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Giving Back

Lecture by Len Rubenstein

Date: Thursday, 1 February 2018


New Work – Pro Bono – © Len Rubenstein

The problem with any shooter like myself that is constantly working, is we forget to get off the train at multiple stops, instead it’s been a race from the start to the last stop. A trip to Mexico City to spend a couple of day working on a project for the Broad institute, I had the privilege to photograph Senior Carlos Slim, at that time the richest man in the world. It was a career changing experience. Here I was with a man worth upwards of 87 billion dollars, but soon discovered that his real worth was his wisdom. We talked a bit and he shared with me some words for my children. We discussed the difference between writing a check at tax time and the virtue of giving of yourself, your time. I returned to Boston and embarked on a new direction of choosing a different non-profit organization each year to do a pro bono portrait series. I was stepping back into the studio and exploring a new dramatic photographic direction that not only challenged me photographically, but also socially. The first year I did a series of profile images for Special Olympics, that was displayed as life size images during their gala at the ICA and outside media. The next year I worked with the Friendship House. They provide services to enhance the emotional behavioral and social well-being of children. I next embarked on a campaign for Spare Change, the Cambridge newspaper for the homeless. My current project is working for ROCA, an organization using a four-year intervention model for the highest risk young people. I will tell anyone that will listen these have been some of the most rewarding shoots of my career, and I feel the work shows it. I’m humbled by the response from the people that have allowed me into their lives and to them I say thank you.

Len Rubenstein

It has been a great ride. It’s going stronger than ever.

I get to live in other people’s worlds, be it for five minutes, a day or a week. Some are newborns, some are cadavers, some in amazing homes, some are homeless, the richest man in the world money-wise, and the richest people family-wise. It doesn’t matter, they all have a story to tell, and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to document it. 

I’m as passionate today as when I started. I live in a small Irish sea town twenty miles south of Boston called Scituate. The locals call me O’Rubenstein.

My job, “a great dinnertime conversation”.

I have many of you to thank. “Thank You”

Clients include: American Express, Aetna , Bank One, Bank of Tokyo, Bausch & Lomb, Biogen, Blackstone Group, Campbell Soup Company, Charles River Labs, Deutsche Bank, Disney, Fidelity, Fleet, Genzyme, GTE, IBM, Liberty Mutual, Marriott, Merrill Lynch, Novell, and Reebok.

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 1 February 2018

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

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

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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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