Aug 20, 2015-
Aug 20, 2015
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Kent Porter will give a talk about his career as a photojournalist. In his own words, we catch a glimpse of his genius:
History Museum of Sonoma County
Event Description

Kent Porter will give a talk about his career as a photojournalist. In his own words, we catch a glimpse of his genius:

I picked up a camera at eight years-old, attempting to photograph lightning with a Polaroid Land Camera.  An unsuccessful attempt but it started me down the road of photography. On family trips back east, I would make pictures through the back seat car windows, where I learned how to frame an image; pretty much how I operate today.  Later on, I saved Green Stamps to buy my first camera, a Hawkeye Instamatic 126.  From there I graduated to an SLR that weighed more than a boat anchor. 

In 1980, I took a high school photo class, ended up teaching the class, well, because I knew more than the teacher (or so he said). I shot pictures of trees, rocks, flowers, mountains; anything I thought was graphically intriguing.  In 1983, I landed my first full time job in Midland, Texas as a photojournalist.  Learning a great deal about PJ [photojournalism] from some truly talented shooters in Midland (chased a few tornadoes too), I was alerted about an opening in Santa Rosa (via John LeBaron).  In 1987, I took a job with the Press Democrat, where I’ve remained for the past 28 incredible years.  I’ve photographed a half-dozen World Series, nearly as many Superbowls, riots, fires, floods, Presidents and whatever happens in Northern California and beyond.  I have a 16 year-old son and an amazing wife, whom are both very supportive of what I do, etched with a tremendous amount of patience.  Without them, I would be nobody.  My photography would be but a shell.  

Lecture sponsor receives two tickets and credit in the Museum's marketing materials. Lecture sponsorships are tax-deductible.

Purchase your tickets here online or you can also call us at (707) 579-1500 during regular business hours or between 11:00am-5:00pm on weekends.

Meet-the-speaker RECEPTION begins at 6:30pm.

The TALK begins at 7:00pm 

Fee: $0.00

Contact Information
Name: Cynthia Leung     Email:
Phone: 707-579-1500




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