Member Bios

Debasish Raha

Debasish Raha

I live in the San Francisco Bay area and a member of the Millbrae Camera Club. I am originally from Calcutta, India and came to Yale University for post-graduate studies about 30 years ago. I am a biologist and currently working in a pharmaceutical company. Photography is the media I use to express what my eyes see, like and appreciate in Nature, in man-made designs and imaginations and especially in human interest. I have been taking photos for many years but seriously for last 10 years. I take photos with my digital SLR as well as with my iPhone. I enjoy running and have run few half marathons and one full marathon. This is my 10th year living in the Bay area and I enjoy living close to the Nature and not far from the city.




Dirk-Olaf Leimann

Dirk-Olaf Leimann

I started photography when I was 18 with small jobs for a local newspaper to finance my studies while writing about the local events and of course, a black and white picture was part of it and I developed those myself. Than the job took a lot of time and my photography was taking family photos. When the digital time started it got my interest and so since 2004 I spend a lot of time to it. Still I struggle with converting color pictures to bw so I am looking forward to develop my skills. I have Canon 6D MK II and other cameras and I use Photoshop and NIK filters to convert to bw.

I am German citizen and live in Belgium.




Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Judy Ponti-Sgargi lived most of her life in Toronto. She studied anthropology and psychology, educational planning and business administration (Honour BA University of Toronto; M. Ed. the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; and MBA, York University). For 30 years, she worked with the Ontario provincial government undertaking strategic, financial and operational planning, policy development and hospital restructuring.

Upon retirement she moved from Toronto,Ontario to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For eleven years, she enjoyed the island’s active lifestyle and natural beauty. Six years ago, she and her husband moved to London Ontario to be close to family.

Water has always been part of her life, whether swimming, canoeing, or sailing on Lake Ontario, the Straits of Georgia and Desolation Sound. She also enjoys hiking and yoga.

In her mid-thirties, Judy bought a Canon A-1. After three years, she put aside the camera to undertake an MBA and a busy career. Two years ago, she bought a Nikon D7200.

Judy is a member of the London Camera Club. Since joining the Photographic Society of American in October 2017, she has completed the basic and advanced individualized photography project courses and a portfolio on the Thames River titled The River of Life.




Georgios Kazazis

Georgios Kazazis

George Kazazis was born in 1981 in Athens where he is living and working.

George Kazazis first touch with photography was in his early years when his father, Fotis Kazazis, one of the most important Greek photographers from the 60’s until now, was taking with him for company in his dark room. Kazazis started occupying more seriously with the Photographic Art in 2003, where he was given his first reliable photographic cameras. At the same year he attended lessons in Photography in the Hellenic Photographic Society, the most historical Greek Association (it was published in 1952) for one year and graduated in May 2004.

Kazazis travels a lot to find his topics that mostly have to do with Humans in their everyday actions or Street photography: "Photography for me is a means to say something, an immediate and sometimes symbolic way of expressing thoughts, ideas and emotions. My favorite theme is captivating common people all over the world in their everyday life. I also like street and travel photography in a spontaneous and authentic way. My work is focused mainly on people and my point is to create pictures in a susceptible and emotional way. I have spent a part of my lifetime traveling around the world and meeting local people. In conclusion, a large part of my life, definitely, has been strongly related to artistic photography which I really love."

2005 was a very important year for Kazazis because he was formally invited by the Chinese Photographic Society to attend a photographic festival in the southern part of the country, met a lot of multi awarded and experienced professional photographers of all over the world and learned so useful information about artistic Photography. He also wins his first National prize and attends with optimism the future. pictures have been accepted, praised and awarded in many National but mostly International Artistic Photographic Competitions. He also became a member of Hellenic Photographic Society and a year later he became member of its Directory Board, a position that he maintains until today. From 2009 until 2011 he has been Superintendent and from 2011 until now he has been the Administrator of the Society.

For all of this activity in 2016 he has been awarded AFIAP from FIAP, Crown1 and Aphrodite from GPU, •HPS from HPS in 2017 and EFIAP in 2018. Part of his artistic work has been published in many catalogues, newspapers, magazines, books, important websites like Getty Images (2 of his works are placed there for sale) and has been exhibited in many cities of Greece and in a lot of other countries worldwide.

Kazazis has studied Theology in the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens. He has also a Master degree in Criminology in Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences in the Faculty of Sociology. He is a PhD Candidate in Sociology.




Georgianne Giese

Georgianne Giese

I've have been an analyst and database programmer most of my professional life and started getting serious about photography in August, 2010, when I retired. There was a definite need on my part to express all the creativity that had been suppressed by work situations. My husband is a good photographer, so I joined him in this hobby.

I have the greatest admiration for photographers who use in-camera creativity, usually by homing in on the detail of a lovely object. So besides composites, I work at improving my photographers creative eye, and use a Canon 7D. I work mostly with PS CC, Google (formerly NIK) and Topaz plugins. They are wonderful tools to make time vanish!

My favorite artist is Salvador Dali, and my goal is to create photographic art in that type of style. However, I never like to restrict my appreciation or indulgence in other creative forms. I prefer to add creative aspects to my photos, including textures, composites, distortions, macro, anything that works, without constraints. Some in-camera images stand alone, without much development. I love to create those, as well as experiment with in-camera creative images, e.g., multiple exposures.

We live a few miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, near the Waccamaw River, where it is part of the Eastern seaboard Intercoastal. This area is so full of photographic opportunities, from historical places, woods, mountains, wildlife, and of course, the ocean. We love it, especially when the tourists are gone! The cooler months here belong to us residents, as do the wide, uncluttered beaches!

georgiannegiese@gmail.com




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Lance Lewin

Lance Lewin

Atlanta Fine Art Photographer/Instructor/Writer

Lance A. Lewin is mostly a self-taught photographer learning camera skills and a wide scope of perspectives from a richly filled combination of studying the pioneers of photography in the mid to late 19th Century and masters of the 20th century. In addition, studying art history, drawing and design at Albany State University, all in the pursuit of developing Lewin's own artistic interpretations and narratives.

Lewin presents most work as black and white fine art compositions. Post-production parallels the manipulations of traditional wet darkrooms, like corrections to luminance and chromatic dynamics. Though a lot of Lewin's work cannot be deemed as "Straight Photography", nonetheless, Lewin stays clear of trends that can lead to what some refer to as hyper-reality, and instead, maintains a photographic canvas that does not transcend the natural psycho-physiological characteristics of a photograph, thus presenting work evoking a sense of reality and authenticity.

Lewin is hoping to learn both new ideas from members and offer insights/concepts that have helped his photography career.

Camera Systems: Canon 5D Mark II and III and Minolta XD-11 and XD-7 film camera systems

* Owner at visualizingart.com
* Kennesaw City Arts & Culture Commission Board Member
* On the Board of directors at Gilmer Arts in Ellijay, Ga
* Co-Director and Curator at Gilmer Arts Gallery
* Photographic Society of America (PSA) Group-87 and Group-83 Administrator
* PSA Georgia State Membership Director




Jose Luis Rodriguez

Jose Luis Rodriguez

I started with photography when I was 15 years old, when the digital era came, I went deeper into it and dedicated myself full-time to it. I have a photo-studio in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and I am Spanish.