Guest Lecturers

2020 - 2021 Season

January 2021: John Tunney - Landscapes

HDP welcomed John Tunney who led a discussion and tips on creating compelling landscapes.

Working mostly with coastal subjects, John Tunney creates simple but compelling compositions that range from impressionistic land and seascapes to still lifes, abstracts and creative portraits of jellyfish and other sea life. He prints his own work using archival art papers and pigment inks, creating images that often have a look and feel similar to paintings and mono prints. The results have met with both popular and critical success.

A frequent exhibitor in art shows and festivals, John’s award-winning work has been featured in a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, and in many solo and group shows in galleries and other exhibition centers. His book, The Four Seasons of Cape Cod, was published in January 2016. His images have appeared in Fodor’s Florida, the Guardian newspaper, Cape Cod Life, Cape Cod magazine, the Cape Codder and in ads, brochures and websites. 

As a photography educator, he’s created and taught programs for Cape Cod Art Center and other organizations.  A former board member and past president of the Cape Cod Art Center, he helped found and lead its Photography Center of Cape Cod and the annual Click! Photography Conference.

October 2020: Robin Radin - Street Photography
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HDP Thanks Robin for sharing her work and experience as a street photographer. Her insight sparked a lively discussion around ethics, style choices, and artistic elements of a modern street photographer.

Robin Radin is a Boston based photographer whose career as an exhibiting artist and educator has spanned forty years. She received her B.F.A. from Tufts University and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts in 1983, and her M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art in 1992. Her photographs have been exhibited and published nationally.

Robin's work has been reproduced in numerous exhibition catalogues and has been reviewed in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Art New England, The Bay State Banner, The Chicago Reader, and The Woodstock Times. Twice her work has been featured on the Boston Neighborhood Network News cable TV program as well as on a WBZ (CBS) special about Jamaica Plain Open Studios. 

Not only has Radin exhibited annually in Jamaica Plain Open Studios since its inception twenty-seven years ago, she has also served on the board of The Jamaica Plain Arts Council for twenty years, and she administers the fundraising efforts for that organization. 

Radin is a 2003 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in Photography and in 2019 she was honored with The Fay Chandler Best Artist Over Fifty Award at Boston City Hall.

Robin Radin’s forty years of experience as a photographer and darkroom print-maker are reflected in the rich tonal range of her archivally processed black and white gelatin silver prints. She uses a medium-format film camera, then processes the film and develops her prints at her in-home studio darkroom. Her work reveals the extraordinary within the ordinary, eliciting surprising, magical moments. Robin’s sensitively nuanced photographs enliven the two-dimensional surface, radiating both a compassionate celebration of humanity and a deep, spirited connection with the natural landscape.

2019 - 2020 Season

January 2020: Gordon Saperia - Landscape Photography

In 1968, while a senior in high school, I was gifted a well-worn Leicaflex single lens reflex camera from a favorite uncle. So the journey began: from the bumbling with the complex Leica, to a black and white darkroom on college campus with negatives from a Pentax Spotmatic, to 20,000 color slides using Kodak, Agfa and Fuji films, to a progression through various Nikon digital SLR cameras, to the membership in local photography groups such as the Boston Camera Club (executive committee member), the Greater Boston Night Photographers Meetup group, and the Photographic Resource Center of Boston.

After a satisfying career as a clinical cardiologist and then editor of online medical content in Massachusetts, I began to explore the world with my camera, visiting breathtaking landscapes in places such as the Atacama Desert, the Yukon Territory, the Arctic in northern Norway, and the Himalayan Mountains in Tibet.  

But only recently has photography become a central, and perhaps essential, part of my life. After a satisfying career as a clinical cardiologist and then editor of online medical content, I’m now spending as much time with image making as I am in the workplace. Photography has allowed me to explore parts of the world I might never have seen such as Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, Slovenia, the Yukon Territory, the Atacama desert, Bolivia, and Tibet. 

Landscape and nature have always been my central photographic interests. In the past few years, image making of the natural landscape at night has become a passion and allowed me to move into a realm not widely explored. It’s a pleasure to interact with the natural world in the light of night and a challenge to present it to others in a way that invites curiosity. The night landscape teases as it holds risk and threat in the same space as serenity and tranquility. This emotionally charged nocturnal environment beckons my photographic attraction to the natural world and my interest in presenting it using dramatic light. My initial emotions of fear and a sense of being overwhelmed are replaced by those of calm and wonderment. The emotional transition creates artistic intrigue.

For many of my images, my goal is find the place where reality and art intersect. Not being gifted with the skills of a painter, photography is the perfect medium. Crisp detail and accurate color representation are found in works of noted landscape photographers such as Eliot Porter and Galen Rowell. I choose to present what I feel rather than what I see at the instant of capture. In the low light environment of the night, the camera records more information than the human visual system given the long capture time. The aggregation of information over seconds or even minutes tends to soften the landscape. Contrast between light and dark can be dramatic. Image and emotion blend.

Images of mine have chosen as part of juried exhibits at the Concord and Cambridge Art Associations, the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction Vermont, and the Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable. It was an honor to exhibit with other talented photographers in “Night Becomes Us” at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury in 2016. One of my images has been published in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Journal (2017). In 2018, three of my images were awarded prizes in New York Center for the Photographic Arts (NYC4PA) and two of these were in a NYC gallery show in April, 2019

I owe my progress and any success I’ve had to the many talented artists I’ve met along my journey. 

I hope viewers of my photographs are able to connect with some of the emotions I felt at the moment of “capture”. 


October 2019 - Brian Malloy - Black and White Photography

Brian Malloy has been documenting weddings since 1989. His distinct artistic visions allow him to capture the essence and all the emotion of your wedding day from beginning to end. He will create images that will be cherished forever, and passed down from generation to generation.

Brian reviewed his work from a three week trip to Paris offering tips and best practices for taking compelling black and white images.