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RAB Self Portrait for Photoworks - Richa

Richard Batch 

Richard has taught Digital Photography I and II, Digital Printing I and II, Kids Camps, Meet & Shoot, Smartphone Photography, The Negative, and Developing a Personal Style. In 2021 he is introducing The Art of Photography, a class that discusses the elements of great photographs and applies them to current work. 

He shoots pictures of life happening, and recently produced a book of somewhat surreal and unusual photographs, Twilight in the Void.  Richard’s photography was influenced by Richard Avedon, both his portrait and candid work, both of which showed people being vividly alive.   He enjoys passing on what he has learned, helping people become better photographers with less effort.

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"I aim to make it easier for my students to achieve what they want, not only by presenting techniques I'm teaching, but by helping with any specific area that interests them. This helps to broaden the scope of the class, and benefits other students (and sometimes me) as well."
"Teaching is merely sharing what you have learned. Sharing that body of knowledge in a pleasant, nurturing, and creative manner is my goal. Everyone has a creative spirit. Uncovering that impulse and delivering methods to access and develop that spirit is primary to my teaching style."

Susan "Sue" Ruddick Bloom


Sue Bloom came to photography in the 1980s from a drawing and painting background. She holds a BFA and an MFA from Maryland institute College of Art. She is a professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.


At Photoworks, Sue has taught Digital Collage, Digital Painting, The Digital Beyond, Digitally Re-Touch Old Photo Family Photos, and multiple iPhone photography classes.

She has several long running projects that include a series on Venus, Sacred Places that Never Existed, and continuing to create techniques for painterly interpretations of our photos.

Her photography influences include: Ruth Bernhard, Joyce Tenneson, Arnold Newman, Julia Margaret Cameron, and so many more.

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Joe Cameron

Joe started out as a painter, but in his mid-twenties he fell in love with photography and never looked back. He went on to teach fine-art photography for thirty-five years at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

He teaches a very popular class at Photoworks, Say What You Mean.

Joe's photography influences include Masao Yamamoto, Uta Barth, Ralph Gibson. 

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"Trust yourself. Own your wonder."
"Learning to use any camera can be fun. My Photoworks classes are small and flexible to suit the needs of each student, and questions are always welcome."

Page Carr

Page Carr is an Associate Professor of Photography and Media at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria. Her MFA is from the Rhode Island School of Design and her AB in History is from Bryn Mawr College.

She teaches Get out of Auto, Photoshop, and Digital Montage projects

She is interested in cultural and physical aspects of visual perception and information, and her work in various media is documentary or experimental, or both.

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Diane Charnov

Diane is a photographer, writer, ceramist, and non-profit arts consultant. She teaches Writing for Photography, Portfolio Development, Non-Traditional Visual Influences. 

She is inspired by: former mentors (Lisette Model and Ruth Orkin) - Saul Leiter and Robert Frank and the "Unusual Suspects" - artists/makers from all creative disciplines - emerging artists from Cranbrook to Penland, Bauhaus designers, sculptors, Burning Man makers, large-scale ceramic installations. 

As a ceramist and photographer - she is working at merging photography and clay - silkscreens - and continuing her abstract work (through car washes) on a larger scale. She is also going back in time to reconsider her early black and white street photography and reconsider "Then" and "Now" and merging distinct phases.

"Your time is valuable. Your perspective and creative goals are to be encouraged. I want to encourage photographers to pursue their visions - and advance them to share with the world."

Mac Cosgrove-Davies 

Mac teaches Historic Photo Processes at Photoworks.


These processes include: 

gum bichromate, cyanotype, VanDyke, palladium, and carbon printing.


In addition to building the occasional camera, printing frame or other useful photographic gadget, he also creates books and presentation portfolios for his prints.

He is currently working on hand painted cyanotypes. 

Mac is inspired by the work of Gertrude Kasebier and Edward Steichen

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"I focus on my student’s interests. My classes are less about showing how I make prints and more about helping students make the prints they want to make."
"I want my students to experience the excitement and satisfaction of creating engaging, beautifully rendered photographs that re-connect them to the moment of taking."

Alec Dann

Alec is an artist working in digital photography. 

He teaches Introduction to Lightroom, Shoot and Learn (Lightroom practice and shooting assignments) 

His photography influences include Edward Weston, JP Caponigro, and Murray Riss.

Alec is currently working on "Tree Music" - a series of abstract studies of crape myrtle shape and color.

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Scott Davis

Scott has taught Platinum/Palladium Printing, Large Format Photography, Still Life, Understanding Your Process at Photoworks. 

He is currently working on the following projects: Mexico City Street Portraits (Day of the Dead), Sinister Idyll: Historical Slavery in the Modern Landscape.

Scott is inspired by too many photographers to mention! But when further prompted he mentioned, John Dugdale, F. Holland Day, Robert Mapplethorpe, George Platt Lynes, Duane Michals.

