ROCKPORT — In a lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. entitled “Passports & Portfolios: My Life as A Commercial and Fine Arts Photographer,” photographer John Pinderhughes reflects on his combined careers in advertising and fine art photography, as well as his travels as illustrated by a series of portfolios. Registration is required at

Pinderhughes will be joined by host Daniel Dawson, a professor in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University. Dawson is a photographer, curator, arts administrator, consultant, filmmaker and scholar based in New York City.

Pinderhughes is a highly successful, award-winning commercial photographer based in New York City. For the past 35 years, he has operated a full service photography studio, catering to clients such as Con Edison, Verizon, Chase Bank, Anheuser Busch, BMW, American Family Insurance, Prudential Insurance, Ford Motors, JCPenney, Sears, McDonalds, Burger King, Coors, Pepsi and Sony.

Pinderhughes is also a fine art photographer whose thoughtful, cool and carefully crafted images have been exhibited continuously since the early 1970s, including numerous solo exhibitions at venues like the Studio Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Pinderhughes’ success in both fine art and commercial photography provides him with a unique perspective into the world of photography today. This lecture is part of the Alumni Lecture Series — a weekly online series offered by Maine Media Workshops + College featuring stimulating conversations on topics in photography, filmmaking, book arts and design, and writing.

The Alumni Lecture Series is free and open to the public through the generous sponsorship of Camden National Bank, WERU Community Radio FM89.9, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Allen Insurance and Financial, Two Ponds Press, Page Gallery, B&H Photo and Video, and Cedar Crest Inn as well as through donations from individuals.