- Larry Jones
- Ford Lowcock
- Bob Ware
- Josh Sanseri
- Carlotta Bennett
- Studio & Lab Techincians
Robert Larry Jones
Photography Department Chair Person | Professor Of Photography
Mr. Jones graduated in 1963 with a certificate in photography from Santa Monica College. The same year he promptly began a freelance photographic business. Mr. Jones enlisted in the Navy in 1964. He was trained
as an aerial photo navigator, with a specialty in infrared photography. He was an aerial photographer over Vietnam from late 1965-1968. During this same time period he also produced combat photography documenting missions on the ground for the Department of the Navy.
In 1968 Mr. Jones was released from the Navy and went to work for North American Rockwell Corporation. He was an in-house corporate photographer, specializing in corporate work, brochures and catalogs.
In addition to the "usual" corporate photography, he was also was involved in the documentation of the construction, completion, and launching of the last of the Gemini missions and the 1969-1970 Apollo missions. 1970 – 1977, Mr. Jones worked for Pan American World Airways as a public relations and aerial photographer. As part of his duties he managed a total of 154 people, including the ground crew in the aerial division. During this same period his freelance business shifted to aerial photography, again specializing in infrared. While at Pan Am, he began teaching at Santa Monica College.
He was a part-time instructor from 1972 to 1976. In 1976 Mr. Jones became a full-time instructor at SMC.
He completed his Bachelor of Vocational Arts degree in 1985 at California State University at Long Beach. Today Larry is the director of the Photography Department.The courses he teaches range from beginning photography to our most advanced offerings.
He is currently at work on two books of personal projects and exhibiting his work in several galleries.
FORD E. LOWCOCK, II
Professor of Photography
Ford Lowcock received his first job in a studio in December 1974 while still a senior in high school. Ford never wanted to do anything else but become a photographer. It would not be until 1980 that Ford would be able to chase his dream with relentless fervor. He was hired that year as a full-time photographer's assistant and by 1981 had become an associate photographer with Robert Hasslanger Photography.
Ford began his commercial career by working with various advertising agencies in his hometown of Austin, Texas. His clients included the first electric car company, several oil companies, the University of Texas, Texas Monthly and Austin Homes and Gardens Magazine. Ford remained in this position until 1986 when the photographer with whomhe had been working closed his business and moved to Seattle, Washington.
During the first few months with Hasslanger Photography, Ford began learning to print color using the new Cibachrome P3 print material. He quickly realized the importance of pin registration and contrast reduction masking for Cibachrome and began to perfect these techniques. He also participated in a field study for Ciba-Gigy Corporation on using their newly introduced P3 material in a small lab situation. Then he learned how much easier it was to print color negatives using EP2 materials. In 1982 Ford began to learn dye transfer printing. Hasslanger knew some of the basics, but had never attempted dye transfer printing. Ford and Bob essentially taught themselves how make dye transfer prints.
The stubbornness that Ford has, not giving up when "things" don't seem to be going as easily as planned, came to the forefront as Bob Hasslanger left Ford to complete the necessary tests in a solid block of 12- hour days, 5-7 days per week, for 6 months, not only to learn how to control the dye transfer process, but also to produce a 25 image exhibit and portfolio. Jim Bones, assistant to famed color photographer Eliot Porter, taught Ford some of the tricks he had learned from printing Porter’s dye transfer prints. Ford considers himself very privileged to have had such guidance.
Ford returned Jim’s favor a year later when he carried what Jim had originally taught him into several areas that Jim had never explored.
Realizing his enjoyment of teaching others through a series of guest lectures, Ford attended Saint Edwards University
and received his undergraduate degree in Photo-Communications. Graduating in December 1987 Summa cum Laude, Ford moved immediately to Los Angeles with his soon-to-be wife, Josie. Within two years, Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills had hired him as a part-time photography instructor.
In 1992, Ford began teaching at Santa Monica College as a part-time instructor. Over the next five years, Ford was one of the many part-time instructors known as "freeway fliers" because he would teach at as many as four different schools during a single semester. He commuted as many as 670 miles per week among the various schools, a task that proved nearly impossible when the 1994 Northridge earthquake destroyed so many of the region’s freeways.
Ford is currently in his 11th year of teaching full-time at Santa Monica College and loves it. He teaches Commercial Photography Techniques (Photo 3), Beginning Portfolio Development (Photo 43), Digital Capture (Photo 40), and Building Web Sites for Photographers (Photo 44). GTE, Corp., Citibank Corp., the City of Austin, and the Photography Collection collect his personal work at the University of Texas in Austin, the City of Los Angeles, and others.
Ford still provides commercial work to a select few clients, but is currently concentrating on personal work.
Professor of Photography
Bob Ware has taught photography at SMC since 1997 and before that at the
Academy of Art College in
San Francisco.He has also taught at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design.Prior to teaching, Bob spent twenty years as a freelance commercial and editorial photographer.
Beginning as an assistant to editorial, advertising and catalogue fashion & beauty photographers, he became one of the more in-demand freelance assistants in LA, working as well on movie posters, album covers, and many national magazine assignments. In 1980 Bob began shooting for Fairchild Publications as the principle west coast photographer for Woman’s Wear Daily and W. By 1981 Bob was also shooting interiors for architects involved in large-scale restorations of civic landmarks in and around Los Angeles, including the Wiltern Theater and the Los Angeles Central Library renovations.
In the mid-80’s Bob’s interest turned toward editorial portraiture and editorial-style portraiture for corporate clients. Among his clientele were the advertising departments of the Los Angeles Times, Elle, Vogue, Gourmet, IBM, Cox Communications, and Road & Track. Other clients included the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA, USC, Woodbury University, Whittier College, Macy’s, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, MGM Studios, Universal Studios, Sony/Columbia/Tri-Star Pictures, Paramount Studios, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Santa Monica Hospital Rape Treatment Center, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, St. Joseph Health System of Orange, Iron Horse Vineyards, Hughes Semiconductor, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Entrepreneur, and The Orange County Register. Bob’s pictures have appeared in Life, Forbes, Paris Match, Town & Country, House & Garden, Wine Spectator, and in the Brian DiPalma movie "Casualties of War." With screenwriter Jonathan Roberts (“The Sure Thing”, "James & the Giant Peach"), Bob published a successful, satirical book about life in and around the entertainment industry called "How To California" (Dell, 1984).
He teaches Beginning Photography, Introductory B&W Lab Techniques, Portraiture, Advanced Photoshop, and Advanced Photography of People. He has also taught lighting classes at the Academy of Entertainment and Technology to digital and traditional animation students, and large format photography on the
Bob travels extensively between semesters developing images for stock use.
Carlotta Bennett - Photo/Fashion Department Secretary
Lab Technician - Community Services
only on Saturday and Sunday afternoons
DIGITAL LAB TECHINICIAN
Digital Lab Technician