Robert Schwan (1930-2007)
Robert Schwan’s support of MAFAC through use of his name for this event and his participation as a judge for this competition and exhibit is only one example of his love for photography and his community. Mr. Schwan was born and raised in Marshall. He was distinguished as the Schwan Food Company’s longest serving employee with 58 years in his family’s business.
Mr. Schwan judged the photo show from its beginning in 2002. A close personal friend commented, “He didn’t like personal publicity, but he did enjoy that the contest was named after him. He was a great photographer. He had a wonderful eye for composition.” Robert Schwan was involved in photography throughout his life and enjoyed capturing his surroundings through the camera lens.
The Robert Schwan Memorial Photography Competition and Exhibit bears the name of a special individual who was involved with this event since its inception. MAFAC appreciates and is honored to have had Robert Schwan’s participation, support, and most of all, inspiration for this event.
2012 Competition Themes
Whatever your line, make it the main focus of your photograph! Lines are everywhere—power lines, railroad tracks, traffic, lines at the bank, long lines, short lines, straight lines, crooked lines. The lines must be an element of your photograph. In other words, digitally inserted lines would not be considered meeting the intent this category.
A close-up is a picture taken within two or three feet of the subject, but can also be as close as a few inches. Close-ups are used to isolate specific details of a subject. The world is full of the tiny things that can draw a curious eye. Often seemingly small details can tell the story of your subject as well as broad views do.
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