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Matt Eich March 28, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ohio University, United States.
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Dance or Die, The Union, Athens, Ohio

Matt Eich (b.1986) is a photographic force to reckon with. In 2006 he was named the 61st College Photographer of the Year. In 2007 he was one of American Photo’s 15 Emerging Photographers and was one of The Magenta Foundation’s Emerging Photographers. Most recently he was awarded the Alexia Foundation for World Peace student grant. His clients and publications include The FADER, Photo District News, GEO, Grazia, American Photo, HotShoe, The Sunday (London) Times, Bloomberg News, and Issue. He is represented by Aurora Photos and is a founding member of the exciting new photo collective Aevmun.

About the Photograph:

“The dance or die images are from a bi-weekly event that used to happen in Athens where I go to school. I was shooting it regularly for a class and ended up just pooling some images from various trips there in that essay. The focus was mostly on capturing the mood and chaos of the event. Most of the time there I felt less like a journalist and more just like an observer – a voyeur almost”.

Tim Gruber March 24, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Multimedia, Ohio University, United States.
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Haircut, Snowbirds in Quartzsite, Arizona

Tim Gruber is currently a graduate student at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. His photos have been published in the Washington Post and Smithsonian Magazine. They’ve been honored by Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism.

About the Photograph:

“After a few weeks of research I came across the little community of Quartzsite and the more I read about it the more I knew it’d be a perfect environment for a project. It was part of my graduate work at Ohio University for a class called magazine and the basic premise was to propose, edit and produce a magazine. It could either be a 24 page print piece or online project. We had ten days to shoot and later edit , design and produce the package”.

Amy Thompson March 22, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Cambodia, Ohio University.
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Mr. Lai, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Amy Thompson recently completed her masters in documentary photography from Ohio University and is currently teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art. Amy has  freelanced for The New York Times and has been a featured photographer in National Geographic Magazine. Thompson has lived and worked in North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. In 2003-2004, she received a Fulbright fellowship to photograph a project in Morocco titled Behind Walls .

About the Photograph:

This is Mr. Lai, one of my favorite people that I came to know in Cambodia. Maybe that’s why I felt comfortable making this photo. I wasn’t actively looking. It was right there beneath me one morning, as I was about to descend the stairs to the hotel lobby. Before dawn that day, Mr. Lai took care of a pack of tourists heading out to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Then he snuck in a nap. He lived in one of the rooms at the hotel along with other staff and would sometimes return to his village for a visit.

He invited me along once, to attend his sister’s wedding. We rode past rice fields for about an hour to get there, on a moped that he borrowed. When I offered money to cover gas, he threatened (smiling) to leave me out in between the fields on a narrow dirt path under the hot sun. We used to meet some evenings to go through his English homework together. The more his English improved, the more likely he might land a job in a fancier hotel with better pay.

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