Photography is Art Program: July 1, 2021

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, July 1, 2021
  • Recording not available.
  • Photography is Art,” John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Rohrbach John Amon Carter 400wJohn Rohrbach will share tales about photographers’ decades-long struggle to gain art museum acceptance for their medium and reveal what happened once that acceptance finally arrived.

Drawing from the Carter’s current exhibition “Photography Is Art,” filled with masterpiece works from the museum’s extensive holdings, he will discuss the debates among leading artists from Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, and others about how to shape photography’s artistic language.

His surprising findings? Even today, photographers look far more often to painting for ideas and inspiration than we might expect.

Rohrbach guides the scholarship and presentation of American photography at the Carter, one of the country’s foremost repositories, with a collection of 45,000 exhibition-quality photographic prints and 250,000 photographic objects. Over nearly three decades at the museum, he has organized a range of exhibitions, resulting in new scholarship on nineteenth and twentieth century American photography.

During his tenure at the Carter, Rohrbach has continued to grow the photography collection through important acquisitions, such as Edward S. Curtis’ “The North American Indian”(1907-1930), Alfred Stieglitz’s influential periodicals Camera Notes and Camera Work (1897-1917) and the Carter’s commission of Terry Evans’ series, “Meet Me at the Trinity” (2013-14). Notable traveling exhibitions he has organized include “Eliot Porter: The Color of Wildness” (2003), “In the American West: Photographs by Richard Avedon” (2005) and “Acting Out: Cabinet Cards and the Making of Modern Photography” (2020).

Prior to joining the Carter in 1992, Rohrbach served as Director of the Paul Strand Archive at Aperture Foundation, New York, NY, following positions at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, and as Director of the Photographic Archive and Exhibitions Program at Apeiron Workshops, Inc.

Above, Justine Kurland (b. 1969) The Wall, 2000 Inkjet print, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Copyright (C) 2020, Justine Kurland. P2019.2  

Future Programs

  • Aug. 5 – Photographing Dallas During the Pandemic, Nikola Olic, abstract/structure photographer

Planning a Photo Trip Program Recording: June 3, 2021

Ron Shue 400wClub member and Master photographer Ron Shue often hits the road to capture award winning images. Learn from Ron what equipment he takes with him and how he plans for a successful trip.

“My program is a summary of how I would answer the question – When you are going out on a photo trip – what do you do?” Topics include:

  • how to plan a trip
  • what equipment to carry and why
  • how to decide what images to make
  • thoughts on photo processing.

The above image of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge represents planning and execution discussed in the program, he says.

Ron is a  member of both the Fort Worth and Cowtown Camera Clubs and is president of the Cowtown club.  He has been awarded Photographer of the Year multiple times. He participates in the Gulf States Camera Club Council and Photographic Society of America.

Says Ron, “Destination photo trips is how I satisfy my interests. I travel a lot – so much so that I now have a lifetime Platinum membership at American Airlines.”

Future Programs

  • July 1 –  Photography is Art, John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • Aug. 5 – Photographing Dallas During the Pandemic, Nikola Olic, abstract/structure photographer

From Tourist to Explorer Program Recording : May 6, 2021

J. Alan Whiteside 400wAlan believes people tend to photograph in one of two modes: either as a tourist or an explorer. Neither mode is right, and it’s OK to switch back and forth – as long as it’s a conscious decision. When thinking about his own images, he considers images made in explorer mode to be more compelling, meaning they convey something he thought or felt when he was making them, or they’re worth more than just a quick glance.

But being a photographic explorer takes effort and thought. In this presentation, Alan will address some of the factors he believes contribute to a successful image, as well as the thought process that led to images he considers successful.

He’ll offer tips to help photographers identify a vision, a story or idea; find visually interesting shapes, colors and elements; eliminate distractions and draw the viewer’s eye.

Says Alan: My reading and research led me to the idea that planning what you wanted the photo to be produced stronger images. Current digital cameras allow me to overcome many technical issues and my best photos (at least in my estimation) have come when I consider the full range of factors that contribute to successful images prior to pressing the shutter.”

Alan is a business and learining consultant who lives in Dallas.

Future Programs

  • June – ” Preparing for an Outing,” Ron Shue, award-winning club board member
  • July –  “Amon Carter Photography Exhibits,” John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs
  • August – “Photographing Dallas During the Pandemic,” Nikola Olic, abstract/structure photographer

Safari in Zambia Program Recording: April 1, 2021

Lifetime Member Tom SavageJoin us to view images from a 2020 safari in Zambia presented by Tom Savage. Tom is a Lifetime Member of Fort Worth Camera Club, and regularly travels to Africa to find his award-winning images.

This trip was cut short by the rapid spread of the corona virus and subsequent border closings on the African continent. But the animals were busy: I saw things I had never seen before, says Tom.

The Swartz Brothers Legacy Program Recording: March 4, 2021

View this presentation on Zoom for 30 days.

Richard Selcer 400wJohn, David and Charles Swartz moved from Virginia to Fort Worth in the late nineteenth century and established a photo studio.  The Swartz brothers made a visual record of the years when Fort Worth grew from a frontier outpost to a bustling western city.  Their most famous legacy is the photo of the Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and friends, which was made in the brothers’ studio in November 1900.  

Join our March first Thursday meeting to learn more about the Swartz brothers from historian Richard Selcer.  Selcer was born in Fort Worth in 1950, the same year that Leonard Brothers Department Store installed the city’s first escalator and when the statue of Will Rogers was dedicated in front of Will Rogers Coliseum.

Selcer’s other books include Hell’s Half-Acre: The Life and Legend of a Red-light District (TCU, 1991), Lee vs. Pickett: Two Divided by War (Thomas Pubs., 1995), and Legendary Watering Holes: The Saloons That Made Texas Famous (Texas A&M Press, 1994). Learn more.

Selcer also leads walking tours and bus tours of Fort Worth. His favorite themes on those tours are crime and vice, trail-driving days, the Stockyards and Fort Worth’s black and ethnic history. 

Selcer is a graduate of Austin College and earned a doctorate from TCU. He has taught at Tarrant County College, Dallas County Community College, among others in Texas, the U.S. and eastern Europe. He is a member of the Tarrant County Historical Commission.