Featured January Speaker: Charles Purvis

PPF is proud to announce Charles Purvis will be our featured speaker for our January 2019 Meeting

The speaker for the January 28, 2019 meeting of the Portland Photographers Forum is Portland Photographer Charles Purvis.

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"The mind perceives everything as symbolic language, charged with meaning, even as the meaning is applied by the mind. 

Objects abstracted upset habits of casual association and call upon the viewer to re-establish meaning.

This engagement enlivens the object of perception and, in turn, the viewer.

It is said that the perceiver, what is being perceived, and the act of perception are one.

These ideas interest me."

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Strange associations

 This talk is a presentation of work created in the studio. It falls in the category of still life yet is not primarily concerned with the natural depiction of objects or of objects as symbols. The intention is to strip away conventional meaning in favor of form by foregrounding strange associations and by replacing common orientational assumptions with structural innovations determined by the particular characteristics of the 4×5 camera, film, and light. The studio is seen as a liminal space of absolute potentiality. What is to be, must be created. Entering the studio becomes analogous to the experience of going within oneself to explore imagination, creativity and the feeling state.

About Charles Purvis

For many years Charles Purvis worked as a photographer in New York City creating groundbreaking imagery for a wide variety of internationally known clients. In addition to commercial assignments, Charles has created a large body of innovative work inspired by a relentless curiosity and desire to uncover the creative potential of camera, light and film.

PPF In the Blue Sky Drawers!

PPF is excited and honored to have been offered one of the community drawers at the Blue Sky Photographic Gallery!


The Blue Sky drawers are flat files in which juried artists present professionally printed and matted images which viewers handle as they explore the drawers.

“Blue Sky established the Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers program in 2007 to feature a juried, public archive of original prints by contemporary photographers based in the region. The Drawers program has quickly become a favorite aspect of Blue Sky’s ongoing programming, featuring original prints by more than 60 artists based in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The Drawers is a year-long exhibition, changing every April to coincide with Portland Photo Month,  and available to approximately 25,000 visitors annually.”

To participate in this wonderful opportunity, please first make sure your membership for 2019 is up to date! This opportunity is open to members only. If you still need to renew your membership, click here.

If you would like to participate, please email social@portlandphotographersforum.com with your intention to participate. Each artist will have 1/2 of a drawer for one month, enabling each artist to exhibit 10 matted or sleeved prints. A board member will let you know the earliest availibility.

Featured November Speaker: Keith Walklet

PPF is proud to announce Keith Walklet will be our featured speaker for our November Meeting

The speaker for the November 19, 2018 meeting of the Portland Photographers Forum is Boise photographer Keith Walklet.  While Keith wanders all over the west making images, but is perhaps best known for his work in Yosemite, where he lived and worked for 15 years and where he still teaches photography workshops for The Ansel Adams Gallery.  Adept at both the grand landscapes and the more quiet, intimate scenes in nature, Keith also enjoys the thrill of the hunt for those random, spontaneous, peculiar visual treats that pop up in the most unexpected places at the most unexpected times.  He is the author/ photographer of three books on Yosemite and has introduced hundreds of photographers to the joy and fun of making images in the park he knows so well.  Keith is represented by The Ansel Adams Gallery and a selection of his imagery can be found on his website www.quietworks.com


Featured September Speaker: Chester Ng

PPF is proud to announce Chester Ng will be our featured speaker for our September Meeting

Chester Ng is a Fine Arts photographer who focuses on dance, motion, abstract and cultural themes.  His images capture both movements and expressions as well as the encounter between the subject’s energy and himself.  He combines a journalistic style with an aesthetic sense to create images with mood, emotion and relevance.  He invites viewers to create their own "real or imagined" stories with his images and to celebrate the spontaneity of the moment.

Chester's photographs have received international recognition from Black & White Magazine, American Art Collector, Black & White Spider Awards, Monochrome Awards, Color Awards, PX3, Photography Masters Cup and Photographer's Forum.

