Rarefied Light 2016 Lecture with Amy Arbus // July 21st

The Narrative Portrait

Public Lecture: Thursday July 21st, 7:00 pm

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Auditorium
625 C St, Anchorage

This event is free and open to the public

A GIANT thank you to everyone who entered Rarefied Light this year! We had a fantastic selection of 597 images submitted by 95 different artists. The Best of Show and Honorable mentions will be announced during Amy’s lecture.

Rarefied Light 2016 is supported by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


image by Amy Arbus

Rarefied Light 2016 // One week left to submit!

There is only ONE WEEK left to submit your images to Rarefied Light 2016! Don’t miss out!

The competition is open to all photographers residing in Alaska. All photographically derived works are eligible, either two dimensional prints or three dimensional objects and sculpture incorporating a photographic process.

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

The call will only accept submissions until May 27th at 6:59pm AKST. Click here to submit, and click over to our Rarefied page to read the fine print!

There will be a Best of Show selection with a $300 Award provided by APC. Additionally, the juror will select Honorable Mention Awards of $100.

APC Members: first entry $15, $5 per each additional entry.
Non-Members: first entry $30, $10 each additional entry.
There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted.

APC Members who have active memberships or renew using CallForEntry, are eligible to use coupon code: APCMEMBER16 to receive your discount on submission rates

APC Membership (optional):
$25 for one-year membership
$15 for students or senior citizens (65 and older)  use code: MEMBERDISCOUNT at submission


Rarefied Light is funded in part by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from Blaine’s Art Supply.

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: http://callforentry.org/

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