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Monday, January 31, 2011

Tony Luna Creative- Update-1-31-11

New in this Update we have:
- The "Crafting a Meaningful Career" classes at Art Center are off to a great start;
- Notice of a gallery reception and opening of nature photography;
- Update on philanthropic work with special needs children being done by photography groups in the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and elsewhere;
- The latest on an exhibition at the Jose Vera Gallery of art inspired by a need to raise money for the victims of the Haitian natural disaster;
- Notice of a unique opportunity to participate in a flower photography workshop in New York City;
- An invitation to be a part of a photo safari in Africa in the fall;
- An update on new portrait and book cover photography.


The spring term at the Art Center at Night-Public Programs has gotten off to a great start. Thanks to all who helped to promote our "Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part One-Discovering the Dream," and "Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part Two-Forming the Dream" classes. We have a wonderful array of talents represented in the classes and we are looking to have some inspiring outcomes this term!


- From Brian Biery, Photographer, notice of a show of his work:
JALAMA-Images at low tide
Artist Reception Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 6:00-9:00 pm
Delicious food and drink
Novel Cafe
1713 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106

For more information:


- From Harvey Chua, Photography Instructor, Makati City, The Philippines-
"Tony. I'm teaching again - "Marketing Strategies for Professional Photography" to AB Photography students.

The Photography with a Difference (PWD) advocacy is growing by leaps and bounds. Both workshop and exhibit has been done in Singapore, while Indonesia has done the workshop and now preparing for an exhibit. Two Saturdays ago, we took 30 children of different disabilities on flights aboard ultralights, microlights, Cessnas, R22 helicopters, and would you believe a 60's or 70's vintage Huey helicopter. Newspaper articles and TV newscasts on Facebook on John Chua's page, and mine. We have two ongoing exhibits - one on the Singapore PWD workshop and PWD 2011 Photo Exhibit (culled from various exhibits from all over the Philippines) and one called "Colors of A Spectrum" by children with Autism in Baguio City, north of Manila. Filipino photographers in LA and NJ are planning to do these PWD workshops as well.

Best regards,

Here's a newspaper write up on the project we did for children with various disabilities two Saturdays ago. Please click on the link, or cut and paste on your browser.

Best regards,

I read emails at 9am and 3pm. If you are sending something urgent, kindly send me an sms or call me so I can check my emails sooner.

Harvey V. Chua
Adphoto, Inc.
3688 Bautista Street, Palanan, Makati City 1235 Philippines Tel. 63 2 8316117
Other email address:
For tips and newsbits on the business of photography:


- From Jose Vera Fine Art Gallery-
José Vera Fine Art & Antiques will be hosting a group art exhibition during the month of February to benefit the people of Haiti. Throughout the month, José Vera Gallery will be exhibiting the work of international artists, hosting fund raising events, and accepting donations on behalf of relief organizations that are offering direct and immediate support to the Haitian people, including: Hope for Haiti (, and All Hands Volunteers (

One year has passed since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the already impoverished country of Haiti, causing widespread death, injury and homelessness. The people of Haiti are still struggling with basic material needs, and a year later, hundreds of thousands are still living in tents. Bureaucratic corruption continues to delay recovery efforts, and the recent Cholera outbreak exposed flaws in humanitarian health care, resulting in public distrust of foreign aid. To put it lightly, the country of Haiti still needs assistance.
About the Exhibition


Opening Night Fundraising Gala - Saturday, February 5 from 6:00-10:00 pm
-Featuring refreshments and live music
-$20 suggested donation to All Hands Volunteers

Open Reception - Saturday, February 12 from 6:00-9:00 pm
-In conjunction with the NELA Art Walk
-Free of charge, donations accepted for Haitian relief

