March thru Summer 2015
The deepest origins of photography to the cutting edge of digital technique can be seen in the MTSU Photography Faculty Exhibit currently showing in The Baldwin Photographic Gallery. The work of the seven photographers covers a broad spectrum of technique, style, and content.
The work will be on display from March 2, 2015 though the summer. The Baldwin Photographic Gallery is located in the Bragg Mass Communication Building at Middle Tennessee State University.
• Tom Jimison, professor
• Jackie Heigle, associate professor
• Jonathan Trundle, associate professor
• Chris Harris, professor
• Shannon Randol, adjunct professor
• Chuck Arlund, adjunct professor
• John Collins, adjunct professor
Tom Jimison, Professor of Photography and Curator of The Baldwin Photographic Gallery
Professor Jimison teaches courses in black-and-white photography, editorial photography and the studio production course, photo illustration. Mr. Jimison is in his 32nd year of university teaching. He administers the internships for photography and maintains contact with the professional photographic community. Mr. Jimison is also curator of The Baldwin Photographic Gallery, which exhibits photographic shows of national stature, and in conjunction with this, brings exhibiting artists to MTSU to lecture about their work. The Gallery is now in it’s 51st year of operation in it’s new home in the College of Mass Comm building. Mr. Jimison’s professional experience includes serving as a U.S. Army Combat Photographer in Asia and Europe, and operating a photographic studio in New Orleans. Throughout his photographic career, he has continued to work on his own personal documentary and fine art images which have been exhibited widely in both juried competitions, national and international exhibits and publications. He has served as a portfolio reviewer for Photolucida and Critical Mass. He is also active in the Society for Photographic Education and has served as a portfolio reviewer for the national conferences.
Chris Harris, Professor
For over twenty-five years Chris Harris worked as a freelance photojournalist for major news media worldwide. From his base in New Orleans he photographically documented the news of the world for TIME, Life, Newsweek, the New York Times as well as many other major publications. Professor Harris is well known for the diversity of work. Whether it was the “Sex in New Orleans” coverage for Playboy Magazine, his coverage of Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter for Newsweek, his extended (14 page) essay on bullfighting for Sports Illustrated, Tennessee Williams for People Magazine or Walker Percy for Esquire, Harris has met the needs of publications worldwide. From the late 1960s to the early 1990s he specialized in covering Central America as well as the American South. His work was represented worldwide by GAMMA/Liaison agency in Paris and New York.
Since coming-in from active photojournalism Professor Harris obtained his advanced degree in Journalism from the University of Alabama in order to go into higher education. He is a tenured, full-professor in the College of Mass Communication, Electronic Media Communication Department at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. His specialties include media law and ethics and visual journalism.
Professor Harris is the co-author (with Paul Martin Lester) of Visual Journalism, published by Allyn & Bacon, Boston.
Jackie Kerns Heigle, Associate Professor of Photography
Jackie Kerns Heigle works in a variety of processes photographing the landscapes and culture of her second “home” – the Southwest Four Corners Region. Since moving back to Tennessee in 2004, she has increasingly leaned towards photographing her students, especially those eager to learn historic photographic processes, such as the 19th century process of wet plate collodion. This coming summer, Jackie will lead a small group of students on a Southwest Photographic Expedition, during which all will get a chance to experience the history of that region through the lenses and practices of the past.
Jonathan Trundle, Assistant Professor of Photography
Jonathan Trundle earned his B.S. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University (2001) and his M.F.A. in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2006) in Baltimore Maryland. He teaches entry and advanced level classes in the Photography Program of EMC.
Galleries in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New Jersey display his work and he is receiving recognition from these and surrounding areas. His personal photographic work has a main focus of slit shutter and slit scanning cameras where he uses various types of camera formats to explore the element of linear time within an image. He builds, modifies, and constructs film cameras, projection devices, and he writes code for computer programs and digital cameras to suit his needs of expression and exploration within the photographic medium. His work will record subject matter and produce images not possible with traditional factory specification format cameras. This process allows him to distort certain portions of an image while keeping certain portions relative and by showing both the distortions and the predictable results in the same image the process provides the viewer with a new way of looking at the world and a new respect for the mundane. He is equally proficient in numerous types of photographic mediums with an emphasis on medium format, large format, and ultra-large format cameras. He also works with alternative processes in photography that has influenced other directions in his personal work of pinhole camera construction, large-scale screen-printing, artist book making, and artist book binding techniques.