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Mentor: norman mauskopf

Norman Mauskopf has had a distinguished career as both a photographer and a photographic educator. Highlights include a W. Eugene Smith Fellowship and three award-winning books of his documentary work A Time Not, Rodeo, and Dark Horses. A fourth book, Descendants, is scheduled for publication in 2010. Norman’s images have appeared in more than 10 photographic anthologies and numerous solo and group exhibitions, including two shows at Visa pour l'Image in France. He has photographed a wide variety of assignments for major magazines and corporate clients.

As an educator Norman has shared his extensive photographic knowledge and personal experiences during a teaching career that extends nearly 30 years and includes 10 years at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Norman has been an inspiration to photographers of all ages and skill levels, and he recently completed a mentoring project that culminated in Short Track: Photographs by Jake Mendel.

His goal as a mentor is to inspire, encourage, and challenge you to produce strong individual images within a coherent body of work. Whether your goal is creating a book, a photo-essay, or a series of images for a portfolio, together you’ll determine the scope of the project; develop an appropriate visual style with a high level of craftsmanship; edit and sequence your images; and, most important, help define a personal point of view. And, oh yes, have fun along the way.

Visit his web site at www.normanmauskopf.com