Matthew Bamberg Educator, Author, Photographer


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Everyone is talking Common Core. After extensive research in collaboration with a group of fourth grade public school teachers, Matthew Bamberg continues updating his Common Core Standards Links blog with relevant Common Core Standards lessons that contain  topic-specific curriculum objectives.

Common Core Standards Links blog contains up to date published standards that have been updated to include district-specific student learning targets using the following formula:

Students will (concept and skill) by (cognitive application from Hess DOK) as demonstrated by (type of cooperative group activity).

From Common Core lessons in English Language Arts to Common Core lessons in Math, Common Core Standards links is the place to find the most up-to-date updates on these important state-implemented, national standards.

 Matthew Bamberg at the Desert Art Center

Matthew Bamberg is now at the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs. He has a bin in the gallery with 5-10 mid-century modern photos in addition to a bit of gallery space for framed photographs.

From architecture to the flashy text of signs, Matthew Bamberg's signs are bright and colorful, adding a mid-century modern urban chic to white walls in the living room, dining room, kitchen or bedroom. 

Palm Springs, the center of the mid-century modern universe, has prompted Bamberg to become a minimalist photographer, reaching out to preserve the essence of the best of twentieth century design.

The symmetry, lines and shapes of the twentieth century are first and foremost agreeable to the lens of a camera provided upon a variety of factors--the ambient environment being number one--rapidly changing sun, clouds and light that changes lines, shapes and form. Working with this environment is dependent upon how the lens interacts with the conditions at the time of photographing. I work with these elements as I have learned from the work of Ansel Adams that time and patience are needed to get a good shot.

Unlike Ansel Adams,  Bamberg is able to get assistance from Photoshop to tweak a good shot to perfection. At times, too, I take the past and recreate it so that people can see just what it was like in a very much different and forward-thinking age.

Bamberg's work begins with a Dadaist perspective, catching an entity from the mid-century to make a statement--praising or critical--about its value in the world around us. It continues to reach out for increased meaning by using text in the surroundings to illustrate how things aren't as they seem to be. Word plays that change conceived meanings among good design was a hallmark of twentieth century signage and graphics. Walker Evans' use of text in the environment also plays into my work, which assists in emphasizing language as an important part of the past to viewers of the art.

Curious by light striking my lens (direct and bold or soft and willowy) and the sounds (especially of the shutter opening and closing), I struck a relationship first with film and then, like so many, with the digital camera's sensor.

Bamberg also has sold his photographs in many Southern California stores and galleries. His books, "Digital Art Photography for Dummies" and three books in the "Quick and Easy Secrets" photography book series describes the process from taking the picture to printing and framing it.


Many universities have strict policies for students who submit late assignments. Some leave the penalties up to the instructor, and others slap the point deductions independent of what the professor decides.

Either way, late assignment penalties need to be abolished for students who notify the professor ahead of time. That statement might make some educators cringe, leaving them astonished.

Here's why.

1. In the real world of writing and project management if you give your superior written notice that your work will be late (with an acceptable excuse) it's usually an acceptable process if the assignment submission delay isn't too long of a period of time. The thinking here is it's better the job be done correctly than not, despite the time it's turned in.

2. If a professional submits an assignment haphazardly, he/she is likely going to get it back to redo regardless of the due date. That process (submitting an assignment with many errors on-time) creates  animosity between the professional and his/her superior in addition to the work being late, further complicating the entire process. Better the work be done correctly a few days late than go through both the conflict and frustration of working with an inferior piece of work.

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