Conference Registration

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The Conference

Welcome to the blog for the 2008 Southeast Regional SPE Conference. The conference will be held in Asheboro, NC, November 7-9, 2008 in the Photographic Imaging Center at Randolph Community College.

The theme for this year's conference is "Transition". Being both a noun and a verb, transition can mean many things to many people. The term "transition" has applications to material topics like technology, but also less tangible subject matter such as the changes that take place as people move through the different stages of their lives. Meanings for the word are as varied as the people reading this post. We look forward to different interpretations of "transition" by presenters and attendees at this year's conference.

Conference Chair: Greg Stewart,, 336-633-0325.

The blog will be updated frequently, so return often for new developments.


The official hotel for the SPEse/08 conference is the Hampton Inn of Asheboro. The special group rate for the conference is $72.00 per night. Be sure to use the group code SPE. The Hampton Inn is located approximately three miles from Randolph Community College.

Hampton Inn
1137 E Dixie Drive
Asheboro, NC 27203
Phone: 336-625-9000
Nationwide Toll Free Reservations: 800-426-7866
Reservation Group Code: SPE

Other nearby hotels are:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
1113 E. Dixie Drive
Asheboro, NC 27203
Phone: 336-636-5222

Comfort Inn
242 Lakecrest Road
Asheboro, NC 27203
Phone: 336-626-3680

Asheboro Inn
825 West Dixie Drive
Asheboro, NC 27205
Phone: 336-626-4414


Keynote Address

Tom Rankin
Director, The Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University

Tom Rankin is Director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Associate Professor of the Practice of Art and Photography. A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Rankin has been photographing and interpreting the American cultural landscape for over twenty years. Formerly Associate Professor of Art and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and Chair of the Art Department at Delta State University, he was educated at Tufts University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Georgia State University. In 1991 he was awarded the Susan B. Herron fellowship in the visual arts from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Widely exhibited and published, American Photography magazine named him on of the 100 most important people in photography. His books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography, Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs of a River Life (1995), Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997), and Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible (2000).

Honored Educator

Dr. Richard Zakia
Author, Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology

Richard D. Zakia, Professor Emeritus at Rochester Institute of Technology, has taught in various areas of photography including graphic design, multimedia design and advertising. During his 34 years at R.I.T., he served as the chair of the Fine Art Photography Department and Graduate Program in Imaging Arts, and for six-years was Director of Instructional Development. Prior to joining R.I.T. he worked at Kodak as a photographic engineer. He is the recipient of the Eisenhart Outstanding Teaching Award and the author/co-author of 12 books on photography. The 2nd edition of his Perception and Imaging book has been translated into Korean and the 3rd edition, published in 2007, will be translated into Japanese.

Dr. Zakia will be available for book signing during the conference.

Invited Presenter

Joyce Tenneson
(sponsored by Canon, USA)

Tenneson is among the most respected photographers of our time, and has been described critically as "one of America's most interesting portrayers of the human character." Her work is a combination of portraiture and mythology-she is interested in discovering the archetypes of our being.

Tenneson's work has been shown in over 150 exhibitions worldwide, and is part of numerous private and museum collections. Her photographs have appeared on countless covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. She is also a much sought-after portrait photographer with clients in Europe, Japan, and the United States.

Ms. Tenneson is the author of ten books, her latest, entitled Intimacy—the Sensual Essence of Flowers, was published by Barnes and Noble in 2004. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award, for best applied photography. In addition, she has been named "Photographer of the Year" by the international organization, Women in Photography. A recent poll conducted by American Photo Magazine voted Tenneson among the ten most influential women photographers in the history of photography. Joyce lives and works in New York City.

Ms. Tenneson will be available for book signing during the conference.

Invited Presenter

Johnny Horne
Astronomer/Photojournalist, The Fayetteville (NC) Observer

Horne is the photography editor for the Fayetteville Observer, where he has worked for more than 30 years. Johnny has been an amateur astronomer since age 10 and has written the monthly "Backyard Universe" amateur astronomy column for the Observer since 1989. He is a contributing editor for Sky and Telescope magazine and has led astronomical expeditions to Mexico, Africa, the Caribbean and Iceland. In January 2004 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) recognized Johnny for his work with public outreach in astronomy by naming asteroid (11132) Horne in his honor.

