Viewpoint Student Program

The Viewpoint Student Program was created to provide students with an educational resource that gives them valuable industry information, feedback, and support in a semi-professional environment.  Viewpoint is offering a program to help high school and college students grow and build their art, meet other students in their chosen field of study who share their interests, and join a thriving organization dedicated to the photographic arts.

For students interested in becoming a Member of Viewpoint, the annual fee is only $20 and entitles members to attend all monthly Print and Portfolio nights; to submit their work for possible exhibition in the annual Members Show, field trips organized for members and discounted fees for various workshops and travel trips, and invitations to the Member Receptions at each new monthly exhibit.

Program Details:
About the Student Lectures:  Student lectures are intended to supplement a student's school experience by offering talks and demonstrations on areas of photographic interest, topics and techniques.  Lectures and demonstrations are given by people experienced in their field.  Viewpoint strives to make these lectures relevant to areas of study.  Suggestions for speakers are always welcome.

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Lectures and Critiques are free and take place at Viewpoint.

STUDENT LECTURES · 7:00-9:00 p.m.

All students are invited to attend Viewpoint's first lecture in our Fall Student Lecture Series.  These free lectures are for college and high school students and will be held at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J Street.

Thursday, 9/21 CHARLES FARMER: Every Picture Tells a Story

Thursday, 10/19 PATRICK O”KANE: Preparing Images For Printing and Material Choices

Thursday, 11/16 RICK HORNER: From Reality to Mindscapes Using Photo Shop

One lucky student attendee at each lecture, determined by random drawing, will receive a free mounted, over-matted print by noted large format photographer and workshop instructor, Charles Farmer.


Students who would like a one-on-one meeting with a Viewpoint member photographer to discuss their images and to gain insight on ways to improve those images, may contact Diana Proctor at to schedule a date and time.


Viewpoint will host a juried Student Exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum in April 2018 as a part of Photography Month Sacramento. The Call for Entries will open in late September 2017 and will be announced on the Viewpoint web site as well as information provided to faculty members on all local college campuses. There are no entry fees and students may submit up to 3 images. Digital images will be due in January and students whose work has been selected for the exhibition will need to have their images delivered to Viewpoint in late February.


CHARLES FARMER: Every Picture Tells a Story

At this informal lecture, there will be time for questions and answers, and students will come away with a new perspective on how to make images more stimulating and engaging. 

Charles Farmer’s photographs are printed with a rare tonal sensitivity that is often made bolder with his unusual emphasis on, and ability to use, visual contrast and design. There is interplay in his photographs between space, shape, line, and form with light and shadow, which always results in a clear, direct and concise visual statement. His keen eye and craftsmanship reaches into his intuitive realm. Charles has developed an ability to surrender to his subjects and to his creative inspiration in order to capture the inner light that we all seek in our images. He has studied and practiced his craft over many years in order to perfect his technique and ability to execute specific procedures intuitively. He has been able to seamlessly combine this technically ability with his aesthetic approach and communion with his subject matter. In this way his analytical and logical functions, that we all rely on, become inseparable from his feelings and emotional response to his subject – they all flow intuitively to produce an inspired approach to image making.

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Kenneth Meyers, Robert W. Baird & Co.
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