Peter Gorwin, Featured Speaker, February 2004 Meeting

Peter Gorwin is the founder and President of the Photographic Arts Group that operates under the auspices of the Escondido Arts Partnership for the purpose of promoting and educating photographers throughout the entire San Diego area. On last New Year's Eve, 8 photographers hung their work as part of a Photographic Arts Group show for Escondido's annual First Night celebration. Thanks to the energy of it's membership, the Photographic Arts Group will generate 2 new shows within the next 2 months: On March 20th PAG will open its show at The Archives of Escondido, and on May 1st it will open its show at the Cafe Artista in Escondido.

In March of 2002, participation in a Santa Fe Workshop conducted by Dan Burkholder, guru of the digital negative, strongly influenced his current approach to making a desktop negative from Photoshop for the purposes of printing on various emulsions. However, most of his recent images have been generated from Ultra Chrome Inks on Epson Printers.

On the fine art front, his work in the area of making archival ink jet and alternative process prints have earned him three one-man shows within the last two years: four of his images hung at The Fountainhead Tanz Theatre 2003 Black International Film Festival in Berlin. In Escondido, California, The Cafe Artista gave him a show through April of 2003; and in December 2002, the Archives Gallery of Escondido showed his work in People and Places. Last August many of his images were exhibited again at the Archives Gallery of Escondido in The Phantom 4 show, jointly produced with 3 other local photographers. In October 2002, his images could be seen in the North County Camera Photographer's Gallery show Desert Suite. For this last December and January his images were exhibited at The Avalon Gallery on Ray St. with The Digital Arts group. On February 13th, Some of his images will be hung in Water Worlds at the North County Camera Photographer's Gallery, the actual artists' reception to take place on the 20th.

Over the last decade he has also won prizes at the San Diego County Fair: in 1991, 3rd place in the Black & White division at the 42nd International Exhibition of Photography; in 2002, 2nd place for a digital blend in the eArts division.

Peter Gorwin attended Columbia College of Communications, and Loyola University in Chicago during the late '60's. During the early 70's he moved to New York to pursue a career in professional theater. He received his first formal instruction in photography in an ROP class taught by Bob Bjorkquist during the 80's. In 1992, he completed an AA Degree in Photography from Palomar College. He completed his English Degree at California State University at San Marcos in 1994.

He taught high school Photography for 3 years during the late '90's at the Army and Navy Academy, a private military school in Carlsbad, California. In July of last year, he taught a workshop, Photoshop for Photographers, in conjunction with Siggraph 2003 at The Art Institute of California, San Diego. At that time, one of his images could also be seen there in an exhibition given for participating instructors. The lion's share of his income now comes doing digital photographic retouching and design.

Peter's website is

Image by Peter Gorwin
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