Photo Tuesday // April 19th 7pm // Ellen Davis – Tangled Up in Blue

Ellen Davis – Tangled Up in Blue

Tuesday April 19th 7pm

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Auditorium
625 C St, Anchorage

Please join us for a presentation of Ellen Davis’ experiences working with the cyanotype process, which is famous for producing monochromatic prints in prussian blue. Ellen favors the use of fabric to create photographic prints and three dimensional works that pushes the definition of a photograph

Ellen is an Anchorage-based photographer currently enrolled in the Fine Arts Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her work has been shown in Los Angeles, New York City, the Anchorage Museum, and has received local and national awards. She loves landscape, travel, experimental, and fine art photography. She works with digital, film, and alternative processes- or any combination of the above that makes an image work. Photography is deeply intertwined with her love for art, exploration, and adventure.

Ellen Davis - Tangled up in Blue


image by Ellen Davis

Rarefied Light Workshop 2016


Amy Arbus –  The Narrative Portrait

Click HERE to signup online for the workshop




This workshop will explore the photo essay as a way to reveal the nature of a person (or people) in context, over time. A compelling picture story sets the scene, introduces the characters, evokes a mood, and shows the conflict with all of its consequences. Participants are encouraged to think about simple story ideas before class. Through slide presentations and critiques we will discuss techniques for lifestyle, photojournalism, fashion and traditional portraiture.

Key topics will be: approaching people, collaborating with them and encouraging them to feel at ease. Most importantly, we will cover techniques for editing, sequencing and presentation.

In preparation for class, please read Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland.

Familiarize yourself with “The Country Doctor,” by W. Eugene Smith from Life Magazine.

Prints are recommended to facilitate critiques.

Workshop Fees

  • APC Member: $250
  • Non Member: $300

Workshop Dates:

  • July 22nd – 5pm-9pm
  • July 23rd and July 24th– 9am-5pm

This year our Rarefied Light workshop signup will be accepted online. The workshop is limited to 12 people, at the juror’s request.

As such – no refunds will be given by APC if you are unable to attend. You may however, transfer your spot to another photographer.

Click HERE to signup online for the workshop

Photo Tuesday // March 15th 7pm // The Akela Collective

The Akela Collective

Tuesday March 15th 7pm

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Auditorium
625 C St, Anchorage

The Akela Collective, a group of young, Alaskan-raised photographers will be lecturing on/answering questions about the state of today’s social media, its influence on today’s up and coming photographers, and its marketing potential in Alaska.


image by Young Kim

Rarefied Light – 2016 // Call Opens March 15th!


Alaska Photographic Center invites you to enter your photography and participate in Rarefied Light 2016!


This year’s juror, Amy Arbus, is an award winning fine art photographer.

Amy has had 35 solo exhibitions worldwide and her photographs are part of the collection of The National Theatre in Norway, the New York Public Library and the Museum of Modern Art.

This year we will be accepting ONLY submissions through Call For Entries. Please register to participate here:

The Call for Entries for Rarefied 2016 will be opened on March 15th 2016 and end May 27th 2016, at 6:59pm AKST

The call link will be published here when the entry goes live – as well as information on how to sign up for the Rarefied Workshop.

Photo Tuesday // Feb 16th 7pm // Mike Conti

Stick and Puck

Gallery Walk and Presentation by Mike Conti

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Auditorium
625 C St, Anchorage

Please, join us for an Anchorage Museum gallery walk with artist Michael Conti through his Hockey-themed mixed media solo exhibition entitled “Stick and Puck.” He will discuss the themes and inspirations that helped him create his work, and will also have time for a Q&A session.


Photo: Mike Conti

Photo Tuesday – Jan 19th, 7pm

Let’s Walk to Santiago

Presentation by Petra Lisiecki

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Auditorium
625 C St, Anchorage

Please, join us a presentation of Petra and her husband’s walk across Spain in September/October 2014.  They spent 30 days walking west from St Jean Pied de Port, at the foot of the Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostela, just East of Cape Finisterre, 500 miles along the Camino de Santiago.
Enjoy the views and some of the stories of what to do, what not to and how to save one’s feet

Halfway to SantiagoPhoto: Petra Lisiecki

Juror’s Choice and Members’ Exhibitions


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Hope you can join us tonight for both of our openings at Alaska Pacific University’s Grant Hall and Carr Gottstein Academic Center.

