Kioto Aoki is a conceptual photographer and experimental filmmaker engaging the material specificity of the analogue image and image-making process. Her work explores modes of perception via nuances of the mundane. Recent investigations focus on perceptions of movement between the still and the moving image. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently  a HATCH artist resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition.



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Whitney Bradshaw  is a photographer living and working in Chicago. She is currently the head of the visual art conservatory at The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). In addition to chairing the visual art department, Whitney teaches the 2-year AP Photography Major course to juniors and seniors. Before beginning her work at ChiArts in 2012, Whitney was the assistant curator of the renowned LaSalle Bank Photography Collection and the curator of photography for the Bank of America Collection. As a curator, she developed more than 40 exhibitions, which have been loaned to museums and cultural centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has published a number of books and essays on the collection's holdings and served on the editorial board of the Columbia College Press. During her 13 years as a curator, Whitney continued to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses at Columbia College Chicago. She received her MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2001. Her photographs can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography as well as numerous private collections and have been published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune as well as in My Body Your Body (No. 1 in the 6x6 Series) published by Columbia College Chicago in 2003. Prior to her graduate studies, Whitney attained a BA in Sociology, spearheaded, and was the first to graduate with a minor in, the Women's Studies program at Eastern Illinois University. In addition to working in a CPS school, Whitney has a daughter who has attended CPS schools for 12 years.


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Kris Brailey is a photographer from the great state of Michigan. She moved to Chicago in 1991 where she still resides. She received her BA in Photography from Grand Valley State University and her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Her photographic work has been exhibited by: Columbia College Chicago, Firecat Projects, Northern Trust Bank, Quad City Arts Center, and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. She has received grants from: The City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program, Art Council of San Francisco, Illinois Arts Council and a faculty Development Grant from Columbia College Chicago. Brailey was Senior Lecturer for First Year Seminar at Columbia College Chicago and has taught photography at Columbia College Chicago, College of DuPage, and Roosevelt University. Brailey has been a teaching artist for: Museum of Contemporary Art, CAPE, Marwen and Polaris Charter Academy. Currently she is the High School Coordinator at the Polaris Charter
Academy; a K-8 Elementary school in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood.


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Suzette Bross is a photographer living and working in Chicago, Illinois. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the New Britain Museum of American Art, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art and more. With an MFA from the Institute of Design at IIT, Bross has taught at Columbia College Chicago, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and the Northwestern University Medical School. Her work has been exhibited internationally and across the United States. Bross was commissioned by Northwestern Memorial Hospital to create a permanent portrait series of Chicago women and was also included in the Cleveland Museums of Art’s “DIY: Photographers & Books” show. Bross has exhibited her Walks series in a solo show at Geary Contemporary in New York City, NY and the group exhibition, titled Alien Nation, at Lehman, College Art Gallery in Bronx, New York. Her series, For the Glass, was featured in solo exhibitions at the Chicago Artists Coalition and Lehman Arts Center in North Andover, MA, Geary Contemporary booth at EXPO Chicago 2016, and as the first exhibition in the Chicago Google Artist Initiative. In 2016, she began collaborating with Suzanne Hanney at StreetWise Magazine creating photo-essays about Chicago’s Uptown Tent City residents.


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Liz Chilsen is an artist committed to the vital representation of artists and their practice within the public realm. She comes to CPS Lives with over 20 years of experience directing exhibitions large and small, including intimate one-person shows at City Gallery in the Historic Watertower, public-site installations at “Above the Tracks” an innovative space situated in a large Chicago Transit Authority transfer site, and the massive 250-artist Chicago Art Open which she directed for the Chicago Artists’ Coalition in 2005. She was inaugural director of the Photography Manifest Exhibit at Columbia College Chicago, which she directed for ten years, preparing up to 200 graduating seniors each year for their professional entry into the field. She developed curriculum, managed course scheduling, developed exhibitions, and taught photography as Academic Manager in Photography at Columbia College. Liz is passionate about international education and cultural understanding. During the 1980’s she was Executive Director of the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua, directing educational exchange programs and study exchange tours as part of the Sister-State relationship, and she developed and taught an arts-exchange study abroad course in China for 7 years. Liz’s creative work engages deep connections to issues of place and history in stories comprised of her photographs and writing. “Class Pictures: Photographs from Two American High Schools” explores meaning and place in two American High Schools, looking at Carl Schurz on Chicago’s northwest side, and Marathon High School in her home state of Wisconsin. Liz’s blog “Neighborland” on ChicagoNow is a platform for stories in words and photographs exploring issues of place, art and the built environment. Her work is exhibited, collected and published internationally.


