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Focus Awards 2018

October 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free – $50
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The Focus Awards recognize individuals making critical contributions to the promotion, curation and presentation of photography.

For our thirteenth year the awards celebrate two individuals instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public. We will present The Lifetime Achievement Award to Steven Sasson and Alexis Gerard.

The Focus Awards will take place on October 28, 2018 as part of a symposium that includes an awards’ distribution and a reception. The lectures and awards’ event is at the Griffin Museum at 67 Shore Rd. in Winchester, MA 01890. The lectures begin with a lecture by Todd Gustavson at 10:00 AM. Gustavson’s lecture is called Photography before Steve Sasson: The evolution of analog photographic technology from handmade to mass manufactured products.

Following is a lecture by Alexis Gerard at 11:30 AM. His lecture is called, A Passion for Technology and Image Making. For the past 25 years, Alexis Gerard has helped people make sense of the transformations taking place in the imaging industry and markets. He will define and explain the five overlapping waves of technology that have driven this evolution from the early 1980s to the present, and analyze the new (and still very much evolving) place of images in society and culture. Having co-hosted the 2018 edition of the Visual 1st executive conference just a few days before this event, he will share some insights gathered there as to what the future holds. Also a passionate lifelong photographer, Alexis will show and discuss images from his latest project – a book of fine art photography due for publication in 2020 that presents the life of the French revolutionary, general and statesman Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte from his birth in Corsica to his death on the island of Saint Helena off the coast of South Africa, via Italy, Belgium, Egypt, Germany, Poland and Russia among others.

Following Gerard, Steven Sasson’s lecture Film-less Photography, The Story Behind the Invention of the First Digital Camera will take place in the afternoon at 2 PM. A short awards’ presentation will take place directly after Sasson’s talk. A reception will follow with wine and modest fare.

Ann Jastrab will be doing portfolio reviews on October 27, 2018. Ms. Jastrab will present the Lifetime Award to Alexis Gerard. Her reviews are currently full.

We are offering a limited amount of (10) free tickets to full-time students of our Academic Membership Institutions. These tickets are for the lectures only. Valid Student ID required.

Pricing is $20 per lecture. $50 for all three lectures. All lecture and Ms. Jastrab’s portfolio review ticketed guests are welcome at award distribution and reception. Tickets for awards’ presentation and reception only are available for $10.

Focus Awards 2018 Press release


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October 28, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free – $50
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The Griffin Museum of Photography
67 Shore Road
Winchester, Ma 01890 United States
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