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Pro Instructors

Pro Instructors of Detroit

Heather Gardner

-Spent the first 9 years of her life in Caracas, Venezuela with a photographer father.
-Traveled to multiple locations including Havana, Cuba, Bonnigheim, Germany, and Charleville-Mezieres, France.
-Belongs to groups like the Society for Photo Education (SPE), Artist Women of Michigan (AWOM), Women in Photojournalists of Wasington (WPOW), and the White House Press Corp.
-Heather's images are often picked by the noted newspaper syndicated column, C&G Newspapers, with 25+ publications across Michigan.

David Lewinski

-First assignment was for publication, “Real Detroit,” when David was only 17 and assigned by the magazine editor to make a collection of bartender portraits of Detroit. He had the acumen for portraiture and somehow managed the tricky part of getting access even though he was underaged.
-Photo assignments have taken Lewinski to 23 different cities in the U.S. and world-wide
-By lines include Maxim, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, National Journal, Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, Wired and Sundance Film Festival, Real Detroit
-First became interested in photography at age 16 in high school when he assumed the elective course would be an easy, “A,” but soon found himself immersed and impassioned in the darkroom arts. Back then Lewinski’s
camera was a Minolta SLR. His favorite subject matter included portraiture.
-Partial list of commercial clients include Amway, Shinola, Bacardi, Whiskey Advocate, Gentleman Jack, (Jack Daniels)

Alex Alexander


—Earned a BS in Arts and Communication

—Launched Photo Career as a Staff Photographer at PBS-TV35

—Producer for Neman Audio Visual Communications training

—Shooter for Chicago’s Krantzen Studio

—Clients include Amway, Sports Illustrated, People, Life, American Health, YMCA,

—Membership Chair of Michigan Chapter of American Society of Media Photographers

Hugh Kessler

- Professional Photographer for 45 years
- Photographed thousands of weddings, portraits, and sports pictures
- Clients include: Lincoln Mercury, Tektronix and several other companies.
- Teaches at Wayne County Community College (Downriver Campus).

Tom McKenzie

- Editorial and commercial photographer based in Michigan
- Decades of experience teaching photographic workshops
- Revels the interactions he has with his subjects

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