Fran Gardino

Fran Gardino has a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, which included Photography courses with such notables as Garry Winogrand and Gus Kayafas.  He also pursued graduate studies at Harvard University Extension with Frank Gohlke and Jack Lueders Booth.

He has self-published 4 photo books on “Manhole Covers Etc.”, a collection of over 400 photos of utility covers from around the world, “Paint the Sky Fiery”, a series of night photos from Boston’s annual Fourth of July fireworks displays from 2005 to 2012,

“The Sky Mourns”, a photo book of the 2013 fireworks in honor of the Boston Marathon victims, and “Touch the Sky”, showing numerous photos of clouds (many of which are panoramas) taken from the windows of commercial flights.

Fran is represented in the Vermont Artisans Gallery in Brattleboro VT, has two grandformat images installed at Boston’s Logan Airport, and has had several solo photo shows in the Boston area, including his “Italian Journey” show at the Italian Consulate in the Federal Reserve Building in Boston and “Villaggio Italiano”, a show of three 30-foot, 360-degree images in mini-cycloramas on display at the Harvard Education Portal in Allston, MA.

Fran is the 2017-2019 president of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers, 

Stars and Lighthouses by David Zapatka

Our January, 2018 show, Stars and Lighthouses,  featured the work of Rhode Island David Zapatka opens on. For over 20 years David has been a freelance television cameramen working primarily for the US network news and sports programs. He got his photographic start as a 13 year-old with his first camera and with this portfolio he returns to his photographic roots.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Donate $50.00*to the Valley Photo Center and get a FREE autographed softcover copy of David Zapatka's book Stars & Lighthouses and a 2018 membership that entitles you to enter prints into our Spring and Fall 2018 Open Submission shows.

Just CLICK HERE to donate. You'll be able to pick up your book after the exhibit closes and our next exhibit opens in February during gallery hours, our Artist Reception, or by special arrangement by contacting me at

*Donate $60.00 for a hardcover edition of the book signed by David Zapatka.

For more information about David Zapatka's work go to

Cate Brown

My photography has taken me on unhindered explorations of coastline throughout there world. But no matter where my work has taken me, I can always find solace walking the sandy shores of home in southern New England. This body of work focuses on my abstract series and aerial perspectives to bring a comprehensive expression of the unique beauty and intrigue of a place defined by both land and sea. 

Driven by an equal love for the ocean and beautiful photographs, my aim is to draw you into a world defined and surrounded by sandy beaches and salty ocean waters. 

I hope that my photography not only invokes the smell of salt air, the sound of ocean water and sensations of salt spray, but also an appreciation and respect for our Oceans. We owe so much to the waters that have given us life, abundance and a calling for exploration and expression. The Sea inspires me to capture its likeness through creative vision, and in turn I hope my images will motivate others to return to the Sea to find their own inspiration.

“The sea, once it casts its spell, hols one in its net of wonder forever.” –Jacques Yves Cousteau


I developed a love for photography at a young age. It all started with my mom’s Canon AE-1 35mm film camera in the backyard. I was enchanted by the feel of the controls and the sound of the shutter. I took my love of photography to college, graduating from Fitchburg State in Massachusetts with a degree in both Photography and Professional Communication. But only a few short years “landlocked” in central Massachusetts was enough for me to realize what else mattered to me just as much: the ocean. 

After graduating, I moved back home to southern Rhode Island and reconnected with the coastal community. I started to bring my love of sailing into my work by building a nautical portfolio. But I felt a dichotomous undertone in what I was photographing. I found myself almost exclusively photographing sailing during summer months, and seascapes in the off season. My work was so different in each I felt hard pressed to choose one path or the other, to find a singular creative expression. 

Over the past few years I have embraced this dual nature to my shooting, and have found photographing a combination of marine sports and fine art seascapes does not divide my attention or draw energy from one to execute the other. Rather, they work to reinforce my view of the world, keep my vision sharp and clear, and allow play and creative exploration by bringing techniques from one genre into the other. 

