The Photography Department stated mission is to support both Economic and Workforce Development by offering a wide range of training in the latest technology used in professional photography and multimedia career fields. Our program aligns with industry standards along with partnering with industry leaders to develop curriculum that blends solid theoretical and applied training with both the latest camera capture techniques and associated image processing software. Departmental standards and program faculty serve as a professional resource by providing educational opportunities through degree and certification; leading to employment, career advancement, and transfer to higher education.

Sacramento City College to host works of former photo students in May gallery show

photo: teachers and students in photography studioPhoto workshop for area high-schoolers planned before show

The Sacramento City College Photography Department will be displaying the work of six City College graduates in the campus’ new Russ Solomon Gallery beginning May 20, Saturday.

Professional photographers Jason Sinn, Andrew Nixon, Kevin Fiscus, Sandy Follett, Nicole Zitzelberger and Inga Arakelyan will be featured in the show. Sinn and Fiscus are free-lancers for several media outlets, including Sacramento magazine. Nixon is the multimedia producer for the local NPR station, Capital Public Radio. Other gallery presenters have won multiple photography awards.

“These photographers represent the best of our department’s graduates,” said Photo Department head Paul Estabrook of the photographers who now work as professionals in local news media and in portraiture. “We’re proud that they’ve found success in the field.”

The Photography Department will also be hosting high school students on campus earlier in the day, May  20, for a daylong event titled Focus on the Future. Students will be introduced to the department’s newly built state-of-the-art studios and to the faculty, students and program.

Working with faculty mentors, participants will shoot two studio portraits of a male and female model and will meet photography students in the program, as well as the SCC graduates whose works will be featured in the show later in the day. The high school students will hear from working photographers in the field and from industry representatives about career options.  They will also attend the public gallery reception later in the day, celebrating the work of photographers who recently earned degrees or certificates from SCC in Applied Photography, Commercial and Magazine Photography, Portrait and Wedding Photography, Stock Photography and Visual Journalism.

At the end of the day, the high school students will display the photographs they create during the workshop at the gallery show for the graduates in the newly named Russ Solomon Gallery. The gallery is named for City College photography alum and Tower Records founder Russ Solomon.

A reception for the photographers will be held the same day, May 20th at 4-6 p.m. in the gallery. The featured photographers will be present at the gallery show on the second floor of the Student Services Building.

Artists’ bios available on request.

Focus on the Future – Pathways to Paychecks – Workshop for High School Students

May 20, 2016
Student Services Building – Second Floor

10:00a.m.Introductions / Schedule for the day
10:30a.m.Industry Overview / Career Opportunities / SCC Program
11:00a.m.Studio Shooting Experience
In two rotating groups, students will participate in two Studio Portrait lessons/sessions (60 minutes each). With the guidance of the faculty and student mentors, they will produce two professional studio portraits (of one male and one female model).  They will be given flash drives to digitally save their ‘Studio Portraits’ to take home. Their work will also be displayed at the end of the day on a display monitor along with other work by graduating SCC seniors.
1:00p.m.Lunch / Studio Shoot Review
2:00p.m.SCC Photography Graduates Guest Speakers / Q&A
4:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.Gallery reception celebrating the work of SCC graduates and the high school student participants.


Sacramento City College Photography Professor Randy Allen
(916) 558-2429

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