Photo by Jerry Rawlings

Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 is photography week in South Dakota as proclaimed by Governor Dennis Daugaard. It's also photography week at Black Hills State University with several exhibitions across campus, a video presentation on Wednesday night, equipment demonstrations by the MAC Group on Friday, and the Black Hills Photo Shootout Friday through Sunday.

Shutterbuzz, the BHSU photography club, will host a lecture and discussion on rephotography by Dr. Robert Campbell, associate professor of history and geography at BHSU, Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 008.

Rephotography is the practice of returning to sites, usually in the landscape, using historic photographs as a guide in order to record a modern version of the image. The primary purpose of rephotographing is to demonstrate the change, which occurs in a particular environment or landscape over time. The then and now comparison in Campbell’s images is both interesting and historically significant.

“The scholarly reason for doing this is to understand the natural and cultural changes that happened between the two photos. But the real, motivating reason for doing this is that it is fun, and even oddly addictive,” notes Campbell.

Shutterbuzz will be hosting the viewing of the previously recorded presentation from National Geographic and Canon Explorer of Light photographer, Sam Abell, Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Jonas Hall room 008 at 7 p.m.

Abell’s visit to the BHSU campus last spring was a once in a lifetime opportunity for students, faculty, and community members alike to hear one of the most well known and prolific image-makers of our time. Shutterbuzz is honored to offer this viewing to students and the public to re-visit this incredible experience.

The MAC Group, a prestigious boutique marketing, sales and distribution group focusing on professional photographers, who has recently expanded into professional HDSLR videography, will be offering the following equipment demonstrations and seminars Friday, Sept. 30 in Jonas Hall, room 008:
• 10 a.m. – MAC Group overview, who we are, what we have to offer to photographers
• 12 noon- Getting It Right the First Time, color management from camera to printer
• 2 p.m. – Metering, handheld or in-camera, get your camera off “P” mode
• 4 p.m. – Video with a DSLR, using Cinevate capture rigs
• 5 p.m. – MAC Group overview, who we are, what we have to offer to photographers

The MAC Group will also provide photography equipment on loan at no cost for participants in the Black Hills Photo Shootout. To learn more visit www.macgroupus.com.

The week will culminate with the Black Hills Photo Shootout Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2, with keynote speaker Canon Explorer of Light, David Stocklien Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.

Stoecklein is a Canon “Explorer of Light” and has been recognized by the editors of True West magazine as the “Best Living Photographer of the West.” The distinguished award is given each year as part of the magazine’s “Best of the West” issue.

Stoecklein resides in Idaho with his wife, Mary, and their three sons, Drew, Taylor, and Colby, where they split their time between their home in Sun Valley and their ranch in Mackay.

The 2011 Black Hills Photo Shootout will focus on the Northern Black Hills with a base camp at BHSU. Photographers will have a chance to explore and learn in places like Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood, Roughlock Falls, Devils Tower, and Bear Butte. Two days of sessions will be provided with instruction from top shooters and locals who know the lay of the land, all who aim to educate and inspire you. To learn more about the Black Hills Photo Shootout visit www.BHSU.edu/BHPhotoShootout.

BHSU will also host a variety of photo exhibits during photography week including:
• Abby Snowden, BHSU graduate, will exhibit her fine art salt prints at the Emerging Artist’s Gallery at the Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City.
• Heather Harvey, BHSU graduate, will display a collection of black and white fine art photography called “The Bathtub Series” in the Lobby Gallery of Pangburn Hall.
• Rapid City photographer, Chris Benson, will be exhibiting portraits in Club Buzz in the Student Union.
• Aric Bakeburg, junior mass communication and speech communication major from Rapid City, will display a series of salt prints along with and David Maurer, senior mass communication major from Rapid City. Maurer will display his lith printed series of street photography of Western Turkey in Meier Hall.
• Shawna Norman and Jerry Rawlings, adjunct photography instructors at BHSU, will be exhibiting their most recent work in Jacket Java, located in the E. Y. Berry Library Learning Center.
• The summer alternative processes class will be exhibiting a variety of contemporary and traditional photographic processes including cyanotypes, salt prints, inkjet prints on metal, and marble frescos in the Lobby Gallery of Pangburn Hall.
• Randall Reed, senior mass communication major from Spearfish, will display his “Architecture and Clouds” series in the Photographer’s Gallery located in the basement of Jonas Hall.
For more information contact Steve Babbitt, professor of photography, at 642-6769.