Thomas E. Franklin (April 23, 2003, Southern California) has been a photojournalist for over 15 years and a staff photographer at The Record in Bergen County, NJ since 1993. He has won more than 30 national and international awards for his photography. Franklin’s now famous image of three firemen raising the American flag above the rubble of the World Trade Center taken on Sept. 11, 2001, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of numerous awards and special recognition’s. The photo has appeared on the covers of countless news publications, including; Newsweek, USA Today, Parade Sunday Magazine, and People magazine. Franklin has also appeared on radio and television many times, including the "Today" show (three times), Good Morning America, CNN, and "Oprah.” On June 11, 2002, the United States Postal Service introduced the “Heroes” stamp, featuring Franklin’s fireman photo. The stamp is only the second “semi-postal” stamp ever, with proceeds going to the families of victims of 9/11. Franklin’s flag raising photo has been instrumental in raising money for The Record’s, North Jersey Disaster Relief Fund, and other various charities.

Shigeichi Nagano, A Chronicle of Japan: A Life in Photography (February 5, 2003, Tokyo, Japan) For over fifty years veteran photographer Shigeichi Nagano has documented Japan from the postwar era, to the rise of the industrial age, to the digital dependent culture of today. Along the way his style of photojournalism has provided a human portrait of a land in transition by combining both visual and narrative elements. From an early stint in the late 1940s on the editorial staff of the Sun News Weekly in which he worked alongside Ihei Kimura, and through the early 1950s as a staff photographer for the Iwanami Library of Photography, Nagano traveled all over Japan documenting the changing times of his country. In 1954 he turned freelance and in the decades to follow earned a reputation as one of Japan's top photojournalists, producing photo essays and documentary films. To this day Nagano remains actively involved in photography at the age of 77. He is the recipient of numerous awards including: Camera Arts Award and Artist Award, Japan Photo Critics Association, 1960; Ina Nobuo Award, 1986; Award of the Year, Photographic Society of Japan, 1991; Award of the Year, Photographic Society of Japan, 1995. His works are held in the permanent collections of Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the George Eastman House and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. He has also published numerous books including: Japan's Dream Age, 1978; A Chronicle of Japan, 2000; and Distant Gaze, 2001.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Nick Ut was our featured speaker on March 28 at The Perfect Exposure Gallery in Los Angeles. Nick showed "From Hell to Hollywood," aretrospective of his 35 years in photojournalism, a career that began at the age of 16 when The Associated Press hired him in Saigon during the VietnamWar. Nick was only 22 when he shot the now famous image of Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the young girl screaming in pain as she runs down a road away from thenapalm bombing that burned her. This photograph not only earned Nick both the Pulitzer Prize and World Press Photo Award but a place in our collective social conscience as well. Nick, whose images have appeared on the front pages of major newspapers around the world, remains to date the youngest recipient of an individual Pulitzer Prize. He has received numerous other honors, including the Sigma Delta Chi, The George Polk Memorial, the Overseas Club (APME), and is listed among the 100 best U.S. journalists of the 20th century by the New York University Department of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Emmy-nominated filmmakers Amy and Kathy Eldon were our featured speakers on Feb. 28, 2002, at the Grove Theatre Center’s Gem Theater in Garden Grove. They presented, “Dying to Tell the Story,” a documentary film that explores the motivation, tactics and traumas of Journalists who risk their lives to do their jobs.

Over the past 10 years, nearly 500 journalists have been killed while on assignment. This documentary was inspired by the death of their son and brother, Dan Eldon, a Reuters photographer stoned to death while on assignment in Somalia in 1993. The Emmy-nominated film also received Director’s Guild of America and Independent Spirit nominations, and was chosen Best Documentary on Television by the National Headliners Association.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times staff photographer Carolyn Cole was our featured speaker January 31, 2002, at the 215 Lab & Gallery in Santa Ana. Carolyn showed her work from Afghanistan, Kosovo, Hurricane Mitch, and other news events.

In 1998, Carolyn helped the Los Angeles Times win a Pulitzer for its coverage of the 1997 North Hollywood Shootout. That same year she won Journalist of the Year from the Times Mirror Corp. She also has won numerous awards from NPPA/University of Missouri's Pictures of the Year competition and from the Associated Press, Executive News Council. A graduate of the University of Texas and Ohio University, Carolyn has worked for the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Examiner and the El Paso Herald Post and has been working for the Los Angeles Times since 1994.Daughter Amy Eldon conceived the idea for the documentary and then worked as the associate producer and presenter. Kathy Eldon, who was executive producer on the film, has worked as a television presenter, magazine editor, journalist, media consultant, television and film producer in Kenya, England and the United States. She has written 16 books on various topics. Several of the books were co-written with Amy, her partner in Creative Visions, a television and film production company. The team is currently producing a new prime time PBS series, “Globaltribe.” In l997, Kathy edited “The Journey is the Destination,” a collection of Dan’s journal pages. (Chronicle Books)

William Vasta (former White House photographer) was our featured speaker on August 30, 2001 at the 215 Gallery, Santa Ana. As Official Photographer for President Bill Clinton from 1999 through 2001, William globe-trotted the world following the president and chronicling both public and private moments during the post-impeachment era. A graduate of California State University Fullerton, William interned at The Flint Journal, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution as well as Al Gore's Photo Office at the White House before being offered the position of Official Photographer.

