APA | SD and MOPA present: An Evening with JASON LEE, January 14th, 2021



Join us for an online event including photographic talk and presentation dedicated to his work and the recent release of his third book ‘In The Gold Dust Rush’, a 112-page book featuring a selection of Lee’s previously unpublished American black- and-white film photographs spanning 2008 to 2020.

RSVP here today!

b. 1970, Orange, California

A native of Southern California, Jason Lee is a film photographer, actor, producer, and director. Having established a successful career as a professional skateboarder during skateboarding’s pivotal late 80s and early 90s period, Lee would go on to pursue acting in 1994, which would lead to working in film, television, and voiceover, and with such directors as Kevin Smith, Cameron Crowe, Lawrence Kasdan, and Rebecca Miller. Despite retiring from skateboarding in 1995, Lee continued co-managing Stereo Skateboards with co-founder and former professional skateboarder Chris Pastras. In 2017, the two longtime friends celebrated the company’s 25-year-anniversary.

In 2002, Lee developed a passion for photography and dedicated himself to pursuing the medium as a creative profession. His photographic works have since been featured in multiple group and solo exhibitions, magazines, and books, one of which, 2018’s A PLAIN VIEW, marked the debut publication for Film Photographic, the Instagram film photography sharing platform and photography boo­k publisher Lee founded in 2015. In June 2019, Lee hosted OK: Jason Lee Photographs at Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his first ever solo museum exhibition. The exhibition showcased a selection of both color and black-and-white film photographs made throughout Oklahoma during a six-month period in 2018 and ran through December 2019. A book of selected works from the series will be released at a later date. In December 2020, UK publisher Stanley/Barker released IN THE GOLD DUST RUSH, a 112-page book featuring a selection of Lee’s previously unpublished American black-and-white film photographs spanning 2008 to 2020. In summer 2021, Lee will release a book of Galveston, Texas, photographs in collaboration with Galveston Historical Foundation, with Film Photographic to publish a second printing of A PLAIN VIEW winter 2021.

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Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Hi friends. Gary Allard, APA|Chapter Chair here. It’s been quite a year. It is our sincere wish that you all have managed to stay healthy and relatively happy through this trying time. And with happier times in mind, we have put together our annual gift-giving guide for photographers. We asked our members to send us their top-rated gift-able items for you to share. Here are few ideas.

It was a big year for book releases and many of our members published some beautiful work. Photo books make great gifts for anyone and here is a collection that is sure to appeal to someone you know:

Bruce W. Talamon Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972–1982 , A book Bruce describes as “a love letter to the music.” Bruce shared his experiences through an APA|SD online presentation recently. If you missed it, check it out here.

APA Member Todd Glaser has a beautiful book documenting his surf travels around the globe. PROXIMITY is a stunning collection of surf and travel photography.

Actor, filmmaker and photographer Jason Lee has published a photo book of black-and-white photographs  titled In The Gold Dust Rush. It’s an impressive collection of travel images made with 35mm and medium format films.

APA member Rob Hammer has just released an ode to basketball titled American Backcourts, a collection of road trip photos built over the course of 8 years. It’s a nostalgic look at a favorite American past time.

Joni Sternbach’s now iconic book Surf Site Tin Type is an homage to a sport, a way of life and to the people who practice it. While the open editions are now sold out, Joni is offering special signed editions while they last.

Stocking stuffers and gear for the photographer or art lover:

Prints and merchandise from our longtime member and skate photography legend, J. Grant Brittain

Photographer friendly tools and bags: The Nite Ize “Doohickey” key tool and the SmallRig multi-tool are great everyday carry items for photographers. I keep them close, the Doohickey hangs on my keychain and carries my thread adapters.

These baby ball head adapters have so many uses and come in handy for many accessories with a 1/4″ thread (see Litra below).

All photographers need a safe place to carry gear; ThinkTank bags, packs and accessories are among some of the best. The Retrospective Series is a personal favorite of mine.

