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Iowa City Photographers Guild

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Month: January 2014

Photographer Jason Matias Visiting Iowa from mid-March to mid-April 2014


Photographer Jason Matias of Hawaii will be in Iowa for about a month starting in mid-March 2014, and is interested in connecting with local photographers. In 2013, Jason Matias was recognized as the RAW Honolulu Photographer of the Year. His website and Facebook page showcase some of his work. For 2013, Jason created a Top Ten Photos of 2013 gallery of photos along with “the making of” videos showing his technique and methods.

Here’s a personal note from Jason Matias to those in Iowa who might be interested in meeting, visiting, and possibly collaborating. Those interested, can contact Jason directly.

Update: “My trip to Iowa is set. In staying in a cabin in Huntsville from March15-April13. It’s a ways from Iowa City but I can travel.” (14 February 2014)

Aloha all. I’m going to be in Iowa for about a month started mid March. If anyone is interested in shooting, collaborating, workshops, Photo Shop, Let me know! I definitely want to capture the spirit of Iowa. ~ Jason (28 January 2014)


The video below provides an introduction to Jason and his work.

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Here’s an inspiring Facebook post from Jason about his current experience with photography.

“I used to call myself an “adventurist.” When I was in the Air Force in Alaska I would take myself on long back country hikes and come home with great stores and no proof; so I purchased a camera.

Fast forward eight years and I am a civilian living in Hawaii pressed by the technical barriers of my Canon G12. I finally take the plunge and invest in a ‘real’ camera.

Finally, I have the opportunity to capture light in the way I have been imagining it.

Since November last year I have found that the boundaries of what I considered plausible have become benchmarks in a developing portfolio I dare to call my career.

My goal is to become both a gallery artist and a commercial photographer like a combination of Peter Lik and Eric Alamas.

I want to capture beauty, create beauty, and inspire beauty. I want to captivate, and engage; to learn, teach and learn from teaching. I think that these qualities are what professionals and a leaders aspire to and develop for.

I also think that these are the values I have towed with me since adopting the core values of the Air Force, specifically “Excellence In All We Do.”

I deeply appreciate this opportunity to work hard on this dream and am grateful that you have spent a few moments to read about me.

Jason (18 January 2014)

University of Iowa Photography Club Meetings & Events for Spring 2014


The following announcement is from Xiang Chen of the UIPC.

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25 January 2014


Hope you guys enjoyed your first week of school! Photography club will be starting up very soon. Please vote on regular meeting times for this semester. Meetings generally run for 1 hour. Be sure to click show all options on the poll, and please select all times that you can attend! The specific dates are only applicable to the first meeting and subsequent meetings will be run on a bi-weekly schedule.


The first meeting time will be decided by the poll above. During this meeting, we will breifly introduce the club and then move on small group discussions on works of photography. This will be casual discussion and will let you get to know a few of the members! If you want to share your work as well, please send photos to uiphotoclub@gmail.com ASAP so we can get them printed.

We will also send out a survey soon to get some feedback and ideas for the club.

Finally we have a few photographer requests coming up! If you’re at all interested, please contact me and we’ll get a group organized to go shoot together! These are welcome to photographers of all levels and will let you find out what it’s like to shoot at events. I will likely attend both events.



Portraits of Twins by Canadian Photographer François Brunelle


The following long jpg image is likely viral. We discovered it on the 9GAG.com website linked from Facebook and thought it was worth sharing. The photographer’s last name is misspelled as Bruenelle. It should be Brunelle. If a copyright exists that limits the use of these beyond simply crediting the original author, please let us know. Click the image to view the original in full-size. To learn more, visit the web page of François Brunelle or the Facebook page of François Brunelle.

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Our New Request a Photographer Form



We now have a new form for those wanting to request a photographer for an event. It will make it easier for those who contact us about photography for events or special projects.

Click here to view the Photographer Request Form.

Let us know if  you think there’s anything else that should be added to the form.

Thanks for your ongoing support of the Iowa City Photographers Guild!

Greg Johnson, Facilitator

What do you think about Service Projects?


Greetings Photo Friends,

I’ve been thinking about the idea of building a more connected community among local photographers. I’m wondering if we could combine some of the future meetings with a service project.

The idea would be that we could meet and visit as we always have, but work on some project to support a photographer in the group, or provide some service to the community, such as a workshop with several photographers presenting.

If there’s a photographer in the group needing help, either with something photography related, technical support, web/promotion support, or maybe something unrelated, we could support them (like the Amish barn raising concept).

Use the form below to share your ideas on the topic.