Gerard Burkhart (Freelance)

Jose Luis Villegas (Sacramento Bee) was our featured speaker on February 22, 2001. Jose Luis Villegas shared photographs from his project on Latin baseball and talking about the ups and downs of trying to get a book published. Away Games: The Life and Times of a Latin Ball Player, published in 1999 by Simon & Schuster and co-authored by writer Marcos Breton, chronicles the rise of Oakland Athletics shortstop Miguel Tejada from the poverty of a Dominican Republic barrio. Villegas, along with Breton, were awarded the Alicia Patterson Fellowship in 1996 enabling them to complete the long-term project. This history of how Latins are brought into Americas’s game, write Villegas and Breton, is a story of capitalism and cutthroat competition. It is a story in which opportunity is held out like a lottery ticket that most impoverished Latin kids will never cash in. Villegas has been a staff photographer at the Sacramento Bee for the past 9 years. He previously worked for the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Arizona Daily Star, and the Orange County Register. He has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize Team Entry for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake; the Inter-American Press Association Award; the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Photography Award; and several awards from the Society of Newspaper Design.

Jim Gensheimer (San Jose Mercury News) was our guest in March 29, 2001. He shared his work from his recently published book, Pain & Grace: A Journey Through Vietnam. Jim, a veteran photojournalist with the San Jose Mercury News, traveled to the South China Sea with the French rescue operation, Medicine du Monde, to photograph the plight of the Vietnamese refugees who were fleeing their country by boat. Over the next 13 years, he visited Vietnam six times. The 128-page hardcover book depicts Vietnam during a decade of exodus and return, rebuilding and healing. It shows the grace of the land and its people as well as the pain of suffering and hardship. Jim Gensheimer, a 1982 graduate of Western Kentucky University, worked at the Louisville Courier-Journal for two years before joining the staff of the San Jose Mercury News in 1984. He was named California Press Photographer of the Year in 1988 and 1992. In 1995, he was the first American newspaper photojournalist to go to North Korea since the war. Jim attended Ohio University as a Knight fellow and earned a master's degree in visual communications in 1999. He has worked on several book projects such as, A Day in the Life of California, In Pursuit of Ideas: The 125 Anniversary of the University of California, Once Upon a Dream: The Vietnamese-American Experience, and 24 Hours in Cyberspace.

Kari Rene Hall

V.J. Lovero (Sports Illustrated)

David Turnley (Detroit Free Press)

Eli Reed

Dave Yoder,

Chris Rainier
(National Geographic)

William Albert Allard (National Geographic)

Antonin Kratochvil (Saba)
was our featured speaker on Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998. Antonin has won the World Press Photo Golden Eye Award, the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award: Eyewitness Essay, the Society of Publication Designers Gold Metal for Photography, the Leica Medal of Excellence, the ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism, the World Press Picture of the Year award, an Emmy award and a Clio award. He has received the Ernst Haas Working Grant, the Dorothea Lange Grant and the Mother Jones Fund for International Photography Grant. His work has been published in Life, Aperture, American Photo and numerous other magazines as well as books. His images hang in galleries around the world and he has lectured extensively in the U.S. and Europe. On Sept. 27, Antonin will present work from his latest book, "Broken Dream: 20 years of War in Eastern Europe," which focuses on the changes in the region.

Sam Abell (National Geographic)

Maggie Steber (Saba)

James Nachtwey (Magnum)

Gerd Ludwig (National Geographic)

Clarence Williams (LA Times)
was our featured speaker at the Grove Theater Center's Gem Theater in Garden Grove on Thursday, Aug. 27., 1998. This year, Clarence's work documenting the plight of young children with parents addicted to alcohol and drugs won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography and the Robert F. Kennedy Photojournalism Award. He also was named the National Associationof Black Journalists'Journalist of the Year. In 1996, Williams won first place and an honorable mention for issue reporting in the Pictures of the Year contest, and a first place for feature photograph in the National Headliners Award.

Jeff Jacobson (Freelance, formerly Magnum)

Cindy Yamanaka (The Orange County Register)

George Steinmetz (National Geographic)

David Hume Kennerly (Freelance)
was our featured speaker on February 25, 1999, at the Gem Theater in Garden Grove. David has won the Pulitzer Prize for his pictures from the Vietnam war, the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, as well as awards from World Press Photo, the White House Press Photographers and the National Press Photographers Association. David has published three books: "Shooter," "Photo Op," and most recently, "SeinOff," about the final days of "Seinfeld." He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama as executive producer of NBC's "The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story." The movie received five Emmy nominations. Kennerly also wrote and executive produced "Shooter," a movie and series pilot for NBC about Vietnam war photographers based on Kennerly's experiences and his book of the same name. "Shooter" won an Emmy for Best Cinematography. He also has worked for Time, Life and United Press International. Currently, David is a contributing editor at Newsweek Magazine, a contributing correspondent for ABC's "Good Morning America Sunday," and Chairman and CEO of Pluggers, Inc., a cartoon company.

