Charles Arnold Lecture Series

The Charles Arnold Lecture Series brings speakers with experience, talent, insight, and discovery to the creative and intellectual culture of Rochester Institute of Technology in honor of Professor Charles Arnold’s contribution to the School and to the world of photography. The lecture series has been bringing in guest lecturers for over ten years. Take a moment to read through some of the short descriptions of events and view the posters of some of the talented photographers who have contibuted to this wonderful lecture series sponsored by the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.

E Adam Attia, 11/5/15

Adam joined the US Army in 2003 where he served for three years as a geospatial analyst. After earning a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2011, his military service inspired his mission as to create conversations about topical social and political issues.
In early 2012, he began working in the streets of New York under his given name, ESSAM, Arabic for ‘a safeguard’. Over a 12-month period he created his most notable works, Drone Zones and The Drone Campaign while working stealthily by night. These seminal works gained international press and have been featured in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fox News. Response to these pieces prompted interrogation of presidential candidates about foreign and domestic drone use and led to his arrest by the NYPD Bureau of Counter Terrorism.
After graduation, Adam has spread his knowledge as an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, through a course titled Ball of Confusion: Affecting Social Change Though Photography. His revolutionary spirit continues to push the boundaries of art and public discourse in service to American ideals.

Richard Renaldi, 12/3/14

Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received a BFA in photography from New York University in 1990.  Renaldi works with a large format 8"x 10"view camera to explore portraiture, identity and human interaction. For his series Touching Strangers, Renaldi arranged people he had never previously met into intimate poses usually reserved for pictures with friends or family. About this series, Renaldi notes:  “I wanted the images to explore how notions of trust, love, social conventions, and taboos are expressed through body language.”

Renaldi’s photographs have been widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.  The Aperture Foundation published his first monograph Figure and Ground in 2006. Charles Lane Press released his second book Fall River Boys in 2009. Touching Strangers, also by Aperture, was published in spring 2014.

Walid Raad, 4/25/13

Walid Raad is an artist and an Associate Professor of Art in the Cooper Union (New York, USA). Raad's works to date includes mixed media installations, performance, video and photography, and literary essays. Raad's recent works includes The Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project between 1989 and 2004 about the contemporary history of Lebanon, with particular emphasis on the Lebanese wars of 1975 to 1991.

Raad's works have been shown at Documenta 11 (Kassel, Germany), The Venice Biennale (Venice, Italty), the Hamburer Bahnhof (Berlin, Germany), Homeworks (Beirut, Lebanon) and numerous other museums and venues in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. His books include The Truth Will Be Known When The Last Witness Is Dead, My Neck Is Thinner Than A Hair, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, and Let's Be Honest, The Weather Helped. Walid Raad is also a member of the Arab Image Foundation (Beirut/New York ~

Dr. David Gallo, 4/22/2013

Dr. David Gallo is an American oceanographer and Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - a preeminent, globally recognized scientific laboratory.  For more than 25 years, Dr. Gallo has been at the forefront of ocean exploration, participating in and being witness to the development of new technologies and scientific discoveries that shape our view of planet earth. David has participated in expeditions to all of the world’s oceans and was one of the first scientists to use a combination of robots and submarines to explore the deep seafloor. Most recently David co-led an expedition to create the first detailed and comprehensive map of the RMS Titanic and he co-led the successful international effort to locate the remains of Air France flight 447. Dr. Gallo is currently active in planning a series of challenging expeditions and is encouraging the development of new technologies for ocean exploration.

David is becoming increasingly outspoken about the relationship between humanity and the sea.  Dr. Gallo is also personally committed to conveying the excitement and importance of ocean exploration to the public-at-large.  He has lectured internationally to audiences ranging from children to CEO’s with the goal of awakening the little bit of Jacques Cousteau and Jules Vernes that resides in each of us.

John Freyer 3/27/13

John D. Freyer is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects include his internationally renowned Internet project “All My Life for Sale”, his national PBS pilot “Second Hand Stories” and his readymade projects and Big Boy. His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The Sunday London Times, Art Forum, Print Magazine and NBC’ s The Today Show. His first book All My Life for Sale was optioned by Scott Free Productions and the Oscar nominated writer/director team Shari Berman and Robert Pulcini are attached to write the screenplay and direct the feature film adaptation. Freyer is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art in the School for Art and Art History at the University of Iowa where he teaches advanced photography and digital imaging classes.