Invited Presenter

Pam Crist
Photographer/Owner of Dalmatian Black & White Custom Lab

Crist is an award winning black and white photographer from Greensboro, NC, and is recognized as one of the areas top experts in black and white photography and printing. She is the owner of Dalmatian Black and White Custom Lab in Greensboro, which specializes in B&W custom printing, serving photographers, ad agencies and corporations nationwide. Her studies have been with leading black and white photographers, such as Morley Baer, John Sexton and Allen Matthews. Crist has spent time traveling to Italy photographing and studying at "The Cortona Center of Photography in Tuscany". Crist's work is collected extensively on both the corporate and private level. Recent awards include winning the North Carolina Fine Art Photographers Best of Competition, twice in the last three years. She has also won the prestigious $50,000 Best of the Best international award, presented by the Photo Marketing Association, in which she combined her photography and design background creating ads for Dalmatian.

Student/Faculty Exhibition

16 X 16

The exhibition entitled "16 X 16" is open to all current SPE members in the Southeast region (VA, NC, SC, GA, FL). All photo-based works are eligible and there is no limitation as to subject matter or, mixed media. The exhibition will be on display at Circa Gallery in Asheboro during a reception on Saturday evening of the conference.

The exhibition will be comprised of images that were submitted by SPE Southeast members. The deadline for submission was October 3.

Jurors for the exhibition were Chuck Egerton and John Rash of Randolph Community College.

Conference Agenda

All events will be on the Randolph Community College campus unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, Nov. 7
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Conference Registration
Tours of Randolph Community College's Photographic Technology, Art and Design Department

12:30 p.m.-1:55 p.m.
Real World Solutions to Digital Technology Headaches
American Society of Media Photographers-Jay Kinghorn, Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert, Olympus Visionary photographer and full-time digital workflow consultant and trainer

Bromoil Process Hands-On Workshop
Patricia Schoelkopf, Instructor, Hilton Head Island (SC) High School

2:00 p.m.-3:25 p.m.
Fine Art Botanical Photography
Barbara Ellison, Technical Sales Representative, Canon, USA

Color Management and New Trends in Photographic Education
Bill Gratton, MAC Group

3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Night & Low-Light Photography
Jill Waterman, photographer, editor, writer, and educator

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Dinner (on your own)

6:30 p.m.
Keynote Address
Photo Story: Time, Place, Transition
Tom Rankin, Director, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University

8:00 p.m.
The Exchange, Asheboro

Saturday, Nov. 8
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Conference Registration

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Submitted Presentations
Five simultaneous breakout sessions

The Cost of Power in China:
The Three Gorges Dam and the Yangtze River Valley
Steven Benson, Associate Professor The School of Photography, Daytona State College, The Southeast Center for Photographic Studies

America from 500 Feet II
Bill Fortney, Technical Sales Representative, Nikon, USA

UnNatural History-Photographing the Diorama
Diane Fox, Instructor, College of Architecture and Design, University of Tennessee

Works on Paper: Photo Assemblage
Jennifer Mace, photographer, educator

Arbitrary Rites: Changing Identities
Oscar Gustavo Plascencia, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Lycoming College

9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Trasnitions from Trditional Fine Art Black & White to Digital Fine Art Black & White
Invited Presenter-Pam Crist, Photographer/Owner of Dalmatian Black & White Custom Lab

11:00 a.m.-noon
Astronomical Photography-More Accessible than Ever
Invited Presenter-Johnny Horne, Astronomer/Photojournalist, The Fayetteville (NC) Observer

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Submitted Presentations
Six simultaneous breakout sessions

Going to Carolina del Norte: Narrating Mexican Migrant Experiences
Todd Drake, Visiting Scholar, Center for Global Initiatives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Journey
Marita Gootee, Professor of Art, Mississippi State University

Dana Ezzell Gay, Competitions and Shows Director, AIGA Raleigh; Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Meredith College
Mary Shannon Johnstone, Assistant Professor of Art, Meredith College

Love and Rockets
Laura Noel, MFA Candidate, University of Georgia

Longing: Personal Effects from the Border
Susan Harbage Page, Instructor and Affiliated Faculty in Women's Studies, Department of Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interiors and Landscapes
Rylan Steele, Lecturer/Adjunct Professor, Art Department, University of North Carolina, Asheville

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Perception and Imaging
Invited Presenter and Honored Educator-Dr. Richard Zakia, Author/Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Trade Show
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6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Joyce Tenneson: A Life in Photography
Invited Presenter-Joyce Tenneson, Photographer/Author
(sponsored by Canon, USA)

7:30 p.m.
SPE Members Exhibit and Reception
Circa Gallery and Timothy's Restaurant, Asheboro.
Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.
(sponsored by Nikon, USA)

Sunday, Nov. 9
9:00 a.m.
Tours of Randolph Community College's Photographic Technology, Art and Design Department

9:00 a.m.
Society for Photographic Education Southeast Regional Meeting

Area Attractions

The Asheboro/Randolph County area has many interesting things to see and do. If a friend or family member is coming with you to Asheboro, but not attending the conference, then please check these links for a varied range of activities.

American Classic Motorcycle Museum