If AMANDA BALTAZAR were to visit Texas, Austin would be top on her list.
Through her research for PDNedu’s “What Does It Cost?” profile (page 70), she
learned that the city is growing fast, is very cultural, offers food for every palate
and income level and has warm weather year-round. However, she’s mostly working from her office on an island in the Pacific Northwest, which is decidedly colder,
quieter and wetter. Baltazar keeps herself warm by writing mostly about business
and taking her camera out regularly. Her Web site is www.chaterink.com.
DEBRA KLOMP CHING is the co-owner and director of the Klompching Gallery
in New York City. In addition to her work as an art dealer and curator—
specializing in contemporary fine art photography—she is a freelance writer, an art
consultant and a picture editor for At Length. Visit the gallery Web site at www.
Brooklyn-based HARRISON JACOBS is a freelance writer, blogger and photographer who is still attempting to learn the difference between streets and avenues.
For this issue, he interviewed U.S. astronaut Donald Pettit, who spends his free
time in space taking awe-inspiring photographs of the stars that also convey
invaluable data. Read the story on page 48, follow Jacobs on Twitter @harrisonx-jacobs, check out his travel blog, Beatnik Trekker < www.beatniktrekker.com>, and
learn more at www.about.me/harrisonjacobs.
DR. GLENN RAND has taught and administered programs at colleges and universities for more than 40 years, has published and lectured about photography internationally and is the author of ten books, including Teaching Photography: Tools for
the Imaging Educator (Focal Press, 2006). In addition to reporting about adjunct
teaching for our Business Smarts story (page 60), in spring 2013, Dr. Rand is
teaching as an adjunct at Adrian College in southeastern Michigan.
TEMA STAUFFER is a photographer and writer based in Brooklyn. She currently
teaches at Ramapo College and the College of Staten Island and has co-taught
a workshop at Toxico Cultura in Mexico City. Stauffer contributes to various arts
publications, is a curator for the online contemporary arts resource Culturehall and
has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2010, she received an AOL
25 for 25 Award for innovation in the arts, and in 2012, she received the WIP-LTI/
Lightside Individual Project Grant. Check out her work at www.temastauffer.com.
HAL STUCKER is a writer and photographer living in Brooklyn, New York. His
articles and photographs have appeared in the New York Times, the NY Daily
News, Smithsonian and Wired, among other publications. In addition to profiling accomplished landscape photographer and GPS-navigation-obsessed Bruce
Myren for this issue of PDNedu (page 42), Stucker toils by day as an editor at the
Internet-based financial news service Mergermarket, part of the Financial Times
group. His essay regarding illegal handguns and life in 1980s New York City was
recently published by the Boston Review at www.bostonreview.net.
AM Y TOUCHE T TE is a fine art photographer and freelance writer based in
Brooklyn, New York. In this issue, she writes about the dedicated, adventurous Alex Potter (page 36) and her important, heartfelt photographs of Yemen’s
current transition. Exhibited and published nationally and internationally,
Touchette’s first monograph, Shoot the Arrow: A Portrait of The World Famous
*BOB*, is forthcoming from Un-Gyve Press in October 2013. She is represented