Free Photo Lectures for Students At Viewpoint Gallery



This is a great opportunity for any photography students in Sacramento, and I highly encourage my students to attend and plug them all into your calendars! All students are invited to attend Viewpoint’s 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, Sacramento CA 95811.  Viewpoint members are invited to attend as well.

One lucky student will receive a prize for attending!!! The name will be drawn at the end of the lecture.

  • Thursday 10/17/19 James Motlow: Life and Photography in Locke
  • Thursday 11/21/19 Speaker and topic to be determined.
  • Thursday 2/20/20 Speaker and topic to be determined.
  • Thursday 3/21/20 Speaker and topic to be determined.

Thursday October 17, 2019

James Motlow will exhibit some of his images from his book, Life and Photography in Locke, at Viewpoint during the month of October.  He will make a special presentation for our Student Lecture Series on October 17th.

James Motlow lived in Locke throughout the 1970’s producing a body of photographic images: Café’s, late night donut holes, Sacramento Delta farmers and farm workers, Sacramento neighborhoods, low riders and his neighbors in Locke.  These images have been published locally, nationally and internationally. His stock images have been sold by Magnum in New York and Jeroboam in San Francisco. His images are in the collection of the Oakland Museum and Crocker Museum as well as many private collections.  Along with Jeff Gillenkirk, James produced the awarding winning book Bitter Melon: Inside America’s Last Rural Chinese Town, published by the University of Washington in 1987 and has been in continues print since. After 30+ years in the Bay Area, he returned to Locke where now lives.

“In the opening months of 1971 I was on my way to San Francisco driving along the Sacramento River when I stopped in Locke to visit a poet.  He had moved but his building was for rent.  Living on Main Street Locke seemed like the answer to all my questions at that time.  What kind of images did I want to make and what did I want to do with those images?  What I did know was I did not want to open a studio and do weddings nor live in a urban environment    What I did find myself interested in, was cafes, delta farm workers, friends and country living.
I did not make images in Locke for two years, as it just did not seem right.  That changed when I moved into a house on Key St. in 1973.  These images were done after then.
From the beginning photography gave me the precision of line that I lacked with painting.  It also gave me the ability to organize spatial relationships into visual poetry.  This combination allowed me to make creative images that express my wonder and love of people.”

Wong; Winter Melons by Motlow

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