Maine Media Workshops invites the community to a series of Monday afternoon summer presentations on some of the great photographers of the 20th century. All lectures, presentations and discussions will begin at 4 p.m. in the Union Hall Theatre, 2 Central St. in the village. Admission is free.

To open the lecture series June 13, Jim Hughes and Tim Whelan will offer Inside & Personal, a wide-ranging conversation about some of the great image makers of the last century. Hughes is a longtime editor of photo magazines and author of books on photographers. Whelan has run a renowned photography bookstore in Rockport for nearly 20 years, now a part of the Maine Media Gallery.

On June 20, Michael Komanecky, Chief Curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, will show highlights of the museum’s current exhibition “Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places” and join Whelan in a discussion about this master photographer’s life work.

Back by popular demand this year will be a July 18 screening of the film showing Arnold Newman at work photographing protégé Gregory Heisler. Following the screening, panelists Komanecky; Emily Schiffer, 2010 winner of the Arnold Newman Prize; and renowned photographer Ryszard Horowitz will discuss the life and work of Newman, a great friend to the Workshops.

The legendary Ernst Haas was another photography master and long-time instructor at the school. On Aug. 15, Susan Danly of the Portland Museum of Art and Maine Media’s Brenton Hamilton will discuss the museum’s Ernst Haas Memorial Collection of works by photographers including George Tice, Maggie Steber and Elizabeth Opalenik; and Haas’ influence on the art form.

The series will conclude Aug. 22 with a presentation from Hughes with Whelan on the life and career of W. Eugene Smith, titled Shadow and Substance. For information on all Maine Media community programs, visit, call 236-8581 or send email to

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