He is currently a Fulbright Research Fellow in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ernesto Bazan, 03/11/13

Ernesto Bazan was born in Palermo in 1959.

He received his first camera when he was 14 years old and began photographing daily life in his native city and in the rural areas of Sicily. Photography has been more than a profession: a true passion, a mission in his life.

Bazan has published several books: The Perpetual Past, Passing Through, The First Twenty Years, Island, and Molo Nord.

In 2008, his new publishing house BazanPhotos Publishing will print his new book Cuba on 14 years of life and photography on the island. To see the book’s cover, its initial pages and a full chapter please visit his web page at Cuba Bazan

He has had exhibitions in Europe, Latin America and the United States. His photographs have been collected by collectors and museums including MOMA and ICP in New York, SFMOMA in San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham, the South East Museum of Photography in Daytona, the Fondazione Italiana della Fotografia in Turin, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris and the Musee Rattau in Arles.

From 1992 to 2006, he lived and photographed the island of Cuba documenting the unique time in Cuban history called The Special Period. This body of work has given him the privilege to win some of the world most prestigious photographic awards among them The W. Eugene Smith grant; the Mother Jones Foundation for Photojournalism, the World Press Photo and two fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation.

In 2002, Ernesto Bazan created his own photographic workshops providing special emphasis in Latin America. Teaching has become his ruling passion. Several hundred students have studied with him in the last six years.

He lives with his wife Sissy, his twin boys Pietro and Stefano and their two dogs Diva and Ono in Veracruz, Mexico.

Jamey Stillings, 02/04/13

A passionate interest in and curiosity about people, world cultures, ideas, technology and the environment are guiding forces in my photography and life. In both assignment and personal project work, I draw on a diverse range of photographic skills and thirty years of experience, nationally and internationally, from shooting documentary work to creating highly produced conceptual imagery. I strive for well-executed productions, paired with an approach that is open to both the planned and the unexpected. Energetic, creative collaboration and friendly effective teamwork are at the heart of my most successful projects.

Photographing people is a special love. I approach all subjects with a sense of equality, respect and empathy. In this way, I strive to celebrate the human spirit, seek magic moments of light and expression, and create a sense of balance, clarity and simplicity within each image.

One's response to photographs is highly personal. If you connect with my photography, I hope we can create an opportunity to work together! 

Selected Clients: Amgen, AIG, AT&T, Atlantis Resort and Casinos, Bank of America, Barbados Tourism, Bausch & Lomb, BBDO, Beau Rivage, Beretta, Boeing, Buick, Campbell Mithun, Continental Airlines, DDB, Dentsu America, Discover Magazine, DraftFCB, DuPont, Eastman Kodak, Emeriates Airlines, Epson, First Republic Bank, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Graphic Espression, Ground Zero, Howry Design, Ideogramma, ISM, JP Morgan Chase, Lannan Foundation, Lincoln Financial Group, Louey/Rubino Design, Martin/Williams, McCann-Erickson, Merck Pharmaceutical, Mullen, The New York Times Magazine, Publicis & Hal Riney, Saatchi & Saatchi, Saturn, Sutherland, Time, Toshiba, Toyota, United Airlines, US Airways, Washington State Tourism, Wells Fargo Bank, Xerox

Alumni Panel, 01/04/13

The Charles Arnold Lecture Series sponsors an alumni panel on a bi-annual basis. Each visiting photographer will introduce themselves and their current work, and then discuss their career during and after graduating from RIT. Make sure to stay through the whole panel, as there will be a question and answer session at the end!

The panelists are Chris Bayer, Visual Media, '06; Jana Cruder, Advertising, '03; Jessica Todd Harper, MFA, '01; Paul Reichert, IPT, '01; and Mohamed Sadek Photojournalism '11

Chris Bayer graduated from the Visual Media program at RIT in 2006 after which he moved to Chicago to pursue a career within museums. However an unexpected course of events resulted in a seasonal retail job eventually leading to a photo assistant position at the in-house photo studio of the home-furnishing retailer Crate & Barrel. With little interest in the career path of a photographer, Chris was able to combine his photography background and the management emphasis from the Visual Media program to develop his own career path. This eventually led to the opportunity to take on the role of Photography Producer for the company’s eCommerce photo studio. Chris now works with a full time studio staff, in addition to numerous freelancers, to produce all of the product photography for the Crate & Barrel website, in addition to photography assets for a variety of purposes, such as signage, packaging, and printed materials.

