Seventh annual Documentary Photography Symposium will be held this weekend

"Elevator Connector, A Mill"
Photograph by Jerry Mathiason

The seventh annual Documentary Photography Symposium will be held this weekend

Three fine art photographers will present and discuss their works at the seventh annual Documentary Photography Symposium Friday, April 28. A Large-Format Photography Workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30. Both events will be held at the College of St. Catherine, 2004 Randolph Ave., in St. Paul.

Fine art photographers Linda Brooks, Mark E. Jensen and Jerry Mathiason will participate in a panel discussion and presentation of their artwork. The moderator, George Slade, is artistic director of the Minnesota Center for Photography and director of the McKnight Photography Fellowship Program of the University of Minnesota.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, in the Visual Arts Building lecture hall at the College of St. Catherine.

A Large Format Photography Workshop will be conducted by Jensen and Mathiason from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in the Visual Arts Building at St. Catherine's. Workshop fee is $165.

To register, contact Nancy Haas, (651) 690-6636.

Brooks is a member of the fine arts faculty at St. Paul Academy and Summit School. She has been working with various concepts and formats within the documentary genre since the 1970s.

Photograph by Mark E. Jensen

Jensen is director of Knife River Photography workshops. "Out My Window" is the title of his current series – photographs of homeless individuals and their hand-made signs. He photographs from the window of his car at highly trafficked intersections and freeway exit ramps. Jensen also works in Photos Services in the UST University Relations Department.

Mathiason is an adjunct faculty member at North Hennepin Community College. One of his numerous re-photographic projects in Twin Cities Then and Now, published by MHS Society Press in 1996. As a regional photographer, he is a regular contributor to the Historic American Buildings Survey and the Historic American Engineering Records, which are documentation projects archived in the Library of Congress.

Symposium sponsors are the College of St. Catherine Department of Art and Art History, Knife River Photography Workshops, Office of the Dean, University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences, University of St. Thomas departments of Art History, and Journalism and Mass Communication.

"Isaiah, 18"
Photograph by Linda Brooks