CANCELLED – March 2020 Meeting: Photographic Projects with Paul Turounet

To do our part in helping to limit any potential spread of the new coronavirus, we have decided to cancel our March meeting. Thanks for your understanding!

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You are invited to the March 2020 meeting of the Sierra Club San Diego Chapter Photo Section at the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library Community Room. Our presenter this month is Paul Turounet, Professor of Art and Photography at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California, with whom we’ll be talking about photographic projects. Please continue reading if you’re interested, and find the complete details with date and time at the bottom of this article.


Photographic Projects

While many of us enjoy the pursuit of single images and the quality time that photography provides that way, we can create a much stronger message and tell more complete stories, create better documents of time, when we go beyond the standalone photo and instead create a series of photographs. But where do we begin?

Similarly, sharing a photo with our friends via social media and photo sharing sites, maybe uploading it to our own website, is often where the presentation of our images ends nowadays. Very often, we do not even print our photographs anymore, and thus rarely think about which other ways there are to show our work, and what additional qualities a physical manifestation of our photographs provides.

In his presentation Beneath the Dirt of Great Men: From Concept to Presentation Paul Turounet will provide us an insight into his work on photographic projects. He will also share a portfolio of 24 x 30 inch matted prints, a portfolio book and a print book from his current series “Beneath the Dirt of Great Men“.

About Paul

Paul Turounet received his MFA in Photography from the Yale University School of Art in 1995. For the following fifteen years, he photographed in Mexico for which he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1997 and grants from the Trans-Border Institute in 2003 and 2004 for his continued work on the U.S. – Mexico border.

This work, including Estamos Buscando A, Bajo La Luna Verde and Tierra Brava, considers the psychology and culture of the U.S – Mexico border exclusively in Mexico and has been featured in various solo and group exhibitions in both the United States and Mexico, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona, the New Mexico State University Art Gallery in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Regis University in Denver, Colorado, the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona, the El Paso Museum of Art, Texas, the University of Texas – Brownsville, Centro Cultural Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico, and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

In 2016, his self-published book, Estamos Buscando A, was shortlisted and a runner-up for the 2016 Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award, and was included on the New York Times – The Best Photo Books of 2016.

His work is represented by Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, and jdc Fine Art in Oregon.

Paul Turounet is a Professor of Art and Photography at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California.


Here are some illustrations of Paul’s work. There’s more on his website and you can also find on Instagram.

Members-Only Free Drawing

After the main presentation, we will have a brief intermission and our members only free drawing – every Photo Section member present at the meeting will receive a free ticket for the drawing, with a chance to win prices and giveaways.


MemberShare will occur after the intermission & drawing. Here’s a quick reminder of the guidelines and procedure:

  • Send up to five photos via Dropbox file request.
  • Please send only JPEG files, sRGB color space
  • Minimum resolution: 1920 pixels wide or 1080 pixels high (whichever comes first)
  • No maximum resolution but anything larger than 3000 x 2000 is unnecessary
  • Prepare to speak no more than 10-20 seconds on each photo
  • We’re a photo club – please share only your original photographs with us (no CGI, digital art, etc.)
  • Deadline for MemberShare submissions: Friday, March 13th, 6pm
  • Nameplates: feel free to include a portrait format (vertical!) headshot with your photos

To submit your images, simply click this button:


If you need help or if there’s anything unclear about this procedure, the Dropbox help article on file requests contains everything you need to know.

NOTE: Your photos are only shown during MemberShare and will be deleted afterwards. We do not keep copies. There is no need to watermark your photos. If you feel that you must add a logo or other overlay, please keep it small and unobtrusive.

Also, please do not wait until the very last minute to submit the photos you want to share. We need time to prepare the image presentation. When the MemberShare is especially popular, we may have to reduce the amount of images from each member. If that happens we will announce it before MemberShare begins, and hope for your understanding.

Photo Conversations

If you have a little extra time please stay after our MemberShare, for our photo conversations. Members can submit one image, which will be projected anonymously for constructive discussion. Participation is optional. Stay if you want to learn with us how to talk about photos!

Meeting Location, Date & Time

We have your new 2020 membership badges ready for all those who signed up for a 2020 membership since the February meeting.

If you like to become a member of the Sierra Club San Diego Chapter’s Photo Section or renew your membership, we are accepting 2020 Membership registrations online. This is the easiest way to join us! You can also become a member at the meeting, or pay your recurring membership invoice at the meeting.

  • Serra Mesa Kearny Mesa Library, Community Room
  • Address: 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
  • Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2020
  • Time: 1.30 PM setup & get together; 2 PM main presentation; ~3:30 PM MemberShare followed by Photo Conversations.

Mandatory disclaimer: This program is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the San Diego Public Library. The Library is not responsible for the information presented in this program.

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