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Allen Dutton Recipient of INFOCUS Founders Award

Allen Dutton transformed his students into photographers. His name comes into many conversations with visitors to Art Intersection for whom he was a teacher and mentor. Congratulations Allen, and thank you for your contribution to the Arizona photography community.

Following is the press release from INFOCUS.

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(PHOENIX, Ariz.) INFOCUS, the photography support organization of Phoenix Art Museum, has named Arizona photographer Allen Dutton the first-ever recipient of its INFOCUS Founders Award. The award honors an individual, business or organization whose efforts have advanced the cause and improved public awareness of fine art photography in Arizona.

“Through his work as an educator, photographer and curator at Phoenix College, Allen Dutton has made many contributions to the field during five decades here in Arizona,” remarked Dr. Rebecca Senf, the Norton Family Curator of Photography at the Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum. “We’re pleased to recognize his remarkable achievements.”

Dutton is perhaps best known to Arizonans for his celebrated book, Arizona Then & Now. He also founded the photography program at Phoenix College, the flagship campus of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Dutton joined the art department at Phoenix College in 1960 and eventually became department head and photography program director, retiring in 1982.

While at Phoenix College, Dutton assembled a collection of works by some of the 20th century’s most important photographers, including Nathan Lyons, Brett and Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro and Minor White, and began an exhibition program at the College. Few college campuses were teaching photography then, and even fewer collecting the medium, and Dutton quickly created a photography program that at the time was considered the finest in the western United States. His exhibitions gained national recognition and exposed a generation of students to the works of these master photographers.  

The photography program at Phoenix College continues today, and in 2010, the Allen A. Dutton Center for Photography, a suite of labs and classroom space, was dedicated in the new Phoenix College Fine Arts Building in recognition of Dutton’s lasting contributions to the program.

A prolific photographer, Dutton has exhibited his work worldwide and published eight books. He is represented in numerous public collections, including the Center for Creative Photography, Yale University Art Gallery and The Museum of Modern Art, to name a few. The Arizona Historical Society houses an archive of more than 25,000 of Dutton’s photographs documenting the state’s people and places.

Dutton will receive the INFOCUS Founders Award at Phoenix Art Museum on Friday, Oct. 18, at the annual INFOCUS PhotoBid Silent Auction, which begins at 5:30 p.m. PhotoBid showcases more than 50 signed limited-edition prints and books by acclaimed photographers throughout Arizona and the United States. Admission to the event is $25, and tickets are available through Proceeds from the event benefit INFOCUS, the Museum’s support organization that fosters the appreciation and advancement of photography through educational programs, exhibitions and publications.

SPONSORS INFOCUS PhotoBid 2013 is made possible by the generous support of Benefactors: David E. Adler Oriental Rugs, PHX Architecture, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Ternes II; Supporters: Affiliated Eye Surgeons, John and Naomi Berry, Randy Efros, Fine Art Framing, 422 Framing & Gallery, Jaburg & Wilk, PC, Sassy Glasses; Contributors: Arizona Sinus Center, Meltdown Glass, Randall Bohl Photography.


Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Directions and parking information are available at


Phoenix Art Museum has provided access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona for more than 50 years and is the largest art museum in the Southwestern United States. Critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions are shown alongside the Museum’s collection of more than 17,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. The Museum also hosts a comprehensive film program, live performances and educational programs designed to entertain and educate visitors of all ages. Visitors also enjoy vibrant photography exhibitions through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit, or call the 24-hour recorded information line at (602) 257-1222.

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Summer 2013 Photography Camps

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This summer at Art Intersection we focused on bringing the spectrum of photography and art to Arizona kids and teens with our summer art program! We were pleasantly surprised at the greater Phoenix area youth turning out for our camps, especially with many of our teens coming from Tucson, North Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, and beyond!

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Kids from ages 9-14 came out every Tuesday afternoon for mixed media, drawing, photography, and bookmaking. Art Intersection staff members taught students many new techniques to implement into their art-making and each week kids went home with finished pieces of work.

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Our teens did an amazing job learning a lot about all forms of photography in our Introduction to Photography camp. More 14-17 year-olds further developed either their digital or darkroom skills in the Advanced Digital Photography and Advanced Darkroom Photography camps.

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The quality of work and the amount each student accomplished during the one-week sessions was amazing! In the intro camp, students focused on the basics of photography and learned digital, darkroom, and alternative processes. In advanced digital, we moved on to outputting our images and making large prints, in addition to handmade books, and stop-motion animations. Teens in Advanced Darkroom heightened their darkroom printing skills, while also learning 4×5 view camera, toning, hand-coloring, and Van Dyke alternative processing. To look at an online gallery of work made by our teens this summer, please visit:

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Thanks to our awesome students and replica Watch parents for making our 2013 summer programming a huge success and we can’t wait to make art with you again next year!

