The Kona Gallery Auction to Benefit Japan


Fish Haul Beach, Hilton Head Island Model: Katherine
Fish Haul Beach, Hilton Head Island Model: Katherine

I’ve donated this print to benefit Sendai, Japan. It will be available at The Kona Gallery in San Clemente, California this Saturday April 16, 2011. I have extended family just outside of Tokyo, so it’s also a personal uplifting thing for me to do.

412 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672

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Rebekah Colby, Corporate Communications

Office: +1.949.481.3747
Fax:     +1.949.481.3941

Email: [email protected]



Silent Auction and Raffle at Free Event
SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIA, U.S.–– The KONA Gallery invites you to a silent auction and raffle to raise money for the victims of the Sendai area earthquake and tsunami. Join us at The KONA Gallery and Photojournalism Center at 412 North El Camino Real, San Clemente, U.S., on Saturday April 16th from 6p.m. until 9p.m. to participate in this cause and to be apart of a silent auction/raffle and general event to remember and benefit the victims.

It has been a month since the devastating 9.0 earthquake and ensuring deadly tsunami hit Japan. The fallout is still being felt worldwide. International Medical Corps, ZUMA Press, DOUBLEtruck Magazine, plus over two dozen merchants in San Clemente area have teamed up with the KONA Gallery and Photojournalism Workshop Center to throw a benefit for the victims. The benefit will auction and raffle off over $100,000 worth of goods and services.


Scott Mc Kiernan, owner of The KONA Gallery and Photojournalism Center, has generously donated all of the Limited Edition DOUBLEtruck Magazine prints in the current exhibition of 29 Seeing Double Exhibition, the 20×30 prints are framed in museum frames, valued at $1,500 each, to be auctioned off, totaling over $ 43,000 worth. A great way to support the cause and get a beautiful photograph that tells a story that people should know.

The night is one you are not going to want to miss. The following is a list of the San Clemente companies who have contributed to the silent auction: Del Mar Beauty Supply/ Salon Bamboo, Chin’s Acupuncture, 5 Elements Spa, Sonny’s Pizza, The Cellar, Peligroso, Pizza Port, Bliss Boutique, San Clemente Wine Co, Beachfire, Skullcandy, Rainbow, Casa Tropicana, Nick’s, Hobie, Asana Fit, First Team Real Estate, Runmore, OltreMare, OC Tykes, Beach City Florist and St. Roy at Vine.

If you cannot attend in person, feel free to send a check to the gallery, put in memo: Quake Benefit.

100% of the proceeds will go to Japan, through International Medical Corps and ZUMA Press’s Tokyo Bureau. For more information about the silent auction and The KONA Gallery, please contact Rebekah Colby at +1.949. 481.3747 or email [email protected]

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS ––Established in 1984, International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.


THE KONA GALLERYAND PHOTOJOURNALISM CENTER––Unveiled on October 7, 2009 by photojournalist and entrepreneur, Scott Mc Kiernan, The KONA Gallery is a space dedicated to the presentation and discourse of photojournalism. The vision of The KONA Gallery has been to expose a broad audience to moving historical moments through the lens of acclaimed photographers. The center will be holding exhibits in its’ two galleries and a monthly lecture series will be held in the BIG WEDNESDAY Gallery, along with workshops thru out the year and other educational presentations.

Japan Quake Tsunami Benefit - The Kona Gallery
Japan Quake Tsunami Benefit - The Kona Gallery



iSpy 2


iSpy with My Plastic Eye 2
iSpy with My Plastic Eye 2

Please join me and all the other artists for this really cool Plastic Camera exhibition! iSpy with My Plastic Eye 2

Nelson Blanton, Meg Madison, Monica Orozco, Maura Brennan, Jonesy McElroy, Manuello Paganelli, Connie Conway, Erin McGuire, William Mackenzie Smith, Nicole Cooper, Astor Morgan, Aline Smithson, Ann Cutting, Liliana Morgan, Ellen Stone, Josh Elliott, Ross Morrison, Naomi Troeger, Noelle Swan Gilbert, Paul Redmond, Karen Florek, Christiane Ingethron, April Rocha, Zoe Wiseman, Diana Jeong, Liv Naesheim, Michael Kirchoff, Craig Olsen

All sales benefit WeSpark – a great charity that helps Cancer patients! Good stuff! The exhibition is in partnership with MOPLA! The month long photography festival for Los Angeles.

A photo book will be published that you can purchase at the exhibition. Find me and I’ll sign it for you!


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Reflections of 2010

Thank you to everyone who played a part in making 2010 a special year for me. It was filled with happy moments and great picture making. Trips to Australia, New Orleans, New England and all over my home state of California. Book publishings, gallery exhibitions, magazine features, working with amazing models and learning quite a bit and growing quite a bit.

A really special thank you to all the people at A&I. The exhibitions that I participated in were so much fun and I met so many wonderful people. It’s nice being part of a beautiful photo community in the city where I live. Thank you for allowing me to put on such a big solo exhibition too!

Australia. I love you. I love your people. I love your land. I want to throw a rope around the tail hitch of the plane each time I leave and drag you back to California with me. I do. I do! I hope all of you in Queensland are staying somewhat dry right now. What a flood! Sorry.

Thank you to all the collectors who purchased my work this year. While book and magazine publishings really make one happy, nothing makes someone happier than when someone likes the work so much that they buy it and hang it on their wall. Pure happiness!

Thank you to American Photo for making me their centerfold this July! What a hoot! 1o years later this photo is still being published. Love that.

