California Educator

June / July 2018

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C O M M E R C I A L P H O T O G R A P H Y has been Gene Sasse's bread and butter. During his 45 years in the business he has specialized in location photography, most often for real estate developers. But Sasse is a man of many interests, including the fine art side of things. He's been known to take noncommercial photos of subjects that give him a chance to express himself more intimately. For about 10 years now, Sasse, a member of the River- side CCD Faculty Association, has been letting students in on his secrets at college campuses in the Inland Empire area of Southern California, including Riverside City College and Mt. San Antonio College. Students have been getting the inside scoop on lighting, framing, composition, and making good photographs better. It's become somewhat of a passion for him, and he prides himself on the results his students achieve. Another passion that sets Sasse apart: He is the founder of the Inland Empire Museum of Art (IEMA). He explains that one day in 2013 he was reflecting on works by noted Inland Empire artists like Milford Zornes and Millard Sheets. "I realized that although their works could be seen from time to time in the area, thanks Art on View By Gregory Zerovnik Inland Empire photography instructor Gene Sasse founds a museum 61 J U N E / J U L Y 2 018 C Gene Sasse teaches a class at Riverside Community College. Photo: Daniel Gamboa

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