Today, my body of fine art work is an expression of years of walking beaches, digging my toes in the sand, getting wet in the middle of winter, and testing the limits of my creativity. My favorite series to explore includes my panning and abstract series, whereby I utilize motion blur techniques to best capture the feeling of the water and waves. My aerial drone pieces incorporate entirely new perspectives as I continue to explore the coast line from the air. 

My work has taken me on road trips across the country, on travels through Europe, and sailing through the Caribbean. I have been awarded Second Place for my Seascape photography in the international 2015 Neutral Density Awards, the Excellence Award for my abstract work at Warwick Center of the Arts, and a Finalist in both the María Luisa International 2017 and Siena International 2016 photography awards. My seascapes have found themselves displayed in exhibitions from Rhode Island to Los Angeles, New York, and Boston. 

But no matter where my work has taken me, I can always find solace walking the sandy shores of home with my camera. Through my work, I hope you may also fall in love with the unique beauty and intrigue of a place defined by both land and sea. • Rhode Island

Jack Holowitz, A Retorspective - December, 2017

Jack Holowitz Photographer

Jack Holowitz is part of a class of people that are few and far between: a creative soul who sees the world in Black and White. If you see a man along side of the road with a dark cloth over his head and a large camera on a tripod, it is more likely, Jack. 

Holowitz, of Longmeadow Ma. is world renown, and his work does not have a dated look to them.  “It is my hope that viewers won’t be able to tell the older images from the newer.” This idea of ageless is one that colors Holowitz’ words when he speaks of his work.

When viewing Jack’s work, it becomes clear that form and individuality are qualities he values in a photograph. In many of his landscapes, figures and portraits Holowitz, uses a unique process: platinum printing, an early version of developing that, according to Holowitz, gives an i

I use some of the same materials that they used in the 1800’s, when the platinum process was widely used. Platinum prints require the chemistry to be brushed on watercolor paper, rather then photographic paper. It has a distinctive texture as well as being one of a kind. Jack has studied with Ansel Adam's assistant, John Sexton, Bruce Barnbaum, George Tice, all well known in the black and white large format world. Jacks images are becoming more collectable everyday.

Jack is also  a well known portrait photographer, and has the highest degrees awarded from the Professional photographers of America. He is one of 60 in the world to have earned his Fellowship from the American Society of Photographers. He has also been given and Honorary Educational Degree from The American Society of Photographer. In Feb. Jack and wife Nancy were given The Professional Photographers of America's National award for their service to the Professional Photographers of Ct.

He spends much of his time traveling the country regularly, conducting master classes, seminars and workshops for Photographers. More of his images can be seen on

Cuba: Culture, Cars, and Cigars - February, 2017

About Barb Krawczyk (Left)

Barb has lived in Westfield for 34 years and is a native of South Dakota. She is currently semi-retired and works part time for Pearson VUE as a test proctor after a career in marketing and employee communications. Her major hobbies are travel and photography. This show is an obvious combination of her true passions. Barb is currently president of the Westfield Camera Club and has served as an officer and on the Board of the Springfield Photographic Society. 

She holds the designations of PPSA and EPSA in the Photographic Society of America and has won many photographic awards locally, including at the Valley Photo Center, and internationally.

Her work has appeared in calendars, web sites, print marketing, newspapers, and magazines. She has also exhibited in various galleries, presents photographic software technique demonstrations and travelogues to camera clubs and serves as a judge for photographic competitions.

About Diane L. Savioli-Chase (Right)

Diane considered photography a hobby with specific interests in documenting travel and street life. She was given her own camera at 9 years old, when her grandparents took her to Italy.

She started using a Minolta 35 mm film camera on her first trip to Mexico in 1976. In 1981, she started a project with two other photographers traveling around New England documenting textile mills. This culminated in exhibits at the Quadrangle in Springfield and the Holyoke Textile Museum.