The Juror’s Choice Exhibition opens tonight, December 4, and runs through December 27, with a reception from 5:30 to 7pm in the ConocoPhillips Gallery at Grant Hall.  Each year, APC sponsors Rarefied Light, Alaska’s largest juried fine art photography exhibition. A nationally recognized photographer is selected to jury the show and conduct a 2½ day workshop. Susan Burnstine, the 2015 Rarefied Light juror, selected from 650 submissions the 49 photographs for the final exhibition. In addition, Ms. Burnstine chose two artists whose work is featured in this invitational group exhibit, Kaitlin Wilson and Breanna Peterson.

The annual Members’ Exhibition opens tonight at the Leah J. Peterson Gallery in the Carr Gottstein Academic Center, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7pm.  The show hangs through December 27.


Honey had a Hard Day at the Mine, Kaitlin Wilson

Photo Tuesday – Nov 17th

Join APC for the next photo Tuesday – November 17th at 7pm at the Anchorage Museum.

This month we are pleased to feature Mitch and Shalem Kitter as they talk about their Love is Love project.

Starting in 2012, Mitch and Shalem Kitter started the Love is Love Project in Anchorage, Alaska with a goal of photographing and sharing the stories of LGBT couples. Since then the project has grown to include over 33 states, 80 couples, and has been published in places such as Buzzfeed and Huffington Post. Through the project, Mitch and Shalem consult with their subjects to understand more about their relationship, and what makes the couple tick, then attempt to capture those special moments in photography.

They have compiled these images, and the stories shared by the couples in to a book released in June 2015. Lecture attendees will learn about the Kitters’ consultation and photographic process for couples, and see many of the beautiful stories they have captured.


APC Members Show – Submissions Due Nov 21st!!

Eligibility: All current members of the Alaska Photographic Center. Membership dues may be paid with print drop off.

Submission deadline: November 21, 11am to 1pm at Blaine’s Arts and Graphic Supply, 1025 Photo Avenue.

Download the full prospectus here, and be sure to print out the form to submit with your entry!


Entries: All photographs must be ready to hang with these submission requirements:

  1. Each member may submit one photograph.
  2. To ensure consistency, all two dimensional photographs must be matted in white or natural museum board and the frame, a simple, neutral colored metal or wood.. All photographs must be behind glass or Plexiglas and framing should cover all glass edges. Exceptions to this are photos printed on canvas or metal. Use wire on the back for hanging (no saw tooth type hanging devices or single hooks).
  3. Sales are encouraged. APU will take 30% of the sale.
  4. Due to space limitation, no pieces larger than 30 inches in the longest dimension.
  5. Identifying labels must be attached to the back of the artwork. Blank labels are at the end of this prospectus. Make triplicate copies: one for the back of the print, one to leave for us when you bring your print to Blaine’s, and one for your records.
  6. The artist must complete and sign the entry form, which is also at the end of this prospectus. Submit this with your photo.
  7. Be prepared to sign in at the Blaine’s drop off with your name, the title of the photograph, and the sales price. This is necessary for the signage and APU guidelines.

APC will not accept artwork that does not meet the above requirements.

Print Return

Pick up you submission on December 27th, 2015, between 12:00 and 1:00pm at APU or pick up after December 27th, at Blaines during business hours. Please sign the sheet that says you have picked up your photographs. Please pick up prints within one week!!

Artists who do not pick up their hand-delivered work in a reasonable period of time (within one week) will not be eligible to enter in next year’s APC Members Exhibition.

Special Note

When selecting your piece, remember this is an area where there are small children using this facility, so choose your photograph with this in mind. If your piece does not meet the criteria, we will notify you and allow you to select another image. (e.g. nudity or other subject matter not suited for children).


While all entries will be handled with the greatest possible care, neither APC nor APU will be responsible for loss or damage to artwork submitted for this exhibition during the time it is in their possession.

BIO Page

Please submit a one page bio/information sheet about you and your work. You may include a photo of the piece in the show for viewers to connect who you are, and your website and contact information. We will display these bio sheets in a notebook at the show.

Photo Tuesday — October 20th, 7-8:30pm


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Rarefied Light Art Walk!  We’re doing something a little different this month.  We’ve invited all of the artists who have pieces in this year’s Rarefied Light to come and discuss their work and/or process as we do a walk through of the exhibit at International Gallery of Contemporary Art.  Please join us for what should be an interesting and enlightening evening.

This event is free and open to the public.

International Gallery of Contemporary Art, 427 D Street, Anchorage, 7pm.

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