Michael Kawano is the owner and operator of MKawano Photography based in Alameda, Michael has always loved photography and has been doing it professionally for more than six years. He is a tirelessly self-taught photographer with an unwavering passion for the craft. Michael has shot everything from landscapes to sports, weddings, events, wildlife, architecture, products, and over the years has specialized more and more in portraits. He has won photo contests, has work hanging at the California Academy of Sciences and at the Alameda Historical Museum, has had a photo selected as the cover of a Random House bestseller, was commissioned and published in a special edition of Bake magazine, and most importantly has a long list of clients who are happy with his work, including renowned pastry chef Laci Sandoval and five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten. Michael is a past president and active board member for the Alameda Photographic Society and also enjoys teaching photography workshops on a regular basis, giving back and helping others make the most of their love for photography.
Dave’s passion for photography began at age 7 when he started taking pictures with a Kodak Brownie. As a veteran of thousands of darkroom hours (including hundreds of joyful, dim-lit hours spent in the Looking Glass darkrooms during the 60s and 70s), Dave appreciates the lessons learned from tens of thousands of photographs–using both pre-digital and state-of-the-art digital methods. Today, Dave owns and operates DS Composition, a photo studio in Oakland. He specializes in studio portraits, editorial and advertising, wildlife, scientific ultra-macro, and fine-art composite photos – as well as photographic education. His images have been featured in publications such as Bay Nature, Oakland Magazine, East Bay Express, as well as many websites, academic journals, books, solo exhibitions, museums, and juried group shows.
Reid began photographing his dog when he was 9 with a Kodak Brownie camera. From there, he graduated, with his dad’s instruction, to a Kodak Retina I (c. 1939), a light meter, and a darkroom. His experience is varied from shooting portraits & exploring the intimate world of macro photography, to teaching pinhole camera construction at a camp for the blind.
Reid teaches both adults and children at a variety of venues, including community colleges, camera stores, community recreation programs and nonprofit environmental groups. His work has been utilized by colleges, a literary magazine, non-profit service organizations, and corporations. He loves teaching and helping people grow in their photography as much as he loves shooting and producing his own work.
Tony is an award-winning Astrophotographer. His photos have been published in books and calendars, as well in highly acclaimed magazines including in Astronomy, Backpacker, Mountain Bike Action, and Outdoor Photographer. Tony is the author of the book Sierra Starlight. and his astro time-lapse videos have been featured on the National Geographic Channel. His astrophotography has been chosen as the Astronomy Picture of the Day on NASA’s APOD website. His expeditions have taken him all over the globe, from the Arctic Circle to the Mountains of Tibet.
Tony has also had his work exhibited at the Yosemite Museum Gallery, the Marin Headlands Visitors Center and the Mountain Light Gallery near his home in Bishop in California’s beautiful Eastern Sierra.
Dana makes photographs to discover novel views of the world. His work includes grand and intimate landscapes, studio work with the nude and small, human dramas played out in thrift store plastic bags. He has received a BFA from Arizona State University and MFA from Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. Along with producing and exhibition his fine art, Dana teaches part time at community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area and maintains a commercial photo practice. “Light is actually a liquid”, he was recently overheard to say. We understand he is receiving professional care with every hope for a full return to the common consensus.
Brian has been working in camera shops since before he could see over the counter. (His dad would keep a stepstool back by the register for him!) He grew up on the East Coast, in upstate NY, and went to the Rochester Institute of Technology for a BFA in advertising photography. After shooting for a bit, he put down the camera for a while and spent a few years in the equally crazy world of fine art, working at galleries in Colorado and California. Now he’s found the closest thing to home he could out here on the West Coast, and is having a blast here at Looking Glass!