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PhotoCentral Program Information
PhotoCentral was founded in 1983 by Geir and Kate Jordahl. For over three decades, PhotoCentral has developed into a community program for photographers to grow, explore and enjoy the company of other photographers. Classes and workshops are designed for photographers of all abilities and ages and are appropriate to both traditional and digital imagemakers.
Jean Clark is the supervisor for PhotoCentral. Geir and Kate Jordahl are the directors. The instructors/assistants represent a broad range of talents and photographic interests.

Our Instructors

 

Geir & Kate Jordahl
Directors/Founders

Geir and Kate Jordahl hold masters degrees in photography from Ohio Univ. and have been teaching photo classes for over 30 years. Kate is a professor of photography at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills. Their photographs have been exhibited internationally and are in collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Yosemite Museum. They were Artists-in-Residence for Yosemite National Park in 1993. Both Geir and Kate are represented by ModernBook, San Francisco. Geir’s books include San Joaquin: River of Spirit (1997), Traveler (2004) and, Searching for True North (2008.) Kate's book include Walking with Kandinsky (2005) and Afternoons with Ruth (2006) and Song Within (2013.) They also publish books and catalogues through True North Editions. Geir and Kate are dedicated as artists and teachers to excellence in craft and vision and the melding of the traditions of photography with the new technologies.
 
Joe Decker
Joe Decker is a nature photographer and educator living in Northern California. His work has been exhibited across the country from the Smithsonian to LACDA in Los Angeles, and he has been awarded artist residencies in Petrfiied Forest National Park, Svalbard, Greenland. and Iceland. His work follows capturing and communicating the rich landscapes of the earth, with a particular interest in polar regions. Joe is also the author of "The Tuesday Composition", a book on photographic composition published by Flatbooks Publishing.
 
Oliver Klink
Oliver's photographs are like no other wildlife and nature photography you've seen, because they are not photography in the conventional sense. He focuses on capturing wildlife behavior and grand vistas to stir the emotions of the viewer in powerful ways.
One of his secrets for capturing intimate scenes is the use of shorter lenses and cameras traditionally employed for portrait and fashion photography. With his extensive knowledge of his subjects, he can capture their personality at close proximity and deliver images that make you feel you were there.
Oliver also focuses on presenting his work in unconventional ways. He has mastered framing techniques on glass that complements the sense of freedom of his photographs.
- Oliver Klink
Oliver's images have received many recognitions, with the most recent as publication in National Geographic (Best Wall Paper 2009), publication in Popular Photography Magazine (Best kept secret of wildlife photographers, March 2010), The 2009 Mike Ivanitsky Award for Excellence in Photography, NANPA 2009 Top 100 images showcase, PhotoCentral 2008 and 2009 Spring Show People's Choice Award. His work has been exhibited at various US and international galleries.

 
Russell Foote

Russell Foote has been a Professional photographer and business owner for over 30 years, both on the east coast and the west coast. An award-winning photographer himself, he has studied with master photographers from all over the United States. Master photographer Dennis Reggie, Monte Zucker and Hanson Fong to name a few. While succeeding in mastering the fine art of photojournalism and traditional weddings, Russell believes in ongoing education in photography and still attends schools and seminars at Golden Gate School of Photography and Wedding & Portrait Photography Photography International in Las Vegas, as well as technical training in Photoshop, one of the photography industries standards.
Russell is a member of the PPGBA (Professional Photographers of Greater Bay Area), WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photography International), PPC (Professional Photographers of California) and PPA (Professional Photographers of America. He is also the past President of AMPP (Association of Minority Professional Photographers).
Russell Foote is also one of the lead photography instructors for the Hayward area recreation and Park district otherwise known as
H.A.R.D and Photo Central and Fine art Gallery in Hayward California, Russell Foote also sits on the advisory board for Mission Valley ROP technical education training center, specifically for the arts, media, and entertainment program.


 
Frederick Watkins
Frederick Watkins has been our Monday night lab right-hand-man for many years. He has studied photography at Chabot College in Hayward as well as at PhotoCentral. His photographs focus on portraits and images of musicians
 
Other instructors include Margaretta Mitchell, John Dotta and Vaughn Hutchins.

Our Location

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PhotoCentral
1099 E Street, Hayward, California 94541


PhotoCentral is on the lower level of the Hayward Area Recreation District Administration Office. Download larger map here or get directions here: PhotoCentral Directions (With the new traffic pattern, from 92 avoid Jackson Blvd. - Take Winton Ave which become D Street and then Right on 1st, Left on E Street to PhotoCentral. From 580, turn left on A Street, Right on Second and then Right on E Street.)

Hayward Loop with PhotoCentral Added

How to Contact Us
Contact Person: Geir & Kate Jordahl, 510-881-6721
Email: info@photocentral.org
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