Jana Cruder’s imagery may best be described as hyper-real with a sense of soul. Jana’s ability to combine a fashion aesthetic with underlying conceptual nuances gives her work a uniquely playful tone. Having come up the ranks of apprenticing, assisting, and producing for world renowned fashion, celebrity, and advertising photographers, Jana found the focus of her work early on in her career. Although just at home in the studio, she loves nothing more than beautiful people in fabulous clothing in inspiring locations.  Light, saturation, color and shadow become Jana’s creative surges. Through honed  observation and a keen allowing; her work travels the line of fantasy and reality, resulting  in a world where the perfect is ever so slightly imperfect. Jana currently splits her time between NY and LA and is available for commissions worldwide.

Jessica Todd Harper; Internationally exhibited, Jessica’s work has been discussed in publications ranging from The New Yorker to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Her first monograph, Interior Exposure, was selected by OThe Oprah Magazine as well as PDN as a top book recommendation,  was shortlisted at the NY Photo Festival for Best Book and won a first place Lucie Award.  She was a project winner at Center, Santa Fe and one of PDN’s 30. Editorial clients include New York Magazine, O, The Oprah MagazineReal SimpleDie Zeit Literatur and Newsweek. Jessica has been invited to talk about her work at The ICP, NYC; Google Headquarters,  Palo Alto, CA and Aperture Gallery, NYC. Harper has taught at both The ICP and Swarthmore College. Her next book is due out in Spring 2014 and will include writings by Alain de Botton and Alison Nordstrom.

Paul grew up in Syracuse, New York. He attended RIT from 1997–2001 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Imaging and Photographic Technology. While at RIT, he was a co-op student at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia during the summers of 1999 and 2000. At NASA Langley he was a staff photographer supporting imaging activities including high speed crash tests. Upon graduation from RIT, he joined the Photography and Television (Photo/TV) Operations group at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where he trains astronauts to use imaging systems on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) vehicles. He has become an expert in thermal infrared imaging, written procedures for flight operations and was the mission operations lead for 4 Space Shuttle missions, including STS-135, the final Space Shuttle mission. Currently, he is a Photo/TV imagery operations expert for ISS Expeditions and future deep space programs.

Mohammed Sadek: I am a photographer currently based in Washington, D.C.  Throughout college and into my professional career I have felt a strong connection to minority communities, in particular the Latino community. My concern for encroachment upon civil liberties, in particular blanket surveillance, has steered my career choices.  Much of my current work involves civil liberties affecting the American Muslim community.  On a regular basis I document footage of hate crimes that occur throughout the U.S.  In addition, I distribute video and photographs as well as graphs for news media outlets.  The work I produce has been used or picked up by Al Jazeera, CBS news, and the AP. On a less frequent basis I assist for commercial photographers, and on sets of a variety of different films.

Not a day goes by that I do not continue to make work that is just for myself.

Canon/VII Photographers, 10/18/12-10/19/12

This fall, VII (Seven) Photographers will deliver presentations at University of Southern California, University of North Carolina, University of Missouri, and Rochester Institute of Technology, among other top journalism programs, discussing current issues related to photojournalism, media literacy, and how the Canon EOS-1D X is changing the face of stills and video within the commercial and social documentary fields.

The October 18 evening discussion will include a dialogue about the efficacy of multimedia vs. stills, working with non-profits and the power of high-impact storytelling. The October 19 Master Classes will teach the best way to assemble stills and film portfolios.

With long experience at the forefront of photojournalism, the photographers of VII have adopted the latest technologies to create dynamic imagery and film in the areas of Fashion, Music, Lifestyle, Narrative and Documentary. They are applying their photojournalistic skills in surprising new contexts and as part of the Visual Impact talks they will openly discuss their creative processes and share techniques behind their successes and use of Canon over the years.

