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 (email@example.com) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jewish Community Center (JCC)
Hosts Open House Reception for
Richard Dischler Photo Workshops (RDPW)
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Saturday, October 13, 2018
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Over the last nine years, members of the RDPW have received public recognition for their works in local, regional, national, and international juried and non-juried art and photography competitions, exhibits, and publications.
This exhibit represents a small sample from within this growing community of talented and visionary photographers who have received public recognition from 2010 through 2018.
Fred Carter, David Craven, Bruce Fram, Karen Friedmann, Olya Gary, Tomás Garza, Alan Hart, George Herman, Dan McLean, Shubhie Panicker, Lynne Farris Schafer, Daniel Vaquero.
This exhibit celebrates the concept of community, defined as a group of people who share a common geography, interests, background ethnicity, religion, or work. Diving into the particulars, a genuine community generates relationships that in turn create friendships, loyalty, families, the foundation of home, and security. People in community celebrate the joys of births, communions, marriages, proms, graduations. They also provide emotional, physical, and even financial support during periods of heartaches and losses. People in community are rightfully proud of their creation. Each of these award-winning photographers focus on a different community.
The Community Exhibit Photographers:
Michael Palma – Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead”
Roger Spinti – Tindog Tacloban “Rise Again”
Tomás Garza – Los Piscaderos “The Harvesters”
Paul Italiano – Alive in the Streets of San Francisco
For more information and how to enroll in the Workshop, please visit our website at www.richarddischler.com.
Submissions are open for the Salon at the Triton 2D Art Competition & Exhibition. The submission deadline is September 21, 2018. For dates and more details, see the Triton Museum website.
Here’s a note from Richard on the exhibit:
‘Tis the Season to Celebrate!
Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Where: 220 S. California Avenue, Suite 115A, Palo Alto, CA 94306
What: New Home for RDPW
The RDPW finally has a home, “the Dischler Digs,” where members can meet, share ideas, take classes, and review portfolios.
You are invited to come celebrate!
Please bring your holiday cheer, family, friends, and a small “tasty” to share.
If it is your inclination, consider BYOB.
I look forward to seeing you all there!
On Sunday, November 19, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara hosted an Artist’s Reception in the afternoon to kick off their Winter Exhibitions. One of the exhibitions on display is the Salon at the Triton: 2D Art Competition and Exhibition, which received more than 1,000 entries this time.
Please join your fellow Richard Dischler Photography Workshop members this Sunday, November 19, from 2pm to 4pm for an artist’s reception at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. The Triton is hosting a statewide competition, the Salon at the Triton: 2D Art Competition & Exhibition, that received over 1,000 entries and several of your classmates were honored to have been selected.
The Triton Museum of Art is located at 1505 Warburton Ave in Santa Clara. The exhibition goes from November 11, 2017 to February 04, 2018. Please visit the Triton’s webpage for more information.
We look forward to seeing you!
REVERIE, A PRINTMAKING EXCHANGE
THE PROJECT: Twelve artists will be selected to create an original archival print on the theme of “Reverie” in an edition of eighteen (18). Accepted artists will have an opportunity to create community through an art exchange with the group of 12 artists, to have increased visibility to collectors, and to raise money for Sanchez Art Center. Each artist will receive a boxed set of all 12 prints, and the remaining 6 sets will be sold to benefit Sanchez Art Center.
ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must be 18 or older, and must be members of the Art Guild of Pacifica, or become a member when entering the competition.
JUROR: Matt Pipes, studio manager at Trillium Graphics and adjunct instructor of printmaking at City College of San Francisco.
ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017, 11:00 pm PST.
Click here for more information and to enter.
2018 LEFT COAST ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION
THE CALL: Calling all California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska fine art visual artists! Sanchez Art Center invites you to enter the 2018 Left Coast Annual. Enter up to 20 images at $15 per image.
JUROR: Claudia Schmuckli, Curator in Charge for Contemporary Art and Programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
AWARDS: 2 Exhibition Awards ($250 plus an exhibition in 2019); and 2 Merit Awards ($250).
ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018, 11:00 pm PST.
Click here for more information and to enter.
The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara is accepting submissions to the Salon at the Triton 2017 Competition and Exhibition. RDPW members are encouraged to meet with Richard for image review. The submission deadline is on September 29, and more information can be found at the Triton’s webpage.