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Kelly Costello has a rich history in design research, innovation and education. Having worked more than two decades in design, she brings deep experience to understanding people as well as creating relevant solutions for new business offerings. Her focus on a human-centered perspective drives to solutions that strongly resonate with target audiences to improve engagement and create compelling experiences. Kelly has worked across a wide range of industries, including healthcare, consumer electronics, utilities, web and software design, CPG, manufacturing, and financial services. Kelly is an active educator and workshop facilitator. She is adjunct faculty at the Institute of Design and teaches courses at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and CEDIM in Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico. She also coaches team in the Design for America program at Northwestern University.


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Paul D'Amato (American, 1956- ) was born in Boston where he attended Boston Latin School at the height of racial unrest, civil rights, and bussing. He moved to Oregon to attend Reed College and claims to have learned as much from traveling cross-country four times a year -often by hitch-hiking and hopping freight trains - as he did in class. After receiving an MFA from Yale he moved to Chicago where he discovered the communities of Pilsen and Little Village. The pictures and writing D'Amato produced there over the next fourteen years were made into the book, “Barrio". Paul teaches at Columbia College and is currently photographing in the African-American community on the west side for a project called "HereStillNow" which was made into a book the fall of 2017. He has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, and a Rockefeller Foundation Grant to Bellagio, Italy and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago.



Doug Fogelson (Chicago, 1970) studied fine art and photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. His photographic works are included in collections at The J. Paul Getty Center, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Cleveland Clinic, McCormick Place, as well as many other public and private venues; and have been exhibited at The Bauhaus Archive Museum, Berlin, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Walker Art Center, Sasha Wolf Gallery, Linda Warren Projects, Marlborough Chelsea, and The Museum Belvedere, Netherlands. Fogelson founded and directed Front Forty Press and has taught photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is current serving as Board President of Filter Photo 


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Meg Handler is a documentary photographer and Editor at Large for Reading The Pictures and a contributing editor for Hat & Beard Press.  She is the former photo editor of The Village Voice. Following The Voice, Meg worked at U.S. News & World Report, Blender, New York Magazine, and COLORS. She has edited a number of books which include Phil Stern: A Life’s WorkPAPARAZZI by Peter Howe, and DETROIT UNBROKEN DOWN by Dave Jordano. In 2017 Meg co-curated ‘Whose Streets? Our Streets! New York 1980-2000, at the Bronx Documentary Center. The exhibit will travel to the Harris Gallery at Rochester Institute of Technology in October of 2018. Meg received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from The Rochester Institute of Technology. 




Jaclyn Jacunski is a Chicago-based artist, was a 2016 Bolt Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition having her solo exhibition highlighted by the Chicago Tribune. She worked for many years as an assistant to the master printers at Tandem Press in Madison, WI. She currently works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Office of Engagement as the Director of Civic Engagement working to promote artist led projects in North Lawndale. She has up coming show at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland Maine. Jaclyn’s prints and sculptures are inspired by political controversies that surround land, communities, and acts of resistance. The work frames evidence of those acts, she lifts them out of context to re-think them. She questions how they manifest in public spaces and neighborhood landscapes as an expression of resisting powerful cultural systems such as gentrification, environmental threats, and state violence. Her work explores controversies in Chicago neighborhoods and beyond while considering the impact of an individual. She employs diverse practices but is defined by printmaking’s populist ethic in the distribution of art with posters and zines. 




Jim Iska has been photographing the urban scene for over thirty years. After graduating from the Institute of Design in Chicago in 1980, Iska’s work has revolved around on architecture from the classic to the vernacular, and its integral role in defining the city. He collaborated with author and historian Francis Morrone on a series of architectural guidebooks of New York City, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn in the 1990s.  Iska also produced contemporary photography for the first and second editions ofThe City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks by Julia S. Bachrach.  He is currently the author of the blog “In and About the City.”




