John Acurso – Inside/Out Photography – April 4, 2019

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Speaker – John Acurso on Inside/Out Photography

John will be presenting work from both his fine art and commercial careers within the framework of his approach to creating images from what he refers to as the “Inside/Out”.  He will discuss how his early photographic education (which was completely different than what most amateur photographers learn today) helped him develop that philosophy and to quickly be successful in both arenas.

Meeting Details:

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 starting at 7 PM.

Location: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX. 78727 – MAP


7:00-7:15 PM Meet & Greet, Member Print exhibit
7:15-7:30 PM Meeting announcements, Guest introductions, Member Print exhibit Q&A (if time allows)
7:30-9:00 PM Competition, Featured Speaker presentation

Monthly Competition

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, March 30, 2019

April’s digital competition theme is openYou can submit up to two images of your choice,  provided the images were taken no longer than 2 years ago. John Acurso will be the judge.

Submissions are divided into three classes – Class 1 (novice), Class 2 (intermediate), and Class 3 (expert). Each club member is free to choose which class to enter; however, please review the new guidelines and select the class that you most closely qualify for. For more info, read this post about classes.

The monthly NAPƒS digital competition is meant to be fun, inspirational, and educational. The judging and associated critiques are positive, supportive, and a useful learning tool.

A reminder – you must join NAPƒS to take part in 2019 competitions. The cost of membership is only $24, and your annual contribution is used 100% in support of club operations and activities.

Read the rules, then submit your competition images!

Enjoy John Acurso’s gallery

To see some of John Acurso’s fabulous work, please visit:

Personal Work Website:

Commercial Work Website:

Photography Ideas Blog:

Original blog:

About our speaker

John Acurso has been photographing since 1978 and has had success both as a fine art and commercial photographer.

His early education in photography included art classes at a junior college and photography classes at an art college.  He also attended several workshops that included studying with such modern masters as Ansel Adams, Richard Misrach, Jerry Uelsmann, Linda Conner, John Sexton, Bruce Barnbaum and Jay Dusard among others.  His work garnered him an unsolicited invitation to assist at Ansel Adams’ workshop which was unfortunately cancelled after Ansel’s death.

John’s work has been included in several museum exhibitions including a one person show at the Maryhill Museum in Washington.  His work is included in several private and Corporate collections throughout the US as well as in the collection of the Portland Art Museum.

John has been active in the art community over the years serving on the Board of the Los Angeles Center for Creative Photography, as Chairman of the Orange County (CA) Center for Contemporary Art Advisory Board, the Portland Art Museum College Committee and on the Board of the Pacific Northwest College of Art where he also taught intermediate photography for a time.

In 1990, John left his corporate career to open his studio doing commercial photography.  His unique approach to photography garnered the attention of top design and advertising agencies  allowing him to create work for national and international clients such as Nike, Adidas, Amazon, Miller Brewing, Zurich Financial, Intel, Westin Hotels, ESPN and others.  His three commissions to photograph train routes across the US for Amtrak caused the magazine Photo District News to ask if that was the “Great American photo assignment”.  He also created editorial work for many magazines including Forbes, The Atlantic, Teen People, The Los Angeles Times Magazine as well as several business and trade magazines.  His work for clients included Architecture, Table Top, Portraiture, Sports, Lifestyle and Landscape.