Photo By: Duane Hudson
Photo By: Duane Hudson

Herbert Ascherman, Jr.

The Cleveland Photographic Workshop


Herbert Ascherman, founder and director of the Cleveland Photographic Workshop, has been an active leader of  the Cleveland, national and international photography community since 1975. Herb is known internationally as a photographer, lecturer, teacher and historian. Herb founded the CPW in 1978 as Cleveland’s first not-for-profit exclusively photographic institution.

Photo Credit: Deep Fried Photo-PhotoNOLA 2018

Laura D'Alessandro

Cleveland Photo Fest


Laura D'Alessandro is a Cleveland-born fine art photographer, writer, and educator. For seven years, Laura volunteered for the New Orleans Photo Alliance and festival of photography (PhotoNOLA).

Laura’s Avant Garde photography is included in numerous private and museum/institutional collections in Cleveland and throughout the country.

Jim Szudy

Jim Szudy

Cleveland Photo Fest

Director & Marketing Manager

Jim Szudy, a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, has been deeply rooted in the Cleveland art and culture community for over 25 years. Jim is a freelance photographer and founder of Gemini Developers, which assists local photographers, musicians, and painters, in marketing, social media, writing publications, and web design.


Staff, Volunteer, & Associates

Nina Ripich - Executive Administrative, Media Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator


Nina Ripich is a freelance artist, photographer and a  graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Creating art everyday is what fuels her. She is the executive administrative & media assistant of the Cleveland Photo Fest!

Jamie Richey - Coordinator, CSU Documentary Project


Jamie Richey is a Cleveland based creative photographer, mixed media artist and curator. Jamie received her BA in Film and Photography from Elon University and her MA in Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her photography has garnered numerous accolades in solo and group shows, advertising, and scholarship; as well as honors from juried competitions. See more at jamier-photography.com

Anastasia Pantsios - Photographer


Anastasia Pantsios is known throughout Cleveland for her music photography; shooting both big-name artists and local bands. Her photos have been published published in international media such as Rolling Stone, Creem, Spin, The New York Times and The Washington Post. She has also done news photography and food photography for The Free Times and Scene. She is currently editor of CoolCleveland.com where she produces photostreams of local events. Anastasia's personal projects explore the urban landscape.


Tim Lachina - Marketing Communication Specialist


With forty year’s experience, Tim Lachina is the Cleveland Photo Fest’s design consultant. As a photographer, Tim works in large scale landscape images, encaustic, gum bichromate and other alternative processes. He also spends a considerable amount of time in his favorite southwestern locations.

Anderson Rush - Interactive Media Specialist


A lifelong Clevelander, Anderson Rush is a freelance artist who combines elements of technology, fine art and design into both photographic and cinematographic image making.  Anderson is currently working through positive learning experiences to fulfill his vision of Cleveland as  a community of entrepreneurial artists.

Randy Norfus - Community Liaison / Corporate Development


Living and working in Cleveland, Randy Norfus is a professional photographer and educator. Randy’s specialty is the photography of Jazz musicians, which he has actively pursued for over 30 years. He is committed to the Cleveland Photo Fest as the Community Liaison and Corporate Development director.

Tou Cha - Volunteer


Tou Cha is a visual artist who grew up in Minneapolis where he studied graphic design and illustration. Tou has collaborated with Laura D’Alessandro on her photo constructions, which motivated his interest in volunteering with the Cleveland Photo Fest.

Jan Vectrlis -  Event Coordinator


Jan V. is a native Clevelander. She is inspired by the city's landscape of architecture and social diversity through involving photography. Jan is dedicated to involvement in the community arts through the eyes of a visionary and a creative soul.

Want to Volunteer with CPF?

Volunteers are the minds, hearts and hands of our organization. The list of opportunities is almost endless: from arranging and hanging exhibitions, staffing openings and educational events, gallery docents, gallery staffers, office organization workers, media contacts, consultants and caterers. We welcome and all civic minded collaborators and contributors.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at: contact@clevelandphotofest.org

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