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Aspiring Alaska photographers find feedback, friendship at 'Photo Tuesdays'

Katie Medred
Anne Raup

The third Tuesday of every month marks the Alaska Photographic Center’s lecture series “Photo Tuesdays,” an event that has become tradition dating back more than a decade, according to APC members. It is, in sorts, an institution among the Anchorage photo community.

APC’s unofficial publicist, Bill Heubner, explains the club brings in guest lectures and presenters, usually local photographers and professors, to share images, insights and answer questions for a crowd as diverse as the city itself.

"Sometimes the club is vibrant and sometimes there’s only like 12 people in the audience," Heubner joked adding, “about a year ago a lot of new faces started showing up.”

Heubner suspects that the UAA Camera Club may have caught on to the free lectures or, perhaps, may have been coaxed into attending with the promise of extra credit. Regardless of how many people fill the seats, though, the show always goes on, Heubner said.

This Tuesday, APC will host Anchorage Daily News photo editor Anne Raup. Raup, according to APC, has had the "pleasure of editing some of the best photographers in Alaska and sometimes sneaks out to make images of her own."

Tuesday's lecture, dubbed "the Best of Both Worlds," will feature both Raup's recent personal work and a quasi "best of show" of Anchorage Daily News photographers and their most compelling work from 2012.

APC’s series was designed to encourage and support area photographers with motivation, resources, critique and good ol’ fashion Q & A, but the group has its priorities.

"We only meet in the off season; the first meeting generally starts in October and (then) they run through May,” Heubner explained. “In the summer there’s just not enough people to get critical mass together for meetings. Most people are out photographing, enjoying the weather you know?”

Over the years the series has found its home at the Anchorage Museum’s auditorium, where Huebner said it's held about 99 percent of the time.

Raup will take the stage at 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum Auditorium in downtown. All ages are welcome and this event is free to the public.

Contact Katie Medred at katie(at)alaskadispatch.com