Instructors

Instructors

Jim Balderston Instructor

Jim Balderston received a BAA in photography from Ryerson University in Toronto. He has worked as a photographer, master printer and educator.

After graduating, Jim went on to exhibit his work and refine his printing skills at Toronto Image Works under the direction of photographer Edward Burtynsky.

In 1993 Jim established Pacific Light Impressions in Vancouver BC; a successful print studio dedicated to producing exhibition quality prints for photographers and artists. Over the years Jim has worked on fine art photo based editions for internationally renowned artists, such as Ed RuschaMike Kelley and Harmony Korine, that have been collected and shown in world-class galleries. 

Currently, Jim teaches photography and is program Coordinator of the Photography Certificate Program at Langara College in Vancouver BC.

Jim continues to devote time to pursuing his personal projects, exhibiting his work and leading photography tours to the Yukon and Haida Gwaii.

Greg Blue Instructor

Greg has worked in Vancouver as a commercial photographer and art director for over 25 years. In addition to his role as Program manager of the arts divison in in CS, Greg stays very active in the commercial photography and design field. His commercial work is divided primarily between large-scale advertising assignments for clients, such as Telus & BM W, and illustrative still life photography. His illustrative work consists of using primarily still life images to illustrate concepts for stock photography, editorial, and book covers. Greg has taught photography since the mid 1980s and was the Program Coordinator of the Langara CS Photography Program from 1997 to 2010. He has sat as the President of the Vancouver chapter of CAPIC and is the only Western Canadian photographer to have ever sat as the National President of CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators). Awards for his work include the Lotus Awards, The Marketing Magazine Awards, Applied Arts Magazine Awards, The One Show Awards, and Cannes.

Ross Durant Instructor

Ross Durant’s successful commercial photography career has spanned over 30 years. He has developed a highly stylized approach to both his own studio lighting and set design. Ross specializes in shooting food, beverage & still life product images for advertising. He has extensive studio experience, working with advertising agencies, senior art directors, graphic designers and marketing and communications directors. Ross’s commercial projects include clients throughout Canada and the United States.

Getty Images have represented Ross’s stock photography images for the past twenty years. He licences numerous stock images weekly through several Getty collections including food, beverage, people and travel photography for clients mainly in the US, Europe and Asia. Born and raised in Vancouver, Ross is a past graduate of Langara’s two-year full time Professional Photo Imaging Program. Ross’s eighteen years as a photography educator at Langara College has enabled him to develop a very thorough, comprehensive and inspiring course curriculum. He is also leading travel photography workshops through Langara's Educational Travel Program.

Website: rossdurantphotography.com
Instagram: @ross.durant

Rick Etkin Instructor

Rick Etkin has been involved in Vancouver's photographic industry as a commercial and advertising  photographer and advocate for the professional community for over 30 years. Rick is a graduate of Langara's Professional Photography Program and longstanding member of the Department's Professional Advisory Committee.  One of the founders of CAPIC Vancouver (Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators), Rick has served as Chapter President and on the National Board for over 12 years and is currently serving as Chapter President. His duties have included serving on the Copyright Reform Committee, International Labour Issues and as International Association Liasion.  During his career, Rick has created a wide range of imagery for diverse clients from around the world, including Coca Cola, Microsoft, General Motors, Petrocan, Adidas, Telus, ICBC,  BC Hydro, Coast Capital and all the way down to small local clients.

Rick has owned and operated his own photographic business as well as worked as Press Operations Photo Supervisor/Manager (Mountain Region) for Vancouver 2010 and as Senior Photographer for the London Drugs Group of Companies. Currently he is also volunteer lead of the speaker selection committee team for Creative Mornings Vancouver. 

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Calvin Gehlen Instructor

Calvin Gehlen is a commercial photographer,first assistant and digital retoucher specializing in portraiture,product and still-life. His first taste of professional photography came over 25 years ago as an assistant for one of the busiest product studios in Vancouver. Since then,he has photographed commercial,editorial and consumer assignments for a wide range of clients. He is committed to lifelong learning and is a graduate of the Langara Continuing Studies Photography Program. As an instructor,his classes are full of practical technical knowledgeas well as a livelyand entertaining atmosphere.

Len Grinke Instructor

Len Grinke is a nationally accredited people photographer. He has been photographing for over 30 years and has been a teacher for 10 years.

