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Questions with an Educator

Questions with an Educator is the newest Strictly Business category. It was created to capture the incredible depth of knowledge, experience and talent that our Educator members bring to their students, the ASMP community, and the greater photography industry at large.

Questions with an Educator: Bill Gaskins

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Bill Gaskins. Bill is a photographer as well as an educator at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He is fascinated by the myths of photography and American Culture, as well as the photographic representations of African American people. Here, Bill describes the main focus of his work, his techniques for connecting with his students and his monograph, Good And Bad Hair: Photographs by Bill Gaskins. We…

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Questions with an Educator: Brian Storm

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Brian Storm. Brian Storm is the founder and executive producer of MediaStorm. MediaStorm is an award-winning film production and interactive design studio that gives voice and clarity to the most pressing issues of our time. They feature inspiring and moving stories in their digital publication, share proven techniques to elevate storytelling in their online training, and produce engaging projects for clients around the world. They’ve also developed the…

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Questions with an Educator: Tomiko Jones

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Tomiko Jones. Tomiko is a photographer, as well as Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson and has been recognized with awards such as 4Culture and CityArtists (Seattle). Her work studies transitions in landscape, and here, she explains how this focus came to be….

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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 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 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 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 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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Questions with an Educator: William Snyder

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features William Snyder. William is a four-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and editor who has also spent the last 18 years as The Who’s official photographer. He is now the Director of the Photojournalism Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he went to school himself. He has had great success working in newspaper, as a freelance photographer, and also just recently released his first book, Join…

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Questions with an Educator: Kim Komenich

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Kim Komenich. Kim is an Associate Professor and head of the photojournalism sequence at San Francisco State University. He has had, and continues to have a very successful career in photojournalism; even winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1987. He now shares his extensive career experience with his students and works to help them navigate the rapidly changing photojournalism industry. Here he details his prize winning project, his path…

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