Photoworks is a unique community resource for student and professional photographers,
located in Glen Echo Park’s Arcade Building.
Photoworks offers darkroom classes emphasizing hands-on instruction by a faculty of commercial and fine art photographers who are committed teachers and mentors; weekend workshops to inspire new creativity behind the lens and in the darkroom; digital photography programs supported by state-of-the-art computer technology and addressing the practical problems of the digital darkroom; programs for young photographers; weekly supervised open darkroom sessions for film development and printing (hours below); monthly portfolio critiques led by commercial and fine art photographers; and juried gallery exhibitions of work by established and emerging photographers.
Resident Artist/Instructors & Classes:
Richard Batch was 15 when he got his first real camera, a Yashica Mat-LM. Having only 12 shots per roll taught him to think before shooting. El Greco led him to learn about zone focusing and relating subject to environment. After receiving his degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, he landed a job as the staff photographer for The Northern Virginia Sun. He also shot for Dossier Magazine, two theatres in DC and freelanced.
Sue Bloom came to photography in the 1980s from a drawing and painting background. She holds a BFA and an MFA from Maryland institute College of Art. Sue was a proud owner of the first Mac in 1984 and has been creating digital art since the beginning of that medium. She is a professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She teaches photo workshops throughout the US and conducts photo trips abroad. Sue’s background in alternative darkroom processes lead to experimentation in her digital work.
John Borstel got his start in photography as a student at Photoworks. His award-winning work, combining aspects of photography, performance, and the written word, has been seen in gallery settings throughout the DC area and beyond. John is Humanities Director for Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, an internationally-touring contemporary dance company based in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Joe Cameron started out as a painter, but in his mid-twenties he fell in love with photography and never looked back. He went on to teach fine-art photography for thirty-five years at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Joe’s work is in the collections of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. His solo exhibitions include the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He has received artist grants from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Washington Gallery of Modern Art and the Apeiron Photography Workshop in Millerton, New York.
Page Carr is an associate professor of photography + media at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria campus. Her MFA is from Rhode Island School of Design, and her AB in History is from Bryn Mawr College. Her work in analog and digital media is experimental.
Eliot Cohen coordinated the Photo program at NVCC for 20 years where he received the college's highest award for his teaching excellence. He was also an adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art. Since 1996, Eliot has been teaching independently and through organizations such as the Smithsonian, Photoworks, and the Capital Photography Center. He leads numerous seminar groups in the area as well as photo workshops around the world.
Mac Cosgrove-Davies is a self-taught photographer who since 1978 has been practicing historic photographic processes including gum bichromate, cyanotype, VanDyke, palladium, and carbon printing. Mac’s images derive from his extensive travel to developing countries as well as everyday life. Using antique and hand-made film cameras in various large & panoramic formats he seeks to match the image to the beauty and elegance of the selected photographic process. In addition to building the occasional camera, printing frame or other useful photographic gadget, he also creates books and presentation portfolios for his prints. He is represented in various collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Library of Congress, Maier Museum, and Lehigh University Art Galleries.
Scott got his introduction to serious photography after graduating from college, expecting to learn just enough to use it for subject matter for painting and drawing. Upon seeing his first print emerge from the developer, he was hooked. Since then, his interests have expanded to include printing in antique and historic processes ranging from platinum and palladium to gum bichromate to wet plate collodion and daguerreotype. He has exhibited work locally, nationally, and internationally.
Sora DeVore is a documentary and fine art photographer who has photographed for The Washington Post and many other publications. While living in Mexico she assisted acclaimed photographers Mary Ellen Mark and Graciella Iturbide. Sora has received numerous grants to teach photography to low socio-economic communities nationally and internationally. Adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.
Rebecca Drobis' award-winning photographs tell the stories of childhood and youth culture. She especially loves photographing children and exploring their wondrous world. Her work has been published in the Washington Post Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and by the Discovery Channel. She is a passionate teacher who enjoys sharing her love of photography with her students.
