Sutter’s Fort: An Insider’s View with Ric Hornor

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Back by popular demand! This is Viewpoint's second workshop to this inner city historic gem. Beautifully maintained with special access provided, this workshop offers an insider's view of a historic location loaded with photographic opportunities you won't find elsewhere. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to step back in time to capture behind-the-scenes life at Johann Sutter's historic Fort. Located just five-minutes from Viewpoint, the workshop will begin at the gallery with general information and overview materials and then proceed to Sutter’s Fort for an afternoon of shooting.

Photography Highlights:

Capture images of history with access to relics of the day, working and living quarters. Photograph activities of those who came to the west along with those who lived here before it was popular. In the blacksmith's shop the fire may be lit with blacksmiths working, among other characters bringing your subjects to life.

Costumed historic characters of the era will be available to pose for your compositions. Or photograph close-up the still life of unique household goods, furniture, tools and implements of days gone by. This afternoon access, come rain or shine, provides a rare chance to photograph behind the scenes with historian and photographer, Ric Hornor. Place yourself in the environment of the people who lived and made California's history.

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Ric's book, The Golden Hub, Sacramento. This book includes a restored historic photo on every page, (279 total), and is compiled from first person accounts in journals, letters written home and through the writings of historians of the 19th Century.

Lighting is limited to natural light and hand-held lighting along with fires that will be lit just for our use. Tripods are recommended. Electrical outlets are not available. We will rotate attendees between rooms as needed so everyone has an opportunity to see and shoot behind the scenes.

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Schedule
1–2pm: Meet at Viewpoint for discussion, logistics and descriptions of locations and subjects, lighting and limitations

2:15-5pm: Meet at Sutter's Fort. Break into groups as necessary to accommodate access to rooms depending on number of attendees, (maximum 15).
1st Wed Print Night, (May 1), meet to show and share your images with Ric Hornor and others.


Ric Hornor has produced photographic art on the cutting edge of technology since getting his MFA in photo/video synthesis from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1980. He has worked as an independent producer; art director and project manager in the multimedia industry and his photo-paintings are shown and collected nationally. Hornor produced special effects for early MTV media and was a founder of several professional digital media organizations including NY SIGGRAPH and The New Media Masters. He developed college curriculum for multimedia and has taught Photoshop at Sierra College for the last 9 years. From 2004-2010 Ric restored over 1200 19th Century photos included in 5 independently published Golden History Books. His large-scale cibachrome portraits of scientists and inventors make up The Hall of Inventors in a permanent exhibition at Infomart Technology Center in Dallas, TX. Ric has shown his photographic art in exhibitions internationally and solo shows in the US. He exhibited the series Mindscapes at Viewpoint Gallery in 2009. His work may be seen in the VP portfolio member’s collection.

April 7 2019 1:00 PM   through   5:00 PM
2015 J. Street, Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95811
United States
Phone: 916-441-2341
Members $ 140.00
Non-members $ 190.00

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