While supervisers scout for a separate location for photographers, the Photography Center of Cape Cod has made its home inside the Cape Cod Art Association. The center is still in its fledgling state: students bring their own laptops and classes are held wherever there is room within the CCAA building. But thanks to grants and contributions from art organizations like the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth and The Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as a host of private contributors, the center offers an opportunity for photographers to realize their own potential—and capture the irreplaceable scenery of Cape Cod.
The array of classes and workshops offered by the PCCC, would be the envy of far more established organizations, which covers an assortment of subject matter under a variety of conditions. Workshops offered this year include “The Art of Landscape Photography” and “Provincetown: Seeing More Than Meets the Eye” with Bob Singer and John Tunney. The center’s popular PhotoWalk and PhotoTour programs, in which students visit several locations around the Cape in one day and shoot under the auspices of a professional photographer, are conducted throughout the summer.
John Tunney, one of the group leaders, is excited to get started. “I enjoy teaching, helping people go from taking pictures to making photographs,” he says. Instructors and tour leaders this year also include Rhode Island School of Design professor of photographer Henry Horenstein, artist Bob Singer, and Shiv Verma, chairman of the Nature Division of the Photographic Society of America.
One of the core aims of the center is unlocking the talent hidden in amateur photographers. Last May, the Cotuit Center for the Arts presented “Anything Goes,” an exhibition that complemented a play of the same name held at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. (On July 28, photographers from the center return to the CCAA for “The Big Picture,” an exhibition featuring large-scale prints measuring 24 inches by 30 inches or larger.) Featured photographers included a pool of seasoned veterans from around the country. Yet among the show’s winners was Cedar Hickey, a junior high student from Sandwich who had taken Tunney’s Introduction to Photography course through the center. A three-judge panel voted her submission second-best overall. It’s one accolade that illustrates something more: as its students’ shutters pop open and snap closed again, the fruits of the Photography Center of Cape Cod come into focus.
Rob Conery is a frequent contributor to Cape Cod Life Publications. Editorial intern Matt Nilsson contributed to this story.