Joe Petolino, 2022
Joe joined PACC in the Spring of 2016 and soon after that he answered a call for a print competition assistant. Later that year, he joined Stan Chism as a Print Co-Chair for 2017, and soon took over as Print Chair, where his "can do" attitude and technical talent led to a number of innovations. In response to some competitions running overtime, he put together a quick web app to display a countdown timer during print competitions. Dan saw the potential to use it for digital competitions as well, and with his help it eventually turned into the projection app that is used for all of our competitions today.
In the fall of 2017 Joe organized the first of what would become an annual exhibit of winning prints from PACC competitions at the Rinconada Library in Palo Alto.
In January 2018 Joe initiated a series of Photoshop Workshops, to complement Dan's Lightroom Workshops.
In April 2019, there was a small emergency with our competition database, when our web host discontinued support for a software library we'd been using. Joe was able to port the database over to the new library which he has been maintaining ever since. He also helped out with the transition of the PACC website to the Club Express platform, devising ways to integrate the competition database server with Club Express. This gave us, among other things, the competition Showcase website pages, which provide automatically generated galleries of winning images for each of our competitions, and the Showcase Exhibition page, which produces online exhibits that match PACC's physical exhibits, but live on indefinitely.
After 5+ years as Print Chair Joe has passed that baton but he continues to serve on the website committee.
About Our Team:
The image Joe chose is Our Team, a street portrait of two boys in Ubud, Bali, taken in 2009. They appear to be very close, maybe brothers, and the inscription on the shirt seemed appropriate as a title. When looking back on the many excellent portraits among Laurie's submissions, Joe felt it was obvious that Laurie had a real talent for capturing the personality of his subjects. Joe hopes that this image embodies a little bit of the spirit of Laurie Naiman.