Martin Ledford graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2007 with a BFA in Photography and Digital Imaging. He worked several years as lead photographer for an international design company in Los Angeles and Dubai. Ledford also worked as a photographer for Los Angeles Metro. His photographs have appeared in various domestic and international news publications. His photography and video work is featured on various fashion and retail websites. In addition to teaching Photography 1 at Santa Monica College, Ledford also teaches high school photography at a local high school.
Photography has been at the center of my life since my father and mother started the family photography business the day I was born. I’m is still a vital part of the operations and creative direction of that same company, Photomation in Anaheim, California.
Color photography as an art form has been my most focused pursuit and my greatest strength. The process of the color image; from film, dye-transfer, Cibachrome processes of the past to the current digital processes of LightJet, UV, dye-sublimation, and archival pigments are all parts of my experience as an artist and master printer of other artists’ work.
My works have been exhibited in Europe, Japan and the United States, and widely published in photography annuals and textbooks; works held in several collections including, Bibliotheque national de France, Masion Europeenne de la Photographie (Ville de Paris), University of California, Riverside/California Museum of Photography.
Since 2014 I’ve been directing the Photographic Galleries at Orange Coast College. We exhibit ten artists a year and display student’s work in program that promotes a unique dialogue as part of our outreach to the photographic community.
These are experiences that informs my teaching and what I’m able to bring to the classroom. I’ve been an adjunct faculty at he School of Photography at Orange Coast College since 1995, and in 2012 I joined as a adjunct faculty with the Photography Department at Santa Monica College.
Teaches photo 4 - portrait photo 52 (also co-listed as Art History 52 or Art His 52)
Blue Fier stock images are represented by Getty Images and Panoramic Images. Blue sells many images for use as background plates for major feature films, TV shows, and countless commercials. A podcast on Blue Fier’s special motion sequence camera is available on iTunes. While an undergraduate at Occidental College he spent six months in Rome, Italy on an International Fellowship casting bronze sculptures. Blue has two master’s degrees in Art (M.A. from Cal State University, Northridge and a M.F.A. from UCLA) that have given him the background to explore photography. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums, both nationally and internationally.
His unique perspective as a working photographer and years of creating order out of chaos has lead to his recently published book, Composition Photo Workshop, now available wherever books are sold. Blue has been teaching at Santa Monica College since 1994 and also teaches workshops at Santa Fe New Mexico, Samy's Camera Los Angeles, and Julia Dean Hollywood. Blue is sponsored by Leica, California Sunbounce, Pclix Timing devices, and Losmandy Camera Motion Control Systems.
on campus voice mail: 310.434.8916
web site: bluefier.com
Teaches Photo 1 and 2
Christina Gregory was born and raised in Honolulu and received BA and MA degrees from Stanford University where she studied art history and fine art. Recipient of a yearlong fellowship for educators, she has taught art in a variety of programs and has been teaching photography at Santa Monica College since 1990. She has worked in the field for almost 20 years, shooting large-format color work and portraiture. Her commercial work, both editorial/advertising, has appeared in publications including Sunset and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
on campus voice mail: (310) 434-8917
Teaches Photo 1, 2, 50
Sean has a BA in Photojournalism from California State Long Beach and studied photography at L. A. Pierce College. He has 22 years of experience in the photo industry, including retail sales, commercial lab work, and commercial shooting. He has also worked with a digital news agency and managed a digital service bureau.
After college Sean decided that he wanted to teach photography and began working at Pierce College as the Photo Lab Instructor, then joined the staff at SMC.
Sean’s personal photographic interests include landscape, industrial landscapes and depictions of man’s intrusion in nature. Sean is recently married to a wonderful wife and the two of them recently welcomed a beautiful daughter to their family.
He is also a life-long surfer, an interest that has grown alongside his pursuit of photography and teaching. From time to time he also builds his own surfboards.
on campus voicemail: (310)434-8162
Melanie Morgan Shatto
Teaches Photo 1 and 2
Melanie Morgan Shatto has approached photography from as many different angles as you can think of. Her experience has led her through managing commercial and portrait studios, professional photo labs, retail camera sales, and lecture assisting for nationally recognized photo educators such as Don Blair, Tony Corbell and Joe Bussink.
She has photographed weddings, events and portraits since 1994 and has published in People
and In Style
Melanie teaches Photo 1 at SMC and is currently a freelance photographer producing fine art and portraits. She has an Art degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and is the 2008 President of the Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County.
Teaches Photo 37
Steve Moulton graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography with a BA in Commercial Photography in 1981. Steve's personal photography specializes in fine art black and white. His printing skills and knowledge are widely recognized throughout the greater Los Angeles area because he has been a custom black & white printer and/or a lab manager for a number of professional photographic labs.
