Maine Media Workshops’ summer lectures series Masters of 20th Century Photography offers two more Monday installments Aug. 15 and 22 at 4 p.m. in Union Hall Theater. The community is invited to attend free of charge.

On Monday, Aug. 15, Susan Danly of the Portland Museum of Art and Maine Media’s Brenton Hamilton will discuss the legendary Ernst Haas, photography master and long-time instructor at the school, and his influence on the art form. Born in Austria in 1921, Haas was both a photographer and a photojournalist influential for his innovations in color photography. The Portland Museum of Art houses the Ernst Haas Memorial Collection of works by photographers including George Tice, Maggie Steber and Elizabeth Opalenik.

Best known as a LIFE magazine photographer in the Pacific during World War II, W. Eugene Smith also covered domestic and peacetime subjects with a strong eye to human suffering. On Monday, Aug. 22, Jim Hughes, longtime editor of photo magazines and photo book author; and Tim Whelan, proprietor of Tim Whelan Photography Books at Maine Media Gallery, will present and discuss the images included in Hughes’ book about Smith’s life in photography, “Shadow and Substance.”

Union Hall Theater is located at 2 Central St. in Rockport village. For information on all Maine Media community programs, visit; call 236-8581; or send email to

Maine Media Workshops + College is a non-profit educational organization offering year-round workshops for photographers, filmmakers and media artists. Students attend courses at all levels, from absolute beginners, serious amateurs, high school and college students, to working professionals.

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