A Canon USA representative will be in the lobby of the auditorium before and after the lecture to answer questions about the EOS-1D X. Please visit VII ’s website at for the 18, 19 comprehensive schedule and to learn more about the EOS-1D X.

Jennifer Karady, 5/1/2012

In conjunction with its Charles Arnold Lecture Series, the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences welcomes critically acclaimed photographer Jennifer Karady to campus to discuss her photographic work and career on Tuesday, May 1st at 5 p.m. in Carlson Auditorium (76-1125) in the Center for Imaging Science.

Ms. Karady has received recognition for her photographic work involving American veterans from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the past five years, she has engaged American veterans, depicting their individual war stories in large-scale, staged narratives. An extensive interview process with individual veterans initiates each photograph, followed by a collaboration in which the veteran reenacts a chosen moment from their war experience within the safe space of his/her everyday environment, often surrounded by family and friends. Each color photograph is accompanied by a recounting of the veteran's story in his/her own words that has been transcribed and edited from the interviews. The photographer’s process is conceptually inspired by a form of therapy and is intended to be helpful to the veteran. In a 2010 review in Frieze magazine, critic Aimee Le Duc stated, “The work breaks open not only the way we have been consuming the war, but how an individual constructs traumatic events as a survival mechanism.”

Based in Brooklyn, Jennifer Karady received her BA in Literature and Society from Brown University and her MFA from Rutgers University. Her critically recognized series Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan has been exhibited at SF Camerawork in San Francisco; Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver; and CEPA Gallery in Buffalo. The project was also featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio. Ms. Karady’s images are in the permanent photography collections at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Albright Knox Gallery, to name just two.

I got hit by a mortar while on a convoy, which was not a typical mission for us.  Three pieces of shrapnel went through my leg.  It pretty much swept me sideways and I was knocked out cold.  I was immediately Helivaced over to Baghdad Hospital, from there to Frankfurt, Germany.  Eighteen Marines in my platoon were wounded.  When I heard the stat reports a couple of weeks later, I found out we were hit by 40 mortars and 2 machine gun assaults.  It was in a canyon so there was no way to go forward or back.  When mortars are coming in, it's pretty much hard to cover yourself from that.  That's the scariest thing I've ever been through. That's the bad part, I'll never forget it.  

I am terrified of trucks, garbage trucks in particular, and it has to do with the fact that New York has so many potholes. When they hit one they make this deep echoing sound that sounds similar to a mortar exploding. I see a dump truck rolling down the street and I just try to go to the other end as fast as possible.  I black out, not in a bad way.  I just tune out.  Everything gets dark and these images keep fluttering through my mind of the night we got hit.  It just replays in my mind.

When I returned I was homeless for a total of 5 months.  I spent 2 months in a shelter and I couldn't take it.  It was just this thin line of frustration and then my PTSD wasn't helping.  So I really needed to come up with other ideas. I was stuck in a vicious circle from boarding house to a shelter at Bellvue.  It was ridiculous what they did to me.  I had a better chance sleeping on the A train.  I felt more comfortable, actually.  In New York, 85% of the homeless are veterans.  I see a lot of veterans feeling very, very angry.

Jose Adames works with homeless veterans at Black Veterans for Social Justice in Brooklyn, NY and is studying accounting at Long Island University.

Text was condensed and edited from interviews conducted by Jennifer Karady in October 2008.

Magnum Comes to Rochester 4/8/2012-4/26/2012

     House of Pictures Panel Discussion 4/8/2012

     Alessandra Sanguinetti 4/23/2012

     Rebecca Norris Webb and Alex Webb 4/26/2012

Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Alec Soth, Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Larry Towell, Alex Webb, Donovan Wylie, and Chien-ChiChang to photograph and exhibi tnew work in the hometown of Kodak.

From April 14-29, 2012, ten Magnum photographers will live, work and exhibit together in Rochester, New York. The project, titled House of Pictures, is part of an ongoing series of collaborative attempts to investigate a fragmented and often anxious American landscape. Rochester, with its deep connection to the history of photography, provides a particularly  resonant and meaningful setting.

House of Pictures builds on an earlier project in which Goldberg, Meiselas, Pellegrin and Soth travelled with Mikhael Subotzky and the writer Ginger Strand through the American Southwest last May. Like the first Postcards from America trip (,@magnumpostcards), House of Pictures will be presented live and through various social media outlets.