Michelle Keim is a fine art photographer living and working in Chicago. She received her MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997 and has taught at Columbia College and Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. Her industrial landscape photography, “Iron Beauties”, was represented by Catherine Edelman gallery for roughly 10 years and published as a monograph in 2006 by Nazraeli Press. Her landscape work is in the permanent collections of Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Federal Reserve Bank and many other corporate and private collections. She is currently engaged in a long term landscape photography project in which she is taking a close look at the brick-making industry in her rural Ohio hometown situated in the largest Amish community in the country. Representing a mid-life career change of sorts, in recent years Keim has become entrenched in the world of athletes, combat sports in particular. She got her start photographing team mates in Mixed Martial Arts, then transitioned to covering live events and is now the official photographer and social media director for the historic Chicago Golden Gloves. She has worked closely with UFC number 9 ranked strawweight fighter, Felice Herrig, for over 3 years covering training camps and personal aspects of her life as a successful professional athlete. Getting a late start in life as an athlete herself, Keim is currently undefeated in Muay Thai kickboxing holding a record of 1-0. She has 3 children, all of whom have attended CPS schools.




Carlos Matallana A Bogotá-born, Chicago-based artist and teacher. His Manual of Violence project, an investigation into the history and narrativization of violence, has stretched several years and a dozen workshops, one game, countless classrooms, and a full-length comic book teaching manual (in progress) based on his ongoing conversations about violence with his young children. Blok by Blok Podcast his most recent project, is fueled by kids resolving their own questions via research, interviews and story development.Tools and skills for the youngsters to contribute actively as opposed to consume passively. Blok by Blok 


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Cecil McDonald Jr. uses photography, video, and text to explore the intersections of masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic and intellectual pursuits of black culture. McDonald studied fashion, house music and dance club culture before receiving a MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor and a teaching artist at the Center for Community Arts Partnership at Columbia College Chicago. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with works in the permanent collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Chicago Bank of America LaSalle Collection, and the Harris Bank Collection. He was awarded the: Joyce Foundation Midwest Voices & Visions Award, the Artadia Award, The Swiss Benevolent Society, Lucerne, Switzerland, Residency and the 3Arts Teaching Artist Award. McDonald participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in July 2013. Most recently McDonald completed the DCASE residency where he began work on his most recent body of work Cuts and Beats, a project that montages performance photography from the floors of dance festivals and nightclubs with turn-of-the-century imagery from stage and theater advertisements, sheet music covers and celebrity portraiture.


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Maggie Meiners (b.1972, Chicago) is an artist and photographer whose work investigates connection with herself, others and the world at large.  Born and raised outside of Chicago, she holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Masters in Education from DePaul University in Chicago.  In 2016, Maggie received Best in Show for Photo Emerge 2016 at Center Gallery-The Midwest Photography Center, Wichita, KS.  In 2017 she will be exhibiting her series, Revisiting Rockwell,  at the Butler Institute for American Art and The Garner Center at the New England School of Photography.   Her work has been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of the Illinois Institute of Art, Wheaton College, Harrison Street Lofts, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Lowey, LLP and an extensive number of private collections.   In addition, her work is on loan at the American Embassy in Uruguay through 2019. Maggie gives private lessons and critiques, teaches classes, and speaks regularly about her work.  Maggie currently serves on the Board of the Filter Photo Festival, is a member of the Advisory Committee at the Museum of Contemporary Photography and is a member of the photography group, f/8 Collective.  Most recently, Maggie moved into a new studio space with the artist, Justine Bianco.  Together they run, Platform, a non-commission based exhibition space for artists to show experiential work. Maggie grew up outside of Chicago and has an affinity for all things Midwestern.  She recently moved back to the small town where she grew up with her two sons and her husband, whom she likes to describe as a Renaissance man.  She is devoted to life-long learning and daily picture taking and making. Maggie’s work is represented by Anne Loucks Gallery in Glencoe, IL.



Janet Mesic-Mackie has been a professional photographer for over 30 years, and has honed a vision and body of work that is informed by her love of nature, of form, and her training as a visual artist. “In recent years, my work has moved in a direction that emphasizes the beauty of form found all around us. From landscapes to portraits and images of horses, I look to capture the essence and vitality in the natural world.” As a editorial photographer, Mesic Mackie’s work has appeared in Elle Décor, Veranda, Interiors Magazine, and House Beautiful, among others. She has also been included in numerous interior design books. Janet Mesic-Mackie has a Bachelors degree in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Oregon. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.


