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Street Stories 

Why the greatest photography project you will ever have is your own life.

Photography conducted for art that features chance encounters and random incidents within public places.

Lecture by George Disario

Thursday, 5 April 2018 — 7:00-8:30 PM


Chinatown – Boston, MA — © George Disario

The streets have long been the proving ground for many legendary photographers. Names such as Mary Ellen Mark, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Vivian Maier or Cartier-Bresson may come to mind. Today, original prints of their work are highly prized and often fetch tens of thousands of dollars each. With the spread of social media platforms, more photographers than ever are out there in the streets touching our collective consciousness.

George Disario

Join me for a deep dive into the philosophy, history and current culture of Street Photography. We will screen imagery that will transport us through seldom seen windows into the past and present. I’ll share my work as well as some personal street stories from growing up in East Boston as insight into the mind of a street photographer.

This will not be a dry history lesson or an f-stop driven, technical conversation. It will be a visual celebration, a converging perspective aimed at placing a spot light on this photo culture.

In the end, you will see how close you are to photography that really matters and how the most amazing things are hidden right behind fear.

I hope you’ll come with me for a fun, insider’s view to celebrate this beautiful fine art photography form.

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 5 April 2018

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5) Plus $2 processing charge

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Confessions of a Fine Art Addict

Lecture by Jim Fitts

Thursday, 24 May 2018 — 7:00-8:30 PM

Il tuffatore, 1951 – © Nino Migliori

For over 40 years, Jim Fitts has been a college professor, art exhibition curator, photography collector, blogger, and portfolio reviewer. All that while, he was pursuing a very successful career in graphic design and advertising.

His self-professed collecting addiction helped him put together a uniquely personal collection of 20th century photography. Jim will tell tales of his adventures in the art world as well as answer questions about building an art collection, developing a personal portfolio, and getting your work published.

Jim will also share with the audience a small number of pieces from his personal collection.

Jim Fitts

Jim has been a fine arts photography teacher, lecturer, curator, and photographer for over 30 years. He is an avid collector with a focus on 20th century and contemporary American photographs.

Jim is currently a professor at Mount Ida College. Previously, Jim was a teacher at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. He has also held the position of Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.

Recently, Jim launched photoweenie.com, a website that offers exhibition and photo book reviews as well as presenting new work by emerging and established photographers. It is considered one of the premier fine arts photography websites, and has had over 1,000,000 hits in the past year.

Jim is one half of Fitts&Wolinsky, a partnership with master photographer Cary Wolinsky, providing photography portfolio reviews and business consulting.

Jim has curated several photography exhibitions for the PRC/MIT Gallery. He has served as a reviewer for the Photolucida portfolio reviews and the FotoFest portfolio reviews. He has also served as a portfolio reviewer for the New England Portfolio Reviews and the Savannah College of Art and Design reviews. He has curated the SSAC Photography Now exhibition as well as serving twice as a juror for their member exhibition. In 2011, he co-curated Instant Connections, an exhibition of photographs by photographers who use Polaroid technology in the creation of their work and in 2012 he curated Grunts: The GI Experience at the Panopticon Gallery in Boston. In the fall of 2013, he co-curated What I Did On My Summer Vacation also at the Panopticon Gallery in Boston. In 2017, he co-curated Boston Celebrity at the Panopticon Gallery and panAFRICAproject at the Mount Ida College School of Design Gallery.

His mixed media work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

Jim Fitts has had an award-winning career in advertising, design and corporate identity. He held the position of Executive Creative Director at Avenue, Inc. in Chicago and Creative Director at HHCC in Boston and in Europe. Jim was Creative Director for Monster.com and a partner at ClarkeGowardFitts.

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 24 May 2018

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5) Plus $2 processing charge.

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