The project has the support of a variety of Rochester cultural institutions. Visual Studies Workshop will serve as the photographers’ home base and an open studio.  Public group presentations are planned for the Rochester Institute of Technology onWednesday, April18, at 8 p.m, and George Eastman House on the afternoon of Saturday, April 28. * Pier 24 in San Francisco is also a coresupporter.

A variety of additional interactions, installations and events will be announced by social media throughout the project’s run, including on the Postcards tumblr; and twitter; @magnumpostcards. Also; @magnumphotos; and Magnum Photos facebook page.  Chien-ChiChang, a Magnum photographer and filmmaker, will be inRochester to document the project itself.

Community interaction and engagement will play a particularly important role.The photographers intend to make open calls for personal stories and photographic materials that can be incorporated in the work in differentways.  In addition to vernacular and historic pictures, the photographers encourage people to post their own photographs of Rochester in the Postcards flickr group,

Magnum Photos is the home of documentary photography.  Founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier- Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour, it remains owned and cooperatively managed by its independent photographer-members.

Phil Toledano 2/23/2012 

Mr. Phillip Toledano believes photographs should be like unfinished sentences. There should always be space for questions. His work is socio-political, and varies in medium, from photography to installation.

Craig Cutler  1/27/2011

A graduate of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware and an award winning American Photographer, Craig remains connected to students and the emerging art community. He is currently developing, a testament to his on-going commitment to rising talent across mediums. 

Kareem Black 1/14/2010 

Celebrity and Advertising photographer.  

Kareem Black may not be a household name, but his advertising photography work is recognizable. Black has shot campaigns for Vitamin Water, Burger King, Verizon and Kool-Aid, to name just a few.

His celebrity subjects include Bradley Cooper, Kanye West, Justin Long and Spike Lee.

Ernesto Bazan 2/16/2009 

International Photographer Ernesto Bazan Presents Documentary Work of Cuban History. Bazan will hold a book signing immediately following the lecture. Bazan has released a new book, Bazan Cuba, chronicling 14 years of life on the island of Cuba. Bazan documents the time in Cuban history called The Special Period.

Charles Arnold Lecture/Panel Series  1/15/2009

Alumni return to RIT to discuss careers as Still Life Photographers. They will provide insight on their career choices and experiences. San An, Kang Kim, Yunhee Kim and Kana Okada will be the presenters. All four photographers are based in New York City. Their list of clients include Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, New York magazine, Elle Décor, Food & Wine magazine and Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Laura Letinsky  10/30/2008

I explore formal relationships between ripeness and decay, delicacy and awkwardness, control and haphazardness, waste and plentitude, pleasure and sustenance. 

Nina Berman 11/7/2007 

Public Lecture: Nina Bermans has been a documentary photographer since 1987 and has worked in a dozen countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, India and Vietnam. Most of her time has been spent traveling the USA trying to understand the American Way of Life.

Erwin Olaf  4/25/2007 

Dutch photographer and filmmaker Erwin Olaf will be the next featured speaker in the Charles Arnold Lecture Series. Olaf will speak at 6 p.m. April 25, in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science Auditorium. Olaf photographs a wide range of subjects and has shot advertising campaigns for Kohler, Lee Jeans, Microsoft and Nintendo 

Alumni panel discussion 1/18/2007 

Six alumni from RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences return to their alma mater for the next installment of the Charles Arnold Lecture Series on Jan. 18. Rich Becker-Leckrone ’90, Celeste Holt-Walters ’03, Tricia Scott Sahler ’91, Derek Snape ’92, Derek Scott Torrey ’94 and Stacy Vogwell ’98 will be part of a panel discussion at 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 in Webb Auditorium in the James E. Booth Building. The free talk will focus on how these graduates successfully transitioned from jobs behind the camera to careers in the photographic industry as art directors, art buyers, CEOs, photographers’ agents and executive producers. 

Anthony Suau 10/11/2006 

Suau was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his images of famine in Ethiopia. Upon graduation from RIT in 1979, he served as a staff photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Denver Post.

