In Memory of a Student and Friend: Rita Foley

I had the unique pleasure of meeting Rita Foley back in 2012, when we were still a fledgling photo school finding our wings in Brooklyn.  Rita was a busy woman, always keeping herself involved in her many projects, from conference calls to writing books to a healthy social life filled with friends and family.  I was blessed to be able to spend time with her doing something she truly loved: creating beautiful images.  

Rita picked up photography after "officially" retiring from being a corporate badass, but her passion for life and work funneled neatly into her enthusiasm for learning the craft.  She threw herself into it, and pushed herself constantly to create new and better work.  In 2013, for her 60th birthday, Rita decided to launch a solo exhibition instead of a traditional birthday party, and came to BKC to help put the show together.  You can see how cool it turned out in the video above.

When doctors ordered her to stay in bed, she went on a bucket-list photo journey through New Zealand.  She was juggling a schedule of chemo, blood transfusions and weeklong-intensive shooting sessions in the wilderness -- The woman was COMMITTED.   More than anything she believed in staying inspired and living for the moment.  A warrior and a poet.

I'm a true fan of hers, as she gave of herself so totally to the things she loved.  Even when she had lost mobility, we were doing Lightroom sessions from bed to complete her final book Show Up For Life Each Day about her journey co-existing with cancer.  This strength of will continues to amaze me.  She was a role model of a woman, a mother who lived as she preached and who was both a powerhouse and an absolute joy to be around.  I'll be forever thankful to have had the opportunity to see her through some amazing moments. 


Thank you Rita for being a total inspiration and one of the coolest ladies around.

Rest in loving peace,

Justin
Founder/Director, BKC

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Rita's three published books are all available on Amazon:

Show Up For Life Each Day by Rita Foley
The Retirement Boom: An All Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, Jaye Smith
Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, Jaye Smith

 

Photographs by RITA FOLEY  www.ritafoleyphotography.com

Bring Your Mom For Mother's Day

Buy One Get One Free

Hey so it's Mother's Day coming up and we know how much your mom means to you.  We feel the same and so we're going to offer a special deal to celebrate Moms everywhere.  

Book a class and we'll send you a gift code for a second seat in the class (or another class of equivalent value) FREE.

Bring Mama with you, or just give it to her as a gift (but seriously tho you should be taking that class together).   Like for example Crash Course: iPhoneography 101 or Crash Course: Darkroom Basics -- both happening on Mother's Day.

Offer good from now until Thursday May 5th.  


We just released NEW DATES for Spring/Summer so get it while it's BOGO.
 

COMING UP 

4/28 - Crash Course Color Darkroom

4/30 - Digital Photo II: Intermediate

4/30- Field Guide IV: The Studio

5/1 - Crash Course DSLR

5/5 - Crash Course Developing Film 

5/7 - Analog Film Lab

Photo Bomb: From Image To Object

Did you hear about our new partnership with UrbanGlass? We have a really special class coming up that combines both worlds of photo printing and glass production to make photographic decals fused to glass. Learn how to get the most out of digital glass printing technology and expand your glass making potential in our 7 session intensive PHOTO BOMB: FROM IMAGE TO OBJECT starting April 10th from 6 - 9 pm.  Read more on our website here!

Week Of Wonders

Sherrie Levine

Levine’s work engages many of the core tenets of postmodern art, challenging notions of originality, authenticity, and identity. Since the late 1970s, she has created a singular and complex oeuvre using a variety of media, including photography, painting, and sculpture. 

Through April 02, 2016

David Zwirner
537 W 20th St
NY NY 

The Expressionist Nude

This exhibition considers the shift in treatment of the human figure in the early twentieth century through a selection of works on paper from Austria and Germany. Traditionally the nude had been presented in an idealized fashion. Proponents of the late nineteenth-century Symbolist movement in Europe were among the first to offer near caricatures of the nude, often imbued with psychological undertones.

Through June 13, 2016

Neue Galerie 
1048 5th Ave
NY NY 

Westminster Dog Show By Alan Winslow

If you follow our Instagram @brklyncentral then you know that our crew here at BKC are all MAJOR dog lovers.  So when we saw our instructor Alan Winslow's photos for ELLE online that he shot for the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, we were pumped.  We picked out our favorites shots from the story along with snippets of their beauty routines.  Catch the full story on their website here.  Enjoy! 

  Karnovanda Steven Cold Bear - a Siberian Husky from Wisconsin he has worked hard to minimize the stains on his coat.

 

Karnovanda Steven Cold Bear - a Siberian Husky from Wisconsin he has worked hard to minimize the stains on his coat.

  This is a pooch named Trouble and is a West Highland White Terrier from Baltimore.  He uses a whitening shampoo in order to keep his bright coloring. 

 

This is a pooch named Trouble and is a West Highland White Terrier from Baltimore.  He uses a whitening shampoo in order to keep his bright coloring. 

  Laika is a Samoyed and lives here in Brooklyn. She loves eating string cheese, carrots, and cucumbers and sledding for exercise.

 

Laika is a Samoyed and lives here in Brooklyn. She loves eating string cheese, carrots, and cucumbers and sledding for exercise.

  Pandy is a Kuvaz from California who likes to run three miles a day but he also loves to eat steak and watch TV.

 

Pandy is a Kuvaz from California who likes to run three miles a day but he also loves to eat steak and watch TV.

All photos copyright ALAN WINSLOW 2016