A pair of photography instructors who approach the natural world from vastly different perspectives will visit the Williston Northampton School for the final in this year’s Photographers’ Lecture Series. The event, held in the Dodge Room in the Reed Campus Center on Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Braden Chattman and Michael Zide, both instructors at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, will speak about their work, how their approaches have changed over time, and how others can explore their own authentic voices.
While Mr. Zide looks to capture what he describes as “moments of wonder in the landscape,” Mr. Chattman combines photos he takes over time to form landscapes of his own.
“We will discuss our individual paths and processes for finding and creating our art,” Mr. Zide wrote of the upcoming lecture. “Acknowledging that the life of the artist is not a straight line is the first step to staying on the right path.”
Mr. Zide is also a workshop leader at the Maine Media Workshops, and director of Michael Zide Workshops of Western Massachusetts. He is a member of Moab Master Photographer’s Program and is a Manfrotto Mentor. His work has appeared in national and international magazines; a selection of his photographs is in the permanent collections of such museums as Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Fine Art.
Mr. Chattman graduated with a BFA from Sarah Lawrence College. He co-designed and patented software for color rendering on digital cameras, and has developed his own brand of retouching portrait and fashion photographs. He is currently the head of digital imaging curriculum at Hallmark and runs Chattman Photography with his wife, Joanna Chattman.