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Exhibitions icon Exhibition: Connections: Biographies

Connections | Connections Biographies

James P Blair | Melissa Farlow | Raymond K Gehman | Chris Johns | George Mobley | Michael Nichols | Joel Sartore | Mike de Sousa | James L Stanfield | Medford Taylor
James Blair

James Blair was born April 14, 1931 in Philadelphia. It was in Pittsburgh where he began his career as a television film photographer and reporter for WIIC-NBC. Between 1950-1952, he joined the staff of the Pittsburgh Photographic Library, headed by Roy Stryker at the University of Pittsburgh. Later, Blair also worked as a Time-Life stringer before becoming a National Geographic photographer in 1962.

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James Blair

Melissa Farlow

Melissa Farlow photographed a total of 17 years for newspapers including The Pittsburgh Press and the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times. While in Louisville, she was a member of the photographic staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of desegregation in the public schools. Twice a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith grant for humanistic photography, Farlow's work has won several awards including a portfolio honour in the National Press Photographers' Association Pictures of the Year competition.

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Melissa Farlow
Raymond K Gehman

Raymond Gehman is a photographer and editor for the National Geographic magazine.

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Chris Johns

Chris Johns was born in Oregon in April 1951. He studied agriculture at Oregon State University and photojournalism at the University of Minnesota. Johns, who began his photography career as a staff member at the Topeka Capital-Journal, was named National Press Photographers Association’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1979. He resides in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia with his wife and daughters.

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Chris Johns

George Mobley

George Mobley grew up on a small farm near the California-Oregon state line. He attended Linfield College in Oregon for a year, and then entered the Air Force, where he worked in the information services field. After his discharge, he matriculated at the University of Missouri, graduating with a degree in journalism.

Mobley was a staff photographer for National Geographic magazine for 33 years.


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George Mobley
Michael Nichols

Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Michael "Nick" Nichols' first contact with photography came when he was assigned to a photography unit in the Army. Later, he studied photojournalism at the University of North Alabama, where he met Black Star Agency photographer Charles Moore. Black Star showed his work to the German GEO magazine which gave him his first magazine assignment. In 1983 he joined Magnum Photos as a nominee and in 1988 was named a member.

In his book, "Brutal Kinship," co-authored with Jane Goodall, Michael joins forces to present ways in which chimpanzees are physically, emotionally, and intellectually closer to us than we ever imagined.


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Michael Nichols

Photo Jeff Foster
Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore, was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and obtained a degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska in 1985. He began his career at the Wichita Eagle and became the newspaper’s director of photography in 1990.

Sartore’s work has earned many awards, including a sweepstakes award for photography from the Inland Daily Press Association in 1987 and an Award of Excellence in the Magazine Photographer of the Year category at the National Press Photographers Association’s Pictures of the Year competition in 1992. He was a guest speaker at the National Press Photographers Association’s Flying Short Course in the fall of 1993
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Joel Sartore
Mike de Sousa

Mike was born in Hampshire, England, 1961. Mike began his creative career with commissions for music composition and photography, then went on to work with London Contemporary Dance Theatre during the late 1980's and early 1990's before broadening his creative output as an author, artist, and designer.

Mike wrote the poetry for
Connections, designed and curated the exhibition, and is the Director of AbleStable.

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Mike de Sousa
James L Stanfield

James L. Stanfield's ability to tackle monumental subjects has enriched articles on the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the coronation of the shah of Iran, and the Vatican. Stanfield’s work in and around St. Peter’s grew into a best-selling National Geographic volume, Inside the Vatican.

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James Stanfield
Medford Taylor

Medford Taylor was born in Conway, North Carolina. He attended High Point University in his home state, graduating with a bachelor of science degree. After completing five years as a naval officer, he continued his education at the University of Missouri, majoring in photojournalism.

Following his schooling, Taylor became a staff photographer for the Houston Chronicle and subsequently the (Norfolk) Virginia Pilot. While based in Washington, DC, he freelanced for
Time and Newsweek, and began shooting assignments from the National Geographic Society in 1984
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Medford Taylor
 


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