Min Enghauser has been obsessed with photography since childhood. She printed in a traditional Black and White darkroom for 12 years then moved into using color film with a digital work flow 14 years ago. She has worked as a black and white lab technician, darkroom instructor, professional framer, digital lab and imaging technician, photographic printer and digital retoucher – all to feed, nurture and hone the fine art photography habit. Currently, she is the Post-Production Manager for one of the areas top architectural photographers and has a Fine Art Photography studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
Sheila Galagan has been a photographer for 20 years, following a career in construction. She photographs a wide variety of subjects, including landscapes, portraits, and the built environment, using both digital and film capture. She offers classes in basic photography and portraiture and she runs the open darkroom program.
Sarah Gordon is a lecturer, curator, and art consultant with a specialty in American photography. She worked for seven years in the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, contributing to major exhibitions of photographs by Robert Frank, Harry Callahan, Frederick Sommer, Charles Marville, and the Pre-Raphaelites. She has taught the history of photography at George Washington University and American University. Gordon wrote the catalogue essay for the 2015 exhibition, Photoworks: Presence of Place, at the American University Museum. She has written articles on Eadweard Muybridge and one book, Indecent Exposures: Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal LocomotionNudes, published by Yale University Press (fall 2015). Gordon has a PhD and an MA from Northwestern University and a BA from the University of Michigan.
Frank P. (Tico) Herrera was born during the Battle of Britain to Mary Betty Parker and Francisco Herrera y Sanchez, in Beckley, West Virginia. After the war, the family moved to Morgantown, where Francisco began a career as an professor at West Virginia University with young Frankie to grow up in a bifurcated academic/rural West Virginia world. At college, he fell under the spell of Fellini’s use of black and white and Faulker’s articulate language. A friend committed suicide leaving him a Voigtlander Vitessa. Essentially that was it for Frank. After a short career as a Spanish Instructor, he became a full time photographer in 1970, and is still doing it.
M.F.A., photography, Maryland Institute College of Art. Karen is the high school photography teacher at the Field School in Washington, DC and is the director and a teacher at Photoworks. She is a member of Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria. Karen was a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council grant; published her photo book, “Cuba: Watching and Waiting” in 2008 and received the Center’s 2010 Teaching Award. Fine art photography in the genre of street shooting and documentary defines her style.
My interest in photography began at 14 when I was given a Leica camera and darkroom equipment. I was mentored for a year by advanced amateur photographers, learning composition and photographic technique. Afterward I decided to go outside the confines of the classical photographic image to pursue the photo-essay in order better to communicate what I saw in the world around me.
Mark Power’s photography has been featured in a number of galleries and museums in the US and Europe. His work is in many major collections. He was a professor of photography at the Corcoran School of Art for 27 years, retiring in 1998. In 2008, he was awarded a Fellowship grant by the Franz Bader Fund.
Gayle Rothschild is a fine art photographer who received an MFA degree from the University of Maryland. Instructor at Photoworks since 1983. Director of Exhibitions at Photoworks and member of the Executive Board. Taught at Vis Arts, Trinity and Montgomery Colleges. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally in many one person and group exhibitions and her photographs are included in numerous collections.
B.S./M.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Missouri. Master photography classes with George Tice, Carson Graves, Christopher James, Cole Weston, Joyce Tenneson, and Martha Casanave. Jim Steele is a photographer working in both monochrome and color landscapes and nudes. Steele is equally comfortable in both traditional and digital processes.
Frank Van Riper is an award-winning documentary and fine art photographer, journalist and author whose work has been published internationally. In 1992, Van Riper became photography columnist of the Washington Post, where his column, “Talking Photography,” appeared in the Camera Works section of Washingtonpost.com and is now available worldwide. A popular teacher and lecturer, Van Riper has lectured and/or taught in the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program, the Maine Photographic Workshops, the University of Maine at Machias and at other colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic.
Tom Wolff studied painting at the School of Practical Art (now Art Institute of Boston), studied Form and Color with Richard Filipowski at Harvard University (1967), studied Linear Design with Robert Preisser at MIT (1967), attended the Arts Students League in New York 1970, studied photography at George Washington University (1974) and Photoworks at Glen Echo Park. Attended Prince George’s Community College, Digital Photography, Graphic Design and Design ll, 2011-2012.