Penumbra Lecture Series

The Penumbra Foundation is proud to host our artist lecture program, the Penumbra Lecture Series. The series brings to life the work of featured photographers and other notable guest artists and scholars, offering a unique opportunity to engage with them in an intimate setting as they discuss their work and process. Moderated by Harper’s Magazine art director Stacey D. Clarkson, the series is meant to be a platform for emerging and established artists, and consists of a variety of formats from moderated talks with one artist to interdisciplinary and panel discussions. This Fall's lecture series is sponsored by our friends at Digital Transitions. Thank You!

Upcoming Lecture


A conversation with Kate Breakey

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Please join Tucson-based photographer Kate Breakey and Harper’s Magazine Art Director Stacey D. Clarkson for an evening of lively conversation about Breakey’s expansive, poetic bodies of work about light, place, and the marvelous complexities of the desert. Topics on the agenda for discussion are perseverance, triumph, rattlesnakes, jackrabbits, javelinas, clouds and coyotes in the moonlight. We hope you can join!

Born in South Australia and now based in Arizona, Kate Breakey is internationally known for her large-scale, richly hand-colored photographs and photograms of the natural world. Her photography has been published in the volumes Painted Light; Small Deaths: Photographs; Slow Light; Birds/Flowers and Las Sombras and has also appeared in more than eighty one-person exhibitions and more than fifty group exhibitions in the United States, the United Kindgom, Australia, Japan, China, New Zealand, and France. Her work is held in many public collections, including the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Osaka Museum in Osaka, Japan, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is represented by Etherton Gallery in Tucson and Stephen L. Clark Gallery in Austin.

Penumbra Open House

Thursday, October 9th | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

You are invited to join us for Penumbra's first Open House! Bring your friends and enjoy a night filled with everything Alt Pro. There will be three floors filled with great things to discover as well as light food and drink and special discount offers.

The Tintype Studio will be presenting unique objects and rare examples of antique tintypes, cameras, lenses and more!

We will have a special viewing, only open during our Open House, of:

The Alternative Collective: Instructor Show

Don't miss this opportunity to meet our instructors and talk with them about their work and the classes they are teaching at Penumbra.

There will be a reception in our North Light Studio as well as a special announcement at 8:00 PM.

We will also have two sessions of a wet plate collodion/tintype demonstration where one lucky person will get their portrait taken!

Demo #1: closed | Demo #2: 8:45 PM

There is limited space in the demo so please email: and indicate which time you prefer to attend.

Our Open House is free and open to the public. We ask that you rsvp (and include your guests) so we have an idea of the number of attendees.


*Please Note: You do not have to rsvp in order to attend the open house, but you must rsvp if you want to participate in the demo.

Special Announcements

10th Annual Alternative Processes Competition

SohoPhotoGallery in New York City is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Alternative Processes Competition.

The competition is open to all U.S. residents, age 18 and older, excluding current members of Soho Photo Gallery. Alternative processes include (but are not limited to): Albumen, Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Platinum/Palladium, Gum Bichromate, Bromoil, Salt Print, Tintype, Ziatype, Daguerreotype, Image Transfers, Liquid Emulsion, and Photogravure.

Traditional Silver Gelatin Prints, C-Prints and Digital Prints are not eligible; however handmade prints created from digital negatives are welcome.

the juror

Geoffrey Berliner, Executive Director and co-developer of the Penumbra Foundation, will choose approximately 35 photographs for exhibition.

important dates

Deadline for Submission: August 22, 2014

Notification: September 22, 2014

Accepted work due at gallery: October 22, 2014

Exhibit: November 5 – November 29, 2014

Opening reception: November 4, 2014

Pickup work: December 2, 2014

Submit Photographs online at

For complete details visit our friends at Soho Photo

Previous Artist Lectures

2014 — Benjamin Lowy, Lisa Elmaleh, David J. Carol, Paris Visone, Eliot Dudik, and Charlotte Dumas

2013 — Robert A. Schaefer Jr., Harvey Stein, Julie Pochron, Lauren Henkin, and Harvey Wang

2012 — Sze Tsung Leong, Jerry Vezzuso, Ellen Wallenstein, Philip Levine & Andrew Moore, Ángel Franco, Michelle Bates, Amy Arbus, Ellen Susan, Jerry Spagnoli, and Philip Perkis

2011 — Joni Sternbach, Marcia Lippman, and Lori Nix

2010 — Dan Estabrook, Bryan Whitney, and Edward Fausty

Previous Events

Photoville — 2012 and 2013 - New York City’s free premier photo destination produced by United Photo Industries is a modular venue built of/from re-purposed shipping containers. Combining photo exhibitions, outdoor photo installations, talks, workshops, and night-time multimedia projections,

Image Object Exhibition and Symposium — A collaboration between Cdags and the Penumbra Foundation in NYC, in the form of an exhibition and symposium. Entitled “Image Object," the juried exhibition showcased the forefront of contemporary daguerreotypy with the aim of propelling the genre forward in the art world.

Holga 30th Anniversary Exhibition 2012 — Penumbra Foundation hosted two exceptional photography exhibitions “Timeless” and “Transcend” celebrating Holga Cameras’ 30th anniversary curated and presented by Holga.