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Questions with an Educator: Steven H. Begleiter

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features, Steven H. Begleiter. Steven is a Denver-based photographer, educator, and photography book creator, who specializes in editorial and commercial photography. His teaching career has taken him all over the country, but he now teaches at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado. He uses his vast career experience as a tool in the classroom to prepare his students for the industry, and thoroughly enjoys learning alongside…

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ASMP and SPE Invite Participation in 2018-2019 State of Photographic Education Survey

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In collaboration with the Development Committee of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), ASMP is continuing to support a survey seeking to assess the state of photographic education.   We want to thank all ASMP members who have responded thus far.  The initial response has been strong, but we want to make sure that everyone has the chance to participate to strengthen the accuracy of the data being gathered. As we have previously noted, the survey…

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Questions with an Educator: Rachel Wolf

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Rachel Wolf. Rachel is a Portland, OR based photographer specializing in camera-less photography, and alternative/antique processes. To create her camera-less photography, she directly exposes photographic paper to chemicals and light. These primary photographic elements become the tools, subjects, and direct chemical processes that create the image. She is also a founding member of FO(u)RT Collective and deiWolf Studio. Here, she provides more details about her unique, camera-less photography, the main lessons…

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Questions with an Educator: Elena Volkova

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Elena Volkova. Elena is a photographer and educator at Stevenson University in Maryland, where she is Assistant Professor of Photography. She is originally from the Ukraine, but received her photography education from the Maryland Institute College of Art after relocating to the United States. She keeps herself very busy with a diverse set of photography related practices consisting of video interviews, podcasts, and of course, teaching. Through her own photography,…

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Questions with an Educator: Jon Van de Grift

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Jon Van de Grift. Jon is a Boulder, Colorado based photographer and educator specializing in aerial photography. He teaches environmental science, geography, and atmospheric science, and thus, has intense concern for the world around us. He works to capture our world from an alternative perspective; the perspective of the atmosphere itself. This desire takes him to great heights on mountain summits and in high altitude aircrafts. Here, Jon describes what…

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Questions with an Educator: Joe Strickland

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Joe Strickland. Joe is a Bristol, Tennessee based photographer and educator who focuses his work on social issues represented through architecture. He investigates spaces that have been created and impacted by humans, but much of his work is void of human presence. He serves as Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Media as well as the chair of the Digital Media Art and Design Department at King University. Here, Joe…

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Questions with an Educator: Andreanna Seymore

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Andreanna Seymore. Andreanna is a New York, New York-based photographer and educator specializing in documentary and editorial photography. While pursuing her Master’s Degree at Queens College, she ended up co-founding the Literacy and Mathematics through Photography (LAMP) program that combined her experience with both photography and the social sciences. She has also combined her passion for photography and her love of Roller Derby to create a monograph entitled Scars and Stripes:…

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Questions with an Educator: Ralph Masullo

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Ralph Masullo. Ralph is a New York based fine art photographer and educator with a vast background in the commercial world. He has built a career as a professional photographer for 30+ years, and now works to share all of his experience with his students at Suffolk County Community College. Ralph’s career shift towards fine art photography happened organically as his interest grew in photography education. Here, Ralph details this…

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Questions with an Educator: Kenneth A. Ragsdale

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Kenneth A. Ragsdale. Ken is a New York based photographer and professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Ken has a very unique process based solely on personal memory that combines many art forms to create captivating three-dimensional constructions from which he derives his images. He hopes that his own innovative work inspires his students to continue innovating the photography industry. Here, Ken details how his work came to revolve solely around…

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Questions with an Educator: Mary Farmilant

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Mary Farmilant. Mary is a Chicago-based fine art photographer who is well known for her work photographing abandoned hospitals. She finds the foundation of photography to be in the intention of the work, and with her background in nursing, the intention and meaning of her abandoned hospitals project are extremely apparent. She now holds the position of adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago, where she earned both her Bachelor of…

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