Photoweenie.com was founded in late 2012 as a focal point for the fine arts photography community.
Photoweenie.com’s mission is to bring greater awareness to emerging and established photographers, to highlight current exhibitions, and to present industry news and editorials. In a short time, photoweenie.com has become a valued resource for enthusiasts, practitioners, and collectors of fine arts photography.
Founder and editor Jim Fitts has enjoyed a highly successful career working with both fine arts and commercial photographers. He has served as a marketing consultant, reviewer, curator, and designer. Over the last several decades, Jim has assembled an impressive collection of vintage and contemporary American photographs.
Jim has been a fine arts photography teacher, lecturer, curator, and photographer for over 30 years.
He’s an avid collector of fine arts photography with a focus on 20th century and contemporary American photographs. He has held the position of Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. The PRC is considered one of the country’s premier fine arts photography organizations, presenting numerous lectures, exhibitions and networking events.
He is currently a Professor at Mount Ida College. He has been a teacher at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University where he taught portfolio development.
He has curated three photography exhibitions for the PRC/MIT Gallery. He’s served as a reviewer for the Photolucida portfolio reviews and the FotoFest portfolio reviews. He’s also served as portfolio reviewer for the New England Portfolio Reviews and the Savannah College of Art and Design reviews. He’s curated the SSAC “Photography Now” exhibition as well as serving twice as a juror for their member exhibition. In 2011, he co-curated “Instant Connections”, an exhibition of photographs by photographers who use Polaroid technology in the creation of their work at the Panopticon Gallery in Boston. Later that year, he curanted “Grunts: The GI Experience” for Panopticon Gallery as well.
In both 2011 and 2012 Jim was the organizer and moderator of panels for FlashForward Boston. The 2012 panel was called ” The Secrets to Getting Your Work Seen and Exhibited”. The panel comprised of Jason Landry, Owner and Director of the Panopticon Gallery in Boston, Cary Wolinsky, editorial, commercial, and fine arts photographer, and Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. The video of “The Secrets to Getting Your Photography Seen and Exhibited”, along with video of the other lectures and panel presentations, is posted online here.
Jim has had an award-winning career in advertising, design and corporate identity. He held the position of Executive Creative Director at Avenue, Inc. in Chicago and Creative Director at HHCC in Boston and in Europe. He was Creative Director for Monster.com and a partner at ClarkeGowardFitts.
His personal work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 2010 Jim’s work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Yamawaki Gallery at Lasell College.
You can see samples of the work I’ve done and projects I’m working on done at my website here.
The black and white photo of me above is by young PhotoWeenie Gus Hoiland.