The Santa Monica College Photography Department will showcase the exhibit “SMC Alumni: A Global Presence,” an exhibit featuring the works of more than 50 graduates from all over the United States, as well as India, France and other nations, beginning Saturday, September 26th through Friday, October 30th.

The show covers all genres of photography and includes works by graduates dating to 1962.

An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. September 26th in the SMC Photography Gallery, on the second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“When they’re in school, you always wonder what the students are going to be like, and then they keep in touch and thank you for what SMC did, and it makes it all worthwhile,” said photography professor Ford Lowcock, who started and spearheads the alumni effort. “Keeping up with alumni is a lot of work, but it’s like an extended family and it’s a lot of fun.”

The department held a previous alumni exhibit last spring featuring photos from the set of “Slumdog Millionaire,” shot by alumna Ishika Mohan, within days of the Academy Awards ceremony where the acclaimed film won eight Oscars, including Best Picture.

The exhibit will display the work of such alumni as Dave Friedman, who has shot a number of Hollywood celebrities including Steve McQueen, Anthony Nex, who specializes in children’s photography, fine art photographer Sondra Wampler and Ethan Pines, whose images have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and other publications.

For information, (310) 434-4289.

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