Third Thursday, 7 pm Feb 21: Tom Jenz, Experiencing the Inner City

Restoration Church congregation Milwaukee, by Tom Jenz. All rights reserved by Tom Jenz.

Restoration Church congregation Milwaukee, by Tom Jenz. All rights reserved by Tom Jenz.

Third Thursday at 7 pm February 21 features Tom Jenz discussing his work documenting the lives and culture of the hardcore inner city in the most deprived and neglected areas.

In Tom’s words:

For five years, 2014-2018, I’ve spent hundreds of hours walking the streets of Milwaukee’s hardcore, inner-city neighborhoods, the residents mostly African-Americans. My goal was to get to know this isolated culture, photograph street scenes and people, and tell their stories.

If I had an agenda, it was to show the Third World reality of a culture with 40% unemployment, the infrastructure in disrepair. The two zip code areas I covered represent some of the most crime-ridden in this country.

Much of the social activity takes place on streets and on porches, talk loud, humor high, vehicles fast-moving, music booming. Neighborhoods center around church activities and social organizations. Like many of the hardcore urban areas of America’s large, fading industrial cities, the economy operates on its own terms, cash preferred over credit or checks. A percentage of the economy is based on drug dealing and car-stealing among gangs of young men. Another percentage is based on government support programs.

Over time, I developed empathy, and many of the people I’ve photographed were grateful for my taking the time to listen to their stories.

My lecture, EXPERIENCING THE INNER CITY, is based on my personal observations. I suppose almost all experiences are anecdotal.

Travel Group Meets 11:30 am Fri, Feb 22

The February meeting will be at 11:30 am on Friday, February 22.

The PhotoMidwest Travel Interest Group (TIGR) normally meets every 4th Friday of the month to share and discuss travel-related images that portray a sense of time and place. You may bring 2 to 4 digital/printed images reflecting this month's theme, or other travel images you wish to share. Let the leader know if you need to leave early, so we can show your pictures promptly. Contact: David Schoengold, Larry Hands, Marcia Getto, Trevor Passmore or

If you would like to be added to the TIGR email list, send an email request to This group is led by David Schoengold, Larry Hands, Marcia Getto and Trevor Passmore. Email us at with any questions.

Call for 2019 Members' Show

Although it may not feel like it outside, spring is on its way. And as happens each spring, it is time for the Annual PhotoMidwest Members Show! Exhibit will run March 2 - April 6 at the UW Hospital in our usual gallery space in the C5/2 Surgery Waiting Area and E5/2 Main Entrance.

This show is free and open to all PhotoMidwest members in good standing at the time of the show.

For full details including dates: Call for 2019 PhotoMidwest Members’ Show

Third Thursday 7 pm Nov 16: Eddee Daniel, Parks & Natural Areas in Southeastern Wisconsin

Greenway, by Eddee Daniels. All rights reserved.

The Third Thursday speaker for November 15 is Wauwatosa-based fine art photographer and natural areas activist Eddee Daniel on parks & natural areas in southeastern Wisconsin. Eddee is the webmaster for A Wealth Of Nature - Preserve Our Parks, an advocacy organization promoting awareness and the importance of the exemplary parks and natural areas of Southeastern Wisconsin. If you have images of these parks and natural areas you may submit them to this website.

You can see Eddee’s portfolios and projects on his website, .

Third Thursday: Jim Barnard’s Gender Fluidity Project, 7 pm Thurs, Oct 18

From Gender Fluidity, by James Barnard. All rights reserved by James Barnard.

Jim Barnard will be the Third Thursday speaker on October 18th. He’ll be presenting the images from his 3 year Gender Fluidity project and will share the stories behind their creation. The portraits were a collaboration between Jim and his subjects, and illustrate the range of gender identities in society.

Michael Kienitz, Iceland’s Vanishing Beauty: Chazen Museum, Tours Sept - Nov

Iceland’s Vanishing Beauty: Photography by Michael Kienitz

Madison photographer Michael Kienitz created these images during five years of work in the region of Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland. A visually stunning area of extremely varied features, the park encompasses—and is named for—Europe's largest glacier. Kienitz calls upon his deep photographic experience to capture this incredible but disappearing landscape of active volcanoes, ice caves, beaches, canyons, waterfalls, wetlands, black sands, and mountains, all created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity.

Preview Reception and Lecture at Chazen Muserum
Tours with the Artist

October 21, 2 p.m.
November 8, 12:30 p.m.

