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AI and the World of Photography with Panel Discussion (Webinar)

  • Saturday
    August 5, 2023
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

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With the advent of the smartphone, high-speed sensors and powerful processing chips, photography is a technology that is constantly evolving.  Presently, AI – the process of machine learning – makes it easier than before for an amateur to “take” a photograph with professional results.  But how is this rapidly adopted technology affecting what we currently perceive as a photograph, how do these changes impact professional photographers and what does the future hold? 

This webinar seeks to explore and examine the use of AI in the photographic arts and its implications on the medium. 

Moderated by Mark Edward Harris with Panelists: Hugh Kretschmer, Fran Forman and Nancy Kaye.


Mark Edward Harris’ editorial work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, Life, Time, Newsweek, GEO, National Geographic Traveler, Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The London Times Sunday Travel Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine. His award-winning books include Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work, The Way of the Japanese Bath, Wanderlust, North Korea, South Korea, and Inside Iran, The Travel Photo Essay: Describing a Journey Through Images and his latest, The People of the Forest, a book about orangutans.


Fran Forman’s photo paintings have been exhibited widely, both locally and internationally, and are in many private collections as well the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Grace Museum (Texas), the Sunnhordland Museum (Norway), the Comer Collection at the University of Texas, and the County Down Museum (Northern Ireland). Fran is represented by Pucker Gallery (Boston), AfterImage Gallery (Dallas), SusanSpiritus Gallery (California), and Galeria Photo/Graphica (Mexico). She is an Affiliated Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, a recipient of several grants and Artist Residencies, and teaches advanced photo-collage internationally. Fran studied art and sociology at Brandeis University, received an MSW in psychiatric social work, and then an MFA from Boston University. She resides in the New England area.


Hugh Kretschmer set his sights on a career in photography at the age of 13, when his father taught him how to print his very first photograph in the family darkroom. Since then, he has never looked back, receiving a BFA from Art Center College of Design, and launching his career as a photo-illustrator in the editorial and advertising arenas. His fanciful yet provocative photographs balance between art and commerce, and have brought him critical acclaim through numerous national and international awards, and have been the subject of many articles and industry blog posts, most recently in Juxtapoz and Huffington Post, Italy. His work is now represented by Fathom Gallery in Los Angeles and Fotografenwerk, Dusseldorf, while on the commercial side has garnered him a long client list that includes Old Spice, Huggies, Honda, Toyota, Kohler, Evian, New York Times Magazine, Time, Vanity Fair, and Oprah Magazine. Kretschmer is currently an adjunct professor and part-time instructor at both Santa Monica College and UCLA.

Nancy Kaye is an LA photographer, educator, and curator, previously based in New York and London. Her background is photojournalism, having worked for The Washington Post, The New York Times, and AP. She currently focuses on sociologically-driven and fine art projects.

Her photos are widely exhibited in juried shows and included in numerous books and documentaries. Her portrait of author Ralph Ellison is in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She was honored with inclusion in Your Daily Photograph’s Hot 100 of 2021, 100 photographers selected out of 4,500 by collectors and curators, through LA’s Duncan Miller Gallery.

Nancy teaches at LA Valley College and LA City College, leads street photo workshops, and guides photographers in personal projects. She was interviewed for Street Photography Magazine’s February podcast.

Among group exhibitions she’s curated are With Water/Without Water at Photoville LA; Capture This Moment, ten online exhibitions documenting the pandemic for American Jewish University’s Whizin Center; A World at Home, depicting the pandemic’s early days; and 2022: A Year of Duality, a 2023 print exhibit.

She’s currently president of the LA chapter of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP.)


  • One Session
  • Dates: Saturday, August 5, 10-11:30 am PST
  • Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
  • Tuition: $55 Non-Members; $45 Members (Become a Member and save!)
  • Location: Online

This class is part of our Saturday webinar series. These 90-minute presentations, taught by leading professionals in the field, are designed to be informative and educational. A wide range of topics will be explored. Each webinar will end with a Q&A from the audience.

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