Suau’s photographs of the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, along with those he captured in Kabul, Afghanistan, following the withdrawal of the Taliban, were part of an exhibition that debuted in 2003 at the Museum of the City of New York called “Between World–Kabul–New York.

Currently, Suau is based in Paris, France, and working as a contract photographer for Time. He has traveled the world, documenting the war-torn regions of Chechnya, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Iraq among others. A compilation of Suau’s war and anti-war images, “War Anti War,” was recently on exhibit at the Moscow House of Photography in Moscow, Russia and at the Shanghai Art Museum in Shanghai, China. A book with the same name will be coming out in early 2007. 

Jim Fiscus 2/16/2006

His images of Rapper Jay-Z, Usher and Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps have garnered him numerous awards in the photography industry. Jim Fiscus, award winning advertising and editorial photographer will share insight about his career and his work at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science auditorium. The free lecture is the next installment in the Charles Arnold Lecture Series, sponsored by the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.  

His clients include Mini Cooper, Guinness, HBO, Nike, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch and ESPN. Fiscus, whose work has been featured in the Communication Arts Photo Annual (including the cover in 2004), PDN, and Lurzer's Archive, was named the International Photographer of the Year at 2005's International Photographer Awards.  

David Burnett 12/8/2005

Award-winning photographer David Burnett has captured newsmakers and newsworthy events around the world for more than 35 years. Burnett’s photograph of John Kerry made the cover of Time magazine during its 2004 presidential campaign coverage.

Burnett will give a lecture, Measures of Time, at Rochester Institute of Technology as part of the Charles Arnold Lecture Series, sponsored by RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. His presentation is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Immediately following Burnett’s lecture will be a gallery opening reception of his work in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences Gallery in the Frank E. Gannett Building. The exhibition will be on display in the SPAS Gallery Dec. 5-17.

Burnett has covered American and French presidential campaigns (1974-2004), the Summer Olympic Games, the Iranian revolution and the Ethiopian drought. Burnett has traveled with Microsoft founder Bill Gates to India and South Africa forFortune magazine. In addition to Time and Fortune, Burnett has shot for Life, The New Yorker and The New York TimesSunday Magazine. He has won numerous awards from the White House News Photographers’ Association, National Press Photographers Association, World Press Photo and Overseas Press Club.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen  10/21/2004

Arno Rafael Minkkinen is the first visiting photographer of the Charles Arnold Lecture Series.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen (1945- ) is the best-known contemporary Finnish born photographer, although he moved to the United States at an early age. Most of his work has incorporated his nude body (or parts of it) into landscape, with a strongly photographic but sculptural quality.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen photographs himself stark naked in the mountains, in the snow, blending with the trees, and submerged in water. His photographs are strikingly beautiful and seemingly impossible. They reflect a process that pushes his body to its physical limits; he appears to walk on water or float in mid-air. More recently he has made similar use of the more dramatic landscapes of the Grand Canyon. Minkkinen seldom shows his face in his works, preferring to keep a certain anonymity that focuses our attention on the body as an object rather than a person and also concentrating on their symbolic aspects. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Art and Design in Helsinki and the School of Photography of Vevey, as well as workshops in Europe and United States.

Platon Antoniou  3/8/2004

Former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton are among the familiar faces captured by the camera of Platon Antoniou. The London-born photographer will share the stories behind the images during the Charles Arnold Lecture Series, sponsored by RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.

The presentation is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Antoniou’s photographs have been exhibited around the world in such prestigious locations as Hamilton’s Gallery in London, Spiral Hall in Tokyo, and the Carla Sozzani Gallery in Milan. In May, his first solo show in New York will open at the Leica Gallery, featuring his documentary work from around the world.

In his lecture at RIT, Antoniou will present some of his finest portraiture, including his famous shot of Bill Clinton that appeared on the cover of Esquire. Other photo subjects include Rudy Giuliani, Larry King, Al Pacino, Benicio Del Toro, and Yoko Ono.

Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick  12/11/2003

A well-respected photographic team is set to bring its unusual artistry to Rochester Institute of Technology. Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick will visit campus as part of the Charles Arnold Lecture Series, sponsored by RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.

The presentation is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Kahn and Selesnick have collaborated on photographic projects for more than a decade and have exhibited internationally. Their works are displayed as part of permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as in many private collections.