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"I'm a big believer in the Socratic method, to ask questions and allow students to find their own answers. I give students tools and let them discover how they work for their own purposes. There is no such thing as a stupid question, especially when you're doing something new."
" I like to think of myself as a resource that makes students' photographic experience easier, deeper, and more enjoyable. Whether I lead by example, encourage individuality, or help resolve an issue, the core is each student’s personal growth.

Sora Devore 

Sora is a documentary and fine art photographer who has photographed for The Washington Post and many other publications.


While living in Mexico she assisted acclaimed photographers Mary Ellen Mark and Graciella Iturbide.


Sora has received numerous grants to teach photography to low socio-economic communities nationally and internationally. Adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.

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Robb Hill

Robb has been a teacher at Photoworks for 10 years. He teaches Street Photography, Narrative Landscape, Lighting, Photographic Surrealism, Photography Inside Out. 

His photography influences are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, Carl De Keyzer, Saul Leiter, and John Cohen. 

He is currently working Views of the U.S. Capitol, and Representation Without Taxation. 

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"My goal is to unlock the creativity of my students. The assignments for all my classes are designed to give everyone technical foundation and confidence but are flexible enough for each student to find their own voice. "
" I want the students to fall in love with the idea of visual communication and exploration – to love to make photos! I encourage my students to photograph what they know and who they are. I believe in the power of a small, trusting community for critiquing and in the process of dialogue with students. Teaching is a passion for me."

Karen Keating 

Karen is the high school photography teacher at the Field School in Washington, DC and is the director and a teacher at Photoworks. 


Karen was a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council grant; published her photo book, “Cuba: Watching and Waiting” in 2008 and received the Center’s 2010 Teaching Award. Fine art photography in the genre of street shooting and documentary defines her style.

At Photoworks she teaches Visual Poetry, Close to Home, and various camps for youth. 

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E. Brady Robinson

Brady teaches Contemporary Landscape Photography and Yoga & Photography: Exploring Mindfulness at Photoworks. 


Empowering student voices is the ultimate goal in her courses. Her role as instructor is that of facilitator, mentor and ambassador of contemporary art and culture, theory and art history where she is part critic, lecturer, technical advisor, and consultant

Brady's photography influences include: Cass Bird, Jill Freedman, Helen Levitt, Gary Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander. 

She is currently photographing Skater Girls of Baltimore. 

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"The cornerstone of my teaching is creating a proactive, collaborative environment in which students understand the value of discipline, commitment and learning by doing. It is my goal that students make work from direct, lived experiences from their daily life and culture. Authenticity and individuality are qualities I strive for my students to acquire. "
"I enjoy teaching photography almost as much as I enjoy doing photography. In my classes, teen and adult, students explore and master old and new photographic technologies, they share a constant exchange of ideas and all experience Photoworks’ camaraderie. I strive to make the classes stimulating and fun."

Gayle Rothschild

Gayle Rothschild is a fine art photographer who received an MFA degree from the University of Maryland. Instructor at Photoworks since 1983.


She is the Director of Exhibitions at Photoworks and member of the Executive Board. Taught at Vis Arts, Trinity and Montgomery Colleges. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally in many one person and group exhibitions and her photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, and the Corcoran Museum of Art.


She is the photographer/illustrator for the children’s book, "What Is The Sign For Friend," Franklin Watts, publisher.

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David Scherbel

David teaches the following classes at Photoworks: Printing Photographs on Alternative Papers with Inkjet Printers ; Make and Print Your Own Photography Book with Online Sites;     

Creating Handmade Photography Books.


He manipulates traditional and alternative processes to produce handmade works of art, often building on a traditional silver gelatin or digital photographic image as the foundation for his creative journey. 

He is currently photographing new building constructions in downtown Bethesda for a handmade book.


David is inspired by the work of Robert Frank and Annie Leibovitz

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"I believe teaching and learning are a give and take between students and teachers, and accordingly, I encourage questions, thoughts and conversation."
"I teach the way I cook: hands-on. The manual will teach you the basics, but I am there to help you get the most out of your camera by showing you how it’s done. Then (here’s where the magic happens) you take control of your camera, newly confident, and make photos you never thought possible."

Frank Van Riper

Frank is an award-winning documentary and fine art photographer, journalist and author whose work has been published internationally.

He has lectured widely, including at the Maine Photographic Workshops and the Smithsonian Resident Associate program. In 2007 he was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Maine at Machias for his “outstanding career in journalism and photography” and in 2011 was inducted into the City College of New York Communications Alumni Hall of Fame. 

At Photoworks he teaches a myriad of classes, including: Lighting Basics, Glen Echo Park at Night, La Faccia - Photographing the Face,  and Photographing art work. 

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                        Emily Whiting

Emily teaches teen photography classes at Photoworks, including a popular street photography workshop. 
Her own work is currently focused on documenting siblings over the past decade at their home on the coast of Maine. Emily's photograph "White Bowl" earned the best in show award at the 2021 Maine Photography show. 
Emily has been influenced as a photographer by the work of Sally Mann, Keith Carter, Nancy Rexroth, and Debbie Fleming Caffery.  

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"Young people are inherently creative. I view my job as inviting students to explore and embrace their own artistic instincts."
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