Litra makes tiny lights for big adventures. These  LEDs are rugged, bright and waterproof to 60 feet. I have a few and I pack them everywhere. Pro tip, they are handlebar mountable and make great bike lights. And members can receive a 25% discount! 

Support our local shops and services with a gift card to Nelson Photo, George’s Camera and Chrome Digital.

A MOPA membership is an excellent gift and helps support all of the great photo programs they have been producing this year.

Looking to give the gift of donations? We support the Gordon Parks Foundation and encourage you to as well.

We hope this little guide helps spark some ideas or makes it easy to share with your loved ones. Thank you to all of our members for your support this year. We wish you a happy and above all, healthy holiday season. Be well. Be safe.

Untitled 2020 Winners Announced

We want to thank all of the sponsors and participants who helped make the Untitled 2020 a great competition. Rosey Lakos, Director of Photography at Godfrey Dadich Partners curated the top 20 selections from close to 400 entries. And, we’ve partnered with The Gordon Parks Foundation and donated 20 percent of the entry fees to their Arts & Social Justice Fund. Below is the list of all winners and don’t forget to checkout the image gallery.

Selected Winners

  • Jill Broussard, 1st Place
  • George Craig, 2nd Place
  • Elvin Diego, 3rd Place
  • Scarlett Freund
  • Lisa Griffiths
  • Matt Harbicht
  • Mark Holley
  • Diego Jimenez
  • Stacy Keck (2)
  • Dale Lazar
  • Lisa LeJeune
  • Jason Little
  • Scott Lorenzen
  • Alejandro Meter
  • Joe Patronite (2)
  • Martine Severin
  • Jamie Street
  • Ian Tuttle


Thank you for supporting our photo community!


APA | SD & MOPA present: Bruce W. Talamon, Nov. 12th


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APA | SD & MOPA Present:
Bruce W. Talamon: ‘A love letter to the Music’
An online event Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at 6 p.m.

APA | SD & MOPA welcome Bruce Talamon for a photographic talk and presentation discussing his book ‘Soul R&B Funk from 1972-1982’. Talamon will share stories from behind the camera while covering various artists such as James Brown, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder.

About Bruce W. Talamon:

Bruce is a photographer from California. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles.  His cameras took him around the world. Music, Editorial, Movies. He worked for People Magazine and was a Contract Photographer for Time Magazine. For forty-one years, he worked in the film industry as a Motion Picture Stills Photographer.

But before that, he photographed R&B Royalty from 1972-1982. It changed his life. On September 12, 2018, Taschen Books published BRUCE W. TALAMON: Soul, R&B and Funk Photographs 1972-1982. There have been numerous photo books on Jazz, Rock & Roll, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elvis, and Dylan. There has never been a photo book published on Soul, R&B and Funk Music… until now.

Taking a photograph of a singer on stage is the easy part. The hard part is gaining the trust. From 1972-1982, Bruce Talamon was documenting the rehearsals and sound checks, the recording sessions and costume fittings, the quiet moments, life on the road, and of course the wild photo sessions and memorable performances.

Alone with the artists before taking the stage, or seconds after the last song, Bruce Talamon had total access and was never asked to put his camera down. He was there when they exhaled. From the smoke filled clubs on Crenshaw Boulevard and the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, to the largest arenas across the world, his camera recorded the frenzy and beauty of the music. He photographed all the usual subjects.

With almost 300 photographs, personal reflections and two essays, this book is a love letter to the music. It is a visual period in Black Music that lasted way past the midnight hour and will never come again.

Bruce Talamon’s work has been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum, Corcoran Museum, Grammy Museum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Hammer Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M) in Madrid, Spain.

2019 was a busy year. He completed his third film for Tom Hanks as his Stills Photographer on the Universal Pictures feature film “News Of The World”, directed by Paul Greengrass. He was invited to join the Fahey / Klein Photo Gallery in Los Angeles and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC selected his photograph of Earth Wind & Fire as one of six portraits for the 2019 Portrait of A Nation Prize.

