• Comfortable attire
• A sense of humor (It goes a long way)

Walkabout in Palo Alto, April 27

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:30am-4:30pm

220 S. California Avenue, Suite 115A/B
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Fee: $30

For more details and to sign up, click here.

Call for Entries – San Mateo County Fair 2019

The San Mateo County Fair is coming soon. Official rules and dates are available on the SMCF Fine Arts Galleria page and PDF. Bay Area Masters deadline for application (which involves JPEG’s emailed) is April 16th. General SMCF entry deadline is May 7, with actual images May 28th.

New 6-month pre-visualization workshop starts on June 1st!

This workshop is geared from the serious amateur to the professional photographer interested in improving their skills and is the prerequisite for the one-year advanced study Pre-Visualization Workshops. Members from Dischler’s current and previous six-month and one-year Pre-Visualization Workshops continue to receive public recognition for their work in juried and non-juried local, regional, national and international art and photography exhibits.

  • For more details on the workshop, click here
  • To see the session dates and sign up, click here


Carmel, California

The Center for Photographic Art (CfPA) conducts an annual juried international competition. In 2018, it fielded approximately 1,300 entrants, out of which its jury chose 90 images to hang in its exhibit hall in Carmel, California. From this esteemed and honored group were nine (9) members of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshop (RDPW) from Palo Alto, California. Their comments and images are highlighted below.

Now in its 10th year, the purpose of the RDPW is for photographers of all levels to discover and develop their “photographic voice” through customized group and individual interactions with founder Richard Dischler and other workshop members. This process leads a photographer to elevate his or her images to a level of excellence that demands—and deserves—a final output: The Print. The print is developed to the point that it explodes in expression, bold color, compelling black-and-white and is called to be matted, framed, and hung on a wall of honor where people can view and appreciate it, above and beyond the digital ether, where so many images get lost, forgotten, or disappear forever.

Comments from Members of RDPW:

I have always held The Center for Photographic Art in Carmel in high esteem because it’s associated with Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, among other photographers whom I admire. Naturally, when I received the email that my image was going to be exhibited at the 2018 International Juried Exhibition, I felt proud, honored, and excited. Within a minute, I texted Richard Dischler ( to share the news with him. Richard has taught me the value of classic photography and post processing in the classic black-and-white style.
Golnaz Abdoli

I was surprised and amazed when my picture was chosen among those to be on the “wall” of the CfPA 2018 Juried Exhibition.  It was all the more exciting to learn that pictures by eight other members of the Dischler Workshop had also been juried in.  At the opening reception, it was a scramble for all of us to get out into the courtyard and take some snapshots of our group. We got back into the packed gallery for the awards ceremony, just in time to hear that Golnaz’ picture had won Best of Show.
Jay Bergman

I saw the email come in from the Center for Photographic Arts, and my initial reaction was, and I’m quoting a text message here, “Well, color me shocked.” I was honored to be chosen in an exhibition with such an esteemed history. I was unable to attend the opening, but did visit later. To be shown at the Center’s gallery amongst many other excellent images leaves one both honored and humbled. It is a tribute to this workshop that we number approximately 10% of the show’s population. I am proud and honored to be counted as a member.
Fred Carter

A few year ago, I was invited to a CfPA reception with a friend whose photos hung in their exhibit hall. I had a good time with my friend and other artists on that day, and I wished I was one of them.  This past year, the enjoyment of the reception was enhanced because my photo was chosen for the online exhibit and featured in their catalog. I was delighted and felt appreciated. Additionally, the CfPA reception was a fun and exciting experience as I got the opportunity to meet other artists and see their work. At the same time, it reminded me how much I’ve learned and grown in photography. The experience further reminded me of my teachers, including Richard Dischler, and friends who have coached and encouraged me along with way, and I am still learning.
Kim Dang

Ultimately, while I photograph as a creative personal outlet, to express myself in visual language, I also find it necessary to submit my work for juried review, to have my work judged and see if my images are speaking clearly and saying what I intend them to say. I submitted a handful of my best images to the Center for Photographic Art (CfPA) 2018 International Juried Exhibition. The CfPA enjoys a long and storied history in West Coast photography, and I was honored and thrilled to have one of my images selected.
Elizabeth DeBruin

This particular event at the CfPA was extremely gratifying because the competition was international—a first for me. We were nine out of ninety individuals chosen out a total of thirteen hundred that were recognized as possessing exemplary talent. Our combined success was evidence of the guidance that we Workshop members receive from Richard Dischler. I was proud for him, and I am proud to be associated with so many talented and generous photographers.
Tomás Garza

I was surprised and honored to be included in the CfPA Juried Exhibit. I was able to get down to Carmel to view the art and was ecstatic to see my work included amongst such talented artists. I applaud the CfPA as an organization in their efforts to be inclusive and supportive of photographers of all skill levels. 
Dave Leder

SHOCKED- I was shocked!
DISBELIEF – I thought it must be a mistake.
NUMB/EXCITED- As I read the email again and again, I was a little numb, but this quickly gave way to excitement at having one of my pictures selected for such a prestigious exhibition.
HONORED – I am truly honored to be included among such talented photographers.
GRATEFUL- I am even more grateful to be part of the incredible Richard Dischler Photo Workshop and the opportunity to learn from Dick and the other workshop members.
Greg Lim

Having my print “Sunbathers” chosen to be in an international juried show was a real honor and, needless to say, personally satisfying. That the exhibit was sponsored by an organization that owes its roots to the likes of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston made it even more satisfying. And then to be exhibited along with other members of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshop completed the experience.
Dan McLean