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DC Photography School Hosts ASMP Event Featuring Six Local Photography Legends

Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 7, 2007 -- Washington DC Photography School (, Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University ( (CDIA), will be hosting an American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and LiveBooks sponsored event on Tuesday, November 13, featuring six local photography legends: Sam Abell, David Burnett, Annie Griffiths Belt, Bruce Dale and Bob Gilka, with moderator Steve Uzzell.

Imagine gathering six icons of photography -- DC's very own local legends -- in the same room and having the opportunity to hear a conversation on everything from creativity to marketing. Former National Geographic Photographer, Steve Uzzell, will moderate a conversation with photographers Sam Abell, David Burnett, Annie Griffiths Belt, Bruce Dale and National Geographic's former Director of Photography Bob Gilka, as they discuss their photography careers ( on November 13 at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Georgetown, near Washington, DC. The featured photography event ( will start at 6:30 p.m.

Featured Photographers

Sam Abell has worked for the National Geographic Society since 1970 during which time he shot more than 20 articles on cultural and wilderness subjects. In addition to lecturing and exhibiting his work world-wide, he has also published nine books with National Geographic. A book of his best personal and professional work was published in 2002, Sam Abell: The Photographic Life.

David Burnett is a photojournalist with more than four decades of experience covering the news and the pulse of the times. American Photo magazine recently named him one of the "100 most important people" in photography. He has worked for Life, Time, Fortune, ESPN magazine, among many others, and is a co-founder of Contact Press Images in New York. He covered the 2004 presidential campaign with a 4x5 speed graphic and much of that work appeared in Time magazine. Recent work includes a story on Orlando and on the aftermath of Katrina for National Geographic.

Annie Griffiths Belt is a National Geographic Photographer in Residence with countless stories to her credit, including those on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Israel's Galilee, Petra, and England's Lake District. Her work has also appeared in Life, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, American Photo, and Stern. One of her book and exhibition projects for National Geographic undertaken with author Barbara Kingsolver was Last Stand, America's Virgin Lands.

Bruce Dale worked for National Geographic for 30 years and is credited with over 2000 photographs published by the magazine. He now blends editorial and advertising work for such clients as Acura, Allstate, American Airlines, Epson, Nikon and Mack Truck. Known for his innovative approach to solving complex technical challenges, Dale once mounted two cameras on the tail of a Lockheed TriStar jumbo jet to make spectacular views of the big jet in flight. One, a 23 second time exposure, led to a three page gatefold in the Geographic -- the other a cover on the magazine.

Robert Gilka was Director of Photography at National Geographic magazine for 25 years, after which he became a professor of photography, picture editing, at Syracuse University, inspiring yet another generation of young photographers.

Steve Uzzell last spoke to the ASMP-DC chapter on "The Sun, the Moon, and the Weather" in the spring of 2007. A former National Geographic photographer himself, he is not only shooting for a wide variety of commercial clients but is also traveling worldwide to present "Open Roads, Open Minds." Based on images gathered over a 35 year career, "Open Roads" is an inspirational exploration of creative problem solving.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

6:30 Refreshments

7:00 Program

Event Location:

Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University

Georgetown Campus

1055 Thomas Jefferson Street NW

Washington, DC 20007

About the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University

The Center for Digital Imaging Arts ( at Boston University allows students to express their creative vision and turn it into a reality. Whether students are looking for a film school, photography school (, 3D Animation/Game Design, Graphic and Web Design or Audio Production school, CDIA at Boston University offers practical, hands-on, career-oriented training to both novices and seasoned professionals in today's advanced digital arts. CDIA's Certificate Programs at both the Washington, DC and Waltham, MA campuses are led by world-class instructors who are practicing experts in their fields, and backed by the resources and reputation of Boston University's internationally renowned College of Communication.

CDIA offers both full- and part-time Certificate Programs in Digital Photography (, Digital Filmmaking, 3D Animation, Graphic and Web Design, and Audio Production*.

*Offered at Waltham, MA campus only


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