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Photo clubs / classes in Raleigh, NC area?

Hal Haygood , Aug 22, 1999; 12:00 p.m.

As new residents, we're looking for information about photo clubs and/or classes available in the Triangle area in NC. I've checked out the two community colleges (Wake Tech and Durham Tech), but neither offer any art classes other than history and drawing.

Any ideas?


Dan Woodlief , Aug 22, 1999; 01:50 p.m.

It depends on what type of class you are talking about. Durham Tech has two photography courses. One is at a satellite location and is supposed to be very very basic. The one at the campus ranges from fairly basic to more advanced. The class is always different, so there are a few people who have taken it 3 times or more. I took it four times and might take another one this Fall. They had a local commercial photographer teaching it until two sessions ago. The guy teaching it now is Steven Paul Whitsitt. He is an excellent people photographer and has a studio at his home in Chapel Hill. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute, as was the previous teacher. This one tends to be into very creative people photography but is getting more and more into nature photography too. He did a lot of work with professional musicians when he lived in California and worked for a while as Michael Jackson's personal photographer. This Fall, he plans to have a very basic course starting the school year and then a more advanced class. The courses run about 8 weeks, once per week, and the cost is around $40. The school only has one enlarger, so we haven't included darkroom work so far. However, I did do some with him personally one day offsite. The teachers have tended to give lots of personal attention in these classes.

You may also be interested in Duke (hard to recommend as a UNC grad). They have a course called mindful photography, taught by a psychologist/amateur photographer. It is geared toward being more creative with your photography and costs about $100. They also have recently advertised a course on hand coloring photos.

Alamance Community College also has a basic course, but that is probably too far away for you.

Please e-mail me if you want more details. I can give you Steve's number too if you want to give him a call.

Bill Schaffel , Aug 22, 1999; 08:55 p.m.

The Raleigh Camera Club meets at the Sertoma Art Center (at Shelley Lake). Call the center for hours. The center also offers a number of art and photography courses as well as a community darkroom and a ceramics shop.

Wake Tech also offers a number of non-credit art and photography courses which are held at the local high schools throughout the county. You can get the current catalog and registration forms from any branch of the public library. Registration is going on now for the fall term.

gene crumpler , Aug 22, 1999; 09:05 p.m.

The Chapel Hill Camera Club meets in Chapel Hill twice a month. E-mail me for more info. NIEHS has a club open to all. IBM also has a club.

If you are interested in B&W, we have a group of 15 B&W workers that meet once a month at NIEHS in the Park. I can give you info on that also. The B&W group has members for all of the three camera clubs in the Triangle, as none of the three clubs has a very large contingent of B&W workers by thenselves

Gene Crumpler , Aug 23, 1999; 07:49 a.m.

Also, the Durham Arts Council offers courses. The Council is located in downtown Durham. They have a world class B&W darkroom with 6 gang enlargers and separate rooms for 4x5 printing and film development. Call York Wilson at 560-2725 for info about classes and rental of the darkroom. He is the photo and digital arts coordinator there.

The Chapel Hill CC is the largest club in the area with about 50 members and about 25 members attending any one meeting. It meets twice a month and has slide and print competitions once a month.

John N. Wall , Aug 23, 1999; 12:41 p.m.

The Capital City Camera Club (the real name of the Raleigh Camera Club) will hold its first meeting of the fall on Monday, August 30, 1999 at 7:30 pm at Sertoma Arts Center, 1400 Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC.

The program will be on night photography and will include a speaker plus shots taken by club members on July 4th.

Generally meetings take place on first and third Mondays. Hope to see you there!

Chuck Greene , Nov 02, 1999; 03:08 p.m.


You may have already found out by now, but Wake Tech does offer non-credit photography classes. Check out their web site under continuing education:


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