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Questions with an Educator: Nate Larson

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features, Nate Larson. Nate is a Baltimore-based photographer and educator at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His more recent work explores the linkage between human experience and the particular location where the event occurred. His work is exhibited both nationally and internationally and is included in collections such as High Museum Atlanta, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and many more. Here, Nate outlines his recent projects, “Geolocation” and “Centroid…

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Questions with an Educator: Thomas Werner

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features, Thomas Werner. Thomas is a photographer, author, and Assistant Professor of Photography at Parsons School of Design in New York. Thomas has experience lecturing internationally on topics from fashion to contemporary professional practices. He is the former owner of the Thomas Werner Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea Art District, has spent time working for the Department of State as a cultural representative in Russia, and has been a photography consultant for…

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Questions with an Educator: Leena Jayaswal

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features, Leena Jayaswal. Leena is a photographer, a filmmaker, and the director of the Photography Concentration at American University in Washington, D.C. Much of her work focuses on the intersection of being Indian and American, which has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country. She has also spent time working with the well-known Mary Ellen Mark and the Sandra Berler Gallery. On top of her successes with photography, Leena has…

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Questions with an Educator: Chip Williams

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features, Chip Williams. Chip is a North Carolina-based photographer, filmmaker and educator at Appalachian State University. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry, which he shares with his students in the classroom. Here, Chip outlines his path to becoming a professor of photography, his philosophy about storytelling, and his most successful business and teaching strategies. We asked: What inspired you to become a professor of photography? How did you go…

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Questions with an Educator: Gary Rittermeyer

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Gary Rittermeyer. Gary is a Missouri based photographer, educator, and video camera operator who has taught at Benedictine College, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the Metropolitan Community College. Before diving into the photography industry and earning his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and Film, Gary served in the Navy both aboard a submarine and as a Hospital Corpsman. Here, Gary explains where his passion for film originated, his advice for…

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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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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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