East Bay Photo Collective Newsletter

EBPCO ANNUAL MEMBER EXHIBITIONWe Are Water, We Are Earth, We Are SkyOpening Reception:  Friday, December 8th, 6-9pm
Oakland Photo Workshop
Our 2023 Member’s Exhibition explores how we live entwined with natural systems. In our increasingly digitized lives it can be easy to forget that we remain physical animals, tied to a physical body that is made up of natural elements.  EBPCO Members have explored this theme in many directions, finding both personal and universal interpretations.
This show was curated by Amanda Bensel, an international development professional, documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work supports leadership development, climate action, women’s rights and social enterprise across Asia.  Amanda has volunteered as a gallery sitter at Oakland Photo Workshop since it opened in 2021.
Please join us for opening night, December 8th, 6-9pm. It’s a great chance to hang out with all your EBPCO friends, and explore this important theme for yourself.
Image by Fatima Abbas
It’s Photo Walk Time!Meet: 12:00pmWalk: 1:00pmLocation: EBPCO Darkroom, 412 13th St., Downtown Oakland CA.We will be walking at 1pm on the first Sunday of the month, December 3rd. Bring any camera you like, and be prepared to wander and shoot for up to an hour.This month’s walking location: The EBPCO Darkroom! We are using this walk as an opportunity to offer a mini open house for the darkroom – come poke around and see what it’s all about! We will open our doors to you at 12 noon, will leave on our walk at 1pm, and we will end our walk here, around 2pm, with beverages and snacks.Bonus opportunity: if you shoot b&w roll film (120 or 35mm) on the walk, you can take advantage of our film developing station after the walk! Free for today only, though donations gratefully accepted.EBPCO’s bimonthly photo walks are a great way to connect with other photographers while exploring and photographing an interesting Oakland location.Our photo walks are free and OPEN TO ALL! Bring your camera(s) and your creativity. All cameras welcome, including phones.
Photo by Amanda Bensel
Photographer’s Show & Tell  Tuesday, December 5th at 7pm Hosted by Amanda BenselTheme: We Are Water We Are Earth We Are SkyEBPCO’s Show & Tell is a great way to show and discuss your work.  Not a critique session, just a chance to share your latest work with friends. This month’s session examines the themes of the current member show at OPW. Share images that demonstrate how you feel entwined with the elements: earth, water, sky. This may include images of people in relationship with nature, tree dancers, hands in dirt, bodies in water, images that show a *feeling* of connection, bodies in natural space, the ways nature leaves tangible marks on our lives or images of nature-based ceremony or ritual.  1-5 images.Click here if you would like to present at this session!And here is the link to join the session.All are welcome!  There will be some lively discussion, so we hope you will join the session, even if you are not presenting.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Winter WorkshopsThe first few months of the year are jam-packed with new EBPCO workshops! Learn to print in the darkroom, the essentials of matting and framing, how to make a camera lens from a dollar bill, and the workings of 35mm film cameras. Check out the full lineup here: ebpco.org/workshops – registration for the first round of workshops opens on Friday. Interested in teaching a workshop with us? Fill out this form
Best Portrait Photographer, and Best Puzzles! Very belated but heartfelt congratulations to our board member Ellen Shershow for being awarded Oakland Magazine’s 2023 “Best Portrait Photographer in Oakland”! As they note: In the bustling world of portrait photography, there are few accolades as prestigious as being named the Best Portrait Photographer. This year, Oakland has seen the crowning of a true maestro in the field: Ellen Shershow Photography. Through a distinct blend of talent, creativity, and sheer commitment to her craft, Ellen Shershow has not just captured images, but immortalized emotions, moments, and the pure essence of beloved pets. Hooray, Ellen! Perhaps you’ve heard of one of the best new local businesses to open this year, Oakland Puzzle Company! Co-founded by EBPCO member DeAnna Tibs, the high quality puzzles offered by Oakland Puzzle Company feature the work of fabulous local artists, including EBPCO stalwarts Ellen Shershow and Gene Dominique. Check them out and snap up some puzzles for gifts this season! Support artists, a new local business, and bring your loved ones joy! It’s a win-win-win! 
Eminent Photographer Birthdays in December:
Anne Brigman December 3, 1869
Jeff Bridges December 4, 1949
Aaron Siskind December 4, 1903
Alfred Eisenstaedt December 6, 1898
Sammy Davis, Jr. December 8, 1925
Roy DeCarava December 9, 1919
O. Winston Link December 16, 1914
Yousef Karsh December 23, 1908
W. Eugene Smith December 30, 1918