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Program Meeting | Speaker John Mariana on Digital Composites

Our speaker for this evening will be John Mariana

John is a member of RPS and has presented and judged several times in the past.

In 1980 John started using photography in connection to his art background to create color images. By 1984 black and white prints became his specialty. Today, John uses photography to create fine art black and white and color prints expressing his thoughts and artistic vision.

Until 1990, 35mm was his preferred film format. Today John uses medium format, large format negatives and digital files to bring a new and different look to his work. A uniqueness of composition, contrasts, colors and tones comes from formal art training at age 11. Formal art courses continued through his undergraduate studies. Although photography was not the first medium used as an expression of creativity, the early artistic training combined with photography gives his images a unique visual and emotional presentation.

Studies with such noted photographers as Howard Bond, John Sexton and Dan Anderson provided training in the style of photography taught by Ansel Adams in the Owens Valley Workshops. John's current works include color prints, black and white prints, warm brown sepia toned prints and hand tinted prints.

John was President of the Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association in 1990. This organization consisted of 40 clubs in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. He became the Chairman of the Chicago Area Photographic School from 1986 to 1990.

Co-founded the not-for-profit American Photographic Academy dedicated to Education In The Art Of Photography and provided two day workshops with John Sexton, Jerry Ulesman and others.

Founded the ambient light workshops to provide in-the-field and darkroom education.


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  • Harriet D.

    Very interesting and informative meetup! I always enjoy John's enthusiasm and learn so much at his presentations. Still amazed at the techniques used to add the girl's shadow!

    March 6, 2013

  • Joseph T.

    John did a great job. I am just starting to use layers and masks and John addressed many of my current sticking points with Photoshop. This was perfect timing for me. Thank you so much John for sharing this information.

    March 5, 2013

  • Mike F.

    I learned a lot about Photo Shop. Good presentation.

    March 5, 2013

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