February 22, 2007
Jay Dickman, Photographer and Olympus Visionary, 2-23-07
In the past 10 years, Jay Dickman has had over 20 assignments for National Geographic, and has worked on most of the Day in the Life series, including America, China, the USSR, Italy, Ireland, Spain, and most recently, Africa.
Jay's work appeared in Passage to Vietnam and was highlighted on the interactive CD ROM. Jay has won a Pulitzer Prize, World Press "Golden Eye," Sigma Delta Chi "Distinguished Service in Journalism," and many other national and regional awards. Most recently, Jay has carried his love of photography into the teaching field, working as a faculty member/speaker for American Photo’s ”Mentor Series,” “Photography at the Summit” workshop, and his own First Light Workshops.
Established by Olympus America Inc. in partnership with some of today’s most talented photographers, the Olympus Visionary program is dedicated to creating superb digital images with the help of Olympus’ digital cameras and lenses. Olympus Visionaries span all fields of photography and work in a diversity of styles and subject matter, but they are united in realizing their creative vision through digital photography. The Visionaries use Olympus digital cameras in their daily assignments and personal work; participate in speaking engagements and appearances; and provide Olympus with input into equipment development. The Visionaries include several Pulitzer Prize-winning and Magnum photographers, as well as internationally renowned photographers from the United States, Brazil, Canada, Italy and Japan.
October 27, 2006
Maki Kawakita, Photographer and Olympus Visionary, 10-27-06
Maki Kawakita covers as diverse a range of photography as the cultures—Japanese, American, and European—that have most influenced her. Fashion, editorial, advertising, portraiture, fine art and dance all provide areas for her expression and for her professional work, which has also included invitations as guest lecturer at art colleges in Philadelphia, New York City, and Tokyo. Assignments have ranged from fashion magazine covers to record label advertising to “mooks” (a mook is a combination of magazine and book that, for a recent edition of Gekkan, meant shooting entirely a 120-page pictorial feature of Haruna Yabuki, an actress well-known in Japan).
Ms. Kawakita was trained as a youngster in Kabuki-like Japanese dance and ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement). In the 1990s, she attended Shinjuku Art School in Tokyo, with an emphasis on drawing, painting and sculpture, then took a B.F.A. in Graphic Design at Tama Art University, also in Tokyo. She subsequently attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and finished her Master’s Degree in Photography in 2002 at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, by which time she was already being given professional assignments.
Ms. Kawakita was recently selected in 2006 by Commercial Photography as one of the best 100 Photographers of Japan. Additionally, she was awarded the 2003 APA (Advertising Photography Award) award and was a selected photographer for American Photo in its April/May 2002 issue of Spot Light Photographer.
Established by Olympus America Inc. in partnership with some of today’s most talented photographers, the Olympus Visionary program is dedicated to creating superb digital images with the help of Olympus’ digital cameras and lenses. Olympus Visionaries span all fields of photography and work in a diversity of styles and subject matter, but they are united in realizing their creative vision through digital photography. The Visionaries use Olympus digital cameras in their daily assignments and personal work; participate in speaking engagements and appearances; and provide Olympus with input into equipment development. The Visionaries include several Pulitzer Prize-winning and Magnum photographers, as well as internationally-renowned photographers from the United States, Brazil, Canada, Italy and Japan.
October 20, 2006
Joe Nalven, Founder, Digital Art Guild, 10-20-06
Joe Nalven founded Digital Art Guild in 2003. He also conceived the Iron Artist Competition, bringing together leading practitioners in the fields of computer graphics and digital art to compete and — more importantly — to discuss what it was they had created. This same approach was embedded in the engine of the book he co-authored with JD Jarvis, Going Digital: The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists.
Joe also edits the Digital Art Guild's webzine, which is steadily building an interesting collection of articles about various artists as well as articles dealing with art and technology.
Recently, Joe helped the San Diego Art Institute launch its first ever International Digital Fine Art Exhibition and current Multiple Universes exhibition in Poway, CA. Multiple Universes has brought together the collaboration of two very energetic art groups in San Diego — the Digital Art Guild and the PhotoArts Group.
September 30, 2006
April Greiman, Artist and Designer, 9-29-06
April Greiman has been instrumental in the acceptance and use of advanced technology in problem solving and the design process since the early 1980s. She pioneered digital design and became renowned for her unique experiments with the Apple Macintosh and Quantel Paintboxes. Clients whose projects have become legendary for her experimental merger of type and image include PacTel, Esprit, US West, the Walker Art Center, SCI-Arc, and the United States Postal Service, which commissioned the design of a commemorative stamp for the 19th Amendment in 1995. Over 150 million impressions of this stamp were printed.
A growing interest in the built environment has led to close collaborations with architecture firms such as Emilio Ambasz & Associates, Will Bruder Architects, Frank O. Gehry & Associates and RoTo Architects. These projects range from signage and exhibitions to the development of color, surfaces and materials palettes.
Today, Ms. Greiman brings a unique approach that blends technology and science with symbol and myth, words and images with texture and space. Her singular expertise is focused on color-surfaces- materials consulting and transmedia identity and branding projects for such clients as AOL Time Warner, Sears, Amgen, Inc, Dosa 818 and the new Prairie View School of Art and Architecture, Texas A+M.
Among her most prestigious awards are the Hall Chair Fellowship, Hallmark Corporation (1989); local, state and national design awards, American Institute of Architects (1994-99); AIGA Fellowship (2003), Gold Medal, American Institute of Graphic Arts and Chrysler Award for Innovation, Chrysler Corporation (both 1998).
Books have included April Greiman: Floating Ideas into Time and Space, Hybrid Imagery: The Fusion of Technology and Graphic Design, and Seven Graphic Designers.
Ms. Greiman was born in New York City and studied graphic design at Allgemeine Kuntsgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland and the Kansas City Art Institute. After working as a freelance designer in New York City, she moved to Los Angeles in 1976, establishing her multidisciplinary design practice, currently called Made in Space.
Drive-by Shooting: April Greiman Digital Photography is April Greiman's current exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.