Maine Media invites the community to celebrate the past, present and future of digital imaging with two events Monday, Aug. 1. A panel discussion titled Camelot in Camden will take place at 4 p.m. in Union Hall Theater, 2 Central St;  and the opening reception for the exhibition “We are the Camera” will follow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Maine Media Gallery on the first floor of the Shepherd Building, 18 Central St. Sponsored in part by Maine. The magazine, these events are free and open to the public.

Camelot in Camden

Twenty years ago, Kodak’s Center for Creative Imaging opened its doors in Camden, bringing hundreds of cutting-edge digital photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and other artists to teach thousands of working professionals from around he world. The seeds planted then still flourish, and Camelot in Camden will reunite several artists who worked and taught at CCI during its heyday to discuss its influence on their careers and the larger creative world.

Renowned portraitist Gregory Heisler, known for his many Time magazine covers, and designer Jessica Simmons collaborated at CCI in 1992 on the first digitally-produced cover of the legendary publication, featuring Man of the Year Ted Turner. Also on the panel are Maine Media president Charles Altschul and Maine Media Workshops instructor Peter Koons.

“We Are the Camera”

Two decades after Kodak founded CCI to try and understand the implications of a fundamental change in photography, this exhibition continues the exploration by examining some of the current issues in digital photography from frameless photographs to the ubiquity of the photographic image. Dan Burkholder’s iPhone images are on display Friday, July 29 through Aug. 25; and the exhibition continues Aug. 26 through Sept. 30 with works from master printer Stephen Johnson, 360-degree photography wizard Jook Leung and Gixapixel guru Greg Downing.

Maine Media Gallery hours are weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (also from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information on and all Maine Media programs, visit mainemedia.edu, call 236-8581 or send email to info@mainemedia.edu.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.