Sandra Dyas Photography Exhibit and Lecture, January 17, 6 p.m., Wriston Art Center


Sandra Dyas: my eyes are not shut


Sandra Dyas is a visual artist and a Lecturer in the Art Department at Cornell College. She received her MFA in Intermedia at the University of Iowa in 1998. Her first book of photographs entitled “Down to the River; Portraits of Iowa Musicians” was published by the University of Iowa Press in June 2007. Sandra has two daughters and lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

“Drawn to people and environments and especially light, my camera is a way of recording life as I see it. I strive to create a collaborative and authentic portrait of the ever-changing, strange and beautiful world we live in. This book is a collection of people, places and things I want to hold on to and remember.”


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We want to thank everyone who is helping spread the word about this event. Below are maps showing visitors to this page over just a few hours. We’ve seen global, national, and regional interest. Click any map below for a larger gallery view.

Photographer Bio: Fiorenza Ianzini Photography

20140114tu-fiorenza-ianziniI am a native of Rome, Italy, and I live now in Iowa City with my husband Michael and our daughter Matilda. I started my career as a cancer and radiation biology scientist and held academic positions at Washington University (St. Louis, MO) and the University of Iowa. In that capacity I have been recognized for my scientific work at national and international levels, I have been honored with numerous awards and funds for my scientific contributions, I have been a visiting professor at many prestigious institutions in this country and abroad, and I have published extensively about my work in specialized scientific journals. I am still an active member of numerous scientific societies and I was a NASA funded investigator. My scientific career spans more than 25 years.

I have paralleled science and art all my life and I have experimented with different techniques in painting, such as oil, watercolor, and acrylic, on canvas and mixed media. Only recently I have decided to depart from the academic life and devote my efforts to the art of photography. Photography, along with fine art projects, has been a great hobby of mine ever since I can remember. Only, I did my photography and my art in the quiet of my within, for my own pleasure and relaxation and for the few very close and amiable friends and family members who were interested in knowing how I see the world. I take photographs with passion and great attention to details. My photography is the true representation of the first immediate impact the subject has on me, as I very seldom like to play with photo editing.

I am interested in a variety of subjects and I have a great trained eye for details. I am an avid traveler and an attentive observer of other cultures, habits and places, all attributes that constitute my photography. I am very close to the world of dance and I am captivated by body motions and variations, and how photography can depict, freeze an instant forever, and transfer to the observer so many different intriguingly emotions. As an artist, I love to take a “panoramic” photo of a subject and then close-up to it and take images of details; my photos are at the same time the “whole” and the “deconstructed.” The world of dance is especially germane to this concept as the study of a body in motion lends uncountable opportunities of whole visualization and split deconstruction.

I have been photographing dancers and performers in action for almost a decade now and I have found myself more involved in the process with each passing year. What has started as a very personal satisfactory journey, a release valve from the work at the bench, has, with time, developed in an essential part of my everyday life.

My visualization of photography tightly connects with my scientific wisdom. Initiative and perseverance are at the hard core of both science and art. In science, initiative is needed to explore beyond the known, and perseverance is needed to accomplish endless repetitions. In art, initiative is needed to emotionally connect with the outside world and perseverance is needed to find the most inspiring way to represent this connection.

My work has been chosen for two consecutive years to be part of the “Small Works Show” exhibition held at the Chait Galleries Downtown, based in Iowa City. The shows ran from November 2012 to January 2013 and from November 2013 to January 2014. Some of my work has also earned special recognition in various photography competitions. Published photography can be found in “Images of Yesterday”, The International Library of Photography 1998 (Russell Hall editor; Water Mark Press publisher).

I have commissions from various Dance Studios in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and from the Coralville Center For The Performing Arts (Coralville, Iowa) and The Englert Theater (Iowa City, Iowa). My performing arts credits include work for the Nutcracker Ballet, the Cinderella Ballet, Aladdin the Musical, the Annual Nolte Academy Modern Dance Gala, and the AFFECT Dance Performing Company Showcase. I have also enjoyed portraying children in preschool settings and graduating high school seniors.

web: www.fifiphoto.com
e-mail: fiorenza.ianzini@gmail.com

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Photography Opportunity – Portraits of College Grads Needed!


Opportunity to work with student organization at the University of Iowa to photograph a group of graduating seniors.

Event Details

Group shoot: Sunday, May 11, 2014 in the afternoon (Approximately 1-2 hours of time at most) in Iowa City on the University of Iowa campus.


The photographer will be paid for their time. Please contact Courtney Rohde for more details to negotiate a contract.


Please contact Courtney ASAP, no later than Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12 PM.

Contact Details

Contact Courtney Rohde to apply:

  • Phone: 309-830-0038
  • Email: courtney-rohde@uiowa.edu