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Jason Pallas is an artist, archivist, curator, and educator primarily concerned with projects at the intersection of the personal, the popular, and the political. In addition to his work as Manager of Community Engagement and Arts Learning at the Smart Museum of Art, his other projects include the Teen Creative Agency at MCA Chicago and the Institute for Encyclopedic Amalgamation. He earned a MFA from the University of Chicago and BA degrees from Rice University.



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Melissa Ann Pinney’s closely-observed studies of the social lives and emerging identities of American women have won the photographer numerous fellowships and awards, and found their way into the collections of the major museums in the US and abroad. Pinney’s work first garnered attention when it was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s major 1991 exhibition, Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic ComfortHer evocative photographs of the stages of life of American women earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999, which resulted in her first major monograph, Regarding Emma: Photographs of American Women and Girls (2003). Melissa Ann Pinney’s next book, Girl Ascending, (2010) focused on a touchstone moment in the lives of American girls. Pinney’s latest book, TWO, includes 80 photographs and short essays by ten distinguished authors on the nature of two. Ann Patchett edited the book and wrote the introduction. Ms. Pinney's photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Art Institute of Chicago; the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; the J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, among others. Pinney’s work has also appeared in the following publications: The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, MOMA Quarterly, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Social, The Independent Magazine (UK), New York Magazine, O, the Oprah Magazine, Marie Clare, Popular Photography, REAL SIMPLE and more. Melissa Ann Pinney lives in Evanston, IL, with her husband, Roger Lehman.


John Preus  (1971) (MFA-University of Chicago) is a Chicago-based trans-disciplinary artist and fabricator for other artists including Dan Peterman, Theaster Gates, Omer Arbel, and Norman Teague. Preus was a 2017 Kaplan resident at Northwestern University, a 2016 nominee for the US Artist Fellowship. He was included in New City's Chicago Art 50 in 2016. He was the 2013-2014 Jackman-Goldwasser resident at the Hyde Park Art Center, a 2015 Propeller Fund recipient, a 2014 Efroymson Fellow in sculpture and installation, 2014's first place winner of the Maker grant and a 2013 finalist.  He was a finalist for the 2015 Artadia Award and the 2014 Creative Capital grant, and a 2014 DCASE Chicago artist grant recipient.  Preus is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery-Chicago, Rena Bransten Gallery - San Francisco, and Pentimenti Gallery - Philadelphia.



Eileen Ryan Photography is my entry to so many worlds.  In the same week I have photographed in a homeless shelter, President Bill Clinton and in the ER of a major trauma center.  The stories I tell through the lens reveal the human spirit and the journeys we all make through this life. My practice takes the form of educator, community activist and photographer.  My concerns frequently address the teenage years, family, memory and locality. I received a BFA from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.



Sa Schloff has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at The Arts Club of Washington, DC; Gallery at Green Street, Boston; Portland Museum of Art, Maine; and Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI . Groups shows include Houston Center for Photography; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston; Smith College Art Museum, Northampton, MA among others. Recent publications include The New Yorker Magazine, Photo Techniques Magazine and Harpers Magazine.She has received an Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award, Chicago Arts Assistance Grant, LEF Foundation Artist’s Grant and St. Botolph Foundation Grant for her projects. Sa has photographs in a number of private collections as well as in the permanent collections of the Bates College Museum, Maine; Portland Museum of Art; Simmons College, Boston; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Sa holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.F.A. in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She taught in the B.F.A. program at the Maine College of Art for many years and currently teaches photography occasionally at Columbia College, Chicago.



Jaclyn Silverman  is a photographer and educator from Youngstown, Ohio, living in Chicago, Illinois. She received her BFA in Photography from The Ohio State University, and her MFA  from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her photographic work and research has been exhibited in Youngstown, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, and Boulder, Colorado. Silverman was the recipient of the Fergus Family Endowment for the Arts and Denman Research Grant at The Ohio State University, as well as the award for Women Artists Against Racism in Youngstown, Ohio, for her ongoing visual narrative, The Working Family. Her work lives in permanent collections at The Ohio State University, The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Silverman and Robert Clarke-Davis, curated the exhibition Within the Portfolios 1968-2016; a History of Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection. Silverman has been a Lecturer in the Department of Photography at The Ohio State University and Part-Time Professor in Photography at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Currently, she holds the position as Artistic Director of the city wide arts organization, CPS Lives, is a four year returning faculty member with Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan, and is Part-Time Professor of Photography at Truman College in Chicago, Illinois.


