Journey at JCC Photography Workshops

Develop your visual photographic journey at the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center!

A journey can be described as a trip, voyage, expedition or venture. A journey can be a noun (as in a person, place, thing or idea) or a verb (as in an action or something one does).

Many people journey by car, plane, train or boat. Others embark on internal journeys, writing thoughts or observations on what they see and feel. Still others journey with a camera, capturing their observations and feelings through the lens.

Richard Dischler Photo Workshops (RDPW) inspire members through individual journeys of seeing with more than just their eyes. Numerous members have received public recognition for their works in local, regional, national and international juried arts and photography competitions, exhibits and publications.

This workshop uses a unique methodology that focuses on visual imagery, taking your work to a higher level. Photographers of all levels are welcome. While fancy cameras are not required (or even needed), familiarity with manual mode is helpful.

The workshop meets once a month for six months, culminating in an exhibit in the Fitness Center. In between meetings, Dick provides one-on-one coaching during weekly office hours.

For details on the schedule and location, and to register for the workshop, go to the JCC website.

Announcing Our New Location

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the open house for the Men’s Exhibit on the 16th. As we announced at that event, the Richard Dischler Photography Workshop is going strong, and, starting next month, our new home will be the Pacific Art League (PAL) at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto.

Starting in November, 2016, all of our Pre-visualation Workshop sessions, the Six Month, One Year, and Plus sessions will continue at PAL, and we’ll provide the schedule as soon as we can.

We are also excited to announce that starting in January we will begin offering our classes again. We are planning to expand our schedule beyond just weekends, and we’ll now have opportunities to hold more classes than ever before. The schedule and registration will be available on the PAL’s website as soon as their new catalog is released, and we’ll send another update once that is available.

Quite coincidentally, Pacific Art League’s exhibition in November is of Photography, and a few of our members’s work has been accepted in the show. The reception will be held on Friday, November 4, from 5:30-8PM. This event is open to everyone so this will be a great opportunity to explore our new home, and, as we always do, support our members and friends in a new exhibition.

Thank you for your continued support of the Workshop, and we look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions,  please reach out to Richard at

Call For Artists – A New View A Photography Exhibition

This November Pacific Art League will be presenting a collection of works dedicated solely to the exploration of photographic arts. Welcoming photographers of all levels, we want to see how you create alluring images reflecting the fragments of life. Whether it be abstract or representational, nature or urban, timeworn or new, personal or ordinary. The gallery invites all photographic processes in color or BW.

Open to all media. Limits on video and installation-contact below

November 4th-23rd, 2016

Submit your artwork electronically at:

Members: $40 for first entry, $10 for each additional entry.
Non-members: $50 for first entry, $10 for each additional entry.

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by email.
Award winners are announced at the Friday, November 4th opening reception.

First Friday, November 4th, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 13th, 2016


  • All work must be original and not previously exhibited at Pacific Art League.
  • All 2D work must be ready to hang on a wire.All 2D work must be framed or on gallery-wrapped canvas with finished edges.
  • Size of work limited to 40” wide by 50” tall, including frame. (contact below for inquiry)
  • All work must be for sale. Members receive 70% of sale price. Non-members receive 60% of sale price.
  • All work must be labeled on the front and back with title and artist’s name.

1st: $250
2nd: $125
3rd: $75
3 Honorable Mentions

Kelsey Issel, Art Director of The Midway Creative Complex in San Francisco, California.

Friday & Saturday, October 28th & 29th, 10AM – 4PM.
All work must be hand-delivered to PAL. No shipped work will be accepted.

Friday & Saturday, November 26th ONLY, 10AM – 4PM.

Kelsey Issel is an artist and curator living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Issel first sunk her teeth into the greater art scene, producing one of the first independent and affordable art fairs, based out of Brooklyn, called Fountain Art Fair. Living in the Bay Area, Issel worked for a private collection manager for many years until meeting Jeff Whitmore, founder of The Midway Project. Together, in 2014, they founded and directed, Artbeats, a 3-day art happening at SF’s historic Pier 70 building, honoring the roots of Fountain as an accessible art fair for the public to engage with independent artists and galleries alike. In 2015, Kelsey took on the role as Art Director at The Midway Creative Complex to develop their two gallery spaces and artist in residency program with a focus on interdisciplinary art.

Photographing the Human Form – July 16, 2016 10am – 4pm

Learn how to photograph the human body in a natural way using clothed models.

This workshop will teach you through live demonstration how to pose and photograph the human body with focus on creation of fine art portraits. Students will learn basic lighting techniques which can be used to accentuate the lines and form of the human body, as well as how to interact and instruct models to get the results you are looking to achieve.

You will have the opportunity to photograph these models, and a model release will be provided so you can use these images for your portfolio. Images will be reviewed/lightly critiqued during the class.

Class size is limited to 14 students.

Bring with you:

  1. Camera & Lens appropriate for portraits
  2. Laptop with whatever imaging software you use.  Our preference is Adobe Lightroom
  3. Dress comfortably
  4. A sense of humor. It goes a long way

Fee: $269.99 ($199.99 RDPW Members)

July 16, 2016
Class meets 10am – 4pm (with break)

Sign Up Now!
Register at or call 650-327-8996
Class fees must be paid at time of registration
Course SKU: 21563

Reception at the Triton Museum – Friday, April 22, 6 – 8pm

The Richard Dischler Photography Workshops is pleased to announce it is continuing its tradition of award winning photography as five (5) members of the workshop classes had entries accepted in the Triton Museum of Art’s Statewide Photo competition, the 2016 Salon at Triton exhibit.  Over 1,450 entries were received and 124 works by 114 artists were selected for the exhibit.   The exhibit reception and announcement of the winners takes place on Friday, April 22, from 6 until 8pm.

