SE Center for Photography is Open

Ben Nixon at SE Center

We’re open! The SE center opened last week in Greenville with an invitational show, Best of the Upstate, featuring the work of Bryan Hiott, Sandy King, Ben Nixon and Sam Wang, running until September.

Black, White, and Everything in Between, juried by Verve Gallery director and photographer Jennifer Schlesinger, features images selected from submittals from around the world, opens September 4.

We’re currently putting together our workshop schedule for the fall and next year. Let us know if there is something specific you’d like to see or are a workshop leader who would like to participate.


SE Center for Photography Opening


We’re almost there! It looks like we’ll make the scheduled opening Friday, August 7. Just finishing touches and light installation and we’ll be ready to go Friday.

The SE Center for Photography is an exhibition and education venue promoting the art and enjoyment of fine photography.

Through monthly juried exhibitions, local, national and international photographers of all skill levels have the opportunity to have their work presented and enjoyed by collectors, curators, enthusiasts, interior designers, and colleagues.  In addition, exceptional photographers will be invited to participate in solo or group shows.

Our workshop and class schedule cover all aspects of photography and challenges, encourages and inspires the photographer in all of us.

Located in the Village of West Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina’s textile mill village turned arts district. Just one mile west of downtown.


Looking towards the back of the gallery, the workshop and studio area.


Looking toward the front of space.

Erica Jay


The last workshop we did at RED was with Erica Jay & Vinnie and what a way to wrap it up! Erica came down a day early and we were able to work out a few concepts for the workshop. Long over due, the session went very fast as we accomplished in a couple hours what could have been a day. That’s what happens when you work with a pro. And the workshop the following day was fantastic with all getting great images.

A couple more from my first shoot with Erica, there will be more:

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An Encaustic Weekend with Leah Macdonald

Ryan's Skirt, Encaustic, © Michael Pannier
Ryan’s Skirt, Photograph with Encaustic, © Michael Pannier

Several years ago I discovered the encaustic works of Leah Macdonald at Galerie BMG in Woodstock, New York. Two years ago I first attended a workshop with Leah, and returned for another last weekend at Leah’s studio near Philadelphia. You may know encaustic has become an intregal part of my current Another Time series, and I wanted to refine some aspects of the process.

I started the weekend at the Paul Strand show at the Philadelhia Museum of Art, thanks to Bill Earle. The five of us spent the next two days playing and experimenting with wax and paint, talking art and photography, sharing inspirations and food.

I often hear from peers they are beyond workshops, or don’t do workshops any more. Personaly, I can’t imagine a better way to spend time, with creative people sharing and inspiring, discovering new concepts and techniques with friends old and new, and coming home ideas flowing and anticipating new works.

Playing with Paper, the Creative Nude

M Pannier Workshops


Saturday 11/15/14, Shoot at RED Studio

This workshop is an opportunity to photograph the human form in original, imaginative settings we’ll create throughout the day. The photographers will have the ability to work with both fine art nude and fashion settings uilizing common items found in the studio. We’ll convert part of the studio at RED into a work zone to experiment with paper, foam board, and other items to construct multiple setups for the photographers and models to use.

Photographers will have the opportunity to experiment with several setups they have constructed and experiment with different lighting techniques to control and manipulate the idea. Photographers will work one-on-one and in teams with the models for six hours of shooting. Two professional models, Erica Jay, MM#2108801, and Laina Vandekieft, MM#2907440, will join us to inspire photographers of all levels of experience.

Registration to open soon

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Natural Light Nude Workshop Announced

Natural Light NudeSaturday 6/21/14

Michael Pannier with Bill Earle

Once again my friend & fellow fine art photographer Bill Earle will join me as we convert the studio bay door at Shoot at RED studio into a giant softbox to demonstrate techniques with available light. Photographers will have the opportunity to experiment with several setups and light modifiers to control and manipulate the light. Photographers will work one-on-one and in teams with the figure models for six hours of shooting. Two professional figure models, Zoe West (MM# 1089400) and a second to be announced shortly, will join us to inspire photographers of all levels of experience.

Registration now open, for more information or to register