Currently, he is researching the visual legacy of African American photographers during WWII. He is also editing a book project celebrating African American Stills Photographers in the Motion Picture Industry.

Bruce Talamon is the fortunate husband of the writer and National Public Radio commentator, Karen Grigsby Bates. They live in Los Angeles and have one son.

Join us for a special online event ‘A Love Letter to the Music’ on Thursday, November 12th at 6 p.m. For more details and to register click here.

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MEET. Morgan DeLuna

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Meet San Diego based Photographer, and APA member, Morgan DeLuna.

What 3 words describe your photography style?

What do you listen to when you’re shooting?
I am crazy about pretty much every style of music, but it depends on the work. When I am photographing someone else, I let them put on whatever they’re into and allows them to feel at ease and confident. I shoot my self-portraits alone, so I select music that puts me in the right headspace for the image I am working on. I could be playing anything from Kitarō to Queen, Marvin Gaye, or Dom La Nena. Setting up the studio is usually something to get my energy up like Classic Rock or P-Funk, for shooting and editing, the selection shifts to the tone of work at hand.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by mystery, wonder, and transformation. I’m hyped anytime I get to perceive reality in a new and fascinating way. It could be environmental, like experiencing a new place, or intellectual, like learning about new ideas in science and history.

What’s your favorite thing about being a photographer?
The challenge of creating a visual that communicates feelings and ideas without words…I do also love that little flutter of excitement when you realize you got the shot.

When you aren’t making photographs, what other pastimes do you have?
I like to keep busy. I enjoy reading history and non-fiction books. Before the pandemic, I would spend hours at the library picking out way too many books to bring home. I spend time outdoors and take drives to the desert to stargaze. I dabble in blending essential oils for skincare. Lately, I have been re-watching seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Schitt’s Creek, Bob’s Burgers, and various standup comedy specials because I love to laugh.

Describe your daily or weekly work habits. (Pre-Covid and currently)
I begin every day with meditation and yoga. I am more creative in the later hours, so I use the mornings to tend to the business aspects of things. I take care of phone calls, meetings, emails, website updates, writing, submissions, social media, and so forth. In the afternoons, I’ll read, research, and sketch ideas. I also print and make natural light images at that time of day as the light in my studio is best then. I reserve the evenings for studio photography and editing. Pre-COVID, I would visit galleries and museums midday, and exhibition openings in the evenings. Now that things are virtual, I look at shows throughout the day.

Who were your biggest influencers?
My biggest influencers come from different aspects and times in my life. I was a theater kid and fortunate to work for years with a wonderful director, David Braddock, who studied under Marcel Marceau. From David, I learned how to use gesture and body language to convey an emotion or a story in silence. It takes patience, pacing, and thoughtfulness. I utilize everything he taught me when creating images today.
Annie Leibovitz is another one for me. Growing up, my Grandmother would pass along last month’s fashion magazines when the new ones arrived; I would pore over those pages for hours. Annie Leibovitz’s’ photos were my favorite. I loved her color palettes, compositions, and lighting. I think her single light work reminded me of stage lighting which, really appealed to me and became nicely saturated in my mind. Around this same time, I discovered makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin. I became very interested in makeup illusion and fascinated by beauty culture. I would look at the portraits in Kevyn’s books, Making Faces and Face Forward, religiously. After 23 years, they are still on my bookshelf. Later on, I became influenced by Frida Kahlo, John Singer Sargent, Flor Garduño, Imogen Cunningham, and Harry Callahan.

What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out?
I was struggling with a creative project when a friend and former teacher, France Marie-Haeger, gave me some guidance. She told me that sometimes there is nothing wrong with the idea, but with the medium. This advice freed me. I began exploring the concept and the aesthetic as a partnership rather than trying to jam an idea into a self-imposed mold. I allow the aesthetic to be fluid and work with the idea.

