For over 40 years, Jim Fitts has been a college professor, art exhibition curator, photography collector, blogger, and portfolio reviewer. All that while, he was pursuing a very successful career in graphic design and advertising.
His self-professed collecting addiction helped him put together a uniquely personal collection of 20th century photography. Jim will tell tales of his adventures in the art world as well as answer questions about building an art collection, developing a personal portfolio, and getting your work published.
Jim will also share with the audience a small number of pieces from his personal collection.
Jim Fitts has been a fine arts photography teacher, lecturer, curator, and photographer for over 30 years. He is an avid collector with a focus on 20th century and contemporary American photographs.
Jim is currently a professor at Mount Ida College. Previously, Jim was a teacher at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. He has also held the position of Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.
Recently, Jim launched photoweenie.com, a website that offers exhibition and photo book reviews as well as presenting new work by emerging and established photographers. It is considered one of the premier fine arts photography websites, and has had over 1,000,000 hits in the past year.
Jim is one half of Fitts&Wolinsky, a partnership with master photographer Cary Wolinsky, providing photography portfolio reviews and business consulting.
Jim has curated several photography exhibitions for the PRC/MIT Gallery. He has served as a reviewer for the Photolucida portfolio reviews and the FotoFest portfolio reviews. He has also served as a portfolio reviewer for the New England Portfolio Reviews and the Savannah College of Art and Design reviews. He has curated the SSAC Photography Now exhibition as well as serving twice as a juror for their member exhibition. In 2011, he co-curated Instant Connections, an exhibition of photographs by photographers who use Polaroid technology in the creation of their work and in 2012 he curated Grunts: The GI Experience at the Panopticon Gallery in Boston. In the fall of 2013, he co-curated What I Did On My Summer Vacation also at the Panopticon Gallery in Boston. In 2017, he co-curated Boston Celebrity at the Panopticon Gallery and panAFRICAproject at the Mount Ida College School of Design Gallery.
His mixed media work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Jim Fitts has had an award-winning career in advertising, design and corporate identity. He held the position of Executive Creative Director at Avenue, Inc. in Chicago and Creative Director at HHCC in Boston and in Europe. Jim was Creative Director for Monster.com and a partner at ClarkeGowardFitts.
About North Shore Photography Lecture Series
North Shore Photography Lecture Series (NSPLS) is part of the Firehouse Center for the Arts' Newburyport Lyceum Speaker Series. NSPLS is co-produced by Firehouse Center for the Arts and Sweethaven Gallery.
Nearly everyone is a Photographer now, thanks to smart phones and digital technology—but few of us really understand the Art. Whether you are a novice or advanced, The North Shore Photography Lecture Series will open your eyes to the artistic world of photography. It will suggest new ways to look at photographs, and spark a new reverence for the little digital cameras in our lives.
The lecturers are professionals who have spent their careers dedicated to some aspect of photography—as pro shooters, educators, connoisseurs, and even a designer of photography books. They will guide you through the magic of the photographic medium—not so much about technical tips, but rather about how some photographers have raised the humble medium to an art, or have used it as an agent for social change. The lectures are also designed to engage the general public in exploring the art of photography, and to inspire up and coming photographers to pursue their dreams by listening to the words of and seeing examples of passionate, working pros.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” (Elliot Erwitt)
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” (Aaron Siskind)