During their visit to RIT, the pair will present images from City of Salt, an exhibition focuses on the legend of a king who built a city of a salt where he could wander in solitude for eternity. The visual narrative builds to a point where the king questions his original desire to wander alone and his ability to distinguish between dreams and reality.

Patrick Nagatani 2/1/2002

Patrick Nagatani, a renowned image-maker with unique interpretations on photography’s role in supporting history, will offer his insights during a presentation at Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Nagatani will be featured during the latest installment of the Charles Arnold Lecture Series, sponsored by RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. The free, public event takes place at 8 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 1, in RIT’s Webb Auditorium, James E. Booth Building.

A professor and associate chair in the Department of Arts and Art History at the University of New Mexico, Nagatani is best known for his role in the Nagatani/Ryoichi Excavations. Working with the field journals of Japanese archaeologist Ryoichi and photographing excavations undertaken by Ryoichi’s team, Nagatani employs science to suggest an alternative past that questions the assumption that time is linear. He presents images of a past where a Jaguar automobile was ceremonially buried within the foundations of the observatory at Chichén Itzá in the Yucatan and a Ferrari emerges from a volcanic shroud at Herculaneum.

"With this project, I hope to challenge us to examine the ways in which photography creates, recreates, or supports a particular history," he explains. "I want to consider what we accept as evidence and why."

Nagatani’s awards include the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship, the Kraszna-Krausz Award for his book Nuclear Enchantment, the Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Award, and the California Distinguished Artist Award from the National Art Education Association.

John Pfahl 12/05/2002

The enticing beauty of landscape artistry will come alive during a presentation by a popular photographer. John Pfahlpays a visit to Rochester Institute of Technology as part of the Charles Arnold Lecture Series.

Pfahl’s talk, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, will take place in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science auditorium on RIT’s Henrietta campus. The free lecture is sponsored by RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and is open to the public.

A former RIT faculty member, Pfahl is well known for his innovative color landscape images. He has authored several books, and his work is widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world.

Extreme Horticulture, an exhibition of Phahl’s work, opens immediately following the lecture in RIT’s SPAS Gallery, third floor of the Frank E. Gannett Building. Pfahl will be available during the opening for a book signing session.

On Friday, Dec. 6, Pfahl returns to SPAS Gallery to field questions about his photographs from 10 a.m. to noon. The exhibition will remain on display through Dec. 21.

George Pitts 4/6/2000

RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences continues its Charles Arnold Lecture Series with a presentation by George Pitts, director of photography at Vibe magazine. He will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science auditorium.

Accomplished in many fields, Pitts has shown his paintings, drawings and photography in numerous exhibits in the United States. His writing and art have appeared in the Partisan Review, The Paris Review, Big Magazine, One World, Vibe and other magazines. He also wrote the epilogue to photographer Tony Ward's book Obsessions. Pitts' photographs have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Nerve and Graphis Photo Annual 2000 as well as other publications. PP As director of photography at Vibe, he has received numerous honors including the SPD Gold Award, an Eisie Award nomination for his photo essays, and two National Magazine Award nominations for photography. In 1995, Pitts was named one of the "Movers and Shakers for the Future" by American Photo. He was also named one of the "Who's Who Among African Americans" the same year.

"George knows photography," says Denis Defibaugh, associate professor of photography. "But what's unique about him is his willingness to share his knowledge. He's very giving about helping younger photographers get started."

Jeffrey Wolin 12/13/1997

Wolin, recipient of National Endowment for the Arts grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship, recently released the book, Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust, a collection of black and white portraits of European Jews in the twilight of their lives alongside snapshots of them in their youth.

The inspiration for the book came in 1980 when the Department of Jewish Studies at Indiana University invited several Holocaust survivors, including Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, to speak about their experiences. Wolin realized that for many, their only link to their heritage were scuffed and tattered photographs of family they managed to salvage from concentration camps.

Wolin interviewed and photographed survivors and actually hand-printed their words onto the images, creating an almost three-dimensional "phototext." For the artist, incorporating biographical statements along with photos proved a way to capture a part of history that's disappearing as these individuals age. "It was a tremendous experience," Wolin says. "These people were just incredible to talk and work with."