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    (photos and text by Quinn Russell Brown) Above: The National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.

    UPAA member Quinn Russell Brown is a photographer and editor at the University of Washington magazine at the University of Washington in Seattle. A portrait he made for the University of Washington magazine was selected from over 2600 entries to be one of 46 images displayed in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. It is part of a show called “American Portraiture Today,” which is on display at the gallery through August 2020.​

    I am the staff photographer at the University of Washington Magazine, where I create the art for many of their covers and feature stories. I have been mentored by the magazine’s art director, Ken Shafer, a longtime Seattle designer who created the well-known logos for Tiger Woods, the NFL Hall of Fame, NBA All-Star Games, the Seattle Sounders, and many more.

    My photo in the National Portrait Gallery is a 3-by-4-foot photograph of civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement. I made the portrait in February 2018 at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center on the University of Washington campus. 

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    (text and photo above by Mark DiOrio) Mark DiOrio has been University Photographer at Colgate University and a UPAA member since 2016. He has a BFA from Purchase College (SUNY) and a masters in photography from Syracuse University. He worked at newspapers for 11 years before being hired at Colgate. His People and Potraits category photo “Circadian Rhythm of a Swimmer” was voted Best in Show in the December 2019 Monthly Image Competition.

    Quick tech stuff: Camera, focal length, exposure data, lighting used (if any):

    • Nikon D4s

    • Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm 2.8 (gaff taped zoom ring @ 28mm on MF)

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    This is the third installment of year-end mini reviews of gadgets, services or other products that members have used in the preceding year. (See 2018 Four Faves and 2017 Four Faves.) This year four different members each reviewed an item of their choosing.

    1: Think Tank Divider Set, by Jeff Miller, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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    (text by Robert Jordan, above photo by Clarissa Jordan) Nowadays renowned for his pickleball skills, Robert Jordan was, prior to his 2017 retirement, director of photography at the University of Mississippi. He has done several articles and reviews for the UPAA blog and the Contact Sheet magazine. Read more here, here, here  and here

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    Photos provided except where noted, text by Glenn Carpenter, Moraine Valley Community College, UPAA president. Above left, Chris Hughes with two unmistakably 1980s photographic tools: A medium format film camera and a Vivitar 285. Above right, a more contemporary photo of Chris, who passed away in 2016.

    Many may not remember Chris Hughes or perhaps even know his name, but for those of us who were involved in UPAA in in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s Chris is a giant in the UPAA world.

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    (text and photos by Fred Zwicky) Fred Zwicky’s Features & Illustrations category image “Mastering Energy and Matter” was voted Best in Show in the November 2019 Monthly Image Competition.

    Fred is senior photographer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He’s been on staff at Illinois for a little less than a year and joined UPAA practically on day one. Like many, he had a career in newspaper photojournalism, most recently at the Journal Star in Peoria, IL. He has also taught photojournalism and video storytelling for nearly 20 years at Bradley University in Peoria.

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    (photos by Rhett Butler) Jonathan Rhett Butler (He goes by “Rhett” and yes, Gone With the Wind fans, that’s really his middle name!) is a University Communications Photographer in the News Services office at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He is a former newspaper photographer who has been at ECU for two and a half years and a UPAA member for just over a year. His Campus Environment photo “Foggy Morning” was voted Best in Show in the October 2019 Monthly Image Competition.

    Quick tech stuff—camera model, focal length, exposure data, lighting used (if any):

    •Canon EOS-R

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    (photo by Don Rogers) 'Benificence' is a bronze statue on the campus of Ball State University. It is referred to by students as "Benny."

    This is a longer version of an article from The Contact Sheet, the UPAA annual magazine. It is the first of a new occasional series of member profiles, where we learn a little more about the staff and campuses of our member institutions.

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    (text and photos by Kristen Grace) Kristen Grace is a staff photographer and digital asset manager at the University of Florida Museum of Natural History. In February of 2019 a photo from a self-assigned story in Mexico won Best in Show in the Monthly Image Competition. The success of that project led to another self-pitched chance to accompany UF Florida Museum staff members on a research trip, this time to Costa Rica.

    It never hurts to ask… again and again.

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    (text and photos by Justin Hayworth) Justin Hayworth is the photographer at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. His photo in the General Features category, "Deep Space," was voted Best in Show in the September 2019 Monthly Image Competition.

    Quick tech stuff—camera model, focal length, exposure data, lighting used (if any):

    Canon 5d Mark IV; Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 @15mm

    Exposure: 30 seconds @f2.8, ISO 3200

    Briefly go through the process of how the photo came about: Assignment or found/self-assigned?