“I am committed to helping people achieve their creative and career goals!”
Ira Gardner started working full time as a professional photographer in 1989 and was nationally certified as a commercial photographer by the Professional Photographers of America in 1995.
From 1995 – 2005 Ira operated Gold Management Systems which was a business management software and consulting business that helped clients all over the United States. His software specialized in production management, customer relationship management, and automated accounting and payroll systems that were certified by a CPA accounting firm. It was one of the earliest systems to utilize networking over the internet that enabled clients to connect offices from remote locations. In addition to this he provided his clients video training materials, workshops and consulting services on how to develop financial models to develop effective marketing and business management decisions.
Ira has served on the board of directors for the Professional Photographers of Washington, the Spokane Film Project, and the Richmond Art Collective. He has also served as chair of the Northwest Region of the Society for Photographic Education.
Ira is a tenured faculty member at Spokane Falls Community College where he teaches classes in photography, digital media production, documentary filmmaking, and business practices. Many of Ira’s students have gone on to successful careers in photography and filmmaking. In 2017 Ira received the Exceptional Faculty Award.
In addition to teaching Ira served as chair of the department of Applied Visual Arts working with the Photography, Digital Media Production, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Journalism programs for 8 years. He also served as chair of the College Graduation Requirements and Curriculum Committee for 13 years. He is currently serving as the General Education Outcomes Assessment Coordinator at Spokane Falls Community College.
Ira has worked extensively in developing teaching and assessment strategies for face to face, hybrid, and online classroom environments.
In addition to teaching, Ira also does freelance projects including book design and publishing, gallery exhibitions, video and commercial photography assignments along with media and business consulting work.
He maintains a studio in downtown Spokane where he continues to make fine art photography and commissioned portraiture.