The 2018 Moab Photography Symposium offers these presentations:

Hucko-Keynote-REDOThe Last Picture Show – Notes from a Photographic Educator / Bruce Hucko

After 15 years of symposium presentations and workshops, Hucko will attempt to summarize what he’s learned and promoted about photography.  Hucko challenged all presenters to share their “ last word,” the most important thoughts, ideas and techniques about photography in one hour, and so is obligated to do the same.  Bruce will dive into the question – “What are you lookin’ at?” exploring the making of photographs from all angles.

Presentation #1 / May 4th, 8:30am-9:30am

Traudt-for-Presentation_smThe Long Goodbye: with an extensive list of subtitles / Steve Traudt

Steve Traudt takes the stage one last time to pay homage to the Symposium. He reviews the lessons learned and offers up a mélange of images in celebration thereof.

Presentation #3 / May 4th, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Sarah-Marino-presFinding My Photographic Voice: From Greatest Hits to Personally Meaningful Portfolios / Sarah Marino

Sarah has joined her husband/fellow photographer and their two cats on an extended nomadic journey through North America’s wild places, living out of their 25’ Airstream trailer for more than two years. In this presentation, Sarah will share how this period of travel helped her find her photographic voice. Sarah will also share stories from the road, some of her favorite photographs, and the most important lessons from being immersed in creative pursuits.

RRPresentation #3 / May 4th, 10am-11am

Personal Photography Deconstructed / Rafael Rojas

When we talk about personal photography, we refer to photography being used with the purpose of saying something that reveals the way the photographer connects, understands, and interprets the world. We are all different and unique, and certainly each of us has a very distinct way of relating to the world and its inhabitants, of processing the stimuli we receive, of thinking and feeling, and of making connections and finding conclusions. When we use photography with the intent of showing others (and ourselves) that personal way of connecting with the world, we are not just using photography to show how the world looks to us, but mostly how it feels to us.

Contrary to what the term might imply, personal expressive photography is not the result of a unilateral, individual effort. It is more the collaborative result of a dialogue, a conversation among the photographer, the subject matter being photographed, and the observer of the final image.

The photograph is the materialization of a resonance taking place between the essence of the photographer and the subject matter being photographed. When those resonances take place and are properly conveyed in an image, we show to our audience something about the world they did not know, a different way of looking at it, another perspective.

During this presentation, Rafael Rojas will deconstruct the different elements taking place in the creation of personal and expressive images of the landscape. The camera, the light and the subject photographed are of course important, but, guess what?… the most important element remains the photographer behind the camera.

CTPresentation #4 / May 5th, 8:30am-9:30am

Why Black and White? / Cole Thompson

My presentation is about the things I’ve learned about finding and following your Vision.


CGPresentation #5 / May 5th, 10:00am-11:00am

Get Intimate: Making a personal statement with Intimate Landscapes / Charlotte Gibb

What is an Intimate Landscape? Unlike The Grand Landscape, intimates provide a closer, more personal view of nature. Intimate Landscapes challenge the photographer’s creativity, and can ultimately lead to work that is more original and authentic. As such, intimate scenes demand more from the photographer — and the viewer! In this discussion, we will explore ways to create Intimate Landscapes that convey your own unique connection with nature. From how to approach a subject to the best gear to use, you’ll learn ways to see differently in the field and make images that are lasting and satisfying. Leave the wide angle lens in the bag, and let’s get intimate!

CKPresentation #6 / May 5th, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Our Photographic Legacy / Chuck Kimmerle

They say we each die twice. The first time is when the last breath leaves our body, the second is when our name is said for the last time. We can’t do much about the first, be we can postpone the second by creating personal and unique work that will live in the hearts and minds of others long after we are gone.

CMSPresentation #7 / May 6th, 9:30am-10:30am

Ebb and Flow:  Riding the waves of creative energy / Colleen Miniuk-Sperry

Famous psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi suggests in his research that people are happiest when they experience blissful mental state of “flow” where they are “completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.”

No doubt, it’s a nirvana state for artists. How do we get ourselves into this heavenly zone with our photography? And once we get there, how do we make it last? Is it even realistic to believe we would or could sit in this state all—or even just some—of the time? What happens when peaceful waters turn into turbulent rapids? Hear Colleen’s thoughts on how to keep your paddle “all in” through the ebb and flow of the creative process. Learn how to achieve this joyous state in your work and your life—and how to embrace the struggles, release expectations and judgments, and redirect your creative energies to generate new inspiration when transitions beckon.”

GTPresentation #8 / May 6th, 11:00am-12:00pm

Live Your Questions Now / Guy Tal

The great poet Rainer Maria Rilke, in a collection of letters published under the title, “Letters to a Young Poet,” advised his young pen pal, “Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.”

In this presentation, Guy examines some of the consequential questions that shaped his life and his work—some of which have been answered, and some that still persist.