Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Uniques" is done and Blurb book of the week!

Finally, the book is done and on Blurb's Website.

A day later, I learned that Blurb reviewed it and named it their "Book of the Week". Here is the link to the announcement:

Blurb Book of the Week

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Community Housing Development Corporation

Last Friday I was working with the Community Housing Development Corporation, shooting at a housing development made up primarily of Somali Families. Typically I am met with a great deal of reluctance when trying to make photographs in this situation. The opposite was true on Friday. In fact, on my way to my car I was followed out, as more people were trying to become photo subjects. I, happily, unpacked my gear and shot some more. Nice problem to have.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Talk Talk

This Thursday night I will be giving a talk at the Minneapolis Photo Center about doing photography for nonprofits. Here is the link and it is also pasted below.

The Value of Working with Nonprofit Organizations

September 23, 2010, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ MPC

Working for non-profits has advantages beyond the good feeling you get by helping others. This market is often over-looked and is in desperate need of good photography. The work is rewarding, allows for creative freedom, and doesn't have to mean no-profit for the photographer. Scott Streble will cover a variety of topics surrounding photographing for nonprofit organizations - from finding clients to working in sensitive situations.

Working for primarily nonprofit concerns, Scott Streble’s assignments have taken him throughout the United States as well as to Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Scott is best known for his documentary photographs of people, using an approach through which he is able to portray his subjects with beautiful realism, honesty, and dignity. Scott has worked with leading domestic and international non-profit organizations including Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, Children's Hospital and The Salvation Army. Scott’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and he received a Kodak purchase award for his work with Doctors Without Borders. In 2004 and 2008, Scott was awarded a grant from the Family Housing Fund for his photographic work of the homeless and Veterans.

View Scott’s work at

The Streble talk is free to all Mpls Photo Center members and $10 for guests/$5 for students. Please RSVP to:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

No Seconds

Rescue Missions are full of signs. Some are inspirational and others assert rules. Rules, of course, are necessary in a place where so many desperate people are just trying to survive. Rules are also the big reason why some chose not to be there.

I have been paying attention to the signs and will post them occasionally. Just for the record, it is rare for a mission not to serve "seconds". Usually the food is served until it is gone.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New York Rugby Women

Often, I am alerted by friends, clients, colleauges about photo oppurtunities that I might find interesting. It's nice to have people looking out for me. I was told that the Womens' New York Rugby team was to be playing here in Minneapolis and asked if I might be interested in doing photos of the players. I set up near the pitch (rugby for field) and took these quick portraits.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Milwaukee Rescue Mission

Last week, I drove to Milwaukee to work with the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Wisconsin has adopted the school voucher program, where parents are given the funding to send their kids to any school, public or private. The Milwaukee Rescue Mission which is housed in a former school, decided to open it's own school. It is attended by both children who stay in the shelter with their mothers and others from the neighborhood. It makes for a nice energy.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Reverse Osmosis

Embarrassingly, it's been a solid month since my last blog post. In that time I have shot 15 assignments...homeless shelters, dental schools, weddings, hospitals.... and have not been good about keeping the blog up-to-date. As time marches on I become uncertain about how to catch up and start to feel over-whelmed.

I am sitting on this bag of work and I have decided to let it slowly leak out in reverse chronology beginning with the assignment I shot today for St Paul Academy. SPA, has engaged teachers and students, which makes it easy for me. Frequently, I find myself in shoots where I must encourage interaction to get results. At SPA it is happening everywhere.