Newspace instructors are experienced professionals and educators with a wide range of expertise. Our instructors are known for their ability to make information accessible, inspirational, and fun. Many of our instructors are also available for private training sessions or mentorships. Please contact us for more information!


©Sarah AbbottSARAH ABBOTT is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Portland Oregon. She earned her BA from San Francisco State University and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is a co-founder of FO(u)RT, an interdisciplinary art collective dedicated to collaboration and critical discourse. Her work explores the complexities and idiosyncrasies of her home—her corner of the world. Using photography as her primary medium, Abbott integrates some of the intrinsic properties of photography, such as focus, awareness, and isolation of subjects into her conceptual drives. She has been a mentor and educator for a wide range of students, age groups and courses. Abbott currently exhibits locally and nationally.
©Bobby AbrahamsonBOBBY ABRAHAMSON is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, and educator with over twenty-seven years professional experience. His work is included in many permanent collections including the Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the RACC Portable Works and Visual Chronicle Collections of the city of Portland, the Oregon Jewish Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade. His professional clients have included TIME, Fortune, US News & World Report, VICE, The New York Times and the advertising firm Wieden & Kennedy. He has a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research. He has taught photography and media literacy extensively in the Portland metro area to both adults and children, at institutions including Newspace, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Mount Hood Community College, Clark College, Oregon College of Art and Craft, the Portland Art Museum, the University of Portland, The Right Brain Initiative, Saturday Academy and Open Meadow Middle School.
©Zeb AndrewsZEB ANDREWS has been seriously dedicated to photography since 2002 when a Pentax K1000 made its way into his hands and almost did not escape again. Not long after that he bought his first “real” camera, a Nikon FM2. His family of cameras has grown much since that first Nikon over the years, but that FM2 is still going strong. Zeb loves to teach and share. He believes you make yourself better by making those around you better. When he is not working full time at Blue Moon Camera and Machine, he is generally spending his days off photographing and teaching photography classes and workshops.
©Susan BeinSUSAN BEIN began photographing with black and white film over 40 years ago, taking workshops with Ansel Adams, Aaron Siskind, Paul Caponigro, and Minor White. She enthusiastically embraced the digital age for its ability to give instant feedback and allow for more collaboration with subjects, and more creative risk-taking. She has taught Photoshop since its early versions and loves introducing fellow photographers to its powerful creative potential. She began using an iPhone the first day they were introduced, and now uses them as her camera of choice.
©Rebecca BenoitREBECCA BENOIT Based in Portland OR, Rebecca is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom that has been teaching light catching since 2002 and Lightroom since 2007 for private clients, Newspace, Sherwood Foundation for the Arts, Cascade Center of Photography in Bend and more. She is a Co-Organizer for the Portland Vancouver Photography Meetup group, Organizer for the Women Learning Photography Together Meetup group, and serves on the Beaverton Arts Commission. Her greatest joy is helping others find the thrill of creating and sharing images that connect photographers to themselves and others.
©Ray BidegainRAY BIDEGAIN was born in Tucson, Arizona and started studying photography in high school. At age 17 he began working on weekends for a large studio that offered wedding photography to the Hispanic community in Southern Arizona. Ray graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1981 and returned to Tucson to operate his own studio before moving to Portland, Oregon. After 17 years as a studio portrait photographer, Ray turned to fine art photography, eventually teaching himself the art of platinum printing and, later, wet-plate collodion. Ray’s photographs are internationally collected, and his work has been exhibited across the United States, and in France, Germany, and Scotland. For the past two years Ray served as President of the Portland Photographer’s Forum.

fitzgeraldMARK FITZGERALD is a photography teacher and author based in Portland, Oregon. He is a Photoshop, Lightroom, and workflow consultant who helps photographers understand the complex tools of modern photography enabling them to focus on their creative processes. Mark is a PPA Master Photographer and an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert. He is on the National Council of the Professional Photographers of America and has served as President of the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and the Portland Metropolitan Photographers Association. Mark has written several books for Wiley Publishing, including Adobe Photoshop CS5 Restoration and Retouching for Digital Photographers Only, and Zen of Postproduction: Stress-Free Photography Workflow and Editing.
©Pete GomenaPETE GOMENA has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and photographer; commercial photographer; studio manager; and digital imaging technician. He has a BS in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University and a BA in Industrial/Scientific Photography and Color Technology from Brooks Institute of Photography. Pete photographs with large-format view cameras, medium-format, pinhole, junk store, and digital cameras. He teaches color management and scanning, and manages the facilities at Newspace Center for Photography.