Diane spent many years documenting family travels to Mexico, Belize, Italy, London and France – first with film, then with a digital point and shoot camera – always upgrading to a more powerful zoom.  She currently takes the majority of her images with her cell phone – an LGg5.

She has had solo exhibits in local libraries as well a group shows at the Valley Photo Center and the Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton, where she has won awards at both.

She works as an Ob/Gyn ultrasonographer at Hartford Hospital. Her ongoing project is street photography in the Park Street neighborhood in Hartford, CT. These photos can be viewed on Instagram under “dianeultra .”

Silver & Steel - Railroad Photogrphy by Bob Solomon - January, 2017

Brian Solomon Biography

Brian has authored and illustrated more than 60 books on railroads—including: Railway Depots, Stations & Terminals, North American Railroad Family Trees, North American Railroads, Coal Trains, Railroads of California, Railroads of Pennsylvania, North American Railroad Bridges, Conrail, Amtrak, and Railroad Signaling. He produces a popular railway photography web-blog called Tracking the Light (see: and divides his time between Massachusetts and Ireland. His articles and photography have appeared in the pages of many rail magazines, including Trains Magazine, Railway Age, Railroad Explorer, Germany’s Modelleisenbahner, and the Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society. 

Bob Solomon's Lumix Photos

While many of us carry a Smart Phone with us to make photos, Bob always has a bigger camera handy. He uses a variety of different cameras and formats to make his photos, but has a Lumix LX3 his Lumix LX7 handy even when he isn't on an assignment. These are some of the photos he made with these cameras. They were used in his book, Railway Depots, Stations, & Terminals that was published in 2015 by Voyageur Press.

International Association of Panoramic Photographers (IAPP)

December, 2016

International Association of Panoramic Photographers (IAPP) Reception December 3, 2016

Springfield Photographic Society September 6-30, 2016

Springfield…..Some say that “All Roads Lead from Rome.”  This show proudly states that “All Roads Lead from Springfield.”  Celebrate the “City of Homes” at the photography show All Roads Lead from Springfield.  Twenty members of the Springfield Photographic Society will exhibit approximately 80 photographs, most of which are for sale,  at the Valley Photo Center on the second floor of Tower Square in Springfield from September 6-30.  The show is sponsored by F.L. Roberts & Company.

All are welcome to the opening reception Thursday September 8th from 5-8pm.  Thursday is TGI(almost)F night.  Bring your friends to celebrate Springfield and surrounds.

The title of the show was chosen with an image in mind.  Picture the flaming ball of the sun emanating rays of different lengths.  Springfield is the ball, the center of the universe.  Shorter rays reflect places, people and nature close-by while longer ones reach out through New England and beyond.  Just as the sun’s rays illuminate our entire planet, photos will reflect scenes worldwide.  The exhibition begins with an exploration of Springfield.  As viewers wend their way through the gallery they’ll find treasures in our suburban towns, greater New England, on to Europe and as far as the South Pacific.

The Springfield Photographic Society welcomes new members from the photographic novice to the professional, who share one thing in common - a love of photography.  Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from September to May at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield.  We plan educational activities and offer various events and field trips throughout the year, giving members a chance to have fun, share and learn with like-minded people.   Visit our website:  For information on membership, please contact Kevin Fay at

  Connections & Disconnections

May16 -June 17, 2016

To watch interviews with the photographers that created this show click here:

Connections & Disconnections Interviews

Foundation for TJO Animals Show, "It's Raining Cats & Dogs" April - May, 2016


Bark at the Moon Pet Photography

 Long Leash Pet Photography

 2016 Spring Open Submission Show

Photos for Sale Include Frames Unless Otherwise Noted contact valleyphotocenter@icloud to buy

Ed Cohen

Ed Cohen is a Springfield Ma based Freelance photographer who has been photographing in the Pioneer Valley and beyond for over 30 years. He is a former UMass Amherst and Springfield Technical Community College graduate. Ed s studies have concentrated on Diversity in Communications and has based his photography on presenting diversity in his imagery.

