June 25, 2014

Win a Private Portrait Session with Internationally Acclaimed Photographers at Maine Media Workshops’ Annual Fundraiser


Rockport, Maine—June 24, 2014—Every summer for the past four decades, the stars of photography align in Rockport, Maine to share their knowledge and inspire others by teaching at Maine Media Workshops + College. This year the renowned film, photography, and multimedia school will capitalize on its visiting star power by offering a chance for the general public to win their very own photo session with these luminaries, who have collectively photographed a stunning array of Hollywood A-listers, world leaders, cultural icons, and sports heroes.

The silent auction kicks off on July 12 at 5:30pm, at a cocktail reception held in Rockport’s beautifully restored Union Hall, the original home of the Workshops. The ticketed reception will feature access to artists in attendance and the best opportunity to place a winning bid on a portrait session. The 11 participating artists have photographed such icons as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Barack Obama, Jodie Foster, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Michael Phelps, B.B. King, and Phillip Glass. Their work has graced the covers of TIME, National Geographic, Life, Vogue, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times Magazine, and is held in permanent collections of museums around the world.

The Photographers (bios included below)

Sam Abell | Marco Grob | Cig Harvey | Greg Heisler  

Connie Imboden | Sean Kernan | Douglas Kirkland | Patrisha McLean

Greg Miller | Joyce Tenneson | Michael Wilson


Each of these master photographers has a distinct and uniquely personal style of portraiture, which will be reflected in their sessions with the purchaser. With sittings that can take place in the crafted light of an artist’s studio, at a colorful county fair, or even underwater, Maine Media’s Portrait Session Auction captures an incredible range of photographic styles, and will give purchasers a rare opportunity to add a priceless portrait to their family collection.

Maine Media’s Portrait Session Auction, sponsored in part by Camden National Bank, is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased at www.mainemedia.edu/auction for $45. For those unable to attend the event, some portrait sessions will be auctioned online after the event.

Raffle tickets will also be available during the event, with prizes including a lunch cruise for two aboard the Schooner Heron, a workshop at Maine Media, a weeklong stay in an oceanfront cottage, vintage wine, a lobster dinner for six, and more! Maine Media’s gallery, next door to the event at Union Hall, will also be selling a selection of prints donated by other Maine Media faculty in support of its scholarship fund. All proceeds earned through the auction and raffle will benefit Maine Media Workshops + College, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Artist Bios:

Sam Abell (www.samabell-thephotographiclife.com)

Sam Abell's 40-year career has been devoted to achieving art through documentary photography. He achieved his goals mainly through concentrated, long-range projects for National Geographic. In addition to his photography, Abell maintains an international career as a writer, teacher, and speaker. His book credits include Stay This Moment (1990), Sam Abell: The Photographic Life (2000), Seeing Gardens (2002), and The Life of a Photograph (2007). He is currently in publication for a 16-volume collection of his work titled The Sam Abell Library, due in 2016 from Radius Press, Santa Fe.

Marco Grob (www.marcogrob.com)

Photographing A-listers from Leonardo DiCaprio to Sandra Bullock, and from Sir Elton John to Lady Gaga, Marco Grob has earned his own celebrity status as Hollywood’s go-to portrait photographer. He has also taken portraits of numerous political figures including President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Grob’s work has won numerous awards, and his photographs appear regularly in magazines such as TIME, GQ, Vogue, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, and New York Magazine, and his commercial clients range from Walt Disney to Louis Vuitton. In 2011, he was commissioned by TIME to create a series of portraits centered around the tragic events of September 11, 2001, entitled “BEYOND 9/11: Portraits of Resilience”, an award-winning body of work now part of the permanent collections of the Smithsonian and the National 9/11 Memorial.

Cig Harvey (www.cigharvey.com)

Award-winning photographer Cig Harvey has a devotion to visual storytelling that has lead to innovative international campaigns with Kate Spade and Bloomingdales, as well as features in New York Magazine and Harper's Bazaar. She has been described as a “visual painter, creating images that shimmer with color and gesture”, and as an image-maker whose “camera hones in on radiance, gleam and discoveries hidden in the shadows”. Her photographs and books have been widely exhibited and remain in major museum collections including Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

Greg Heisler (www.gregoryheisler.com)

Gregory Heisler is a photographer and educator renowned for his technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness. His iconic portraits and innovative visual essays have graced the covers and pages of many magazines, including LIFE, Esquire, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. He is best known for his cover portraits for TIME, which now number more than 70. Private portrait commissions are an important focus of Heisler's work. The first photographic portrait to grace New York's City Hall was his lithographic print of Mayor Edward I. Koch. Most recently, Heisler completed large-scale portraits of noted authors and actors on display at the National Arts Club in New York City. His latest book, “Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits”, was published by Random House/Amphoto last fall.