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
I was working at a gym to pay for art classes and supplies.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing?
I am an artist to a fault, the medium or form would be different, but I would still be creating. Art is my language, my soul.

What do you do when you get stuck?
Stuck for me equals too in my head, passing judgment on my ideas instead of just trying them out. When that happens, I ask myself “Where is the fear?”, ” What is the thought that is stopping you?”, then I either journal, meditate or go for a walk to work it out.

To view more of Morgan’s work you can follow along here.

Untitled 2020: Meet Our Judge Rosey Lakos

Photo by Bryan Derballa

Rosey Lakos is the Director of Photography at Godfrey Dadich Partners, an innovative storytelling firm based in San Francisco. She curates and produces visuals for editorial and commercial clients ranging from National Geographic and the ACLU to Nike, Google, and IBM. The work may take the form of a magazine, a billboard, or everything in-between. Prior to GDP, Lakos was an integral part of the WIRED photo department where she produced award-winning feature and cover shoots. Before working in editorial, she managed the production of exhibitions, books, and global artist workshops in the fine art photography studio of Todd Hido. A photographer herself, Lakos has a valuable understanding of the craft and is delighted that she has been able to create a fulfilling career from her obsession with the medium. She has also served as a judge for numerous competitions, including American Photography 35 and SPD 54. Lakos has formed a strong network of award-winning photographers across many genres yet is constantly looking to partner with emerging talent and offers 1:1 portfolio reviews and coaching to POC/BIPOC photographers. When not shooting blurry oceanscapes on her vintage Rolleiflex, Lakos is often in the kitchen experimenting with fanciful cakes (or, farther afield, riding a horse over a mountain). She holds a BFA in photography from California College of the Arts.

MEET. Rosey  Lakos

Which photograph do you wish you owned if money was no object?

Well that is a very difficult question, because there are so, so many. But when I think of owning a piece I think of what I would want to live with and what would continue to intrigue me every day. I saw a piece by Dawoud Bey right before lock down called Untitled #25 that is a moody dark waterscape that I still think about. I would be happy to live with that one every day. 

What is your process when selecting a photographer to work with?  

Well it’s not always a linear process, and there are so many factors that narrow down possible options such as location, style and budget right off the bat. I am looking for someone that not only has the right technical skills, but also a personality, and attitude that will bring added value to the collaboration. Sometimes I get an immediate vision for how I see a story or brief coming to life and will think of a photographer whose work I know that would be a good fit right away. But that isn’t enough, because I am very conscious of my responsibility, and my privilege. Creatives are in decision-making positions, and have hiring power to determine how a story will visually come to life, and how it will be seen by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people. It’s our job, and our opportunity, really, to shape and broaden what that looks like, not only by what is shown in front of the lens, but also by who is behind the camera. So I will push myself to dig deeper, keeping in mind how the photographer’s experience is going to add to the visual narrative. There are so many layers to the process, especially when working on an advertising campaign, that it really is like being a matchmaker. 

What is your preferred method for a photographer to reach out to you?

I will never be mad if someone sends me an email. I can’t guarantee that I will get back to them right away, but it definitely doesn’t hurt. Other platforms like IG and LinkedIn are not ideal. And I always love a good piece of mail, maybe a bit less so during a pandemic, but normally I really enjoy receiving a beautiful printed object I can hold in my hands. 

What makes a great photograph and what is your process when selecting images?

There are so many different things that can make a photograph great, but there is one thing that I feel all great photographs have in common, and that is the ability to evoke emotion. So I trust my heart first and foremost, and make sure that when I am looking at work I am tuned in to the gut reactions I am getting. I like to do one round of this kind of “listening” to do an initial sort of contenders, then I like to step away and come back to it in a few hours or even the next day to narrow down further. 


Untitled 2020: Call for Entries Extended!

APA | San Diego is calling for photography that represents your best work – Images that show your unique vision, creative passion, and individualistic style, titled or untitled. This contest is open to all types of photography and with no regard to specific categories. Submit the work that best represents you as a photographic artist. 20 images will be selected for an online exhibition and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners.

