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School of Communications
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401

* David Rathbun, Professor
Following an apprenticeship with Eliot Porter and a teaching stint at the Institute of Design, Prof. Rathbun founded the photography program at GVSU in 1981. In addition to photographing about color, he sails and travels extensively. (B.A., Wheaton College).

 * Anthony Thompson, Professor
Prof. Thompson's interests include photographic theory and discourse, the intersection of Art and Science as ways of knowing, and photographic work that combines new and traditional methods. He served as the Director of the School of Communications from 2008-2015. His documentary projects "Waste Land"  and "Incendiary Iconography" focus on the military and nuclear legacies of the Cold War in America.  (B.S. Physics,University of Dallas; M.F.A. Photography, Washington University, St. Louis).....

* Victoria Veenstra, Associate Professor
Professor Victoria Veenstra is a photographic artist who employs a variety of cameras to capture the daily vignettes of life, tales from the morning ritual of coffee to the landscapes of the daily commute. Her current work includes color pinhole images from "Roadsides" - a series of images found in the boundary area between the road and the inhabited land. Her work is widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has taught all levels of photography at the University of Michigan, Center for Creative Studies and University of Toledo as well as workshops in New York City. (M.F.A. & B.F.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.)

* Stafford Smith, Associate Professor
Much of Stafford Smith's work revolves around the family and interpersonal relationships within it. In earlier work, he explored the hidden dynamics, tensions and frustrations lurking beneath the surface. His latest project involves an examination of American families in the early 21st century. Entitled "The Family Portrait Project," this latest body of work seeks to redefine the family portrait and deal with the concept of the photograph as a document of proof.  A print-maker as an undergraduate, Stafford indulges in many branches of the fine arts including painting, cartooning and video alongside his true passion, photography.  (B.A. Printmaking, Wesleyan University 1987; M.F.A. Photography, Cornell University 2004).


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