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Questions with an Educator: Sonya Naumann

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Sonya Naumann. Sonya is a California based conceptual art photographer as well as an educator. She is very comfortable in the classroom and loves assisting students in the process of finding their vision. Here, Sonya outlines her thesis, “Thousand Dollar Dress,” her main sources of inspiration, and her favorite piece of advice to share with her students. We asked: Please describe your thesis “Thousand Dollar Dress.” How did…

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Questions with a Pro: Kenneth Wajda

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Kenneth Wajda. Kenneth is a portrait and editorial photographer with both national clients and clients concentrated in Denver and Los Angeles. He started his career as a photojournalist with The Times of Trenton in New Jersey over 30 years ago and has been photographing ever since. Here, Kenneth explains how he ensures client comfort on set, how and when he chooses to utilize film, and how his work came to focus around portraiture.  We asked: How do you work through the obstacle of a client…

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Questions with a Pro: David Emmite

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features David Emmite. David is a Portland, Oregon-based advertising photographer and animator constantly driven by his curiosity about the objects and world around him. Before opening his studio in Portland, David trained in Atlanta and has been shooting for major advertisers for 23 years. Here, David explains how curiosity came to drive his creative process, a bit about opening his own studio, and how he incorporated motion into his…

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Questions with an Educator: Dr. T.J. Thomson

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Dr. T.J. Thomson. T.J. is a former visual journalist and current professor in visual communication and media at the Queensland University of Technology. He is the 2019 Anne Dunn Scholar of the Year and is the author of “To See and Be Seen: The Environments, Interactions, and Identities Behind News Images” (published in 2019 by Rowan & Littlefield International). He describes here his transition from industry to academia,…

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Questions with a Pro: Mike Roemer

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Mike Roemer. Mike is a Green Bay, Wisconsin-based commercial and editorial photographer. He has won first place awards in Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Best of Photojournalism and National Headliners, and most recently Best Of ASMP, along with being a three-time winner in the Pro Football Hall of Fame photo contest. He started his career in newspapers and transitioned to freelance photography when he started his own…

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Questions with an Educator: Paul Shambroom

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Paul Shambroom. Paul is a photographer as well as an Associate Professor in Art at the University of Minnesota. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Creative Capital grantee. In addition to those honors, he has published two monographs and has another, Past Time, to be published this Spring. Here he describes how those monographs came about, how his work came to focus around American power and culture,…

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Questions with a Pro: Rick A Brown

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Rick A Brown. Rick is an Oregon based photographer who utilizes both still and motion to shoot a wide variety of subjects. He especially enjoys shooting aviation photography and is even authoring a book about the aviation history of Oregon. Here, Rick outlines his transition from part-time to full-time photography, how he incorporated video into his business, and the role personal work fits into his business. We asked:…

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Questions with an Educator: Andy Mattern

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Andy Mattern. Andy Mattern’s recent work engages photography’s aesthetic conventions and physical materials as subject matter. Since 2015, he has served as Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Media at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His work is held in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Tweed Museum of Art, and others. He is represented…

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Questions with a Pro: Susan Farley

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Susan Farley. Susan is a New York City-based photographer who specializes in people. Her clients range from smaller private clients to large fortune 500 companies. She has won several awards from the New York Press Photographers Association as well as numerous other awards. Here, she describes how her photography career began, the marketing techniques that have been most successful for her, and how she handles the stresses of…

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Questions with an Educator: Rick English

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Rick English. Rick is a Georgia-based photographer and professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has had a very successful career in photography and has also expanded to video and book publication. Here, Rick describes his teaching style, how he incorporated video into his business, and a bit about his documentary, “Preventing Genocide.” We asked: How do you engage your students? How would you describe…

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