His current position is with Photo Impact. Mr. Moulton teaches Photo 37, Advanced Black & White Printing.
on campus voice mail: (310) 434-8164
Teaches Photo 1
Dutch completed the Photography program at SMC in 1972 and subsequently earned his BFA in Photography at Art Center College of Design.After graduating he became studio manager for Bruce Wilson Studio, working in advertising photography for such clients as Bank of America, American Honda, and Princess Cruises.
After two years of working with Bruce, Dutch set out on his own, opening a studioin Hollywood where he began to develop his client base. Dutch shot for Vivitar, MacCulloch Power Tools, Macy's, Bullocks, The Broadway and Robinsons Department Stores. After a short period In Scottsdale, Arizona Dutch was recruited by Teleflora Corporation to set up an in-house photo studio for their national ad campaigns.
Dutch worked at Teleflora for 7 years and continues to do freelance for them. Additional clients
include, Fiji Water, Pom Wonderful, 1-800 Flowers ,and Sunkist Pistachios.
Mr. Myers also teaches at Ventura College. Currently Dutch has a studio in Newbury Park and works for local ad agencies and designers.
Teaches Photo 1
John Thawley has been working in the commercial photography industry since 1989. After earning a BA in Speech Communication and a brief career in advertising where he says, "... going on photo shoots was the only fun I had," John worked as a freelance photo assistant and then commercial studio manager. This led to the desire to go back to school at Art Center College of Design where he earned his BFA in Commercial Photography.
Throughout his career, Thawley has kept close to his life’s passion for automobiles. He claims to have used a car in every school photo assignment that even remotely offered the possibility. (He drove some of his teachers nuts in the process.) A self-described "Car Nut" most of his work is for the automotive and motor-sports industries.
He is a regular contributor to Honda Tuning, Muscle Car Enthusiast, Sport Compact Car, Super Ford and 5.0 Mustang magazines.
Away from the camera and classroom, Thawley enjoys motorsports, woodworking, refurbishing old houses and using loud, dangerous power tools. He lives in Santa Ana, California with his wife, young daughter, three cats and a brown dog.
Teaches Photo 24 - Alternative Printing
John Richardson platinum process is by no means instant. The time it takes to craft a single print, and the time it takes to master the process, more closely resembles painting or aquatint. One exposure, seen pristine on the ground glass, all variables taken into account, the end result in my imagination even before the film is inserted or the shutter is released, that is what I hope for. Six such negatives in one day of shooting, and I'm in heaven! No auto focus, auto exposure, auto bracketing, no instant reviewing of the exposure and checking levels. Sitting later, in complete darkness, fingers in 68 degree chemistry, watching the silently moving hands on the GraLab glowing, I pray that I've got what I thought I saw, and, was that sheet #5, or sheet #6 I just shuffled? Now that takes guts!
I print in platinum because, in my opinion, there is no finer method to make a photograph, and no greater challenge to get there. I stumbled on the process almost by accident, 22 years ago. Not owning an enlarger, I was making 4"x5" contact prints in a basement room at school in New York City. Later a friend, admiring those prints, said they looked like platinum prints, and inquired as to whether I had ever tried that process? A few weeks later he showed me how to make my first print, using sunlight as the exposure source and his dining room table as the darkroom.
I was hooked. Over those 22 years I co-founded L.A. Photo Workshops where I taught others the process. I've spoken about platinum at the Getty Museum.
I've shown my work numerous times. I've printed editions in platinum for contemporary photographers such as Catherine Opie, Dennis Hopper, and Kenny Rogers. Film photography for the masses is fading away (pardon the pun). Just as the advent of photography in the 1830’s liberated painters from the bonds of reality, so will digital photography liberate the hand coated, historic, and alternative processes with which photography began, so that they may at last come to be recognized unquestionably and valued as ART.
Come join me in this process of re-discovery!
Teaches Photo 13 and 14 - Photojournalism
Gerard Burkhart is a photojournalist whose work has appeared in every major national news magazine and newspaper through assignments or via wire services Agence France Presse and Associated Press. Additional work has been circulated through the agencies gettyimages, Polaris and Black Star.
He is currently providing editorial and corporate work to gettyimages custom assignments along with other clients.
As a photographer with the Los Angeles Times his photos were a part of three Pulitzer prize winning group entries and a fourth group entry Pulitzer Finalist for spot news. As a photographer for the Los Angeles Times he won First Place for Photo Essay in the 1996 Greater Los Angeles Press Club for a local environmental clean up story. He was a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Daily News.
His North Hollywood Neighborhood Project is a part of the permanent historical photography collection of the Los Angeles Public library, the attorney group O’Melveney and Meyers photo collection and private collectors in the U.S. and Great Britain.
He also teaches photojournalism classes at Santa Monica College.
Web site: www.gbpix.net