Remembering Dickey Chapelle

"At 23, Chapelle got her first taste of war, covering army combat training for Look magazine in Panama. She spent much of her career photographing historic events from the Battle of Iwo Jima to the Vietnam War."

Former Student Wins Award

Very happy to share that one of my former students, Tameka Shelford, just won 1st place in the Intermediate category in the Johns Hopkins National Arts Program contest with a photo of her brother that she took for my Digital Darkroom class, and hers is the first photo to ever win Best in Show. Just great news. It's always wonderful to see students put their work out there and get recognition for their efforts. Tameka was an amazing, dedicated student in my class, and I suspect this isn't the last time her name will be called at an awards ceremony.

  Takeil  by Tameka Shelford

Takeil by Tameka Shelford

A Photo for History

What an amazing photo by Pete Souza, chief official White House photographer, and the accompanying article about the image in the Washington Post by Janell Ross is worth a read. Click the image below to link to the story.

 Clark Reynolds, 3, is greeted by President Obama during a Black History Month Celebration held Feb.18, 2016, at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Pete Souza/White House)

Clark Reynolds, 3, is greeted by President Obama during a Black History Month Celebration held Feb.18, 2016, at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Pete Souza/White House)

Arts in the Armed Forces

Arts in the Armed Forces is a fantastic program, and this video with 'Star Wars' actor and U.S. Marine Adam Driver is a wonderful example of how folks in the military can be a part of an arts community. As Adam says, "What better community to arm with the tool of self-expression than those protecting our country."

Click the image below to watch the video.

Finally on Instagram

Well, I've finally found my way to Instagram. Yes, I know it's a bit late, and I'm sure all of the cool kids have moved on, but it's another way to get my work out into the world, so I might as well take advantage of it. To that end, I've been digging into my archive of images from my career as a photographer/photojournalist, and I am discovering some gems that I thought had been lost to time. Much of my early photography from my time in the service was lost because I didn't necessarily have control over the archiving of that work, and in the early days of digital, we just weren't thinking in those terms. I'm only recently piecing together that work via archives, negatives, outdated media, printed materials and colleagues who have been kind enough to help. Some of these were published, some weren't, and some are brand new. I hope you'll follow me to see what comes next. Just click here.

Paul and Me

During a recent visit to the Phillips Collection's newest photo curation American Moments, I had the privilege of seeing firsthand one of my all-time favorite photos: Paul Strand's Wall Street (1915). I have been showing this image to students for many years, always projected huge at the front of a classroom, and I had no idea it was really this small. I would often comment on how the large, monolithic shapes loom over the tiny people, and when it's projected on a screen, those shapes seem to loom over us, too. So it was surprising to find those massive rectangles so very, very tiny.

One year Later: March to Stop the War On Black America

Protesters gathered at the corner of Pennsylvania and North Avenues Aug. 8 to march through west and central Baltimore on the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters also spoke out against the deaths of Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Tyrone West and other "victims of racism and police terror."

Unlock the Vote in Baltimore City Paper

I am very excited about having a photo series published by City Paper in Baltimore. The event was the Unlock the Vote protest and march Aug. 6. Participants met at McKeldin Square in downtown Baltimore calling for an override of Gov. Larry Hogan's recent veto of SB 340/HB980, which would restore voting rights to ex-felons. Click on the image below to see the series.