MEET. Myles McGuinness

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Meet San Diego based photographer and APASD member, Myles McGuinness.

Who are you following on Instagram?

@almackinnon @dananeibert @stevenlippman @chrisburkard @cole_barash

What type of music do you listen to when you’re shooting? 
It varies a lot depends on the location. Hopefully something with a local vibe. I’m always
discovering new music while traveling and meeting new people. I’m always like who is this? What’s the artist’s name? Then when listen to that song it takes you right back to that place or memory. Like in Aruba it was  “Makeba” by Jain, or Puerto Rico it was Nas & Damien Marley or Tahiti it was random song that I found on Facebook by Maddie Rogers “Alaska.”

Who were your biggest influencers?
My parents were my earliest influencers and certainly lit the fire.  Artistically the following artists have influenced me for various reasons: Mies van der Rohe – less is more. Edward Hopper – for his realism and simplicity. Edward Weston and Ansel Adams for their surreal landscapes. David Carson for unique vision and his never ending quest to break the rules of the game. Finally, Peter Beard’s unique collage-like photography,
diaries and drawing collections.

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
Living in a bunch of different places with varying cultural, geographic and personal palates inspired my sense of self-exploration, expression and art. This led to majoring in Graphic Design in college, and then a chance introductory photography class. Shortly
after, I decided to double major in both Graphic Design and Photography. Stints as an Art Director at top East- and West Coast advertising agencies followed for the next 15 years. I then decided to do things “my way,” began freelancing full-time and then jumped the fence from art directing photo shoots to shooting, them myself.

When were you first introduced to Photography?
My dad actually worked at the local newspaper as a photographer, and my step dad was a documentary filmmaker and mom also had been pretty crafty behind the lens. So I grew up around cameras and film making from a very young age. My first was a Kodak
Instamatic, which then led to an Olympus OM1, which I still have.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing? 
Creative Director or something related to the arts.

What do you do when you get stuck? 
Go surfing.

What is your favorite podcast?

What is your favorite curse word? 

What is your best marketing advice for your peers?
Know your niche

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years?
Dream bigger. Follow your bliss and trust the path your on is the right one.

Check out more work from Myles McGuinness!

An Evening with Dan Winters

Thank you to everyone who joined us at MOPA for An Evening with photographer Dan WintersWe were so happy to have seen a great turnout of students, old friends and new faces as well. Dan gave an inspiring and unforgettable presentation while sharing some beautiful personal and professional work with us. We appreciate the support of our community and generous sponsors who allow us to produce memorable events like this.

Photos courtesy of © Stacy Keck

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An Evening with Dan Winters

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APA San Diego is very proud to welcome acclaimed photographer Dan Winters. Join us for a special event including a photographic talk and presentation at the Museum of Photographic Arts in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater on Tuesday, March 6th 2018.

About Dan:
Dan Winters is an award-winning photographer who is best known for his celebrity portraits, photojournalism and illustrations. His work has been featured in a variety of publications including GQ, Vanity Fair, TIME, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and WIRED. His range of clients include
HBO, Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Sony, RCA and Interscope. He’s had multiple solo gallery exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and a solo exhibition at the Telfair Museum Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah. His work is in permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Telfair Museum and The Harry Ransom Center.

Aside from an impressive client list and overall body of work, Dan has a collection of successful books in publication that address a variety of subjects, including Road To Seeing, a deep dive into his personal journey in photography and The Grey Ghost, a selection of 30 years of New York street photography. He currently splits his time
between Austin, Los Angeles and Savannah Georgia with his wife and son.

March 6, 2018 6:00-8:00 at MOPA / Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater
APA and MOPA Members: $15
Students: $15
Affiliates (ASMP, LPW, SDMP) $20
Non-members: $25
Doors open at 6:00pm and event starts at 6:30pm
Reserve your seats now.

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Anatomy of a Personal Project with Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Thank you to everyone who attended our event last week with photographer Philipp Scholz Rittermann. We enjoyed his beautiful work and the inspiring stories of struggle and triumph he shared with us.

A very special thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters for making these events possible:

CLEARSTORY, Chris ParkMarshall WilliamsNelson PhotoWorkbook,  Yodelist and George’s.

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Call to action is now – support the creative community

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Anatomy of a Personal Project with Phillipp Scholz Rittermann


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It’s not if creative block will strike, just when. So, how does one get unstuck? Keep shooting they say… No assignments? Shoot for yourself!

Join APA San Diego for the first of a series: The Anatomy of a Personal Project – and learn how to rekindle the spark that got you into this racket in the first place.

Philipp will share personal work, strategies to overcome the demons of self-doubt induced inertia, and how to get back out into the world.

About Philipp:

Temporal and spatial themes lie at the heart of Rittermann’s photographic practice. His imagery encompasses nocturnal scenes of industry, pristine landscape, and most recently, installations of large-scale transparencies, which surround the viewer.

Born and raised in Lima, Perú, Rittermann lived in Germany and Spain 
before immigrating to the United States in the early ’80s. His work is held in over one hundred public private, and corporate collections, including MoMA, NY, SFMoMA, CA, MFA, TX, Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France, and many others.

Rittermann has been teaching photography for over thirty years in the USA and abroad. He exhibits in national, and international venues, and was honored with a mid-career survey at the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, which published the monograph Navigating by Light. In 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego exhibited large-scale works from Emperor’s River, a photographic project he conducted in China. Emperor’s River has traveled to several museums across the country.

Thursday, January 25th, 2018
6:30 PM
Chris Park and Marshall Williams Studio
5343 Banks Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Tickets and information are available here

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