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Feb 8th


  • Admission: $40
  • Location: Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts
  • 216 E. Tuscaloosa Street
  • Florence, AL 35630
  • Time:
    7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Phone: 256-760-6379


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Mr. Dersham will be teaching a two-part workshop “TAKING BETTER PICTURES: COMPOSITION, LIGHTING AND IMPACT” comprised of a presentation on Friday evening, February 7th, 6 - 8:30 PM and a hands-on downtown photo shoot on Saturday, February 8th from 7:30 AM - 1 PM. The workshop is open to amateur - advanced amateur students. The workshop fee is $40.00 which includes a signed copy of the recently published “My Alabama - John Dersham Photographs a State” . To register, or to find out more information about the workshop call: 256-760-6379

Mr. Dersham’s photography career began in 1960, when he took his first pictures with his father’s 1930 Kodak Brownie. From that modest start, his art has continued without pause for fifty-nine years. Meanwhile, Dersham made a career in the photography industry, serving in management at Eastman Kodak and its subsidiaries in multiple states for more than thirty years. His last Kodak job brought him to Alabama, where he fell in love with the state’s natural beauty and varied terrain, as well as its people and places. His body of work in the tourism industry was recognized by his peers when he received the Alabama Travel Council Award of Excellence at the 2018 Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism. He and his wife, Kyle, live on Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne in northeast Alabama. They have two children and two grandchildren.

The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is free and open to the public Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Art Center is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. Florence, AL and can be reached at 256-760-6379 for more information.

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