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Richland College Presents Photographer John Sexton

Ancient Kiva Ladder Poles, Colorado Plateau by John Sexton at Richland College

Ancient Kiva Ladder Poles, Colorado Plateau by John Sexton at Richland College

Richland College will present renowned photographer John Sexton at 1 p.m. on Sept. 7 in Fannin Performance Hall at Richland College.

Respected photographer, master printmaker, author and workshop instructor, Sexton’s free lecture at Richland will include examples and anecdotes drawn from his six-year close working relationship with Ansel Adams. Images by both Sexton and Adams will be transformed on the screen from the negative to the final print, progressing through the various creative steps in the evolution of an expressive photographic print. A poster sale and signing in the Fannin Performance Hall lobby will follow the presentation.

Sexton is best known for his luminous, quiet, black and white photographs of the natural environment. He worked as technical and photographic assistant and then technical consultant to Adams from 1979 to 1984. Sexton assisted Adams both in the darkroom and in the field. He conducted all of the technical testing on the revised editions of Adams’ books The Negative and The Print. Following Adams’ death, Sexton served as photographic special projects consultant to The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. Sexton was an instructor at number of the Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshops and the director of the workshop program in the early 1980s.

Sexton is the recipient of the 2005 North American Nature Photography Association Lifetime Achievement Award. His most recent book is Recollections: Three Decades of Photographs, an award-winning retrospective volume. Sexton’s other books include Quiet Light, Listen to the Trees, and Places of Power: The Aesthetics of Technology.

Richland continues its commitment to excellence in photography by bringing world-class photographers to campus to interact with students concluding with a free public lecture, poster sale and signing. Past participants in this distinguished series include Mary Ellen Mark, Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor, Ralph Gibson, Joyce Tenneson, Keith Carter, Arno Minkkinen, Jock Sturges and Mitch Dobrowner.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information about this event, contact Wayne Loucas at 972 238-6078 or To learn more about Richland College’s photography department, visit

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