Connie Imboden (www.connieimboden.com)

Connie Imboden’s work explores the relationship between the human form and water, interjecting light upon her subjects to create poetic and provocative images. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The National Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Bibliotheque Nationales in Paris, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, and many other public and private collections throughout Europe and the Americas. She currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Sean Kernan (www.seankernan.com)

Sean Kernan is a fine art and commercial photographer and the recipient of many awards for his imaginative and compelling photography. After working in theater for several years, photography captured his imagination and promptly took him on a great adventure across the globe, into prisons, up the Himalayas, into fighting in Northern Ireland, to Greece, Egypt, Mexico, Turkey, and Cuba. He has participated in dozens of solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He is the author of two books, has produced and directed two documentaries, and has been published in numerous magazines including the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and Harpers. He is also an internationally recognized teacher, writer, and lecturer.

Douglas Kirkland (www.douglaskirklandphotography.com)

Known for his fashion and celebrity work, including photographing Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlene Dietrich among others, Douglas Kirkland was a photographer for Look Magazine and Life in the 60s and 70s, during the golden age of photojournalism. Subjects of his portraits have also included Coco Chanel, Katherine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Orson Welles, John Wayne, Robert Redford, and Sophia Loren, as well as Angelina Jolie, and Ewan McGregor. Through the years, Kirkland has worked on the sets of more than 100 motion pictures including “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “Out of Africa”, “Titanic”, and “Moulin Rouge”. His award-winning work is also the focus of numerous books and his exhibitions and is now in the permanent collections of several museums.

Patrisha McLean (www.patrishamclean.com)

Patrisha McLean specializes in black and white portraits of children. She shoots with a medium format film camera and handcrafts each print in the darkroom, which gives her images a depth and heirloom feel unrivaled by digital photography. McLean has a natural bond with children when she is photographing them, especially in the Maine outdoors where they are free to play, explore, and daydream. Her photographs are shown at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine and are in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Museum and Portland Museum of Art. McLean's award-winning book, “Maine Street: Faces and Stories From a Small Town" documents her neighbors in Camden. Next year, Down East Books is publishing her book celebrating the children on the three Maine islands of North Haven, Vinalhaven, and Islesboro. 

Greg Miller (www.gregmiller.com)

Capturing the American experience with photos rich with color and light, Greg Miller predominantly uses an 8x10 view camera to focus on street photography and portraiture. In 2008, he received a Fellowship in photography from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His work is widely exhibited and collected in the United States and abroad, and has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, TIME, Esquire, Fortune, and LIFE. Miller teaches photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and he conducts several workshops throughout the country including Maine Media Workshops.

Joyce Tenneson (www.tenneson.com)

Critically acclaimed as one of America's most interesting portrayers of human character, Joyce Tenneson is a much sought-after portrait photographer with clients in Europe, Japan, and the United States. Her interest in discovering the “archetypes of our being” results in lyrical images described as a combination of portraiture and mythology. Tenneson's work has been shown in more than 150 exhibitions worldwide and is part of numerous private and museum collections. Her photographs have graced magazine covers including TIME, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine. She is the author of fifteen books, recipient of numerous awards.

Michael Wilson (www.michaelwilsonphotographer.com)

A true musician’s photographer whose work has been described as a blend of chance and precision, Michael Wilson’s career has spanned three decades. This down-to-earth image-maker is known for his album covers and portraits, working with artists such as Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, David Byrne, Phillip Glass, B.B. King, and Randy Newman. He primarily works in the darkroom with black and white film, resulting in images rich with contrast. His photography also covers a wide-range of subject matter. Wilson’s music industry clients include Warner Bros., Sony Music, and Capitol Records, as well as publishers and publications such as Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Putnam Inc., Little Brown, Health Magazine, Fast Company Magazine, and
Mother Jones Magazine. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.