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We’re proud to host Susan Carr, an accomplished Chicago-based photographer, here at the Harrington College of Design. Don’t miss this! Susan will be speaking from chapters of her new book, “The Art and Business of Photography” and you’ll have a chance to get a signed copy of her book at the event!

As a photographer for over twenty years, Susan Carr’s photographs can be found in corporate and private collections, most notably the Pfizer Corporation and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. A past president of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Susan has long been dedicated to the advocacy and education of fellow photographers.

Here’s what some ASMP leaders and members had to say about her new book:

“At last, a book that addresses the rapidly changing realities all photographers are facing today! This book provides unique and invaluable insights into earning a living as a photographer in a world where everyone owns a camera. From the nuts and bolts of copyright, licensing, and paperwork, to balancing personal creative development with satisfying client needs, Susan Carr has packed practical ideas, actionable advice, and thought-provoking analysis into a concise, personal, and accessible gem of a book.”  – Judy Herrmann, former ASMP president, award-winning photographer, speaker, and consultant

“Photography is all about the art. Unless, of course, you hope to earn some money, and then you’d be wise to know a thing or two about the business of photography. Susan Carr’s book does a great job with that balancing act that is art + commerce. This is an important read.” – Chase Jarvis, visual artist

The Art and Business of Photography, by Susan Carr
When:     Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where:   Harrington College of Design, 200 West Madison Street  Chicago, IL

Doors open half an hour earlier. Find out full event details here: http://www.asmp.org/education/event/info?id=231>
REGISTER NOW!  Pre-registration is required to be eligible for door prizes! Event is free to ASMP Leaders and Harrington College Students, $5 to Affiliates and other students, $10 to Professional Association Members and $20 to Non-Members.

Also, quick reminder that tonight from 5:30 – 8:00 pm it is our Harrington College of Design Interior Design Senior Show – everyone is welcome to stop by, see some great interior design program work and enjoy refreshments!

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This feature is continued from yesterday…

Throughout Linda Bergonia’s professional career, a few things became evident: she allowed her interests to guide her, worked hard to pursue opportunities as they became available and continually kept education as a high priority to help launch her into where she wanted to grow. “My growth has been organic and somewhat restaurant-like, in that I concentrated on quality and service. The clear thing after graduating from Harrington is that I’ve still got so much to learn. I think Harrington’s Associate Program was a good start — but not the end all.  I continually participate in online classes, seminars, classes and tutorials,” Linda said.

Linda is currently based in Chicago, has four children and an amazing husband of 22 years. When she’s not working she loves to travel, cook and read (food magazines, of course!)

Professionally, Linda has been busy photographing commercial clients, building a portfolio that showcases Chicago Women Chefs, working on a time lapse restaurant project, and furthering working relationships with other chefs such as Top Chef Stephanie Izard – photographing in her Chicago restaurant, The Girl and the Goat – and Paul Virant, of Vie in Western Springs and soon to open in Chicago Perennial Virant. In an interesting aside, Bergonia has also become active in the film world, pursuing video to add to her arsenal of talents.  She has been working with filmmakers at 20K Films to offer a specialized video product to Chicago’s food world. 

Many thanks to Linda for sharing your story: you are truly an inspiration to us all, and we can’t wait to see where you go and what you do next! Till then, I think it’s time to grab some lunch, these photos are making me hungry…

About Bergonia Photography:
Bergonia Photography specializes in food, chef, and restaurant photography. Linda Bergonia works closely with chefs and other food-and-wine professionals to create photographs and video that do more than show an image–they tell a story.

Bergonia Photography also offers specialized, artistic-leaning family photography projects. The goal is to use background and photography skills to interpret your family and yourself, not just fill a wall spot.

Visit Bergonia Photography at www.bergoniaphotography.com.

All photos courtesy Bergonia Photography

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This feature is continued from yesterday…

From Finance to Culinary School, Linda Bergonia eventually allowed her love for photography lead her to pursue a degree at Harrington in Photography, although she wasn’t able to stay out of the kitchen for long…

“While at Harrington, I was able to secure an internship with a very talented food photographer in Chicago — which was invaluable, as I saw first-hand how a successful studio was run.

Also, during a photojournalism class at Harrington College, I attended Chicago Gourmet, secured a press pass, and passed out my business cards to every chef I met.  Upon follow-up, a few invited me into their kitchens and let me take photos for their websites in exchange for access.  Not a bad exchange, and in return, I obtained an unguarded look at their work, their kitchens, their genius, and relationship with their staff. I used my camera to get into their lives, get into their kitchen, and show what they’re really all about.

