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"Family Portrait" by David Hoptman.
David Hoptman


Professional photog gets smart

January 15, 2014, 12:00 am
The first time I opened the photo app on my iPhone and tapped the screen, I was hooked,” reminisces fine art photographer David Hoptman.

While some of his contemporaries might consider the technique lesser than, Hoptman, back in Santa Fe from a seven-year teaching stint in Florence, recognizes the emerging medium’s importance.

“It’s a camera that is always there when you want it.

It’s easy to carry and you are more or less invisible when you take photos,” he says. “The touch screen allows you to enlarge check details, composition etc. You also have the ability to store, transfer files, upload to social media, and share with friends as well as documentary capabilities including video.”

Hoptman shares his enthusiasm with the public at large on Saturday, with a special free seminar that examines what he’s dubbed as “iPhone artistry.” The two-hour session includes a slide show of his images, like “Family Portrait” (pictured), as well as app demos and a discussion on must-have filters and lenses.

“I set it up as a still life and approached it as such,” the artist says of Portrait. “I’m an experimenter. I like stretching borders and using my imagination.”

New technology and all, Hoptman is clear to emphasize the importance of the human touch in modern-day “phonography.”

“There’s always change,” he says. “But in my photography and the way I shoot, I make prints in order for there to be human contact with the photographic process.”

Hoptman put his personal stamp on his digital images by transforming them into multimedia pieces and applying charcoal and pastel and later placing them on either canvas or panel.

The photographer reflects, “The people that chose to not get involved in a hands-on ways are missing the point.”

iPhone Artistry
3-5 pm Saturday, Jan. 18. Free.
Main Library, 145 Washington Ave.,


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