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  • Graduation Ceremony For June 2016

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    After 10 months of hard work and determination, the June Class of 2016 is about to step out into the professional world of photography with loads of knowledge and talent! The graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 24th at Hallmark's Education Center.

    We are honored to have Ian Christmann as the Keynote Speaker for the ceremony. Ian, a 1996 graduate of Hallmark, works from New Haven, Connecticut and takes on a wide range of clients and projects. He priortizes working on non-profit projects that respond to some of the world's more fundamental needs: health, education and human rights. In addition, Ian has expanded his business to include portraits, wedding work, and commercial projects.

    In September of 2014, Ian made a Facebook post of the following image that went viral. It landed as the top link on reddit for about 3 hours and received more than 3 million views in 24 hrs.

  • Portrait Series "Facing the Fire", by Instructor Derrick Zellmann

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    On June 16, 2016 instructor and Hallmark graduate, Derrick Zellmann (2012) presented his portrait series "Facing the Fire" at a one day pop-up gallery in Millers Falls, Massachusetts. The show and artist's talk was a chance to see his authentic portraits of firefighters and also served as a fund raising event for two charities: Boston Firefighters Local 718 Children's Fund and The Leary Firefighters Foundation.

    Mr. Zellmann started the project after a tragic event in 2014 that took the lives of two firefighters. During the news coverage, he noticed that the photos of the fallen firefighters were cropped snapshots, and Derrick felt they deserved professional portraits that showed the full depth of the individuals. 

    “I wanted to give people the opportunity to look them right in the eye,

    ” said Zellmann, who grew up in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. “These guys are just human, too. They do this incredible job, but they are everyday people, your neighbor, your cousin. I wanted to create the feeling of being in the room with them and make them look as iconic as they are.”

    Compiled over two years in firehouses across Boston and Rhode Island, the project takes inspiration from iconic statues of Greek and Roman Warriors. The photos aim to capture a raw, authentic and up-close-andpersonal look at the faces of real-life heroes. The portraits are of the men and women in their firefighting gear, holding axes, wearing helmets. They capture the full spectrum of diversity in firefighting. Using only available light and by taking the time to talk with his subjects about their careers and lives, he captured emotionally rich portraits that are printed in black and white.

    Derrick is no stranger to the subject. His father is a captain on the Turners Falls Fire Department, so he grew up surrounded by firefighters and even spent 12 years as an on-call firefighter himself.

    As of now, the project doesn’t have an endpoint. What began with him visiting a couple fire stations here and there, has expanded and he now has over 100 photos. He hopes that the photography project will grow into a book. 

    Read more on recorder.com and derrickzellmann.com

  • June 2016 Year-End Portfolio Review

    06/13/2016 - 06/17/2016

    The Year-end Portfolio Review process represents the culmination of a student's 10-month professional photography training at Hallmark. During the Portfolio Review process, the review panel will critically analyze each individual student portfolio to determine whether or not it possesses the necessary technical and artistic skills that qualify the student for employment in field of professional photography and imaging.

    Panelists this year are:
    Simon Alexander, a portrait photographer and currently Director of VIP Accounts at Adorama Rental Company in New York City. Simon is a portfolio reviewer for The Eddie Adams Workshop, Eyeist.com, ASMP, APA, and NYC Fotoworks. Most importantly, he is a mentor and consultant for independent photographers working closely with them to perfect their portfolios and photographic style.

    Michelle Bernstein has worked in the advertising industry for twenty years, and brings a wealth of experience to the portfolio review panel, not only as a commissioner of commercial photography, but also as a producer of many high-profile advertising campaigns. In her current role as the VP Director of Art Production at Grey Heathcare Group based in NYC, she researches and hires photographers, video directors, talent illustrators, buys stock photography and has been the driving force behind many successful award-winning campaigns.

    Scott Zuehlke graduated from Hallmark in 1999, and started his career as a wedding photographer. He later transitioned to commercial photography and was a photographer for the Hasbro corporation. After getting his fill of photographing Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Nerf, My Little Pony, and many other of Hasbro's product lines, he realized that he missed the interaction with people. He left Hasbro and returned to photographing weddings, and has his own wedding studio in the Boston area.

  • Guest Lecturer: Lois Greenfield


    Hallmark is thrilled to welcome legendary dance photographer Lois Greenfield to our main auditorium. Lois began her career as a photojournalist but was drawn to the graphic potential of dance. For twenty years, she covered the experimental dance scene for the Village Voice. In 1982, she decided to open a studio where she could not only control the lighting, but could also direct the dancers in her exploration of movement's expressive potential. Lois' unique approach to photographing the human form in motion has radically redefined the genre, and influenced a generation of young photographers. She has recently published her third book, Moving Still, which captures the beauty and form of the most talented dancers of our time. For more information, please visit: loisgreenfield.com

  • Guest Lecturer: Gregory Heisler


    We are honored to host master photographer Gregory Heisler in our main auditorium. A brilliant educator and lecturer, Gregory is renowned for his technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness over a career spanning more than 35 years. His enthusiasm, curiosity, and drive are manifested in his hands-on approach to all aspects of the image-making process.

     Having photographed luminaries ranging from Bill Clinton to Bruce Springsteen, Gregory is perhaps best known for his more than 70 cover portraits for TIME magazine. His iconic portraits and innovative visual essays have graced the covers and pages of many other magazines, including Life, Esquire, Fortune, GQ, Geo, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and The New York Times Magazine.

     He has also photographed major advertising campaign for such clients as American Express, Benson & Hedges, Dewar’s, Ford, Guinness, Marlboro, Merrill Lynch, Nike, Pfizer, Reebok, and United Technologies.

    His newest book, Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer’s Photographer, showcases the iconic portraits that have made him one of professional photography’s most respected practitioners.

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