Ken Meyers is a visual person. He says, “Sometimes I find it hard to put words to my feelings.  I suppose that's one of the reasons that I love photography.” As we have all heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, no place would be truer for Ken than his visits to the concentration camps. Ken made two separate visits over a few years to Dachau, Auschwitz, Birkenau, as well as other places connected with the atrocities of the holocaust, such as Anne Frank's home and Schindler's Factory.

As Ken photographed these places, he was haunted by black and white movies playing in his head - A mother having her children ripped from her arms, the Nazi's assuring those packed like cattle in the train cars that they were being transported to a new ghetto and that everything would be fine, the bodies piled in mass graves or being burned by the thousands.  Ken adds that he is sickened by the experiments of Josef Mengele and that he cried out in pain and sorrow for his fellow man. “How can any human being do this to another?”

These images are his attempt to pass on to you his vision of these dark places.  Ken strongly urges all to pay a visit to the camps, if given the opportunity.  He believes that, “when you do, you will have an indelible mark  placed on your soul for all that lost their lives in those horrid camps.”

In the world of pristine photographic prints, some people might consider it a heresy to print images on fabric and then sew on top of the image with thread.  Kerby Smith finds it quite liberating. He has been photographing for over 50 years, and has exhibited in a wide range of venues. For most of that time he printed on paper, matted and framed his photographs under glass. But, he was never comfortable seeing the image behind glass. He prefers the up close and personal relationship the viewer gets with the image when there is no glass barrier between them.

Before archival ink jet printers, Smith experimented with printing black and white photographs on canvas with a silver coating. He developed the canvas using garbage cans of developer, stop bath and fixer. He washed the printed canvas with a garden hose running into a plastic barrel. Then he would stretch the canvas for gallery presentation.

Today, in creating his digital images, he begins with a photographic capture which provides a first look at the scene. Then in his digital darkroom, he explores the possibilities of where the image can take himself and the viewer.  Smith says “I want to take the imagery to a place where it will put a smile on the viewer’s face when he or she interacts with it.  I often move a few degrees off reality to create the view I imagine. Sometimes, it is with an extended palette or color range, other times it is simply a change of viewpoint or scale”.

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center invites all college and high school students of photography to submit photographs for an exhibition hosted by Viewpoint and shown at the Crocker Art Museum. This exhibition, entitled PERSPECTIVES, will run from April 5-29, 2018, in conjunction with the inaugural Sacramento Photography Month, which is happening citywide throughout April 2018.

Your images can explore the technical and/or more personal meanings of “Perspectives”.  Use your creative imagination as you think about what you want to photograph and what you choose to submit to this Call for Entries.


1st      $150

2nd     $100

3rd      $75

Entries will be accepted from December 1, 2017—January 28, 2018

For more information or to download the complete PROSPECTUS, click HERE.

Workshops and Fieldtrips

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 9:00am
Type: Workshop
Sat, 02/17/2018 - 9:00am
Type: Workshop

Artist Receptions

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Other Upcoming Events

Friday, December 1, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, January 28, 2018 (All day)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Platinum Sponsor


Individual Sponsorships
(Luminance Level & Above)

Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones

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