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The Erickson Center for the Arts will host renowed photographer Tony Cilento & his associates Jeremy McColm and Dan Kasallis in Curtis on August 21st & 22nd to teach a photography class, The Love & Magic of Photography at the Erickson Center. The class will focus on four areas: environmental photography, Africa, seniors & family portraits & scenic photography. Participants will join in with these photographic craftsmen and their love of photography while exploring the magic of photography together.
Think of the name Tony Cilento and three words come to mind- passionate, spirited and dynamic. His ingenuity and commitment to his craft are the forces behind his progression from his career launch in Milwaukee to his present day status at Lifetouch Corporation as Senior Vice President of Corporate Photographic Development Emeritus. Cilento’s dedication and creative expertise in photography helped propel Lifetouch Corporation into the exploding world of digital applications.
Over the past four decades, Cilento received his Master of Photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America, his Photographic Craftsman degree, and became the youngest member in the elite photographic organization, Cameracraftsmen of America. This group is limited to forty members and is the “Who’s Who” in photography.
Although he has photographed many celebrities, singers, actors, sports personalities, and presidents, he is most proud of his work as the official photographer on four of Pope John Paul II pilgrimages to the United States and Europe. Our world…a world so sensitive to visual design and feeling allows Tony Cilento to use all of his talent to reach the innermost emotions of audiences all over the world.
McColm began his love of the arts as a young child. The gift of a camera in his teens, translated his artistic abilities to those behind the camera. He started his career with Lifetouch Corporation 18 years ago and in 2003, he won the prestigious Pinnacle Award in recognition of photographic excellence. McColm received his Masters in Photography from the Professional Photographers of America in 2010.
Spanning a 15-year career with Lifetouch Corporation, Kasallis’s love of art began as a child in the deserts of Phoenix, AZ. Picking up his first camera in high school, he quickly fell in love with the craft of painting with light. In 2005, he won the coveted Pinnacle Award, Lifetouch’s highest photographic award at that time. He will receive his Masters in Photographer from the Professional Photographers’ Association this winter.
During The Love & Magic of Photography class, participants will learn about the general principals and history of photography, view a multi-media show, participate in an outdoor session and photo contest and receive critiques of their work.
The class will run from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on August 21st & from 9:00-12:00 noon on August 22nd. The class fee is $50 which will include lunch on August 21st. Please contact the Erickson Center for the Arts at 906-586-9974 to register or for complete details. This is a photography class you do not want to miss!