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Photographer Ron Zak to Present “Creation/Salvation” at PhotoEye

Photographer Ron Zak to Present “Creation/Salvation” at PhotoEye@NVC
at Napa Valley College on Thursday, November 21, 2019
-Free to the Public-

NAPA, CA, NOVEMBER 7, 2019 –  Photographer Ron Zak will present “Creation/Salvation,” a talk on his work at Napa Valley College’s quarterly public lecture series, PhotoEye@NVC, on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place at Napa Valley College in Room 3706 in Napa. 

Ron Zak is a Sonoma-based photographer, teacher and traveler who works to reveal moments of irony and interconnectedness in his images of diverse cultures and environments. After serving in Vietnam 1965-67, Zak moved to San Francisco and earned a Masters in Art from San Francisco State University.  He presented his first solo exhibition titled “The Human Condition” at San Francisco Art Institute’s Walter and McBean Gallery. 

In 1979, Zak moved to Sonoma and worked as a photographer for newspapers and magazines. He went on to start Zak Photographics, which specialized in advertising, book illustration, fashion and portraiture work. Zak is well known for his photo ad campaign used for decades by Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction.

Zak’s teaching career also began in 1979 at Napa Valley College where he mentored many students who went on to become professional and established photographers. From 2005-2017, he lead the photography department at Solano Community College and for the past 30 years, Zak has coordinated travel courses for photographers to such locations as China, India, Cuba, Indonesia, Burma, Argentina, Paris, New York, and Vietnam. 

“Travel and teaching has enabled me to exercise my lifelong curiosity of ‘the other,’ which began when I left Pittsburgh to serve in Vietnam,” said Zak.  Watching my students go out into the world and follow their passions is the ultimate inspiration.”

The travel study program was inspired by Zak’s own experience as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia (1989). He has exhibited frequently throughout Northern California and Pittsburgh (his hometown) and has work in many private collections, at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa Valley Museum and the Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art in Macedonia.

“The title of my PhotoEye@NVC talk “Creation/Salvation” sums up my journey as an artist,” says Zak. “Creation brings you into existence and salvation is the deliverance from loss and suffering. I see the arts as healing and a way to connect with others. We are all living in the question together.”

PhotoEye@NVC is a quarterly photo lecture series organized by the Napa Valley College Photography Department featuring in-person presentations by noted photographers and other contemporary image makers in which they are invited to share their ideas and artistic practices with students and the general public. The lecture series is produced with support from the Janice E. & Bernard Charlup Photography Endowment of the Napa Valley College Foundation.

About Napa Valley College
Napa Valley College prepares students for evolving roles in a diverse, dynamic, and interdependent world. The college is an accredited open-access, degree- and certificate-granting institution that is committed to student achievement through high-quality programs and services that are continuously evaluated and improved.  The college serves students and the community in the following areas:  transfer courses, career-technical education and training, basic skills, and self-supporting contract education and community education classes. Napa Valley College is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa. Learn more at

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: Holly Dawson, Public Information Officer, Napa Valley College
(707) 256-7112

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