20% of the entry fees will be donated to the Arts & Social Justice Fund for The Gordon Parks Foundation

We welcome this year’s judge, Rosey Lakos Director of Photography at Godfrey Dadich Partners in San Francisco. She curates and produces visuals for clients ranging from National Geographic and the ACLU to Nike, Google, and IBM. Prior to GDP, Lakos was an integral part of the WIRED photo department where she produced award-winning features and cover shoots.

You can find full details and submission guidelines at untitledshow.org.
Deadline to enter is 11:59PM PDT 10.25.20.

MEET. Rich Soublet

Rich Soublet II© Rich Soublet

Meet new APA | SD member and San Diego based photographer, Rich Soublet.

Do you have a favorite podcast?
The one I’m on! Kidding. I’ve gotta go with Armchair Expert. Dax and Monica are great interviewers and always have interesting guests.

What 3 words describe your photography style?
Authentic. Purposeful. Emotive.

What inspires you?
That’s a big question. I draw inspiration from a lot of places. I’ve always had a very vivid imagination so books are actually a great source of inspiration for me.  Movies as well.

People inspire me. How we are able to thrive, often in spite of ourselves and the world around us, gives me a lot to think about and draw on when making images.

What’s your favorite thing about being a photographer?
Meeting new people and getting a chance to listen to their story. Using their story to tell a new one visually. I guess I could have just stories.

When you aren’t making photographs, what other pastimes do you have?
I’ve been a gamer since before there was a word for it. Video games, card games, board games… you name it. Really I like to play in general. It’s something I’ve always held close as being vital to a full life.

You can also catch me fawning over dogs and cats and every other animal I come across.

When the weather permits I like to strap a piece of wood/fiber to my feet and slide down snow covered mountains… doesn’t it sound a bit crazy when you describe it like that?

To view more of Rich’s work you can follow along here.

The Art of the Digital Portfolio | August 12th, 2020

2020_digi_port_eventbriteThese days, as photographers, our world is seemingly expanding and shrinking all at once and it can be challenging to make a focused statement with commercial photography. Things have shifted, personal meetings are rare, and connecting with prospective clients can be more challenging so we need to show our specialty work now more than ever.

By tailoring our individual approach to a specific client, we can start the conversation quickly and help grab their attention. Photographers have a large digital toolbox that allows the ability to create laser-focused promotions and presentations to help capture the essence of our work and outline our specialties or concepts that may or may not be fully represented on our websites. Photographers should have a virtual portfolio handy or an e-book that best represents who they are and what they do.

Join APA | SD and our esteemed panelists who will be critiquing 3 virtual portfolios, offering their guidance and expertise, and discussing ideas for the best approach to building these tailored digital presentations.

WHEN: August 12, 2020 at 4PM PST

WHERE: Online | Link will be sent out upon registration

COST:  Free to APA Members, Non-Members $10

Reserve your spot today click here!

RSVP by NOON (PST) on August 12th, 2020

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If you’re interested in having your digital portfolio selected for review: please make sure you’re available to attend. Submissions must be sent to Wendy Fisk at director@apasd.org and please review the guidelines below:

Please DO NOT send us a link to your website.
We are looking to receive a digital portfolio via a link or PDF to share with the panelists in advance and all digital portfolios should be a curated selection of your work and submitted by Friday, August 7th, at 12 PM NOON PST.

Be sure to please answer the following questions when you send along your submission:

What type of feedback are you looking for?
Where are you currently in your career?
How many years have you been shooting?
Are you moving from one type of photography to another? 

We’ve also included a Digital portfolio example for you HERE.

If your portfolio is selected for review, you will be notified in advance.


DANA NEIBERT (b. 1972) is a trophy husband and photographer based in Coronado, California where he resides with his wife and two children. He pushes Mongo and does not care that you know. His biggest fear is being featured on “Kook of the Day”.

