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Friday, October 19, 2012

Tony Luna Creative- Update- 10-19-12

- Editorial Note: It has been over a month since the last TLC Creative blog Update. I apologize for the absence but life, obligations (teaching six classes at Art Center, while continuing work on my next book) and a much anticipated and appreciated Fiftieth High School Reunion intervened. In the meanwhile lots of creative achievement has been underway by out creative community and I am overjoyed to pass along the news that I have received in the hopes that you will contact some of the people who have submitted emails and support their efforts. If you ever wondered what is going out there in the world let me assure you that innovation, creativity and determination are flourishing! Read on and then send in your contributions. Who knows, your work may encourage others to take on that project they have always wanted to accomplish.


- The fall term at Art Center at Night is nearing mid-term and the "Crafting a Meaningful Career" Parts One, and Parts Two are fully underway. To find out more about taking the next set of classes starting in January 2013 contact ACN at 626-396-2319, or at You may also call Tony Luna at 818-842-5490. If you are eager to take your career to the next level, or if you know of someone who could benefit from such a class get in touch now and sign up as soon as possible.

Remember the quote commonly attributed to George Elliot, "It's never too late to be the person you might have been."

Synopsis of what is new in this Update:

- Parisa Ashrafi writes to us from Iran where she is doing graphic design while tending to the farm and orchard she inherited. It would be great if you could send her a word of support from our TLC community of creative thinkers...
- Tony di Zinno deserves congratulations. Thanks to the generosity of those who responded to help raise funds through Kickstarter the Streets of Afghanistan photo Exhibition, featuring his work, has been funded and can move forward!...
- Gail Mooney's "Opening Our Eyes" movie celebrating individuals who make a difference has been invited to The Artivist Film Festival, and a showing of her film will take place on November 2nd, 5:00 P. M. at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Come out and support her magnificent film.
- Harvey Chua tells us about her incredible weekend teaching photography to five visually-impaired (totally blind) kids, four boys and a girl between the ages of 10 to 14 in The Philippines...
- Gabor Kalman happily announces that the film he has been diligently working on and promoting was selected by Jewish Eye World Jewish Film Festival, Israel, and the Jewish International Film Festival Australia
- Nathan See  informs us that Volume 02 of Bokeh-The Art and Life of Photography issue was released a few days ago. It's jam packed with content! Over 100+ Pages!
A must-see e-magazine for photography lovers… 
- Tamar Levine directed the video lookbook for Karla Colleto's Resort 2013 Swim Collection, and she receive first place in the Editorial category for PDN's The Look Contest!...
- Al Satterwhite lets us know that his latest book on Carroll Shelby was reviewed on CNN Photo Blog...
- Anne Reeves will be involved in offering two presentation workshops, "How to Tell It So You Can Sell It!," Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7-10 P. M., and "Practice and Coaching," Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7-10 P. M. at Art Center at Night, South Campus...
- Anna Berkal gives us notice that there are ten job openings at Art Center College of Design...


- From Parisa Ashrafi- Graphic Designer, Farmer and Orchard Manager, Humanitarian, currently living in Iran- Hi all: "Living in Iran is quite an adventure, still after four years, and I'm far from used to the craziness and chaos! Unfortunately, without my parents who passed away a few months ago, the rewards are more limited now. I am very busy learning to farm, managing citrus orchards and fighting the government for my inheritance! The social/cultural issues are very challenging and my situation, most unusual. (I'm repeatedly told that writing my story will probably bring more success than winning my other battles!) As for creative work, I've just had an opportunity to provide long-distance creative direction on a logo and identity project for an art gallery!... although a bit rusty, I'm realizing how much I miss design and all is not lost!...aside from that, I occasionally make paper lanterns for 'self-art-therapy'! I recently had the pleasure of visiting a dear Art Center friend (Hanadi Ikhlassi) during a little break in Dubai and hope I can go back soon. I would love to hear from friends and about any other AC people you might know in the Middle East; It would be nice to create a local community!"

All the best, Parisa

You may respond to Parisa by going to and searching Parisa Ashrafi.


- From Tony Di Zinno- Sport, Adventure Photographer, and Humanitarian- From Kickstarter: "Congratulations!Thanks to you and 251 other backers, Streets of Afghanistan Exhibition Hits the Streets of Kabul has been successfully funded!"
(Note: This is a quote from Tony a few months ago while raising funds for this incredible project: "It would literally be the first public exhibition of photography in Kabul of both Afghan and Western Photographers together in the post-Taliban era. This is the most significant work of my life."

libero di zinno
310 435 7435 c.


- From Gail Mooney- Director/Photographer/Humanitarian- "We are proud to announce that 'Opening Our Eyes' has been invited to The Artivist Film Festival!

"Opening Our Eyes" More than a movie; it's a Movement-
In the summer of 2010, mother/daughter filmmakers Gail Mooney and Erin Kelly embarked on a 99-day journey around the globe. They were seeking ordinary people, who were making a positive difference in the world. This documentary tells the stories of eleven people on six continents who are making our world a better place through the power of ONE. The filmmakers goal is to inspire and motivate people as to what they can do."

Watch Trailer:

Special Screening:
November 2nd, 5 PM Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society

Buy tickets:

Artivist Film Festival- More than just a Film Festival, the Artivist Organization guides the public “From Awareness to Action” by connecting audiences to dozens of our NGO Partners, where they can actively participate in affecting positive change. ARTIVIST is truly the only international event of its kind, dedicated to raising awareness for Humanity, Animals, and the Environment through films.


