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Mark Bowie, Staff Instructor

Mark Bowie is a third generation Adirondack photographer, an outdoors writer, a much sought-after public speaker, and nature and digital photography workshop leader. He’s a renowned authority on night photography and has written two extensive e-books on the subject: The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night and After Midnight: Night Photography By Example. He is currently at work on his monumental Night Over the Northeast project.

Mark is a frequent contributor to Adirondack Life magazine and writes a monthly feature on photography for their website. He has photographed and written three coffee table books on the Adirondacks: Adirondack Waters: Spirit of the Mountains, In Stoddard’s Footsteps: The Adirondacks Then & Now, and The Adirondacks: In Celebration of the Seasons. Each won the Adirondack Center for Writing Photography Book of the Year award. Mark’s work has been published nationally in Natural History, and by the Sierra Club, Conde Nast Publications, Portal Publications, Tehabi Books and other publishers. He has produced several multi-media shows on the Adirondacks and continues to be one of the most prolific photographers and presenters working in the Adirondacks today.

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Joe LeFevre, Staff Instructor

Joe LeFevre is a free-lance landscape and nature photographer from Oswego, New York.  A popular convention speaker, Joe has taught and inspired hundreds of people throughout the United States with his remarkable imagery at venues which include the Photographic Society of America (PSA) International Conference of Photography in 2008 and the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) annual convention at UMass Amherst in 2007.  He has won many awards in photographic competitions, including Best of Show at the New York State Fair and the Best in Graphics Award in the 68th Regional Exhibition at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY.  His work has appeared in Outdoor Photographer magazine, and in numerous regional publications including Adirondack Life magazine and wall calendar, and New York State Conservationist magazine.

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Chris Murray, Staff Instructor

Chris Murray is a fine-art nature photographer working primarily in the landscape of his home, the woods, lakes, mountains, and streams of New York State. His work has appeared in several magazines including Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Adirondack Life, Life in the Finger Lakes, and New York State Conservationist, among others. His landscape stock imagery is represented by Aurora Photos and Danita Delimont Stock Photography.


Chris’ interest in photographing landscapes is derived mainly from his love of the natural world, the same love that led him to choose geology as his first profession. In photography he strives to make images that are a reflection of his sensibilities and how he sees the world. His goal is to make images that are not about place, but rather a creative expression of his response to that place.

Chris also teaches photography classes at Jefferson Community College and the Thousand Islands Arts Center.


Chris Murray resides in Syracuse, NY.


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Johnathan Esper, Staff Instructor

Johnathan Esper is an Adirondack native photographer based out of Long Lake, New York. He specializes in panoramic landscape photography, especially of the Adirondack region, as fine art, and panoramic adventure photography, for stock uses. He is currently involved in a long-term project of photographing panoramas from the tops of trees he ascends on forested hills, for new and unique views over the Adirondacks. He has also backpacked, skied, photographed, mountaineered, and travelled for years through some of our world's great wilderness landscapes and mountain regions including Patagonia, New Zealand, Iceland, Tasmania, Scandinavia, Alaska and the Andes and Himalaya mountain ranges.

Johnathan has been published frequently in the region's premiere magazine, Adirondack Life, including on the covers of their annual calendar , and has also shot assignments for the magazine. His images have appeared in Adirondack Explorer, Adirondac, National Geographic Travel, Climbing and Delta Airlines magazines, and many other publications for commercial and governmental clients. Johnathan's adventure stock imagery is represented by Aurora Photos and Getty Images.

In addition to his work with API, Johnathan is also very active leading adventure photography workshops and photo tours internationally to places such as Iceland and Sweden.

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Carl Rubino, Staff Instructor

Carl often says: “Anyone can point a digital camera or cell phone at something and get a ‘pretty good picture’.  But that does not make art. Art comes from deep inside and the techniques used to relate your vision”. When Carl was five his mother sat him on the couch, played classical music and told him that if he closed his eyes he could “see” the music. He did, and he did. That experience brought Carl, many years later, to follow Thoreau’s thought that “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Carl says he thinks of photography as his “brush and canvas” with which he renders his vision of what lies before him “as I choreograph a three-partnered dance between my creative soul, my lens, and the subject. In short, I seek to capture and interpret life’s visual symphonies, one click at a time.”

Carl uses photography to create an interpretive, artistic expression that falls somewhere between a “traditional” photograph and an abstract painting, and to do so using techniques that are, if not exclusively then certainly primarily, “in camera” using compositional choices and a variety of photographic techniques to produce his own interpretation of his subjects.  His work is probably best characterized as being most frequently abstract or interpretive in nature, and when he deals with a more traditional approach, he portrays it through his own unique vision.

To a large extent, Carl’s photographs consist of three different images: the raw material that is the literal subject matter of the image that my camera captures; what he sees and senses – and seeks to portray – when he sees and experiences that subject matter and uses his camera to interpret it; and what the viewer sees when looking at printed image. Those may be three very distinct views of what is, essentially, rooted in the same thing. “That”, says Carl, “is stimulating art. And that is the greatest part of what draws me to the camera.”

Carl’s work appears frequently in local and regional galleries as a featured artist and in solo exhibitions in and around Burlington, VT, Lake Placid, NY and other North Country venues, and in juried group shows in galleries from time to time, and has also been exhibited in galleries in the Berkshires and Rockland County, NY.  His work has been published and featured many times in Black and White Magazine, and has been published in Adirondack Life and Seven Days VT.  Carl has taught workshops in photography at Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid, NY and at the Shelburne Art Center in Shelburne, VT.  He is represented by Burlington City Arts in their Art Sales and Art Leasing programs and his work is regularly exhibited at NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, Saranac Lake, NY and Legacy Arts in Nyack, NY. 

Learn more about Carl, and to see his work and listing of current and prior exhibitions visit and see his frequent Instagram posts of new and upcoming work at

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