ROSEY LAKOS is the Director of Photography at Godfrey Dadich Partners in San Francisco. She curates and produces visuals for clients ranging from National Geographic and the ACLU to Nike, Google, and IBM. Prior to GDP, Lakos was an integral part of the WIRED photo department where she produced award-winning feature and cover shoots.

Before working in editorial, she managed the production of exhibitions, books, and global artist workshops in the fine art photography studio of Todd Hido. A photographer herself, Lakos has a valuable understanding of the craft and is delighted that she has been able to create a fulfilling career from her obsession with the medium.

HEIDI GOVERMAN is originally from North Salem, a super small town just north of NYC filled with apple orchards and horse farms. She moved to Los Angeles in 1993, fell in love with the weather and easily learned to live without snow.

Before joining Workbook, Heidi spent five years as the Executive Director for APA | LA, a national non-profit photography trade organization, where she found her true passion in supporting artists and their businesses. Heidi is a talker but also a good listener who likes to solve problems.

MEET. Inti St. Clair

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Meet the talented and inspiring Austin based photographer, Inti St. Clair.

What do you listen to when you’re shooting?
Usually I ask the talent what they’re into. I really believe music has a big effect on vibe and mood. Thankfully, I like most everything, so I can get in the groove with them.

Describe your daily or weekly work habits. (Pre-Covid and currently)
Pre-covid I found myself typically working everyday, only taking a day off here and there. I would make time to workout everyday, but usually only for an hour or so. Now I find myself working out a couple hours a day, and taking weekends off. During the week these days I spend time culling my archives and submitting to stock, marketing to keep myself fresh on the minds of creatives for when a project does come up, and updating my portfolios that are online in various places (Workbook, Photopolitic, Komyoon, etc…)

Who were your biggest influencers?
I’ve had a number of photographer mentors throughout the years. Most of them have retired at this point, but I still value the lessons they taught me over the years every day. Jon Fenigersh, Stewart Cohen, and Johnathan Ross are a few of them.

What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out?
Don’t get hung up on gear, don’t hire staff unless you have to. This has proved true time and time again. Gear can be rented, and I find I do my best work with natural light anyway. Crew can be hired too, and not having staff during recessions really makes it so much easier and less stressful to navigate your way through.

What have been some of the highlights and challenges of your career so far?
A couple years ago I had the realization that I’d reached all the goals I’d set out for myself, which felt incredible. Of course now I have new goals, because if you’re not striving to be better, you’re over, right? The challenges in this job are constant. Occasionally that can be frustrating or overwhelming, but for the most part they keep me going. I love facing a challenge head on; working through it, growing because of it, and succeeding in spite of it. As challenging as photography can be, it’s also constantly rewarding. Photography is never predictable and never boring, and I love that!

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
I was a chef.

What do you want people to understand about the industry?
It’s constantly changing, and that will never stop. You have to evolve with it if you want to stay relevant and be successful. ALWAYS be shooting. Yes for clients, but mostly for yourself. All my favorite work was self produced.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing?
I don’t know exactly what it would be, but I know it would involve traveling the world. I’m not a 9-5 office job kind of girl.

What do you do when you get stuck?

Do you have a favorite podcast?

What is your best advice for your peers?
Create community! Photography can be a lonely and isolating career, and it’s so important to create a community you can connect with to get help when you need it, bounce ideas off of, get help when you need it, talk you off the ledge in dry spells, etc…

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years?
Marketing, not making beautiful photos, is the #1 most important thing you have to do to succeed. Also, I wish I’d gone out on my own sooner.

What is a photographers role now that technology has made it so much more accessible to the masses?
It’s never been about the gear. It’s always been about how it’s used. Yes, there are many more amazing photographers than ever before, but there is no other “you”. I’ve done shoots with other photographers in which we’re essentially shooting the same thing, and yet we all make different images. I love it!

What do you see yourself doing in five years?
Ideally I’ll be getting more international photography jobs.

To view more of Inti’s work you can follow along here.