Current topics in photography will be the subject of a panel discussion co-hosted by Maine Media Workshops and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. The event will be held at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave. and will be moderated by Charles Altschul, photographer and president of Maine Media Workshops. Admission is $5, free for CMCA members and MMW students.

Panelists will include photo-based artist K.K. DePaul; Andy Graham, photographer and president and founder of Portland Color; George Kinghorn, curator and director of the University of Maine Museum of Art; and photographer and multimedia producer Jonathan Laurence.

Altschul noted that in the past 10 years, our vision has expanded beyond the limits of time and space as photography is no longer constrained by lens optics and the limitations of recording light on film. Rapid advances in digital technology also have made it faster, easier and less expensive than ever to take a photograph and to print and share an image. At the same time, there is a strong resurgence of interest in historical photographic processes.

Using the backdrop of the two photo shows currently on view in Rockport village — “Going Forward, Looking Back” at Maine Media Gallery and “Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later” at CMCA — the panel will discuss the complexity of the current moment in photography.

Maine Media Gallery, on the first floor of the Shepherd Building at 18 Central St., will be open for the afternoon in conjunction with the panel discussion. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. For more information, call 236-2875 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to