He has had many photographic exhibitions throughout the area, including University of Massachusetts, Northampton Center for the Arts, the Springfield Museums and Libraries, and the Carberry Gallery at Springfield Technical Community College. Ed collaborated with the late Mark Baszak on a book entitled Such Sweet Thunder; Views on Black American Music which featured photographs and text of the Jazz, Blues and Gospel musical idioms.

He has worked for such organizations as Greater Springfield YMCA, African American Point of View newspaper, Mass Live,Inspired Marketing, 6 Pont Creative, The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Springfield Museums, Spring of Hope Church, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Freedom Credit Union, Springfield Urban League, and Stone Soul Festival among others.


 Keith Spies' JAZZ GALLERY

Jazz Gallery is a collection of internationlly known jazz musicians photographed  between 1968-1982 by photographer Keith Sipes.

Many of the photographs were captured at concerts, jazz festivals, and jazz clubs in New York City where Keith grew up, and in Boston where he attended Berklee College of Music as a clarinet and composition major.

Keith Sipes is owner of Keith Sipes Photography, a wedding/portrait photography business located in Cromwell, Connecticut.

For information/purchase of these and other Jazz Gallery images, please contact us at

860 632-8989


Exhibit by Alyssa Hansen Opening November 29, 2015 at the Valley Photo Center

Alyssa (Aly) Hansen was raised in rural New Hampshire and developed a love for photography at a rather young age. Over the years, her passion increased and her focus expanded from nature to portrait photography. Aly lives in Springfield and is studying nursing at Springfield Technical Community College. She has formed her own photography business and takes photos of families, individuals, and pets. Aside from photography, Aly enjoys bicycling, being outdoors, and spending time with her boyfriend and two dogs.

Aly has endured combination of severe depression, anxiety, and anorexia for the past seven years, and through these experiences she has learned how stigmatized mental illness can be. In October of 2014, she attempted suicide and in turn was hospitalized for eight days. Then, in May of 2015, she was placed in a treatment program for Anorexia Nervosa. Throughout her hospitalization and treatment program, she met many amazing people who experienced a range of illnesses, but were attempting to make themselves better by seeking recovery. Aly saw the recovery process as a long, yet beautiful, road.

This semester, Aly is participating in an independent study photography class, in which she is required to complete a three-month project using 35mm film. She decided to focus her project on reducing the stigma of mental illness. She interviewed and photographed people who have various types of mental illness in hopes to display each individual as someone who has grown and become a better person from dealing with their unique experiences. The hope of the project is to show how, although these people “suffer” from mental illness, they’ve grown from it and become stronger people. These people have been through struggles and many have felt “broken”, “unloved”, or “irreparable”, but yet they have not let that defeat or destroy them. Instead, they have conquered and come out as a stronger person. This is where the gallery title, “Kintsukuroi” comes from.

Kintsukuroi (kin-soo-koo-roy) is a form of Japanese art in which broken pottery is repaired with gold or silver lacquer. The word comes along with the understanding that the piece of pottery is more beautiful for having been broken and repaired. The pieces of Kintsukuroi blatantly display the damage and show off the pieces that have been broken in the past, but yet the pottery seems more beautiful than it did before, because the onlooker understands the history of the pottery more fully. With her artwork, Aly is seeking to display the human process of Kintsukuroi. 

Suzanne Revy, Bill Harting, & Ken Hanson Exhibit 

February 24 - March 20, 2015

Suzanne Révy

I am a portrait and fine art photographer based in the greater Boston area with a BFA in photography from Pratt Institute. After a decade in the field of magazine photography as a photo editor at U.S.News & World Report and Yankee Magazine, I left to raise two sons. I began photographing my boys, their cousins and friends, and have intuitively built two portfolios of pictures that explore the culture and nature of childhood, and my own emotional response as a witness to their growth and development.