Thank you very much to all the models who worked with me this year. I hope the work we did reaches the pages of more books and magazines in the future. You’ll be the first to know!

Thank you to Feierbend Unique Books, 1x, Sunset Studios and A&I for all the publishing and exhibits!

Thank you to everyone who has joined up on my new site Figure Models.

Thank you to Julia Dean Photo Workshops for having me participate in their workshop line up. It’s great to be teaching along with so many amazing photographers in such a warm and professional atmosphere.

And speaking at Apple about iPhone photography! Geek moment to remember!

And thank you to all the people who have touched me personally this year. Who have helped me see the world a bit more positively and shared my love of the earth, sky and water. Made me laugh, made me cry, and supported me in ways that gave me that special boost to carry on. I love you all.

Enjoy some photos from what will be remembered as a very amazing year! Bring on 2011!! Happy New Year!

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Apple Pics

Had a great time talking at the Santa Monica Apple Store about iPhone photography. I saw some great pictures and showed a few of my own. And thank you to Christian Peacock for the photographs!

Talking at Apple
Talking at Apple, photo by Christian Peacock
Talking at Apple
Talking at Apple, photo by Christian Peacock

I bit the Apple and the Apple bit back


If you didn’t already know, I take a lot of photographs with my iPhone. I’ve written about iPhone apps and have been featured on Ovation TV. Now I have the honor of speaking at the Santa Monica Apple store on November 11, 2010 about the art of the iPhone and the process I go through when I make my pictures. I AM A GEEK! Yes, I know. But, it’s really fun to make iPhone pictures.

The Apple Store: Nov 11, Santa Monica, Third Street Promenade, 7 p.m.
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West Hollywood Book Fair Appearance 9.26.10

Hi y’all! I’ll be at the City of West Hollywood Book Fair signing copies of my limited edition book, Fiat Lux. If you bought one of my books but never had a chance to get it signed feel free to drop by and I’ll sign it for you. I’ll also have about 10 books there for sale, I’m running out so hurry! Hope to see some of you there.

City of West Hollywood Book Fair
City of West Hollywood Book Fair

A&I Books is proud to announce its sponsorship and first-time participation in the 9th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair, Sunday, September 26, 2010. A division of A&I Photographic and Digital, A&I Books is a leading printer and publisher of photography books.

“We are dedicated to serving the West Hollywood community, where so many of our artists live and work, and look forward to being part of the West Hollywood Book Fair’s exciting celebration of books,” says A&I’s co-owners Baret Lepejian and Vic Lepejian.

The A&I booth at the one-day event in West Hollywood Park will feature a demonstration of BookCreator, A&I’s free online self-publishing software that allows anyone to design and print their own photo book. Artists whose books have been printed by A&I will also be on hand to talk about their work and sign copies of their limited edition books. Artists include Jeff Sheng (“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”), Zoe Wiseman (“Fiat Lux”), and Kevin Gray (“American Cars”).

The 9th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair,

Sunday, September 26, 2010 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. 90069

A&I Books booth: E46.

le Nu LA ~ Opening Reception May 27, 2010

le Nu LA - fine art nude photography exhibition
le Nu LA - fine art nude photography exhibition

Le Nu LA, A&I’s fine art nude exhibit and book to benefit The Aftermath Project.

Thursday, May 27, 2010 from 7PM – 10PM Opening Reception

933 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA

Exhibit/Book curated by Astor Morgan
Foreword by Zoe Wiseman.

Partial list of participating artists in random order:

Joel Levinson
Jim Wright
Ashley West Leonard
Ann Cutting
Jeff Dunas
Philip Condit
Josh Elliott
Greg Gorman
Zoe Wiseman
Richard Meade
Cat Jimenez
Dolores Lusitana
Sara Terry
Manuello Paganelli
Michael Tighe
Renee Jacobs
Bob Berg
Ina Sotirova
Steve Diet Goedde
Nelson Blanton
Perry Gallagher
Josh Separzadeh
Rene Russo
Mark Tanner
Jaqueline Truong
Efren Herrera
Michael Sanville

Exhibition ~ I Spy With My Plastic Eye + Polaroid Loveliness

i Spy With My Plastic Eye

My work will be hanging again during Mopla @ 5th and Sunset Studios – Come out for a great time and to meet great people!
Apr 16 2010
i Spy With My Plastic Eye

5th And Sunset Studios – 12322 Exposition Blvd West Los Angeles, CA  90064

Admission: FREE

i Spy With My Plastic Eye, is a group exhibition visualized by photographer, Astor Morgan.  The exhibit, brought to life by A&I, is a testament to the unique qualities of toy cameras.  Each artist approached their imagery with a singular voice, using a variety of film types, techniques, and cameras.  The photographs in this exhibit speak of gesture, of time passing, of simplicity and complexity, allowing for a wide range of expression.  And all of this magic has been captured through an inexpensive plastic lens, part of an inexpensive plastic camera that inspires discovery and serendipity.

The i Spy With My Plastic Eye exhibit will be on display at 5th and Sunset Studios.  Available for viewing April 1st to April 30 by appointment only by calling 310.979.0212.  Books will be available with a “foreword” by Aline Smithson.  Proceeds of book and print sales benefit

Artist’s reception and book signing April 16, 8pm to 11pm.


I just returned from Palm Springs and made some Polaroids with my Holga. Enjoy this one of Meghan. I was having a fight with my film trying to figure out the correct lighting to capture the perfect Silver Polaroid look and finally got it on the last frame. A salute to her patience as I cursed my camera and this film. I’m quite happy with this photo.

4.1.10 Meghan @ Viceroy Palm Springs