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Sandra Steinbrecher is a Chicago photographer focused mainly on documentary projects.  Recently, she photographed the art and artists of the Wabash Arts Corridor and the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, two public art initiatives in Chicago. Over the last several years, she created photo diaries documenting life at Harper, Fenger and Marshall High Schools. From 2011-2014, Sandra collaborated with Ron Gordon to make the silver gelatin prints from original negatives for national and international exhibitions of Vivian Maier’s images from the Goldstein Collection. Sandra’s photos of the Wabash Arts Corridor murals were recently featured in an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and are currently at Columbia College Chicago.  She has exhibited her education project images at the University of Illinois, Grinnell College and Luther College and with the Chicago Photography Collective.  Her images appeared in the 2014 CNN national docuseries, Chicagoland, on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight program, in Rolling Stone Brasil, in the Economist, on and other publications.



Bob Thall attended Kilmer Elementary and Sullivan High School in Rogers Park, and then received both his BA and MFA from the University of Illinois Chicago. He was a photographer for the Seagram Bicentennial County Courthouse Project and later was commissioned to photograph historic architecture for the Historic American Buildings Survey, the Chicago Landmarks Commission, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Since 1972, Thall’s non-commissioned photographic work has documented various aspects Chicago area landscape. This work has been published in four monographs and widely exhibited, including one-person exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (1999). In 1998, Thall was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Photography. Bob Thall taught Photography at Columbia College Chicago from 1978 to 2017, serving as Chair of the department 1999 – 2011.


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Jan Tichy  is a contemporary artist and educator. Working at the intersection of video, sculpture, architecture, and photography, his conceptual work is socially and politically engaged. Born in Prague in 1974, Tichy studied art in Israel before earning his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is now Associate Professor at the Department of Photography and the Department of Art & Technology Studies. Tichy has had solo exhibitions at the MCA Chicago; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; CCA Tel Aviv; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Chicago Cultural Center among others.  His works are included in public collections of MoMA in New York and Israel Museum in Jerusalem among others. In 2011, he created Project Cabrini Green, a community-based art project that illuminated with spoken word the last high rise building of the Cabrini Green housing projects in Chicago during its month-long demolition. Beyond Streaming: a sound mural for Flint at the Broad Museum in Michigan in 2017 brought teens from Flint and Lansing to share their experience of the ongoing water crisis.  In 2014 Tichy started to work on a long-term, NEA supported, community project in Gary, IN – the Heat Light Water cultural platform. Jan Tichy is the inaugural artist for the Art on Mart commissioned by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


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Jay Wolke is an artist and educator living in Chicago Illinois. He is the author of: All Around the House: Photographs of American-Jewish Communal Life, 1998; Along the Divide: Photographs of the Dan Ryan Expressway, 2004 and Architecture of Resignation: Photographs from the Mezzogiorno, 2011. His fourth monograph: Same Dream Another Time: Photographs from Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City will be released in July 2017. His works have been exhibited internationally and are in the permanent print collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York MOMA, the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco MOMA, among others. From 1992-1999 he was Coordinator of Graduate Documentary Photography at the Institute of Design, IIT. In 1999-2000 he served as Head of Art and Graduate Studies at Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy. He is currently a Professor of Photography at Columbia College where he was Chair of the Art and Design Department from 2000-2005 and again from 2008-2013.



Moe Zoyari is an Iranian-American photojournalist, and two-time winner of Picture of The Year International Award. He is a frequent contributor to Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. He began his work as a photographer at the age of 14. After focusing his work around human rights issues and political turmoil in Iran, he expanded his reach, covering events in Middle East, Europe and the Unites States. His photos have been published in national, and international journals including NewsweekTime, and Der Spiegel , among others. He has visited more than 52 countries in the past years, working on projects documenting the impact of wars, the lives of refugees, and the threats to LGBT people. Moe was invited to The White House by President Obama, and The First Lady in 2015 to attend the global Instameet.  He worked for United Press International and British Broadcasting Corporation from 2003 to 2015, and is now an independent photographer based in Chicago, IL, represented by Redux Pictures. The Pulitzer Prize winner John H. White has been a mentor of Moe.