A long time member of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), Len has been recognized for his excellence in business and professional headshot,studio portraits, conceptual lifestyle portraits, and bridal portraits. His portrait work has received many accolades in professional competition and has earned him 4 accreditations from the PPOC. Len has also been honoured with the Craftsman of the Photographic Arts (CPA) degree.

Maria Harper Instructor

Maria earned her MFA in photography in 2000 from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She was awarded the Medici Scholar Award, the George Grant Award, and the Mistro-Ertz Award. Her BA in studio arts was received from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her applied arts training, she has studied art history extensively with an emphasis on contemporary art theory and criticism. As a photo-based artist, Maria works with traditional and alternative processes in photography as well as digital imaging, video, and book art. She currently creates installations with large-scale color images and explores the intimate relationships between surroundings and self. Situated between cultural constructs that inform identity and formal issues of aesthetics, Maria’s art retells her experiences and records her presence in the world. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Arizona.

Kevin Holloway Instructor

Kev graduated from Leeds University in 2001 with a degree in math and a sincere desire not to use it.  The next seven years were a combination of photography classes at the University of Bath, self-teaching and a number of years assisting commercial photographers and managing a studio.  In 2008 he joined forces with Langara Photo-Imaging alumni Adam Schelle, and the unimaginatively named Adam and Kev Photography was born.
Collaboration is a key element to both their work and their workflow, and their approach to portraits is centered on the idea that the subject is more than just a participant in the shoot – they are one of the key collaborators.
In 2011 Adam and Kev began producing a mixed media collaborative project called Playground, which involves taking large groups of strangers, turning them into a band and recording a music video, all in one night.  What began as a self-funded project driven by a team of ten friends spawned into a Leo award-winning TV show within three years – further reaffirming their belief in the collaborative process.
They continue to shoot editorial and commercial portraiture and are currently working on a portrait book that aims to introduce Vancouver to itself - through the stories of people living in the city today.


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Lisa Kaulback Instructor

As a graduate of Langara's Professional Photo-Imaging Program, Lisa Kaulback has found expression for her obsessive attention to detail in the world of production, a role that involves helping photographers quote and manage commercial photography shoots. Her diverse portfolio on large scale stock shoots and award winning advertising campaigns dates back over 9 years and has taken her to Australia, on an Alaskan cruise, to the mountains and the desert, and into the strange would of taxidermy. In the classroom, she is credited with high standards, demanding assignments, wit, and compelling anecdotes.

www.kaulbackproductions.com

Wayne Kaulbach Instructor

Wayne received his Masters Of Photographic Arts in 2004 and his Fellowship in 2006. Along with his wife Michelle Fleming, they own and operate Skylight Images -- a multiaward winning photographic service specializing in natural light portraiture -- in Vancouver, B.C. since 1995. www.skylightimages.com

He is very excited to come back and teach again at Langara through the continuing studies program and is also an ongoing contributor to Photo Life Magazine and a passionate Travel and Street Photographer. www.wkaulbach.com

Wayne also runs travel photography tours through Langara. Upcoming trips include Guatemala and India.

Patrick Koslo Instructor

Patrick’s style of photography uses gels, flashlights, and other light sources to illuminate objects found in a darkened room or the darkened backstreets and docks of Vancouver. His favourite subjects are those with “lots of character, like an antique chair or a funky old stove.” Using no light meter, Patrick’s experimentation with lengthy photographic exposures range from a few minutes up to three-hour exposures. Patrick took up photography in 1985, when he was working as a graphic designer. Awed by the industrial docks of Vancouver at sunset, he began doing industrial photography work. Patrick now works predominantly in editorial and advertising photography, and shoots stills for the movie industry.

Russel and Wendy Kwan Instructors

Wendy Kwan



In her work as a contemporary art photographer, Wendy explores quiet threads of human culture, acknowledging a deep sensitivity and respect for her subjects. With an insatiable desire to control all aspects of her photographic expression, Wendy was drawn into traditional black and white photographic methods 15 years ago, working with film and creating wet darkroom silver gelatin fibre prints. She photographs with an old and beloved Canon F1 35mm camera, as well as medium format cameras including a Mamiya C330, a Mamiya 645, and plastic toy Holga cameras. 

