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Open Portfolio Walk, Thurs. Nov. 7, 3RDSPACE, 7-9pm

portfolio walk

© Mary Virginia Swanson, 2012


Join participating Eye to Eye Portfolio Review photographers for a fun and informal viewing of original prints. This event brings together curators, collectors, photographers and fans of the medium for an inspiring peek into the creative minds of dozens of photographers from across the country. We’re proud to partner with 3rd Space to host this event at their space located in the heart of University Heights.

Festival reception, Fri. Nov. 8, Lafayette Hotel, 8-10pm

ghahate reception

©Adam Ghahate, 2012


What better way to welcome Abelardo Morell and all of the Present Tense guest lecturers than to relax with a drink on Friday night and a room full of talent? Well, we can’t think of one, which is why we’ve created this event to encourage all of you to join us. Music, drink, and photography… a better combination won’t be found this night!

Andy Adams, Photo 2.0 lectureSat. Nov. 9, Lafayette Hotel, 2:30 – 4:00pm


Inspired by the Web’s innovations, Andy Adams has published, an online art space that promotes photography from within the online community, since 2006. He’ll explore the intersection of online publishing, social media, and community collaboration in this lively discussion about photography in the Internet Era.

Guests with One Day, VIP, and Festival Passes will be given seating priority at this event. Maximum number of guests is 120, based on first come, first served.

APA “Untitled” exhibition, Sat. Nov. 9, 3RDSPACE, 8-10pm

apa sd exhibition

Join our festival partners APASD and 3RDSPACE on Saturday Nov. 9 for an exhibition juried by 2012 Present Tense Lecturer, Philipp Scholz Rittermann. Untitled is an exhibit and benefit auction by APA members nationwide and is on view for one night only. More information about the exhibit is found on the APASD website.

An Intimate View of Southern California (outdoor exhibition), Sat. Nov. 9, Lafayette Hotel, 5-10pm

intimate view

Join us for the San Diego debut of “An Intimate View of Southern California” a dynamic, multi-channel projection of photographs made by a group of 50 photographers from across Southern California. This engaging installation is housed in a vintage travel trailer, with images projected onto multiple screens in the east parking lot of the Lafayette Hotel. In Helen K. Garber’s words, “People used to go on adventures and bring back the photos… We are reversing the experience…taking the photos on the adventure…taking our home on the journey.”

More information about the installation can be found on the project homepage. “An Intimate View of Southern California” is presented by the San Diego Automotive Museum and Los Angeles photographer Helen K. Garber. Images in the installation showcase Southern California’s unique neighborhoods, people, and landscapes into a dynamic outdoor exhibition.

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