Currently in its eighth year at Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto, the Richard Dischler Photography Workshops, has seen several of its members selected to the Triton competitions over the years, starting with the very first year of the competitions.    One of the premier venues in the Bay Area for over 50 years, the Triton Museum serves as a venue where local artists exhibit their work alongside regional and national artists.

The Triton Museum of Art is located at 1505 Warburton Ave in Santa Clara.  Please visit the Triton’s webpage for more information:

At Close Range Exhibit


Some images ruminate and gestate for years before being photographed.   Others inspire a more spontaneous response.  Concrete residue.  Urban graffiti.  Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Fertility gods at a Japanese temple.  San Bruno BART station. Washington Mall.  Point Lobos.  Pistol River Beach.  Cracks and rust.  Sidewalks and walkways.  Alleyways and parking lots.  Most were taken from within walking distance from home or work or hotel or train.

Unafraid of his subject matter, Dischler observes life at close range, at different times of day or night, combining a mesmerizing mixture of texture, lines, light, and movement to capture a series a images that reflect a point of view that moves from contemplative to humorous, dreary to lighthearted.

Demonstrating that one need not carry the big-guns expensive camera and heavy lens, Dischler used one camera, one lens.  Small and compact, easy to carry and conceal, this camera welcomes daily use.

Dischler currently conducts the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops, now going into its eight year.

These images will be on exhibit at the Peking Duck at 151 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, from January 13, 2016 to April 12, 2016.

Isolated Decay Lively Vibrance

Desert and Oasis

Photography by Craig Colvin and Paul Italiano

In Western civilization every home has a chair. We sit in chairs: around the dinner table, while working at our desk, during family gatherings, in rows at church, and while watching TV. Chairs are ubiquitous pieces of furniture wherever people work, play, worship, eat, or otherwise relax. Walking through the ghost towns that surround the Salton Sea is like walking through a post-apocalyptic world, with remnants of people’s lives strewn in the streets and yards of the crumbling buildings that are everywhere, and in every building there is a chair, silent reminders that people were here, that this was their home.

Sitting Along the Shore

Photo by Craig Colvin


Photo by Craig Colvin

Untouched by commercialism of first-world countries, the country of Myanmar and its people are untethered, free from the visual and audio assaults of modern-day advertising and 24/7 demands of digital technology. People interact with each other rather than machines, and unafraid of strangers, they are spontaneous, genuine in their gaze and stance. The culture is friendly, and the people are approachable. Many women and some men wore the customary Thanaka, a yellowish white paste made from ground tree bark. As a result, scenery, cities, and people offer unparalleled photo opportunities. Myanmar is truly one of the most photogenic countries in the world.


Photo by Paul Italiano


Photo by Paul Italiano

Craig Colvin is a professional photographer in the Bay Area who is most happy when his finger is on the shutter button. Paul Italiano is a professional multi-talented photographer and videographer in the Bay Area. Both Craig and Paul are members of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshop.

This exhibit is on display until April 12, 2016.

Harmony II 2015 Exhibit Reception @ The Peking Duck Restaurant — Saturday, July 25

Photo by (L-to-R): Henry McNair, Deborah Rose, Elizabeth DeBruin & Christy Warren

Photo by (L-to-R): Henry McNair, Deborah Rose, Elizabeth DeBruin & Christy Warren

An exhibit of fine art photography by photographers participating in Richard Dischler’s Pre-Visualization workshop. Featuring the works of Henry McNair, Deborah Rose, Elizabeth DeBruin and Christy Warren. The exhibit is on display from June 11 to October 14, 2015. Please join Henry, Deborah, Elizabeth and Christy for their exhibit reception on Saturday, July 25 2015 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at The Peking Duck Restaurant. They will also be showing their extended portfolio.

Download Invitation Card (pdf)

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2015 San Mateo County Fair Award-Winning Photography

Photo by Emmanuelle Treil. © 2014 by Emmanuelle Treil.

Photo by Emmanuelle Treil. © 2014 Emmanuelle Treil.

Photo by David Weitz. © 2014 by David Weitz.

Photo by David Weitz. © 2014 David Weitz.

The Richard Dischler Photo Workshops is pleased to announce two of its members received the highest photographic honors at the recent San Mateo County Fair, which concluded on June 14, 2015.

  • Emmanuelle Treil was awarded the 2015 San Mateo County Fair Lois Kelley Memorial/Exhibitor of the Year Award in Photography.
  • David Weitz was awarded Best of Show: Black & White Photography.

This is the third consecutive year a member of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops earned the Lois Kelley Memorial/Exhibitor of the Year Award in Photography. This prestigious award is given to the top overall exhibitor in the Visual Arts — the person who earned the most number of first, second, and third-place awards.

Workshop members represented 12% of the total number of participants in the Photography category and 42% of images entered.  Workshop members garnered 57% of first place winners, 66% of second place winners, and 61% of third place in all photographic categories.

Please join Emmanuelle, David and the rest of the 2015 San Mateo County Fair award-winning photographers on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 1 to 4pm at Keeble & Shuchat Photography, 290 S. California Avenue in Palo Alto 94306.