Jim Leisy, who died in 2014 at the age of 64, was a founding board member of the Photography Council of the Portland Art Museum. He served as president of the Council and also created the highly popular Brown Bag Lunch Talks, a free program in which Northwest photographers present and discuss their work at the Museum on the third Wednesday of each month. David conceived the exhibition as a parting tribute to his longtime friend and fellow Council board member as he prepares to leave Oregon for Kansas
In an effort to understand my own role in a blended family I have been making portraits of families that identify with the term “Stepmother” for two years. Using online forums and word of mouth I have been introduced into the homes and intimate spaces of over thirty families to photograph stepmothers with their stepchildren. Using the large format camera allows me to capture truer moments in the relationship between my participants.
George Olson, former Director of Photography of Sunset magazine, began his career with 12 years as a newspaper photographer, then moved to San Francisco in 1977 where he was based as a freelancer for 20 years. Since 1992, he has served on the faculty of the Missouri University Photo Workshop. From 1999 to 2006, he was on the faculty of the Book Passage Travel Photography workshop, and also taught at the Photography at the Summit workshop in Jackson Hole.
The Portland area is blessed with a large community of still photographers, many of whom do not get the exposure that they