Photographer Ray Pfortner comes to SJIMA

  • Fri Jun 28th, 2019 7:23pm
  • Life

Submitted by Ray Pfortner

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art is bringing Vashon Island photographer Ray Pfortner back to Friday Harbor for a new travel photography workshop at the end of June.

“Photography out on the Road with Ray Pfortner” will take place Sunday, June 30, 1-5 p.m. at SJIMA located at 540 Spring St. The fee is $85 or $75 for SJIMA members. Class size is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at or at the museum front desk during regular hours. This workshop is for all photographers: hobbyists making souvenirs; more serious photographers; photographing for showing and selling; visual artists working in all mediums; or artists using elements in collage or mixed media.

Pfortner is both a photographer and educator, specializing in photography techniques and the business of all art mediums. He teaches throughout the Northwest for partners including the Photography Certificate Programs at the University of Washington and Bellevue College; South Seattle College; Daniel Smith Artists Supply; Seattle Public Library; Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland; the Seattle Chinese and Japanese Gardens; and Vashon Center for the Arts.

Pfortner and his wife, Nancy Wing, lead photography workshops to destinations including China, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Cuba.

Pfortner’s own photography concentrates on nature and landscapes, environmental issues and the places that travel takes him, near and far. He is represented by Getty Images. To learn more about Pfortner and his work, visit

The workshop will range from camera settings and handling to designing evocative, memorable photographs. It will include practical tips on things to do before, during and after your trips whether close by or far away, tips that will allow you to make the most out of every photo op along the way.

Participants are asked to bring three of their travel photographs on a flash drive to share for feedback, along with their camera, lenses, tripods/monopods, camera instruction manual if they have one.