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Summer Teen Camp – Introduction to Photography

Over five days in June this class explored photography from 19th century cyanotype, to 20th century black and white film, to 21st century digital imaging. They covered three centuries of photographic technology in only five days with each student taking home a collection of their work consisting of cyanotype, gelatin-silver, and digital prints. Below, the class group poses for a fun portrait. During the week long camp, each student demonstrated their passion for photography. Here are some examples and there will be additional work in an online gallery coming at the end of the summer youth classes – stay tuned!

Each student was given a 35mm film camera, a roll of 35mm black and white film, and an assignment. They developed the exposed film in the darkroom using traditional black and white chemistry, and then printed in the darkroom using an enlarger and traditional darkroom processes. Film is very much alive and well, and still capable of making wonderful images as seen by these students’ work.

All the week’s work goes on display for review using the magnetic critique wall in the photo arts lab.

Now we are in the 21st century with this digital image.

Cyanotype printing requires the paper to be coated and dried before exposure in the sun.

Contact printing frames hold the coated paper and objects during sun exposure to create cyanotype pictograms. This easy and simple process can be done at home too; the fun doesn’t need to end.

Like the cyanotype printing, a piece of black and white printing paper can be used to make a pictogram in the darkroom, instead of the sun, under an enlarger light.

This was a great week of discovery and exploration into three centuries of photography. Next week is the Advanced Digital Photography teen camp, and in two weeks we have the Advanced Darkroom Photography teen camp.

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Summer Youth Art – Painting with Light

This is what happens when nine artists receive flashlights in a dark room with cameras to record their movements. This is Painting with Light at Art Intersection.

Today, everyone created 5 to 6 images and took home an 8×10 print of their favorite image. It was a fun day in a dark room with nine young artists!

It is not difficult to paint with light at home. All you need is a digital camera, tripod, and a flashlight in a dark room or on the garage door at night.



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UA and UNL Students Come to AI for Wet Plate Workshop

This past weekend, photography graduate students from the University of Arizona and University of Nebraska-Lincoln made a special trip to Art Intersection to learn wet plate collodion techniques from our resident artist, David Emitt Adams.

Grants furnished by both universities funded the workshop to assist students in learning techniques that are not part of their normal curriculum.

The workshop was a success with several of the students going back to school with a solid foundation of the process so that they can continue to experiment with wet plate collodion at their respective campuses.

If you are interested in learning more about Art Intersection’s unique services of creating customized workshop experiences for your institution or workplace contact us at

UA and UNL Attend AI for Wet Plate Workshop

UA and UNL Attend AI for Wet Plate Workshop

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Printing out Paper Workshop

This past Saturday and Sunday were filled with mixing, coating, exposing, clearing, and toning.

Amazing results and sometimes surprises along the way of creating images with Colloide-Chloride Printing out Paper, PoP, in a workshop led by Siegfried Rempel. Once a popular commercial method to create images, today we hand coat paper to bring this process back to life and make beautiful, crisp, warm toned images.

We broke into a verse of Love Potion Number 9; “mix it up right here in sink, smells like turpentine, and looks like india ink.”

The use of Collodion in photography for the production of photographic prints an be found as early as the 1850s. The concept of an “emulsion” of silver salts in a collodion binder was introduced by Gaudin in 1853 and by 1861 he was actively producing the “Photogene” collodion emulsion. The collodio-chloride print-out-process represents one of the last PoP processes popular in North America and Europe with commercial photographers from the 1880s until WW II.

The Collodio-Chloride emulsion is coated on paper and the resulting image, contact printed under bright daylight, remains in the collodion layer. The process requires exposure under bright daylight and the image darkens or “prints out” during exposure.

Chris made a 4″ x 5″ glass plate negative using the PoP coating.

The over-exposed image is then processed to stabilize the image and provide the final print image, hence the term print-out-paper.

The collodion held together under processing to allow photo transfer.

A little dichromate for bleaching.

Final toning bath for a PoP image with a “platinum” look.

This workshop is another in the series of alternative process photography learn and create workshops at Art Intersection. In the past one-and-a-half years we have offered these alt-process workshops and demonstrations.

  • Cyanotype
  • VanDyke
  • Gum over Platinum
  • Albumen
  • Daguerreotype
  • Salt Prints

Stay tuned on our website and emails for more learn and create in the darkroom workshops.

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Printing out Paper Lecture with Siegfried Rempel

Last night, Friday March 8, Siegfried gave us a brilliant introduction to the history Printing out Paper and related historical photo printing processes. Following the lecture he coated a piece of baryta paper and in the UV light box, along with a negative, he created an image without any additional chemistry.

Stay tuned for images from the workshop this weekend.

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Photoflex Lighting Workshop

Yesterday the Photoflex Power of Light Lighting Workshop was a big hit. There was a full lighting studio setup in the basement of the Heritage Court Building where Art Intersection is located. Eight students were led by John Beckett of J2 Photography through the steps of properly lighting a model.

For everyone that missed Saturday’s workshop we will do this again in the near future. Thank you to Photoflex and John!

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