Lara Jo Regan (Saba)

Kari Rene Hall (formerly the L.A. Times, Orange County edition)

Joanna Pinneo (National Geographic)

Steve Lehman (Freelance)
was be our featured speaker on, January 28, 1999, at the 215 Gallery/Lab in Santa Ana. Steve showed work from his new book, "The Tibetans: A Struggle to Survive," which has been nominated for the 1999 Infinity Book Award from ICP and was featured in American Photo as one of the best photojournalism books of the year. From his story-breaking coverage of the 1987 pro-independence demonstrations to a 1997 Newsweek cover story, Lehman's photographs helped create the wave of international attention now focused on Tibet. Steve has covered the region for Newsweek, National Geographic, Time, and various other international magazines. He also has won awards for his work in Rwanda and Burma and in 1998 received first place in the National Press Photographer's Association Pictures of the Year for his coverage in China. Lehman's photographs have been widely exhibited in such venues as the United States Capitol Building, Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France, the Houston Center of Photography, and the Freedom Forum's Newseum.

Hal Wells (formerly Long Beach Press Telegram, now L.A. Times)

Jodie Steck (formerly The Register, now AP)

Mindy Schauer (The Orange County Register)

Colin Finlay (Freelance)
was our featured speaker on Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998. Colin has won four Picture of the Year awards, including Best Use of Photography and third runner-up for Magazine Photgrapher of the Year. His work has been nominated for the I.C.P's prestigious Infinity Award, and a half-hour documentary Fox-TV special featuring Colin on assignment in Bosnia won the honored Edward R. Murrow Award. Colin's photo essay on child labor in Cairo was selected for inclusion and as the wrap-around cover for "The Human Condition: Photojournalism '97" by GRAPHIS. His work has been published in Time, U.S. News & World Report, Conde Nast Traveler, Sports Illustrated, Natural History Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Life, Parenting, Money, Der Spiegel, Communication Arts '98 Book, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UNICEF, American Photo, Canon U.S.A. and Eastman Kodak. Colin has finished his first book, "Portraits of Childhood," and is venturing into the world of moving pictures through some work on video.

Mando Gonzalez (Freelance)

Don Bartletti (LA Times, OC)

Paul E. Rodriguez (The Orange County Register)

Rick Rickman (Matrix / Freelance)

Dan Anderson (The Orange County Register)

Elsa Medina Castro (La Jornada)
was our featured speaker on Thursday, June 24, at the 215 Gallery/Lab in Santa Ana. Elsa is on staff at the internationally renowned newspaper "La Jornada" of Mexico City, where she has worked for 13 years covering politics, social movements and daily life around the country. She was instrumental in the formation of an alternative newspaper "El Sur" in Acapulco and covered the poverty, war and living conditions in the region. She has been La Jornada’s photo correspondent in Tijuana for the past two years. For the length of her career she has maintained a strong commitment to the use of socially responsible photography and finds her place in La Jornada, a newspaper known for its innovative and creative use of photography. She is considered one of Mexico's best photojournalists and has published, exhibited and received awards in Latin America, the US and Europe. Elsa was a close personal friend and working associate of the late Nacho Lopez, an icon in Latin American photography. In recent years has conducted workshops in various universities and institutions and has participated in panel discussions throughout the country. Elsa will show a selection of her work from Haiti, Tijuana and a personal project on water, as well as work from over thirteen years as a photojournalist in Mexico.

Robert York & Michael Franklin (Co-Directors of Photography)

Genaro Molina (LA Times)

Michael Goulding (The Register)

Lauren Greenfield (Sygma)

Pat Tehan (San Jose Mercury News)

Corinne Dufka (Reuters)

Douglas Kirkland (Freelance)


Bill Steber (Tennessean Newspaper) is was our guest speaker on April1, 2001. Steber a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with degrees in English and Photography. He has worked at the Tennessean newspaper in Nashville as a staff photographer since 1989, where he has won over thirty regional and national photojournalism awards. His documentary work has been exhibited widely throughout the South. In 1997, Steber was awarded an Alicia Patterson Foundation grant to continue a project documenting Blues Culture in Mississippi that he started in 1993. The grant was for one year and during that time Steber was on sabbatical from the Tennessean. The project combines portraits of blues musicians playing at home and in clubs with images that describe what remains of the rural African-American culture that gave rise to the blues. Examples include, juke joints, cotton farming, sacred music, rural church services, river baptisms, folk religion and superstition, life on Parchman penitentiary, hill country African fife and drum music, and diverse regional blues styles. In addition, Steber is combining these images with field interviews that put the photographs in an historical perspective.