u.s. photographers

Katherine Bazak
Katherine Bazak describes herself as “a figurative painter with a narrative bent”. In her artwork she uses traditional media such as oil, charcoal and clay as well as computer and digital programs. Katherine has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in painting and printmaking and an MFA in Painting and Art History from the University of Wisconsin. Her teaching career has spanned the last 30 years, the majority of these spent at Canada College where she taught painting, drawing, life drawing, design and most recently, digital painting and illustration in the Multimedia Department.  An admirer of Spanish culture and a world traveler, Katherine was interested in going to Cuba to experience its music, dance, art and language, to see Cuba’s unique landscape and to have the opportunity to meet some of its artists.
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Mary Bender
Mary Bender is involved in numerous creative projects in the community that combine her background in the arts, education and administration. She earned a BA from Stanford, a teaching credential from San Jose State and pursued graduate studies at California College of the Arts.  She worked at the Community School of Music and Arts for over 25 years as an artist, teacher and administrator. An avid photographer, Mary is most interested in shooting photo journalistic stories of non-profits in the Bay Area. An enthusiastic traveler who lived with her family in Spain and Costa Rica, she enjoyed capturing the ever-abundant visual stories in Cuba.
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Harlan Crowder
Harlan Crowder began making photographs when he was a kid growing up in Dallas. He documented camping trips and family events and took lots of pictures of his dog. His first recognition for photographic achievement was his Boy Scout merit badge in photography. A computer geek for most of his adult life, he has had several careers working as a high-tech handy man in the information technology industry and says that his affinity for digital photography was a natural. He lives and works in Silicon Valley.
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Lisa D’Alessandro
Lisa D’Alessandro is a business and art consultant. For many years she worked for Hewlett-Packard as a marketing and strategy executive in both the computer and service departments working with teams from around the world. Lisa has traveled extensively and had always wished to visit Cuba as she has an affinity for the culture, food, cigars and music. She was fascinated by the streets of Cuba because she had wanted to capture the people and colors of this fascinating country with her camera.
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Ron Herman
Ron Herman received his BFA and Certificate in Art History from the University of Cincinnati.  After receiving his MFA in Photography from the University of Notre Dame, he worked in commercial photography and photographed for Polo Ralph Lauren and Spiegel. His work is exhibited internationally and included in such permanent collections as the Fototeca de Cuba; Kinsey Institute; Snite Museum of Art; and the South Bend Museum of Art.  He has lectured on his work and digital imaging technologies at Cornell, Stanford, and Yale universities.  Ron has taught in Cuba, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Peru, and Spain. An award-winning educator, he is the Chair of the Photography Department at Foothill College, where he has been teaching since 1997.
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Bob Hills
Bob Hills works as the full-time manager of customer service for a semiconductor equipment manufacturer in San Jose.  He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Metallurgy from Stevens Institute of Technology.  Currently enrolled at Foothill College, he is pursuing an AA degree in Photography where he is focusing on photojournalism and wildlife photography.  Bob’s main interest in going to Cuba was photographing both its 1950’s automobiles and the people of Cuba.
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Mary Ellen Kaschub
For twenty years Mary Ellen Seitz-Kaschub has been employed in corporate communications. While she worked with and hired photographers professionally, it wasn't until 7 years ago that she became seriously interested in pursuing photography. Since then she has done editorial work for the local newspaper, nonprofit organizations and special events. In the Bay Area she exhibits her work in both in-group and single exhibitions.  A photojournalist at heart she likes to photograph people and events as they unfold for the stories they tell. She is also attracted to graphic design as subject material. After going to Cuba with Ron in September she was excited to go back last April. To her Cuba is a rich place with great people and culture, a troubled history and endless photo ops.
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Robin Lockner
Robin Lockner is a long-time musician and music teacher.  She graduated from San Francisco State University with a performance degree and a music teaching credential.  Currently she teaches private flute lessons and works as a substitute teacher. She wanted to visit Cuba to experience the culture, listen to music and observe the political system first-hand as well as photograph people, architecture and landscapes.
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Laura Oliphant
Laura Oliphant has been photographing since she was 10 years old, first with an old brownie camera, then with a film SLR.  In the late 90’s, she was visiting Nikon as part of her work as an engineer and was fortunate enough to be given a personalized tour of the Nikon digital camera factory in Sendai.  Ever since then, she has shot with Nikon cameras, first with the D70, and currently with a D300.  Laura’s has won many prizes at the Alameda County Fair, and has also had many photos published in local newspapers and in journals.  She also recently had some of her work featured at the Adobe Photoshop Pop-Up Shop in San Francisco. She travels extensively and wanted to go to Cuba to enjoy interactions with Cuban artists and to experience a vibrant Cuban culture.
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Cynthia Sun
Cynthia Sun has a degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University and is an interior design graduate from Canada College.  She has taken a variety of classes and workshops in photography including the Santa Fe Workshop with Tony O’Brien, Environmental Photography with Margo Davis, Portraiture with Margaretta K. Mitchell and classes at Foothill College, De Anza and Cal Berkeley Extension. Her work includes advertising photos and portraits for individual websites. She focuses on black and white portraiture, as well as what she terms “sacred art”. The Buena Vista Social Club was the inspiration for her trip to Cuba. She wanted to experience the culture and  meet the people and to see what Cuba was like before travel restrictions are relaxed.
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John Thacker
John Thacker has a BSEE from Cornell University, an MSEE from MIT and a PhD
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Brown University in Applied Mathematics.  He currently works in satellite communications engineering and management.  John is passionate about photography and is in his third year of training at Foothill College.  Although he was first interested in "street photography" he is beginning to take on more contemporary projects and enjoys photographing people, animals in their environment, setting up studio compositions, and creating narratives while working outdoors and in the studio. By combining his love of photography and opportunities with Photo Philanthropy, he hopes to establish a continuing record of volunteering his time and services with non-profits, NGOs, and charitable organizations.