Director, Ohio University
Co-founder of Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and the school’s current director. As a publication photographer, he produced material for the National Geographic Society’s books and magazines over a 20-year period. His work has been featured in GEO, Sunset, Paris Match and National Geographic. As a documentary photographer, he has been involved in Project Documerica, the 1970 project funded by the EPA to record the state of the environment prior to major air and water legislation. He has been a field researcher on four Library of Congress American Folklife Center projects, the Calvert Marine Museum project on the Patuxent River Watermen and a project documenting the people of West Virginia’s Coal River Valley for the American Folklife Center. His work has been the visual anchor of five books (Life in a Narrow Place, 27 & 1, The fun of basketball is winning, Working the Water, the Patuxent River Project, Blue Ridge Harvest, and David L. Hostetler, the Carver).
Named the Kodak Professor to Australia. He serves on the National Press Photographers Associations contest governing board for the Best in Photojournalism annual competition. Twice been named University Professor for his teaching excellence and 1993 was presented Ohio University’s Alumni Teaching Excellence award. In 2006, he was awarded the Robert F. Garland award for education by the National Press Photographers Association.