Ken Sklute has enjoyed a diverse career photographing people, professional sports, architecture, weddings and landscapes. Ken spends much of his time photographing, teaching and lecturing and leading workshops in Hawaii, Alaska, and most of the United States. He has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 53 photographers worldwide. During Ken’s 44 year professional photography career he has accomplished the title of “Photographer of the Year” in 32 out of 41 years in the states of New York, Arizona and California. In addition, Ken has been awarded 14 Kodak Gallery Awards, the Kodak Gallery Elite award, WPPI Grand Award for Weddings and 15 Fuji Masterpiece awards, amongst many other honors.
Sklute began his photographic career capturing 200 mph race cars in New York at an early age. He soon moved into the wedding and portrait industry where he was quickly recognized as a trend setter, receiving many accolades throughout the industry. He has concentrated on capturing nighttime images of the Aurora Borealis, the Milky Way, Monsoon lightning storms, Tornados and many very difficult to capture subjects.
Sklute is proud to be or have been a Canon Explorer of Light, a Kodak Mentor, an Epson Mentor, an Adobe Influencer, a Delkin ImageMaker, a Datacolor Expert and an FStop Gear Team Pro. Some of Ken’s clients have been the National Hot Rod Association, U.S. Army, Time, Inc., Sports Illustrated, Oakley, Associated Press, National Dragster, Epson, Kodak, Newsday, as well as most of the photographic industry trade magazines.
Kens website: http://serendipityvisuals.com/
Mark Maio is the KEH Camera Corporate Ambassador. He divides his time between personal fine art documentary photography and imaging in the field of ophthalmology. He has an Associate and Applied Science degree in technical photography, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Photography, a Master of Arts in Humanities and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Communication Design. He has held teaching positions at Emory University, the State University of New York at Buffalo and as an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.
From 1989 through 2005, Mark worked on a documentary project centered on Buffalo’s Old First Ward neighborhood and the Irish men from there who unloaded the grain boats carrying cargo from the Midwest. Work on the project, entitled “Against the Grain” took him from Buffalo to a family wheat farm in Kansas, down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and a trip across the Great Lakes on a grain boat from Duluth to Buffalo.
In 2006 he was selected by Adobe as one of twelve individuals to form their Biomedical Imaging Advisory Group. This group has worked with Adobe in their development of Photoshop Extended, the first version of the software program to contain medical, technical and scientific digital imaging tools.
His fine art photography has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country in addition to being included in public and private collections. In 2007 a (12) print portfolio of his “Against the Grain” work was purchased by the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film for their permanent collection. He is represented by Lumiere Gallery in Atlanta. Mark has a second hone on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and teaches workshops there and at Silo City in Buffalo, NY. Information on these and other workshops can be found at his website below:
Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected artist, teacher, and author specializing in creative digital photography and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. She received her BFA degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her MFA degree in Design at the School of Visual Arts. Katrin is the co-author of Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Photoshop Masking & Compositing, The Creative Digital Darkroom, and Real World Digital Photography – all of which have been translated into numerous languages for worldwide distribution. Her images have been featured in numerous books, magazines, group and solo exhibitions. Katrin is the founder and chair of the Masters in Digital Photography department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. An early inductee into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, is honored to be a Sony Artisan of Imagery and has never met a pixel she didn’t want to change.
Born in Los Angeles, California in 1953, Gordon Lewis has been practicing photography with serious intent for 50 years – a testimony either to his passion and persistence, being a slow learner, or both.
Gordon’s first roll of film was developed at home, in a bedroom closet. Imagine his trill at discovering the entire roll was fogged beyond recognition. It wasn’t until his high school years that he had access to an actual darkroom and printing equipment.
Gordon’s interest in darkroom work continued during his undergraduate years at Harvard University, which is where he was encouraged to develop his nascent skills at street photography. Streets and photography subjects were in abundant supply in the greater Boston metropolitan area of the early 1970s, a time of anti-war protests, anti-bussing protests, Watergate, and the occasional marathon.
After graduating in 1974, Gordon returned home to Los Angeles in time for the birth of new wave, punk rock, hip-hop, and their effect on the street scenes of Melrose Avenue and Venice Beach. He also began working for photo equipment distributors such as Vivitar and Kiron, which soon led to being a contributing editor for magazines such Petersen’s Photographic, Camera 35, The Rangefinder, and Camera & Darkroom Photography. Magazines were what photographers read in ancient times before blogs and websites.
Although 1980s – 1990s were a fallow period for Gordon’s personal work, he was active as a semi-professional photographer specializing in portraiture and product photography; a pursuit that heightened his appreciation for the subtleties of light, shadow, exposure, and tone, not to mention his appreciation for clients who pay promptly. When not working as a photographer, he made occasional forays into television as a story editor for sitcoms such as Family Matters, A Different World, and In Living Color.
The arrival of the 21st century marked the dawn of digital photography, and along with it, the ability to control image rendering through software rather than films, color filters, and chemical processes. Digital photography’s immediacy and plasticity motivated Gordon to shift emphasis away from printing photographs and more towards developing his personal style – in the moment, while shooting, and upon reflection, while reviewing images.
Gordon currently lives in the Philadephia suburb of Jenkintown, PA, where he works as an instructional designer for web-based training courses when not roaming the streets of Philadelphia, eyes open to whatever they have to offer on any given day.