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Photography display latest art gracing walls of Manteca City Council chambers
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A collection of photographic art by Karen Campbell is on display in the Manteca City Council chambers. Also a gospel singer and the grandmother of two teen boys, Campbell is a self-taught photographer of some 20 years. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin
A photographic art exhibit in the Manteca City Council chambers is the product of an association with the Yosemite Western Artist photography club out of Oakhurst.

Karen Campbell was recruited for the display by Manteca’s Antoinette Poulos who crossed paths with the photographer at a 2009 art show at Delicato Winery.  She won best of show and people’s choice awards with her “Armargosa Range Stormy Sunset” at the Manteca winery event.

Campbell said she developed a love to photograph old buildings and the beautiful landscapes early on in and near the Sierra.  The grandmother of two teen boys, she remembers entering her work in local county fairs where she garnered blue ribbons and several “Best in Division” awards – and a “Best of Show” with a photograph entitled, “Tulips.”  The photograph went on for additional competition in the California State Fair in the ‘90s.

She is currently busy putting together a coffee table book of her photographs for publication when not spending time with grandchildren or attending workshops to learn the latest techniques in outdoor photography and use of the Photoshop editing software.

Campbell’s photography career dates back to 1981 when living in Mariposa she started taking workshops and began to learn the art of portrait work.  She and her husband spent some six years traveling the state photographing over 120 colleges of cosmetology students.  She has also made a living through photographing weddings, youth sports, reunions preschools, family and senior portraits.