Wendy’s work has been exhibited and installed at galleries and venues in Vancouver, on Salt Spring Island and at the Malone Gallery at Troy University in Alabama. Publication credits include feature articles in CameraArts and PhotoEd magazines and her work has been featured in the internationally published journal Spiritus. Together with her husband Russ, their self-produced book Chasing Light Stranger is internationally awarded and catalogued in the Canadian Museum for Contemporary Photography. 

With a degree in Recreation Education from UBC, and a past 20 year career working as a recreation therapist with people with physical disabilities, Wendy brings her knowledge of photography and experience working with people in a goal setting environment to her teaching approach . “In addition to being completely passionate about photography, I want to help students identify their own personal affinities and processes, and reach their photographic goals. I will share whatever knowledge I have acquired to help them reach those goals.”   

http://WendyKwan.com

Russel Kwan

Russ’ continuing exploration of the darkroom arts is still going strong after 40 years.  His dual-toned fiber-based silver gelatin prints have exhibited duo (with Wendy) in museum and commercial venues in Canada and the United States.  He and Wendy’s photographs, writings, books and processes have been featured in photography magazines and journals, including PhotoEd, Camera Arts and Spiritus.  He has personally invented a few chemical/physical processes that give rise to his unique visual language:  ultra-long film exposures lasting 17 days and beyond, paint-on chemistry that alters and rearranges the silver structure of prints, homemade cameras and hand-coated light-sensitive materials.  His background in computer science (BSc UBC 1981) and work as an engineering imaging/prepress consultant to Adobe, Apple and Microsoft honed the skills for producing photographic books and other offset-press creations from concept to print.  He designed and engineered the custom tritone curves and handmade inkset used in his and Wendy’s multiple award-winning book, “Chasing Light Stranger”.  He delights in using his materials without reference to the manufacturer’s instructions.

“Film, chemistry and silver prints are still an unexplored country.  There is so much to do, so much to learn, and there is almost nobody in this space.  It’s perfect for people who don’t care what the mainstream is doing.  People who need to be creative.  People who need to invent.  People who need to see what photography can really do.”

http://RusselKwan.com

James Labounty Instructor

James LaBounty has matured (somewhat) from his many years spent working as a photographer, teacher and observing the evolution of the medium from the glory days of film to it’s present day digital democratization.  Bringing this experience with him to the classroom makes for lively, engaging, entertaining classroom sessions.  His photography background includes editorial stints with magazines such as Vanity Fair, New York Times Magazine, British Vogue and La Times Magazine amongst many others and institutional/corporate assignments with top tier international companies and creative directors.

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Kevin Lanthier Instructor

Kevin is a freelance digital retoucher who specializes in compositing for advertising images. He is a graduate of Langara's full-time Professional Photo-Imaging Program, and previously worked both as a photo assistant to several of Vancouver's best-known shooters, as well as seasonal stints as a staff photographer on a sport fishing resort in Haida Gwaii. As a photographer, Kevin's work rarely shies away from his digital skill set. A self-declared product of the digital age, Kevin has been working with Photoshop since before he picked up a camera, and maintains a philosophy that he will use any tool or technique available to achieve the images he wishes to create. He likes to bring this openness of possibilities to his students, to encourage them to try to create the images in their imagination, regardless of the limits of the physical world around them.

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John Lee Instructor

"When I was 7 years old there was a light-bulb reflected in my bedroom window. It looked like a UFO hovering over the street outside. I borrowed my Dad’s Ektamatic 126 camera and took a picture of it. Four months later we got the film back. It looked like a lightbulb reflected in my bedroom window. I slept a little better that night.When I was 10 years old Star Wars came out. I went 18 times. Serious. I took all my model spaceships outside, lit them on fire and recorded it on my Dad’s Boler Super 8mm movie camera. Four weeks later I got the film back. The movie looked like I was burning all my model spaceships.When I was 14 years old a National Geographic photographer gave me his Polaroid SX-70 and told me to take a picture of him. I did. 45 seconds later he told me to never center your subject in the viewfinder. I then took a photo of the sky with just his ear in the side of the frame. 45 seconds later he said that looked better.I went to photo school where I learned about lens refraction and chemistry. I even learned the Scheinflug Law and how to correct for parallax error.I became a photo assistant and learned that I hadn’t learned anything in school. I became a photographer and learned I hadn’t learned anything as an assistant.18 years later I’m still a photographer. I still look at reflections in windows. I still look at Star Wars in awe. I still shoot skies with people’s ears protruding into the frame. I still love Polaroid Instant film, but it seems kind of slow. Most of all, I still love looking at things. I still love holding a camera. I still love capturing images and showing other people what I see. I love being a photographer, it's what I have been all along, and since I'm too small to play in the NHL, it's what I plan on always being".