My work has been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA, The Workspace Gallery in Lincoln, NE, and the Camera Club of NY in New York City, New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH, and the New England School of Photography  in Boston. My work is represented by the Panopticon Gallery in Boston, MA

William Harting

William Harting started taking pictures on film and in black and white, and he continues to do so, trying to find what mysteries the shadows conceal. These pictures, except for the color one, were made by hand in a wet darkroom. 

Kenneth Hanson

Kenneth Hanson’s interest in landscape photography derived from his boyhood association with the English Lake District. The shore was a few minutes from his home, the Pennine moors were to the east and the horizon was a profile of the Lakeland Mountains.

            He began his serious, but part time, pursuit of large format black-and-white photography in 1978 when he acquired a Toyo 4x5 field camera. His experience as a laboratory oriented biochemist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station encouraged both his darkroom work and his interest in exploration. 

            Over the years Hanson has photographed with his view camera in New England, the California Sierra Nevada, Northern England (his home territory), India, and the Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet and Pakistan. More recently he has employed a digital camera to take color photographs in Tajikistan, Iran and Burma.  

            A constant anchor in his photography has been his involvement with Images, the annual juried show run by the Shoreline Arts Alliance. Between 1982 and 2013 he had 31 photographs included (First Honors, Best Portfolio, Honorable Mention, Viewer’s Choice.) He also hung Images over most of these years and in 2009 was designated Volunteer of the Year.  Inspired by former director Ann Christensen, he was for many years chair of the Alliance Visual Arts Committee. The 1989 Images poster “Braga in Evening Light” is included in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

            For a period Hanson was also a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists. He was a founding member in 2004 of  the New England Large Format Photography Collective (NELFPC) and has been active in the New Haven Photo Arts Collective.    

            In addition to his participation in Images, there have been solo exhibits — The Homer Babbidge Library, UConn (1987, 1995); The Paul Mellon Arts Center, Wallingford (1987); Atlantic Film Works (1998, 2002): John Slade Eli House, New Haven (1998) The Jorgenson Gallery, UConn (2002), The Pfizer National Headquarters, New London (2002) and the New Haven Lawn Club (2014.) Images, maps and text were included as part of an exhibit of Tibetan Tangkas at the Benton Museum, UConn (2008.)   There have also been group exhibits and inclusion in 11 or more juried exhibits as well as membership exhibits. A number of his photographs have appeared in the Himalayan Research Bulletin

            A decisive turn was made in 1986 when his wife, Betty Hanson, a political scientist, was awarded a Fulbright to teach in India. He and his wife were able to take a trip, with the view camera, to the Annapurna region of Nepal. Thereafter he was hooked on these superb mountains. Peter Matthiessen’s book The Snow Leopard prompted him to sign up for two trips to the formerly closed area of Dolpo (1989 and 1993.)  Between came a mountaineering course in Washington State and a trip to the Dhaulagiri area 1992.  A major feature of these trips was the chance to encounter a culture built around Tibetan Buddhism (this was also a factor in the 1997 trip to Ladakh.) His exploration expanded northwest to Pakistan (1994 and 2001) and southeast to Kangchenjunga (1998). He visited the Everest area in 1996 (Ralwaling) and 1999 (Mera)  and in 2003 and 2005 made trips to the north and south Everest base camps.  Twelve trips in all.

            All this activity led to a large exhibit at the Jorgenson Gallery at the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2002. This was in conjunction with a Tibetan exhibit at the Benton Museum.  Discussions with Charles Fields led to the notion that a book could come out of the displayed material. However, the research needed to generate a scholarly text that would address the iconic nature of these mountains and their place in the Western imagination took about five years. The book

      Himalayan Portfolios; Journeys of the Imagination

was published by Fields Publishing in 2009.  It includes over 100 duotone black-and-white photographs and appropriate maps.   It received a Benjamin Franklin award for design from the Independent Publishers Association and it was a finalist in the Mountain Image category at the prestigious Banff Mountain Book Festival. It also received a starred review by the Library Journal (“Highly recommended; awesome images, insightful commentary.”) 