Selling Your Work at Art Fairs & Online: Third Thursday, 7 pm June 21, 2018, & PDF of presentation

Art Fair Booth. All rights reserved by Don Mendenhall

Art Fair Booth. All rights reserved by Don Mendenhall

PDF of the presentation slides

Have you ever considered selling your photography at art fairs or online? Join photographers Don Mendenhall, Steve Ralser, and Sarah Stankey who currently sell their photographic work at art fairs and/or online or have worked for art fairs.

They will the whys (and why not's) of selling your photography by participating in art fairs and/or online retail websites including online retailers such as Amazon. We will cover finding and selecting the art fairs or online sites, equipment, preparation before the fair, expenses, payments, and shipping.

Third Thursday, 7 pm, May 17, 2018: Memoirs of a Freelance Magazine Photographer - Brynn Bruijn

The May 17, 2018 PhotoMidwest Third Thursday presentation at 7 pm features photographer Brynn Bruijn.

Brynn Bruijn began her career as an underwater photographer in Saudi Arabia. She then lived in Europe for twenty-five years and was a regular contributor to numerous European and American magazines including: Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Professional Photography Magazine, The Netherlands, Signature, KLM Airlines in-flight Magazine, Aramco World, National Geographic and Florida Design Magazine. Her interior work has been featured in several books: The Royal Progress of William & Mary for the BBC and Dutch Government as well as Cuba, Five Hundred Years of Images, sponsored by the Bacardi Family. Several of her interiors are in the book, Fine Interiors of Naples, Florida. Her first two books were The Red Sea Coral Reefs and Uzbekistan.

Brynn has finally settled down in Mount Horeb and she will be coming to PhotoMidwest to share her experiences and her photographs.  Join her for an educational and entertaining evening.

Third Thursday: Nature Photography with Steve Apps

The March 15, 2018 PhotoMidwest Third Thursday presentation at 7 pm features Steve Apps speaking about Nature Photography. Steve will be teaching the PhotoMidwest class on Nature Photography. To learn more about this class and to enroll, go to Nature Photography with Steve Apps. 

Steve Apps is a Pulitzer Prize finalist (team coverage) with more than 30 years of experience as a professional photographer, most recently for the Wisconsin State Journal where he was the chief photographer/photo editor. He is widely published outside of the newspaper industry with nine book credits to him as the photographer. He has taught photography classes at Madison College and the Rhinelander School of the Arts.

Third Thurs 7 pm April 19, 2018: Copyright Law & the Photographer, with Elizabeth Russell

As a photographer you own thousands and thousands of copyrights. And every single one is going to outlive you. Then what? This Third Thursday presentation will begin with tips and a few surprises about managing copyrights in estate plans. After that, we’ll have an open discussion about copyright myths – because in copyright law, there’s nothing more dangerous than believing a myth.  Come and share what you firmly believe about copyright; what you kind of believe (but aren’t sure it’s true); what you don’t at all believe (but fear it might be true).

Speaker Elizabeth Russell is an attorney in Madison and a PhotoMidwest member active in both the Street Photography and the Human Interest groups. Her law practice concentrates on helping businesses in the fields of copyright, trademark and digital business law. She also has an active arts law practice. She authored Arts Law Conversations: A Surprisingly Readable Guide for Arts Entrepreneurs and has a forthcoming book on copyright in estate planning. Copies of Arts Law Conversations will be available at a discount after the presentation and can be signed by her. Her website is

Alternatives to Lightroom & Photoshop: Third Thursday, 7 pm Feb 15, 2018

PDF's of the presentation's handouts and slides available

Both Lightroom and Photoshop are now only available from Adobe by subscription. What are the alternatives? Should you even consider alternatives?

Join a panel of PhotoMidwest photographers including Tim Mulcahy, Sean Lamb, Jim Thornbery and possibly others discussing what you must consider to get the right answer for your photography situation.

All rights reserved by James Thornbery.

All rights reserved by James Thornbery.

Whether you are a post processing novice unfamiliar with clarity, layers, blend modes, or masks or a savvy pro keeping track of over 100,000 photographs and needing Fast Fourier Transform noise reduction, frequency separation, or luminosity masks, this Third Thursday will have something for you.

There will be handouts comparing Lightroom and Photoshop versus:

  •  software that may have come with your camera,
  •  established alternatives DxO PhotoLab and Capture One, and
  •  new alternatives Luminar, ON1 Photo RAW, and Affinity Photo.

We intend to not duplicate other reviews and comparisons you can find on the internet, but will also provide links to the best videos and web reviews comparing these programs. Hope to see you there!

PDF's of the presentation's handouts and slides available