Special Photojournalism Presentation - Thomas Szalay

Touching Stories Told Through Photography

Photography can be a powerful voice for those who cannot speak for themselves in a forceful way. Photojournalist and teacher Thomas Szalay tells their stories in his photo essay “Home at Last.” The project took him to Romania where he assisted ABC News 20/20 in documenting a San Diego man and his efforts to bring abandoned children to the United States for adoption. Follow up images taken in the past year continues the story of how their lives have turned out here in America.

Szalay has a natural curiosity about different cultures that took him down a path towards photojournalism and documentary photography. During the 1980’s & 90’s he was a staff photographer for the San Diego Union-Tribune and The Santa Rosa Press Democrat. It was at these newspapers he honed his skills as a photo essayist. His work as appeared in the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, NPR and ABC 20/20.

Szalay will share his experiences about Romanian Orphans, Somali Refuges and other personal projects he has worked on over the past 30 years. He has also led club members on two Street Photography Workshops.

When: Thursday, February 18, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: City Library, East 400 South, Salt Lake City Conf Rm. B

PhotoOp 16 Speakers Announced

The opportunity to learn is multiplied by two in this year’s PhotoOp 16.  weare very pleased to announce we’ll be hosting two prominent photographers this year.  Our first photographer is Pulitzer Prize winning, Jack Dykinga who is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic Magazines. Guy Tal, a Torrey, Utah resident, is our second photographer and his work has appeared in numerous publications around the globe. Jack will be our morning speaker and Guy will join us for the afternoon.

Jack Dykinga encourages everyone to look at photography as a way to communicate. Dykinga says, "Photography is a marvelous language that crosses linguistic borders as a universal, powerful, and direct communication. As photographers, we see something we find interesting and simply want to share it." PhotoOp attendees will learn new ways to create interesting and powerful compositions that communicate their intended messages.

Guy Tal follows on with the idea that inspiration, creativity and personal expression remain shrouded in mystery and self-doubt. We each strive to find our needle in the haystack – our personal vision, the wellspring of our creativity, the things that make our work unique and important and distinct from that made by others. We secretly hope, often in vain, for the light bulb to turn on, for lightning to strike, for serendipitous revelations to materialize out of thin air. Could it be that so many of us are looking for love in all the wrong places? He'll offer some surprising answers to this concern we all share.

PhotoOp is open to everyone, but registration is required as seating is limited. There will be a small charge to cover event expenses. This will be the fifth PhotoOp the club has offered and attendance has grown each year.


Saturday, April 9  9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Salt Lake Community College - Miller Center

Winter Photography Workshop with Neil Rossmiller Announced

Nationally recognized and award-winning photographer Neil Rossmiller kicks off the club’s first workshop in 2016, with a presentation on the challenges of winter photography.

Neil, along with his wife Connie has operated a ski photography concession at Park City Mountain Resort for 23 of years. He has shot everything from Olympic and World Cup ski races to little kids on skis for the very first time.  His images have been published nationally in numerous publications and his  prints  hang on  walls  worldwide.  As a member of the Nature Photographers Network he has received several image awards.

When: Thursday, January 14, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: NEW LOCATION: Pictureline, 305 W 700 S

Antique Power Museum Field Trip

History: Richard Erickson has been collecting treasures from the past his entire life. In addition to viewing over 120 antique farm tractors, more than 50 motorcycles dating back to 1911, antique trucks and steam engines, we will see a 1960's-era salvage garage, a restored shoe repair store from Salt Lake City's North Temple Street, a print shop, complete with working presses, a vintage service station, two historic cabins from the nearby Heber Valley, a blacksmith shop, a restored Salt Lake City café, and a shingle and lathe mill.

The Erickson Foundation has graciously allowed us to come and shoot a full day at the Antique Power Museum. This Museum is open to the public only once a year but we were able to have them make an exception for us, this way we don’t have to deal with the crowds and shoot as much as we like. The Foundation has asked us to please not use any of the pictures for commercial usage (No sale of the Images) so please respect their wishes.

Where: 50 Starks Ln, Wallsburg, UT

When: Sat. October 17 @ 10am

Please note there are no vendors or anything food related. Please bring your own food for the day.

Here are some of the things you can find in their museum:

  • 1946 Indian Motorcycle once owned by Steve McQueen
  • Model T Ford once owned by Gene Autry
  • Gibson Guitars once owned by Mother Maybelle Carter, mother-in-law to famous country singer, Johnny Cash
  • 1938 Lincoln Convertible used in the movie "Bugsy"
  • Time clock used on the Bonneville Salt Flats from 1838 to ??  Freddy Ludlow set two world speed records in 1938 using this time clock.
  • Actual workout weights used by boxer Jack Dempsey

Complete antique town, including a filling station, print shop, shoe repair shop, cafe and more... all with authentic furnishings, machinery and other memorabilia.

Outdoor Portraiture Workshop Announced

Posing subjects in the great outdoors can be as greatly rewarding and it can be challenging. In this comprehensive workshop hone your portraiture skills with accomplished photographer Dennis Walsh and his talented assistant, and accomplished photographer in his own rite, Randy Anderson. In this workshop you will use your own camera and work with live subjects to experience the challenges involved. Afterward, we’ll retire to Dennis’s Park City studio for pizza and further instruction for processing.

Attendees are requested to bring their own camera body and 1 or 2 lenses…preferably in the “portrait range.”(Lenses might include a 24-70 zoom, a 70-200 zoom or any prime lens in the 50mm to 300 mm range.) A tripod or monopod might be helpful but is not required. We will be charging $30 per person to cover our expenses. Registration will be limited to 15 persons, but we’ll add an addition workshop if enough folks sign up.


Saturday, October 17, 2 pm to 8 pm

Walsh Photographic Design Studio and Gardens

3255 American Saddler Dr, Park City

Cost: $30 to cover expenses

Registration Closed

Photographer of the Year Announced

At the End of Year meeting, Thursday, August 20th Shayne Shaw won Photographer of the Year for the 20114-15 club year. In accepting his award, Shayne credited the club’s Competition/Critiques for helping him achieve his success. He added that he also gained a great deal by observing the critiques not only of his own images, but by those submitted by others. He thanked his fellow competitors.

The top slots in Master Ranking were captured by Eric Vaughn won first place in the Authentic category and club president, Keith Hill took first place in Altered Reality.

Here are the results for all the year’s participants:

Master Open


Bonneville Salt Flats Photoshoot CANCELLED

On Saturday, September 26th the club will be on Bonneville Salt Flats for a very unusual photographic opportunity. Called the Bonneville Salt Flats Photoshoot this project draws on the creativity of all participants to produce a huge number of visual delights worthy of great image making. In addition to club photographers, we invite models, dancers, actors, musicians, yoga practitioners and others to be subjects in front of our cameras. All are invited to bring clothing and/or props to support their vision for image-making. Some examples include large picture frames, lawn furniture, a bicycle, a canoe, and miscellaneous statuary. Your imagination should be your guide.

Take all this creative energy and combine it with one of the most unique and visually fascinating landscapes in Utah and expectations are high we’ll make some very cool photographs.



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