Poetry Reading & Live Music - Saturday, February 19 from 7:00-10:00 pm
-Coordinated by Isabel Rojas-Williams
-Featuring the poetry of: Ricardo Acuña, Gloria Enedina Alvarez, Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin, Roberto Leni, Rossana Perez, Thelma Reyna, David Strother (violinist)
-$5 suggested donation to All Hands Volunteers

Open Discussion Forum - Date and time TBA
-To discuss the continuing challenges in Haiti and to learn how we can best aid in the cause
-Free of charge, donations accepted for Haitian relief


The gallery will be collecting supply donations through the end of February including: new clothing and shoes, school supplies, hygiene supplies (toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, shampoo, combs), and first aid supplies (children's and adult tylenol, vitamins, hydrogen peroxide, band-aids, water purification tablets). For a full list of acceptable items, please visit the Hope for Haiti website: Monetary donations will also be accepted and directed to All Hands Volunteers. José Vera Fine Art & Antiques will be donating a portion of the proceeds of artwork sales to All Hands Volunteers upon the close of the show.

José Vera Fine Art & Antiques
2012 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

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- From Barbara Bordnick-
Barbara Bordnick, author of the three innovative, best-selling books SEARCHINGS: Secret Landscapes of Flowers, is offering two new weekend workshops on photographing flowers in her Manhattan studio, located in the historic Photo/Flat Iron District of Manhattan.

"In the flower genre--which has become a predictable cliche--Barbara has invented a new visual experience. Rather than merely being dazzled by their beauty, she has entered into each flower and takes us on a journey of erotic discovery in this new sensual landscape"--Duane Michals

Ms. Bordnick is a renowned fashion, portrait, nude and floral photographer who has taught workshops all over the world. Due to the popularity of her weekend workshop in flower photography, she has added two more:
March 18 and 19, 2011
April 15 and 16, 2011

Too keep each workshop as intimate and hands-on as possible, only six students per workshop will be admitted. Along with demonstrations of lighting and set-up techniques for shooting flowers in the studio, the workshops begin with a trip to the New York City wholesale flower market to choose flowers.

Each student will go home with a gorgeous, archival pigment print of her/his own work.

"It was more than I could have ever imagined--and experience of a lifetime. Thank you for your warm hospitality and your willingness to share some of the Bordnick tricks of the trade." --P.M., Sacramento, CA
"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed being with you in your studio in New York. I came home inspired and encouraged. I wish we could all come back one weekend a month." --D.W., Dallas, TX
"The real challenge was to develop our vision, hear what each flower is saying, and translate that into our photographs."--E.S., Cachoeiro, Brazil

The cost of each workshop is $950.00
*To hold a reservation e-mail and send a $450.00 deposit.
*Mail deposit payable to Barbara Bordnick at 39 East 19th. Street, New York, NY 10003


- From Mark Alberhasky, Photographer, Medical Pathologist-
The fall 2011 Photo Safari to Kenya is a go and there are only three spots left.
Experience the shoot of a lifetime with 90 hours of game drive camera time,
in spacious custom Land Rovers limited to 3 photographers per vehicle,
and stay in luxury tented camps and lodges.
Our small group footprint makes the adventure easy and allows for personal
photo instruction and amazing group camaraderie. Incredible wildlife and newe friends.
The excitement begins the moment you make the decision to join us!

Download a brochure at:

Questions, email to
All the best,

Mark Alberhasky Photography
Atlanta, GA
404-201-0700 c


From Jurgen Reisch, Photographer and Filmmaker
"Hi Tony- I wanted to give you an update to my Photo adventures.
I am shooting a lot of book-covers for entrepreneurs,. CEOs etc. I am really good at shooting these kind of situations, people who have not much experience in front of the camera.
They are on my website under:

Also under 'recent' are some shots of personal B/W portrait shoots All Form + Expressions. Away from the stale and cliche... The book-covers are shot for one designer...
Love reading your blog."


Jurgen Reisch Photography
(323) 463-9952
1112 N. Beachwood Drive
Los Angeles CA 90038


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