The first chef that I photographed was Joshua Linton, of Aja.  I photographed Josh in his kitchen a number of times, documented the change in his menu/restaurant name from Ajasteak to Aja — a more chef driven Asia-inspired menu.  His enthusiastic embrace of my work allowed me to compile a book for my photojournalism class which has served as a proxy for the type of relationship I would love to develop with chefs,” Linda shared.

Linda’s passion for the culinary process is clear in her photography – see some examples below!

All photos courtesy Bergonia Photography

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It’s not always clear where your passions and interests may ultimately lead you in life. Harrington Digital Photography Alumna, Linda Bergonia’s professional career took several interesting paths before ultimately leading to the establishment of her own small business, Bergonia Photography.

A far cry from her first career in finance (Masters Degree in Business, Northwestern University), Linda Bergonia decided to pursue her passion for cooking and studied at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.  Linda then paused to raise a family of four in Chicago.

Linda’s interest in photography eventually led her to return to the classroom to pursue a degree in Photography from the Harrington College of Design. Linda shared, “Photography is a second career for me — I guess really a third. Harrington, which I attended as one of their older students, afforded me the much flexibility and encouragement.  The interaction with much younger students and educational staff pushing me to succeed was intoxicating.  I attended only part time, two classes at a time, and every summer off.  It took four years, but afforded me time to determine what I really wanted to do, and the time to develop a relationship with the professors– as well as to develop my craft.  I decided midway through Harrington’s Photography program to combine my two loves, food and photography.”

Keep reading tomorrow to learn how Linda got her foot in the door to culinary photography…

All photos courtesy Bergonia Photography

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As the recent winner of Harrington’s Twitter background design contest, Communication Design student Levi Robertson-Ausländer draws from several unique places for his design inspiration.

“Travel and culture are the main sources for my design inspiration. I am inspired a lot by Australian and European designers, and when I travel, I always have a portable folder where I file all sorts of designed material that stands out to me and that I have never seen before in the states.  I store the material and then go back to it for inspiration when working with clients.

When I have a client describe a project to me, I start sketching in Photoshop while my client is on the phone telling me what they want or as I am sitting in front of them with my Macbook in person so that they may quickly see where I am heading with their project.. Once they are on board I start going through my design inspiration library of work. To me, design is a recycled work: we build on the past and move forward. Using foreign-influenced design inspiration is what has really built my client base. People love it because a lot of them have never seen it before,” Levi said.

Levi Robertson-Ausländer graduated from Central High School in Park Hills, Missouri in 2006 then went to the University of Missouri where he studied Environmental Architecture and Media Communication. In his freshman year of college, he created IVEL (Levi spelled backwards) to supplement his income while in college.

Speaking of his experience starting his company, Levi said, “IVEL has really gone far beyond what I would have imagined and I have been lucky to work with a lot of clients, which is especially rewarding since I taught myself how to use the Adobe software.” After realizing his passion for Communication Design, Levi transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009, and then this past summer started at the Harrington College of Design.  

Besides being the owner of IVEL, Levi has produced graphic newscast content for NBC Universal in Missouri and has been an in-house graphic assistant and advertisement designer for ALIVE Magazine. He currently is the photography editor for Forbes Travel Guide, a freelance photographer for Hillsong United (which has taken him to events in Chicago, London and Paris), and is a freelance designer for Willow Creek in Chicago.

“I have a big interest in social justice issues and donate a lot of my time in designing for non-profits. I feel promoting a better life for all is not something we should choose to do, but rather something we should automatically feel is required of us,” Levi shared. Levi is currently re-designing his website, but be sure to visit it later this year to see highlights of his work at http://ivel.co/  (yes just .co not .com!)

If you are interested in contacting Levi for design projects, please email him at levi@ivel.co or you can follow him on Twitter @ivelcreative: as you can tell from this feature, he’s always up for a challenge and ready for the next project!

All graphics and photographs courtesy Levi Robertson-Ausländer.

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Recently Harrington created a Twitter contest to invite our talented pool of student designers to design a background for our Harrington College of Design Twitter page. I am proud to present the winning designer, Levi Robertson-Ausländer, an exceptional Communication Design student whose winning design is currently featured at our Twitter site.

Following up with Levi, I found out what brought him to Harrington.  Levi said, “I decided to go to Harrington mainly because Harrington seemed different and very business oriented. I attended the University of Missouri for two years then transferred to the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 to pursue Communication Design, but eventually ended up at Harrington after touring and being so impressed with the college.” 

When designing the Twitter backgrounds for Harrington, Levi turned to his extensive image library of photographs he had taken of Chicago over the past year. Looking for photos that combined great Chicago imagery with representation of the seasons, Levi pulled from existing Harrington logos and branding to create the final background:

Keep reading tomorrow to hear about Levi’s design inspiration as well as his background!

All graphics and photographs courtesy Levi Robertson-Ausländer 

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