(From left to right: John Chua, Harvey Chua, and Tony Luna)

- From Harvey Chua- Part time Faculty Member at College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, and General Manager at Adphoto, Inc., Manila, The Philippines- "Hi Tony, Thanks for the update.
Here's our (Harvey and John Chua's) most current project under our advocacy, Photography with a Difference:

We had a fascinating, even exhilarating, weekend teaching photography to five visually-impaired (totally blind) kids, four boys and a girl between the ages of 10 to 14. The first day was spent in our studio, where they were paired with a photographer-mentor. Canon lent us five point-and-shoot cameras. The mentors taught them how to hold, turn on and off and operate the camera at "P" by listening to how many clicks before they reach that setting. The kids were taught how to "half-press," change batteries and memory cards.

On the first day, they were assigned to do portraits of their parents and of themselves. Then they worked on still life - fruits, flowers and stuffed toys. One of the kids - when he was doing the flowers, insisted on taking photos at a lower angle, and when we asked why, he explained that his teacher might ask for photos of a stem, and he wanted to be ready. The photographer-mentors laughed and said, he was advanced and "professional" as he was already doing stock photography.

The second day was spent at the zoo, so they could try shooting outdoors. They touched the elephant (that John takes care of), snakes, crocodiles, pig, turtles etc. They also went on boat rides and aimed their cameras at ducks in the water.

Like I said, it was a fantastic weekend for us. Canon lent the cameras to the kids, and they continue to do photography projects - taking photos of pets, plants, parts of the body, etc. We will meet them again after two weeks, and again after four weeks. Then we will have an exhibit at one of the malls.

This is all for now.

Best regards,

We'll try to send you more updates."

Harvey and John Chua


- From Gabor Kalman- Gabor Kalman, Producer/Director, International Documentary Association-
"Dear friends of 'There Was Once…', We are happy to announce that our film was selected by Jewish Eye World Jewish Film Festival, Israel.
Please visit our listing at their site:


Jewish International Film Festival Australia
Please visit our listing at their site:

Coming up (details to follow when available):
- Hungarian Film Festival in Los Angeles November 16 - 22
- Library of Congress in Washington DC December 10

Our newly updated website will be up in a week or so at

Best regards,



- From Nathan See, Editor in Chief, Bokeh-The Art and Life of Photography- "Tony, Great News!! Our volume 02 issue was released today!! It's jam packed with content! Over 100+ Pages!
Please help spread the word! Here's a coupon code for free 3 month subscription. Use the code: bokehtrial3651231

Here's a link on how to use the code:
As always thanks so much for your support and encouragement!!

Much love,


About Bokeh- Our mission here at Bokeh, is to promote the Art and Life of Photography. What does that mean to us? We feel that living the Art and Life of Photography is a lifestyle, as image makers we see the world in unique ways. Each of us as individuals have a unique perspective in which we need to share. We make images constantly in our minds and we have a passion for image making in all its forms. We call it a lifestyle because no matter what our vocation we still have this unique perspective, something that is a part of us and that doesn’t go away. This magazine exists to help you find your passion for photography, to help you live the dream and turn your passion into a way to support yourself and your families, to help you get to the next level in your image making skills as well as in your businesses. We are creating a community of like minded people that have a passion to share, guide, and mentor the next generation ofimage makers and artist. They are excited to see you evolve in your mindset as well as your skill. Join our mission!


- From Tamar Levine, Fashion Photographer

Tamar Levine had the honor to direct the video lookbook for Karla Colleto's Resort 2013 Swim Collection.
Graphic Design Firm Design Army's vision was a perfect marriage with Tamar Levine's experience and impeccable skills.
You can also see the video fullscreen on her website.

Additionally, Tamar was thrilled to receive first place in the Editorial category for PDN's The Look Contest. You can check out the winning image in the October Issue of PDN, or by clicking here.


- From Al Satterwhite, Photographer- "My latest book (on Carroll Shelby) gets reviewed on CNN Photo Blog - it was a magical time for racing it's available from me or as an ebook on iTunes for the iPad.
Thanks for looking.

Al Satterwhite
310.375.3732 (o)    -Titans movie    -The South in the 60's
Al Satterwhite
310.375.3732 (o)


- From Anne Reeves, Presentation Coach, and Principal at Shimokochi-Reeves Branding and Package Design-
"Hope you're doing well. Do have any colleagues that need to work on their presentation skills? If so, please suggest our workshop. Led by a team of expert speakers, this 3-hour workshop helps you deliver more effective and powerful presentations!"

Level 1:  How to Tell It So You Can Sell It!- Wed Oct 24, 7-10pm
Level 2:  Practice and Coaching- Wed Nov 7, 7-10pm

Register at:  select Courses and; Register for courses and; enter "Powerful Presentations" in the Search For (Key Word) box.

Art Center College of Design- South Campus
950 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105


Anne Reeves
Branding and Package Design


- From Anna Berkal, Generalist, Human Resources, Art Center College of Design. We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

·         3D Lab Tech, part-time/on-call
·         Tool Crib Worker, part-time/on-call
·         Equipment Room Clerk, part-time 20 hrs/wk
·         Assistant Director, Annual Giving
·         Marketing Communications Writer
·         Career Counselor
·         Director of Faculty Development
·         Director of Graduate Admissions
·         Executive Director, Corporate Relations
·         Director of Development

For more information about these positions, please contact Human Resources or see details online at
Anna Berkel
Generalist, Human Resources
Art Center College of Design
Tel 626.396.2270 | Fax 626.683.0559


Whew, thanks for the great submissions and updates! Keep up the wonderful work!
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Keep creating wonderful art and, as always, stay in touch!



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Adjunct Professor: Art Center College of Design
Creative Consultant: Photoheadonline; Bokeh Magazine, The Art and Life of Photography, an e-zine
Author: "How to Grow as a Photographer: Reinventing Your Career" Allworth Press

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