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Sandra Leung Instructor

Sandra is one of Vancouver top wedding photographers. She has worked as a professional photographer for over nine years and specializes in lifestyle portraiture and wedding photography. Sandra loves capturing the true essence of people in every image she creates and brings a unique fashionphotojournalistic style to her work. Her studio, Yaletown Photography is located in theheart of Yaletown. Vancouver’s trendy warehouse district.

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Lurenda Mastromonaco has been in Vancouver’s commercial photography industry for over 25 years. She is a graduate of UBC and SFU, holding degrees in Economics and Education. During her career Lurenda has created imagery for Off the Wall, Below the Belt, Bootlegger, Eatons Center, Metrotown, Rogers Media, Canada Post and Capilano Mall to name a few. Her works have been published on over 200 billboards, bus shelters, magazine covers and editorials. Currently she is a part time lecturer at Simon Fraser University and Langara College where she teaches "Basic People Photography" and 'Fashion Photography.'

Christopher Morris Instructor

Christopher was born in Ottawa, grew up in Montreal, and now lives in Vancouver. He got his start in photography 28 years ago shooting news and sports events in Montreal for Canadian Press and Reuters. He works for editorial clients such as MacLean’s, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, Stern, L’Express, and Time Magazine doing documentary photojournalism and portraits. His corporate and commercial work includes annual reports and advertising. Christopher’s ability to connect with people and put them at ease can be seen in all his work: authors, politicians, the homeless, CEOs, Olympic athletes, divas, and assorted celebrities are all regular subjects of his work. On location, in studio, or on the fly, it’s all about creating great photographs that tell the story.

"I live in Vancouver, Canada. I have been a photographer for over twenty-five years and have worked with many clients, in many places, on many assignments. With me in Vancouver are my wife Lara, daughters Caitlin and Paige, and dog Gryffon, all of whom like walking on the beach. There are lots of beaches in Vancouver so everybody is very happy.  Gryffon likes to chase sticks at the beach, Lara and the girls don't".

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Joaquin Pedrero Instructor

Originally from Mexico City, Joaquin brings a reverence for tradition, a keen eye for detail, and an appreciation for beauty to his photography. Originally involved in study of medicine, his life and career aspirations changed with a ‘click’ from a camera he purchased for his mother. Joaquin began an apprenticeship period, working with commercial photographers in Mexico City and New York City, and went on to establish a successful photographic studio primarily creating images for advertising agencies in Mexico and the US. Along the way, he developed his unique, hand-built fine art compositions that have been widely exhibited and critically acclaimed. For the past 20 years he has managed Fotografica Studios, based in North Vancouver, British Columbia as well as working internationally.

Andrea Sirois Instructor

Andrea is a commercial & fine art photographer who studied photography in the mid 1980s at Algonquin College. Her specialty is nature, scenic, botanical, and macro photography. On a commercial basis, she shoots editorial photography for a number of publications and has had numerous gallery showings of her personal work. Andrea is an experienced teacher who has worked with a number of schools for photography in Vancouver and abroad.

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Pennylane Shen Instructor

Pennylane Shen holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Culture Theory from New York University, a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Sheridan College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University of Toronto. In the still under-developed field of Visual Culture and Social Criticism, she has lectured at various forums including New York, London,Toronto,Chicago and Seoul. Her publications discuss the politics of representation, gender and identity in popular culture, film  and fine art.

Pennylane currently works at the Bau-Xi Gallery and also manages the figurative artists’ collectivePhantoms in the Front Yard, showcasing the work of prominent Vancouver artists on an independant platform. An avid supporter of the non-profit arts sector, she sits on the board for the Vancouver General Hospital Art Collection Committee, Art for Life annual art auction and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.