 Once the book was launched there were talks at the Peabody Museum in New Haven, the Benton Museum at UConn and other places.

Note on Digital Prints.  The early work all involved darkroom silver printing but advances in digital printing have made it possible to make archival prints using digital files generated from the 4x5 negatives.  This is especially useful where there are defects in the negative arising from the difficulties of keeping dust off sheet film loaded into holders in a tent. More significantly, many of my landscape images extend over more than one negative. Digital scanning makes it possible to print from a composite file.


These are the artists for the Holyoke Hunt's Photo & Video Sales Associate Show:

Andrew Mosijchuk
Andrey is a self-taught photographer who began taking pictures as a hobby. He enjoys going on adventures to photograph the splendid landscape of New England and other areas. A great part of the photography experience is that it   forces him to look at the outdoors in unique ways and helps build patience and determination. In his free time he also enjoys fishing and woodworking. 

Susan Mosijchuk
I'm new to this photography gig but I fell in love with it fast and hard. I picked up a camera a few years ago, and don't plan on putting it down at all for the rest of my days. Still in the experimental phase and working on finding my niche, but I'm discovering that people are my favorite works of art to capture. I hope to be telling some of your stories through photography and sharing some creative portraits with the world in the future. Currently in love with fog,faces,and film.

Steve Bidwell
Received my first camera in 9th grade and nobody could get the camera away from me ever since. Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Art Institute of Minnesota. I have been specializing in architecture and documentary style photography ever since, but I love all aspects of photography.

Brian Nolte
Brian Nolte is a photographer from Southern California currently living in Amherst, MA. His images are critical observations of others in order to further understand one's own actions, relationships, and culture.. He is currently the photography editor for BOAAT PRESS.

Christopher Devine
Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut. I moved to Southern California to study Filmmaking and Photography at Brooks Institute graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. I enjoy photographing landscapes and nature scenes.


The following is a gallery of images from the Fall 2014 Open Submission Show. Click on one of the thumbnails to see a bigger image. The title of the print, artists name, and price of the print if it is for sale is on the bottom left of the enlarged image. If you want to buy one of the images please contact  to make arrangements. 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A unique way to pay tribute to our vets on Veterans Day night.

The Valley Photo Center, a non-profit gallery in Tower Square in Springfield, is displaying more than 100 years of military photographs.

The exhibit is entitled “Images from the Front & Home Front.” It features pictures taken by Defense Department photographers, historical photos from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and from the Electric Boat submarine manufacturer in Groton, Connecticut.

The idea is to foster respect for the people performing the mission.

John McCarthy, a retired Marine Reservist from Wilbraham told 22News, “They may be against the war in Iraq or Afghanistan, they realize that the people that serve are really heroic, and we need to honor those people. They make a great sacrifice, and also their families’ sacrifice.”

Some of the photos feature western Massachusetts military personnel. The exhibit at Tower Square is open weekdays from 11am to 2pm. 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – People with a creative eye got the chance to view a special photography exhibit on Sunday night.

The Valley Photo Center at Tower Square in Springfield was filled with the work of the New England Large Format Photography Collective.

It’s a group made up of more than 20 photographers from New England and beyond. They use large wooden cameras to take the photos.

These photographers say the final image is more rich and beautiful than what you would get from a digital photo.

One longtime photographer told 22News how over the years, a lot has changed about the photography business.

“The primary reason for us doing a family portrait was so people could hang pictures on their wall. Now, the owner isn’t interested in hanging pictures. All they want to do is get them on the computer or phone,” said Jack Holowitz.

