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

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This exclusive field workshop offers attendees a 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.

Once at the Fort, attendees will have access to rooms that most visitors only see from the outside. Walk into opened rooms to photograph and feel what it was really like back in the day when Sutter's Fort was the marketplace and first stop for so many settlers of the mid 1800's.


Photography Highlights:

In the blacksmith's shop the fire will be lit and blacksmiths will be working, bringing subjects to life. Capture images of relics of the day and the activity of those who came to the west and those who lived here before it was popular.

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, (reflectors are your friends), and hand-held lighting along with fires that will be lit just for our use. 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

1–2pm: Meet at Viewpoint

Presentation and 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).

Wed. (1st Wed), Print Night to show and share your images with Ric Hornor.


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.

November 4 2018 1:00 PM   through   6:00 PM
Phone: 916-441-2341
Members $ 140.00
Non-members $ 190.00

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