©Katharine JacobsKATHARINE JACOBS is a fine artist, portrait photographer and photo educator. Her focus in street photography and large format shooting has inspired a journey through each of the 50 United States and the production of a series of portraits of American strangers. Katharine continues to work on involved and time consuming projects that document lifestyles, cultures and personal challenges through the eye of a fine artist. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon where her family and the nature of the Pacific Northwest inspire her.
©Joni KabanaJONI KABANA is an internationally renowned visual artist who started on her journey when she first picked up a camera at the age of eight. Joni now balances a commercial interactive media business with non-profit work. Her recent work with Mercy Corps in India and Nepal garnered the American Society of Media Photographer’s “Best of” designation. Joni is also a published author and maintains an active schedule of consulting, lecturing, conducting workshops, and classroom teaching, in addition to commercial advertisement and personal assignment.

©Jayesunn KrumpJAYESUNN KRUMP is an internationally published photographer and educator based in Portland, Oregon. With his extensive experience shooting indoor and out, working with all types of people, models, children, families, celebrities, and more, Jayesunn has been a working photographer and photographic educator since 2000.

©Fritz LiedtkeFRITZ LIEDTKE began photographing as a youth, carrying his Kodak 110 Instamatic on a US tour with his father at age 14. Twenty-five years later, he continues to explore the world, camera in hand. In the intervening years, he has acquired a BFA in photography; won awards, grants, and residencies for his work; shown in galleries and museums across the nation; published articles and bodies of work in magazines from PDN to National Geographic; lectured and taught; balanced both commercial and fine art practices; and traveled the world.

©Mic MarusekMIC MARUSEK is a commercial photographer and has shot for Nike, Puma, and Oakley. She teaches at Portland Community College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division where she also serves as a subject matter expert for Advanced Studio Techniques. Her classes include Introduction to Photography, Digital Photography, Photographic Applications, Basic Lighting, Advanced Lighting, and Advanced Studio Techniques. Mic also collaborates with her local grade school to provide photographic and fine art education for students through a free after school program.

©Molly NewgardMOLLY NEWGARD graduated with a BA in French literature and Art History from the University of California, Davis and completed an MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Molly has been an adjunct assistant professor of art history, most recently at Portland State University, where for the past 8 years she taught courses in History of Photography, Contemporary Art, and Women in Art. Prior to teaching, Molly spent 3 years in the Education Department at the Portland Art Museum. Recently, Molly and her husband took a 6-month sabbatical to Buenos Aires with their two teenagers, where they engaged with the people and culture of Argentina and traveled around South America. In her spare time, Molly enjoys volunteering as a writing workshop facilitator for Write Around Portland, writing poetry and essays, cooking, reading, traveling, camping, skiing, doing yoga, and photographing church architecture in every city she visits.

©Kelli PenningtonKELLI PENNINGTON received her MFA in photography from Syracuse University. She is an instructor of photography in Portland, Oregon. Kelli works in both the fine arts and editorial fields. Her work has been exhibited and written about nationally and she has won fellowships and awards.
©Charles PurvisCHARLES PURVIS offers a deep and broad experiential knowledge of photography. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, Charles enjoyed a highly successful career in the world’s most competitive photography marketplace—New York City. From 1985 until 2006, he freelanced as an advertising photographer in New York creating groundbreaking imagery for a wide variety of internationally known clients. He was particularly sought after for his skill in lighting and his creative approach to visual problem solving. In addition to commercial assignments, Charles has created a large body of innovative work inspired by a relentless curiosity and desire to uncover the creative potential of camera, light, film and composition to challenge our experience of visual perception.