The Valley Photo Center is open Monday – Friday from 11-AM to 2PM. Admission is free. 

  1. Edward Hing, from Easthampton, a photography and digital video instructor at the Williston Northampton School won both the best of show and tied for first place in the People’s Choice Award with Joseph Schmidt an amateur photographer from Hampden, Mass with his photograph, “Redwood National Park” in the Valley Photo Center Spring Open Submission Show.

Mr. Hing’s Photograph, “Redwood National Park” also was selected best in show by a panel of judges. Edward Hing is the photography and digital video instructor at The Williston Northampton School. Prior to teaching, he was a New York based advertising photographer. Edward and his wife Janine Norton, also a photographer, reside in Easthampton.

The images from the Valley Photo Center Spring Open Submission are from an ongoing body of travel photography utilizing the panoramic format begun in 1998. The ‘Redwoods’ was taken in 2005 with an xPan film camera (30mm lens) and the ‘Coffee Plantation’ was captured  in 2013 with a D7000 dSLR (10-24mm lens). Both images were edited utilizing Photoshop & NIK Silver FX and printed using a pigment based inkjet HP9180. 

If you have any questions about the photographs please email Edward will be teaching a workshop in Black and White digital imaging at The Snow Farm ( in Williamsburg August 11-15.


Joseph Schmidt’s Photograph, “Direct Connection” was the other photograph selected by patrons of the gallery to tie for the people’s choice award. While his photograph was not select by the panel of professional photographers for an award, it is an example of a photograph that ordinary people liked. Mr. Schmidt is an amateur photographer and he captured the image while on vacation with a digital camera. His winning photograph was printed on color Kodak paper by a commercial lab. He is a graduate of Minnechaug Regional High School and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a major in geology.

June Jacobsen 

From June's Website:

June Jacobsen has been creating Gallery Wall Portraits for her clients since the early 1980's. She won the honor of Top Portrait Photographer for four consecutive years in the Professional Photographers of Greater New York. Working towards the Master Photographer Degree, June earned numerous state and national awards in the Professional Photographers of America. Her articles on portraiture have been published worldwide.

Currently June teaches photography workshops at the studio, from beginner digital to advanced portraiture as well as private tuition. Information on upcoming classes can be found on the blog.

A fascination with polar regions has taken June to the ends of the earth, but she visits her homeland, Norway, most often. She lives and works on Long Island and her most recent trip was to Kenya, Africa in September, 2013.


Ronald Wilson 

From Ronald Wilson's website:

As I walked up the sloping path that led to a bearberry covered drumlin in Truro the fog had transformed the landscape into one filled with photographic possibilities. I have stood here many times before in anticipation of a morning such as this and I am anxious to get started.

Whether it is a barrier beach on Cape Cod, a red rock canyon in Utah or a glacial lagoon in Iceland, using photography to record the details that give shape and form to the land is how I communicate the wonder that resonates from such places.

After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art with a degree in painting and some years later from Tufts University with a degree in education, I taught art to physically disabled students at a hospital school in Massachusetts, created enameled art while in Santa Fe, New Mexico and participated in a dance improvisation group with creative movement innovator Barbara Mettler in Tucson, Arizona.

I was almost thirty when I purchased a 35mm camera. Although I had no formal training in photography I felt certain that I like many other photographers before me could learn the art of making photographs while fulfilling the urge to once again create my own art. When my volkswagen was totaled in an accident the money from the insurance settlement equipped my darkroom and my life as a photographer began.

I no longer use the camera I purchased in 1976. The small format was unable to produce the photographic quality I desired, so I purchased a large format view camera. This camera evolved from simple wooden boxes that were the earliest known cameras. Their basic design of 2 nesting boxes that slid in and out of one another for focusing was primitive when compared to the modern view camera. In the large format camera the image that can only be viewed from beneath the dark cloth, appears on the groundglass both up side down and reversed. While adapting to this new approach took some time. I knew the increased film size would be far superior to the smaller format in rendering the fine detail and tonal range of nature photography.Currently I am using the view camera less in favor of the more versatile and convenient medium format with results that rival those of the larger and more cumbersome 4×5 format.

