Former U.N. Photojournalist John Isaac to Speak on Campus

Olympus Visionary to share the inspiration behind his cutting-edge digital images

April 7, 2010

Award-winning photographer and Olympus Visionary John Isaac will share lessons he has learned in his time as a United Nations and nature and wildlife photographer during a "Meet the Pros" event with University of the Arts Photography students April 14 at 1 p.m. in the University's CBS Auditorium (320 S. Broad St.).

As a U.N. photojournalist from 1978 to 1998, Isaac covered everything from the Cambodian killing fields of Pol Pot and Ethiopian famine to wars in Kuwait, Bosnia, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. He still travels the globe in search of striking images but now trains his lens on the varieties of people, places and wildlife he encounters. In 2008, the Southern India native released the photo book The Vale of Kashmir, which contains 160 color photos celebrating the people and landscape of Kashmir, India, and the unique way of life that has developed there. The book was named one of the year's best photography books by American Photo magazine.

"Lectures created in partnership with industry leaders like Olympus provide our students with real-world examples of top-flight professional photographers who are out earning a living through photography," said University Associate Professor of Photography Harris Fogel. "With the increasing technological demands and resulting expectations with which our students must contend, having access to the best tools and experts in their field allow them to further their knowledge. John is a wonderful photographer, a walking visual encyclopedia of the humanitarian crises and triumphs we face."

Isaac has won numerous competitions and awards, including the Photokina International Photo Contest, Best Photograph of the Year from Graphis magazine, Professional Photographer of the Year from Photo Imaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from International Photographic Council. Isaac has authored many books including the series Children in Crisis. He co-authored Endangered Peoples for Sierra Club and Coorg, Land of the Kodavas with his wife Jeannette.

The Olympus Visionary program celebrates the work of 11 talented still photographers who shoot exclusively with Olympus E-System cameras and lenses. The mission of the Olympus Visionary program is to educate the photographic community about the possibilities of photography and Olympus digital leadership. The program is dedicated to creating superb images and developing innovative digital photographic equipment to meet the needs of the most demanding professional photographers. Olympus was the first manufacturer to create fully digital program for professional photographers.

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