"At our best and most fortunate we make pictures because of what stands in front of the camera, to honor what is greater and more interesting than we are. We never accomplish this perfectly, though in return we are given something perfect - a sense of inclusion. Our subject thus redefines us, and is part of the biography by which we want to be known."
--Robert Adams, Why We Photograph
As a photojournalist and professor, my creative scholarship seeks the authenticity of the human spirit through photography, writing and oral history. My research and creative interests include documentary photography of subcultures, of people and places lesser known.
I am an associate professor at Northern Arizona University (NAU), where I teach courses in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. My creative and research interests focus on international photojournalism, American studies ethnography, and editorial photography. I am the author of Mennonites in Texas: The Quiet in the Land, a documentary photography book published by Texas A&M University Press in 2006. I also have my photographic collection archived at the University of Texas at Austin’s Briscoe Center for American History. Before coming to NAU, I taught at the University of Montana and the University of Texas at Austin.
I've lead photojournalism study abroad programs to Australia, India, Spain and Cuba.