Featuring Katharine T Jacobs

PPF is proud to announce Katharine T Jacobs will be our featured speaker for our June meeting


Katharine T. Jacobs is a large format film photographer working in silver gelatin and alternative processes. Her work is conceptual and deals with femininity, chronic illness and living with a disability. She uses the human form to communicate emotions and sensations that are deeply personal while also trying to create beautiful images that viewers can appreciate on both an aesthetic and visceral level.

Katharine is a graduate of Oregon College of Art and Craft. Originally from the rural foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Katharine began her education at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. There she learned to shoot with a large format camera and discovered Polaroid type 55 film. In 2007 she moved to Portland, purchased her own 4×5 camera and started photographing friends, family and countless strangers. Her focus in street photography and large format shooting would inspire her journey across the United States and the production of her largest body of work to date; American Strangers.

Visit Katharine's website


Trees of the Northwest: A PPF / Lightbox member’s exhibit

Artists’ Reception

Sunday, June 24, 2-4 p.m. at Argyle Winery, Dundee, Oregon.

Show runs May 15–July 9

Argyle Tasting House
691 Highway 99W
Dundee, Oregon

Roger Dorband, Ken Hochfeld and Michael Granger will curate the exhibit.

Congratulations to the members juried into this show:

Sam Blair, Steve  Blair, Eric Brody, Jeff Brownell, Jim Fitzgerald, Scott Hoyle, Don Jacobson, Jim Hodel, MacGregor, Julie Moore, Dave Schaerer, Ray Tatyrek, Susan Turner, Lorraine Richey 

Featured speaker: Jim Fitzgerald

PPF is proud to announce Jim Fitzgerald will be our featured speaker for our May meeting


Jim Fitzgerald is a large and Ultra large format Photographer, Camera Builder and Carbon Transfer Specialist. Mr. Fitzgerald is also an educator who teaches the historic process known as Carbon Transfer Printing.

A traditional photographer, Jim specializes in monochrome Carbon Transfer Contact Printing from in camera negatives. Carbon Transfer printing, a process perfected by Joseph Swan in 1864, is a highly labor intensive process that yields prints of the finest quality. The artist has total control of the image tonality due to the creative blending of pigments used to manufacture the carbon tissue which is used to complete his vision. From this tissue the image is born. Carbon prints require a minimum of four or more days work to produce one finished print. Truly a labor of love and passion. Jim teaches carbon transfer printing and offers workshops in his studio/darkroom at his home in Vancouver Washington.

Visit Jim Fitzgerald's website


Member Cudos!!!

Two PPF members received honorable mention cash awards at the Cascadia opening in Baker City on Friday


Scott Hoyle for “Smoke and Mirrors”
Dave Schaerer for “Crossing the Nehalem Bar”

There were a total of $2600 for 12 awards.

Other PPF participants:

Ken Hochfeld
Don Jacobson
Alan Mevis
Loren Nelson
Mike O’Brien

Cascadia is a statewide-wide touring fine art photography exhibition of juried work by Oregon photographers from both sides of the Cascades. 

Exhibition dates

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, April 6 - 28th
The Brama Pop-Up Gallery, The Dalles, May 4-29th
Murdock Gallery, OSU Campus July 2 - Aug 5th

Congratulations to all!!!

Upcoming Don Jacobson (PPF member) Class

Photographing Wildflowers In the Field & Midday Photographing Techniques


April 13, 14, 15

Class meets on Clark College main campus 7-9pm Friday eve, 8 to 4pm Field studies on Sat, and 2-4pm on main campus Sunday.

Learn how to improve your skills photographing wildflowers in the field. We will use techniques and appropriate approaches to portray the beauty of our native flora. Learn valuable techniques for photographing in midday. Equipment and techniques will be discussed in the Friday lecture, a full day in the field to photograph wildflowers on Saturday in the Columbia River Gorge. Sunday we will review photographs taken on Saturday. Equipment (macro lens, extension tubes or a close up lens) or a camera that lets you focus closely and a tripod will be helpful. Up to 2 miles of easy hiking will be involved. Bring a brown bag lunch. 

