Pulitzer Winner Vincent Laforet to Keynote at Inaugural Cypress College Photography Expo on Friday

Marc S. Posner
Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Cypress College’s Photography Department is hosting its inaugural Photo Expo on Friday — an event that includes a keynote presentation by Vincent Laforet, who earned a Pulitzer Prize for his overseas post-9/11 coverage.

The event runs from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, April 9. It is sponsored by Canon U.S.A., Inc. and by Bill’s Camera. Canon’s participation includes “EOS University” classes beginning at noon.

The Photo Expo is free, open to students and the general public, and are suitable for all levels of expertise.

Featuring a photography tradeshow and educational lectures, the expo brings together a wide array of student, amateur, and professional photographers from Southern California.

It also will showcase the work of renowned photographic artists. The goal of this new expo is to respond to the special interests and needs of photography students and those in the community who are interested in the medium.

The main emphasis of the festival will be the workshops, demonstrations, and to showcase photography classes offered at Cypress College.

Laforet, a Canon “Explorer of Light,” concludes the day’s activities with his feature presentation “From Stills to Cinema.” Laforet was a staff photographer for The New York Times from 2000 until 2006, when he became the newspaper’s first national contract photographer. He has worked on assignment with Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Stern, Paris-Match, Newsweek and Life Magazine. His work has been exhibited at The International Center of Photography in New York and Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France.

Additional presentations throughout the day are scheduled by Jasmine Star, Dane Sanders, Jeff Jochum, Becker, Lawrence Chan, Doug McNamee and Henry Wang, Jonathan Gletcher, Cypress College staff and Canon Tech Rep Genaro Arroyo.

In addition to the sponsorships of Canon and Bill’s Camera, supporters include: Showit + Jasmine Star; KISS Books; SmugMug + Jeff Jochum; Tofurious: Lawrence Chan; Tilt N Shift: Doug McNamee + Henry Wang; Becker; Vincent Laforet; WPPI; Fast Track Photographer: Dane Sanders; Freestyle Photo; and more to be confirmed.

More information about the expo is available at http://cypresscollege.wordpress.com or by calling the Cypress College Photography Department at (714) 484-7244.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College has motivated the minds of students since 1966. For nearly a half-million people — including actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses and teachers — Cypress College has been a springboard to their dreams. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice and for others it provides essential training for a rewarding career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s nearly 17,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 58 university-transfer majors, 141 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 51 areas of study. The college’s traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs just $26 per unit — just $78 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships also are available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 110-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton. Michael J. Kasler is the president.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22 and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

More information about Cypress College is available by calling (714) 484-7000 or by visiting the campus Web site at http://www.CypressCollege.edu.

Cypress College Photography Expo Schedule — Friday, April 9, 2010

Cypress College Complex, Room 216
12 p.m.    Jasmine Star: “Ghetto Fabulous Marketing”
2 p.m.    Dane Sanders: “Standing Out From a Crowd”
4 p.m.    Jeff Jochum: “Igniting Fusion”
6 p.m.    Vincent Laforet: “From Stills to Cinema”

Tech Ed 1, Room 242
12 p.m.    Becker from [b]school: “Passion & Profits”
2 p.m.    Lawrence Chan: “Understanding Your Target Audience and Maximizing Social Media”
4 p.m.    Cypress College Staff: “Q&A with High School Students”

Tech Ed 1, Studio 1
12 p.m.    Canon Tech Rep Genaro Arroyo: “Intermediate Techniques with Canon SLR”
3 p.m.    Canon Tech Rep Genaro Arroyo: “Introduction to Video Using a Canon SLR”

Tech Ed 1, Studio 2
11:30 a.m.    Jonathan Fletcher: “Creating the Pinhole Camera”
1 p.m.    Staff Demo
2:30 p.m.    Staff Demo
4 p.m.    Doug McNamee & Henry Wang: “Rocking With On Camera Flash”

Tech Ed 1, Second Floor
11 a.m.-5 p.m.    Tradeshow