I have been fascinated by photography ever since I saw my father use an early Polaroid camera that produced an instant image. The magic of the photographic process continues to amaze me. I graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and Design with a BFA in Photography. Upon graduation I was hired by an American College to develop and teach photography courses and programs on US Military bases in Europe. For thirteen years I lived and taught in England, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Germany, and I traveled throughout the European continent. This experience of traveling, photographing and living in different cultural, political and economic systems has had a profound effect on how I view life. While in Europe, I earned an EdM in Educational Leadership from Boston University in Heidelberg, Germany. In addition to teaching traditional art and photography courses, I also developed and taught travel photography workshops, ‘hike and photograph’ and ‘ski and photograph’ workshops. Also I taught German, math, English, GED and reading courses. I believe that photography has almost unlimited applications, and that the person learning photography can find an application that meets their need, whether it is to begin a career as a commercial photographer or artist, or just to make better family photographs. With this in mind, I try to help students understand the nature of their vision and teach them how to use the latest technology to accomplish it. Most of my recent photography is large and medium format, black and white. I exhibit my work in galleries, both nationally and locally. I like to photograph outdoors, and the landscape is a favorite subject of mine. I have been pioneering the use of digital imaging in creating high quality black and white prints made from desktop printers.
I have been teaching photography here at W.C.C. since 1990, full time since 1995. I consider myself lucky to be in a position where I can say I truly love my job. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with students and I am always learning from them. It is an environment that has so much to offer. My interest in photography began when I was in high school. I received my first degree from the very program in which I now teach. Upon completion of my Associates degree in Photographic Technology I spent a year at the Maine Photographic Workshops where I continued my photographic studies. It was in Maine that I decided to pursue teaching as a career. I returned to Michigan to complete a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan with a concentration in English. I graduated in 1988 and went straight to graduate school at Rhode Island School of Design where I received my Masters of Fine Arts in Photography in 1990. In addition to teaching I continue my work as a artist. My photographic work is an essential part of my personal growth as an educator and as an individual. Recent endeavors have been exclusively in the digital realm from the point of capture to the final print. I am learning to think differently about photography, what it is, and what it has to offer.
Don is a teacher, digital photographic artist, and web designer that has over thirty years experience creating work infused with curiosity and the lyricism of everyday life. Since January 2000, he’s been teaching a wide range of classes at WCC, including studio & location lighting for photo & video, portraiture, color theory, digital compositing, color printmaking, and portfolio development.
He holds M.A. and B.F.A. degrees in digital and traditional photographic imaging, respectively, from Wayne State University in Detroit. Immediately after obtaining his undergraduate degree, he worked as a freelance photographic assistant in several automotive studios in the Detroit area. In the 1990′s Don worked over eight years at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, in New Mexico. His employment there was inclusive of Work/Study, Course Assistant, and Instructor. In this environment he discovered teaching to be his calling, and as Operations Manager of the school for six years, found the organizational strategies of the commercial world to be invaluable instruments in photographic education.
As a Visiting Scholar at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Don offered college students an immersion experience to study the creative process and photographic life abroad in 2006, 2008, & 2010. In 2018 he taught a similar 18-day, study abroad course to Segovia & Oviedo Spain for Global Education Oregon.