Learn more and register


PPF / OSA Show Dates & Prospectus

Open non-juried show for members of PPF and OSA


Important Dates

Poster Photo Submission
Saturday, March 17th - Monday, April 16th, 2018
Contact Day Tooley if you would like to submit an image for the poster:


Email Intent to Enter Submissions
Friday, March 30 - Friday, April 20 (DEADLINE)
Email Day to let him know how many images you are submitting (max = 3 @ artist) along with titles and prices. Based on interest we may need to limit each artist to less than 3 images.

Photo Take-in and Hanging of Exhibit
May 4 - May 5, 2018

Reception and Exhibit Opening
Sunday, May 6, 1-3 PM

Pick up / Exhibit End
Friday, May 25, 2018, 1-4 PM

Learn more in the show prospectus

PPF / Lightbox Joint Exhibit Info

LightBox Photographic Gallery invites all LightBox Members & all Members of the Portland Photographers’ Forum to submit to this exhibit.


One image each from 25 photographers will be selected for showing in this Argyle Winery exhibit.

The beauty of the landscape in the Great Northwest abounds with many species of trees. Please submit your most beautiful photographs of trees to Trees of the Northwest.

Deadline for Submissions is Midnight, Sunday, April 15, 2018.


Artists’ Reception 

Sunday, June 24, 2-4 p.m. at Argyle Winery, Dundee, Oregon

Argyle Tasting House
691 Highway 99W
Dundee, Oregon

Complete info is found in the full prospectus. There are no submission fees for entries and no hanging fees

Roger Dorband, Ken Hochfeld and Michael Granger will curate the exhibit.


Important Dates

Deadline for submissions
April 15, 2018

Final Notification of accepted entries
April 20, 2018

Pick up of artwork in Portland
May 5, 2018
Ken will be willing to do a pickup at Multnomah Art Center on Saturday May 5 at 10:00 am-11:00 am.

Deadline for Delivery of accepted works to gallery
May 7, 2018

Show Opens
May 15, 2018

Show Closes
July 15, 2018

Return of artwork

Learn more in the show prospectus

Austin Granger Presentation

PPF is privileged and excited to host Austin Granger for our March speaker and presenter. Austin is a beautiful example of creativity and intent in his images.

by Austin Granger

by Austin Granger

Austin's art is prolific and heart-felt. He is a local treasure here in Portland. A very insightful and inventive image maker, Austin carries an array of favorite traditional film cameras with him everywhere.

He will be sharing some of his favorites with us on Monday evening.

‟ When I’m photographing well, I have the most uncanny feeling that the pictures are predestined. I recognize them. They echo the feelings inside myself. They correspond. My subjects are the things that ache.
Whether or not I can portray feelings using objects that may not ostensibly depict those feelings is something that I wrestle with. People see things differently. After all, we bring our minds–all of those thoughts that make us–to our looking at things. In a very real way, pictures are always of our heads. They’re all self-portraits. Still, I’d like to think that it’s possible to put something across, to bridge the gap, meet a stranger in the middle, and connect. After all, do we not all share the same basic, existential struggles? Fundamentally, deep down, are we not all made of the same stuff?
Perhaps then, by going inward, one goes outward as well. Perhaps one can approach the universal through the individual. I’d like to think so. I’ve come to think of my pictures as an attempt to understand myself, and also, as an attempt to communicate. I want to express emotions that people will recognize. I want my pictures to be a correspondence between us, to be both the place and the record of our meeting.” 

~ Austin Granger


Austin Granger is the author of Elegy from the Edge of a Continent: Photographing Point Reyes. Born in San Francisco in 1970, Granger has worked as a baker, house painter, naval radar operator and camera salesman. He first began to photograph while studying philosophy in college as a way to get out of his head. Preferring to use traditional film cameras, Granger has come to see his photography as a spiritual practice–a way in which to shape his life and enrich his relationship with the world.