Sharon Tenenbaum Instructor

Sharon Tenenbaum was educated as a Civil Engineer in Israel, and practicing as a Professional Engineer in Vancouver Canada. In late 2007 she made a decision to part from engineering in order to pursue her passion for photography after being inspired by a life-changing journey to South East Asia. Her passion for photography started with street photojournalism, yet combined with her original background as a Civil Engineer, her work covers a wide gamut of subject matter from ‘in the moment’ Photojournalism to Fine Art Architectural Photography which is a perfect marriage of her engineering and artistic sides. In a relative short period she has managed to define an artistic direction and distinctive style in her work, acquiring international recognition in the process. Sharon has numerous fine art international awards and her work has been published in several magazines including National Geographic.

As a Photographer, Tenenbaum is a self-taught artist, having learned her craft through personal research and practical experience behind the camera. In her work she incorporates a Long Exposure technique to expand the expressive dimensions of her art. Although an artist at heart, Sharon enjoys teaching and sharing with others her photography techniques and vision. She teaches Fine Art Photography Workshops around the world and has a variety of digital teaching products.

www.SharonTenenbaum.com

Kurtis Stewart Instructor


Some people say it’s hard to write about themselves, those people aren’t Kurtis Stewart.

I, unlike other photographers was not “born with a camera in my hand” or had “an epiphany while developing in the darkroom”. Upon graduating from highschool I bought my first DSLR. Finally, I had found something to combine my curiosity for geeky tech gear alongside my need to work with people.

Since 2007, I’ve photographed Ashley McIvor in a Diamond Vault, a three year Hospital Build in Kelowna and Vernon, and genuine laughs from all my portrait clients. Check out my work at www.kurtisstewart.com"

Andrew Tripp Instructor

"Photography, for me, has always been a means of self-discovery and self-expression, as well as a basic appreciation of the visual world and the quality of light. Each photographic session poses new questions and, potentially, opens new avenues into my perception and comprehension of my role within this mortal carnival. I'm not much of a writer, I can't paint or sculpt, and self-consciousness has always prevented me from acting, yet I need a voice; a vehicle by which I can deliver my thoughts and feelings to anyone willing to listen, and photography has long been that voice. Has anybody heard it? It's hard to say, yet I know I will continue "talking" 'til my stay here is over...

I favour fine art black and white portraiture, conceptual still life and landscape photography, As an instructor, I attempt to both challenge and inspire my students, hopefully infecting them with the same passion I have for the craft. From the initial concept through to the finished print. I am consumed by a desire to succesfully communicate an idea or emotion, and it is this desire, as well as a simple enjoyment of the process which I most hope students derive from my classes".

Jeff Weddell Instructor

Jeff began his visual journey at a very young age......

"Photography, for me, is freezing a moment in time. That moment is recorded in a way that represents the emotions of the photographer and the scene for a viewer to interpret. It is a technical exercise that must be combined with artistic integrity.

My photographic journey began on a field trip in grade 6, at which time I assumed I had captured an eagle landing in a tree. I remember the physical feeling of releasing the shutter, on a now antiquated Kodak Brownie camera. The results, needless to say, did not carry the same emotions. Although photography was not a constant companion until a few years later, it was the beginning of interpreting 3 dimensional scenes in a 2 dimensional medium. The struggle for a photographer in using the scientific properties of the medium are in an artistic way. How the light responds to the glass of the lens and then to the film or digital sensor can make or break the final results. Learning how these principles affect your image is vital to the end result. Be it for a class assignment or the cover of a magazine, you must understand the basics before you can begin to manipulate them".Jeff now works primarily in the film and television industry as a stills photographer, while continuing to explore the possibilities of i-Phone photography.

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Doug Williams Instructor

"My style provides clean, graphic images with visual clarity, a classic sense of composition and strong colour. I've shot a wide variety of subjects since 1983. My specialty is creating dramatic images of architectural exteriors and interiors for architects, interior designers, advertising, magazines, realtors, construction and retail clients. I also photograph people in their work places for editorial clients.
I shoot high resolution digital images to provide CDs or DVDs to clients. Medium and large format film may be used too. High resolution scans and prints can be provided. Most of my work is on location with high quality lighting equipment. I shoot some studio work too, including headshots and products. When I am not shooting for a specific client, I shoot stock photographs, mainly people, landscapes, cityscapes, and travel. These images are represented through many agencies around the world by AGE Fotostock, Barcelona and Canadian Press Images.

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