For many years the New England landscape, particularly Cape Cod was the theme of my photography. That changed with my first trip to Ireland in 1987, followed by the Greek islands,Iceland,the American Southwest and Scotland.

I first exhibited my photography at an outdoor art show in Andover, Massachusetts in 1981. Several print sales and a second prize ribbon encouraged me to continue and I am still on the art show circuit, earning a living doing something that has become part of the fabric of my life, a life enriched immensely by photography.

Ireland Since 1970 photographers, D. John McCarthy, left and Jim Cryan, right, flank, Mary Kate Sullivan, Springfield Parade Committee Colleen, at the reception held on October 24th. 

Featured Photographers - Jim Cryan & D. John McCarthy

D. John McCarthy and Jim Cryan,  have been friends and have shared their interest in Ireland since 1970 when they met as graduate students at UMass Amherst. The exhibit, reception, and lunchtime programs will all be open to the public and be free.

For 40 years Jim has been doing photographic studies of the Irish people, the scenery, and the antiquities.  He has made seven photographic pilgrimages to Ireland and has a collection of Kodachrome and Digital images covering the whole of the island.  He has exhibited at a number of Colleges and Libraries in New England and has a permanent exhibit on display at the Irish International Immigration Center in Boston. 

McCarthy has been traveling to Ireland since 1990 including several trips with Jim. John’s specialty is panoramic photography and he made a presentation on the subject at the World Photo Congress in Dublin in 1995. While most of his Irish images portray panoramic vistas of the land, Jim’s images portray close ups of the people places, and monuments.

John’s latest trip to Ireland was in September, 2013 and he was amazed by the changes there in the last 23 years. Many of the single lane roads have been paved over and new limited access motorways allow one to cross the country from Dublin to Galway in a couple of hours. Even the historic road signs have been replaced with new ones with distances in kilometers instead of miles.

Jim’s images dating back to the early ‘70’s help document an Ireland that no longer exists. But, fortunately most of the beautiful Irish scenery remains unspoiled, as you’ll see in both Jim’s and John’s photographs, and the people are as hospitable as ever.

James Cryan is a photographer and teaching artist currently living in Pelham, N.H. with Elizabeth, his wife of 26 years.  He has been doing photography since the 1960’s when he read world history and literature for a BA at Merrimack College. 

From 1968 through 1970 he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Vietnam at Marble Mountain Air Base in Da Nang.   In 1972 he finished a Masters degree in Educational Media at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

During the early 70’s Jim was the College Photographer at Amherst College.  Since the late 70’s he has operated his own portrait studio and photography business in the Lowell, MA area. Jim is a founding member of the C.S. Lewis College in Northfield, Mass.

D. John McCarthy, the new director of the Valley Photo Center, is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he majored in professional photography before going to UMass Amherst where he received his Master’s Degree in Educational Media 1972. He also earned an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass in 2008.

John worked as a photographer for the UMass Public Affairs office before he joined Fujifilm in 1978 where he worked for the next 28 years in a variety of sales, marketing, and technical positions.

John is retired from the US Navy after serving in the Marine Corps and Naval Reserves for 22 years as a public affairs specialist and a photographer. He currently operates a pet photography studio, Long Leash LLC, in Wilbraham, Mass where he lives with his wife Mary and son Yaroslav, a senior at Minnechaug Regional High. McCarthy is also a member of the Hampden Wilbraham Regional School Committee.

John earned his Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman Degrees from the Professional Photographers of America. He served on the boards of several professional photography associations including the International Panoramic Photographers Association as President.

As a follow up to the exhibit the Valley Photo Center is happy to sponsor a trip to Ireland this May led by D. John McCarthy.

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