©Abigail SusikDR. ABIGAIL SUSIK is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Willamette University. Her research focuses on cultural histories of the European avant-gardes, as well as issues of aesthetics and ethics in contemporary and new media art. She is an Associate Editor of Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus and a member of the New Media Caucus Board of Directors. Current book projects include the co-edited volume with Elliott H. King, Radical Dreams: Surrealism and Counterculture, and a monograph on Louis Aragon’s surrealist aesthetics. She was curator of the Spring 2016 exhibition, “For Myself:” Nudes by Imogen Cunningham 1906-1939, at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.
©Alan M. ThorntonALAN M. THORNTON is an advertising, editorial, and fine-art photographer working with such clients as John Deere, Land Rover, Nike, Apple, Hewlett Packard, and TV Guide, Improper Bostonian, Tasteful Magazine, and Santa Fean. His documentary work has been featured with Hewlett Packard, which earned him the Prestigious Photographer sponsorship, as well awards from The Center For Fine Art Photography and the IPA Merit Awards for his travel and documentary portraits. Alan teaches workshops and courses at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in New Mexico, and has also been on the faculty of the Hallmark Institute of Photography, Boston Universities Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and has offered courses at ICP in New York, and the CT Media Workshops in Connecticut.
©Mike VranezaMIKE VRANEZA is a freelance photographer and photo instructor based in Portland, OR. He has served as the technical editor on two of Wiley Publishing’s Photoshop books, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8: After the Shoot and Adobe Photoshop CS5, Restoration and Retouching, For Digital Photographers Only. Mike advises corporate clients on Photoshop and image editing and provides private instruction to hobbyists and aspiring photographers. He also lectures to local photography groups and leads demonstrations at Adobe users groups. Mike has also taught photography to incarcerated juvenile delinquents with Fresh Eyes, a program in New Mexico. His commercial work focuses on lifestyle, sports, business communication, and architectural photography.
©Lorelle VanFossenLORELLE VANFOSSEN is a photographer, trainer, writer, and teacher on web writing, web design, and blogging, especially working with WordPress. Called a blog evangelist, she writes about everything WordPress, blogging, and social media. Lorelle offers a variety of training programs on web publishing and the social web, traveling all over the world to work with a variety of businesses, schools, universities, associations, non-profits, and government agencies. Lorelle is also the author of the popular Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging, a book covering the basic to intermediate tips you need to know before and during your blogging experience, the first book of its kind. She also recently published the ebook, Social Media for Artists: Covering the Basics of the Social Web, bringing together her love of crafting and blogging and social media expertise.
©Tammy Jo WilsonTAMMY JO WILSON is a nationally recognized artist working in multiple mediums including photography, video, silkscreen, and fabric. In her early teens, Wilson began her artistic career as a painter and studied under the realist painter Larry Elliott. In the early 90’s, Wilson traveled the United States; and in that time developed a love for photography. Wilson went on to receive a BFA in photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland and a MFA from San Jose State University in California. Wilson has been exhibiting her work around the country since 2002. In 2012 her work was purchased by Multnomah County for the Portable Works Public Art Collection. In 2013 she was the recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Grant for her work with the Women’s Caucus for Art. In 2014 her exhibit Perspective opened at the Cascade Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The show brought together new and previously unshown work in a variety of forms including video, silkscreen, fabric, mixed media sculptures, and photography.
©Rachel WolfRACHEL WOLF is a professional photographer who focuses on camera-less photography, and alternative/ antique processes. With a mind for minutiae and a vast arsenal of skills, Ms. Wolf seeks to highlight the everyday reflections, shadows, and unseen vibrations that can be so fleeting or common they allude awareness. She founded a photography program in the interior of Alaska for Athabascan high school students, has taught at the International Center for Photography and Pacific NW College of Art, as well as private darkroom instruction. Rachel is a founding member of FO(u)RT Collective, a multi-disciplinary arts collective that creates/ curates exhibitions and events. She also co-founded deiWolf Studio, a Tintype and Ambrotype mobile portrait studio. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she earned her BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. Rachel exhibits nationally and lives in Portland, OR.
©Mateo ZachaiMATEO ZAPATA ZACHAI received his MFA in Photography from Yale University in 1999 and BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from San Francisco Art Institute in 1997. He has taught photography most recently at both Shoreline Community College and at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington. Zachai has also taught art workshops at the Seattle Art Museum and has critiqued and taught at Yale School of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, University of Washington School of Art, Bellevue Community College, Youth in Focus and Coyote Central. He studied with Hank Wessel and Reagan Louie at San Francisco Art Institute and was a teaching assistant for Gregory Crewdson and Lois Conner while at Yale University. Zachai has exhibited nationally: most recent exhibits are at Shoreline Community College Art Gallery, Rock/Dement Studio, Center on Contemporary Art and Martin-Zambito Fine Art. Articles of Zachai’s work have also been published in Artweek and The Stranger. Zachai’s work has been collected both nationally and internationally.