“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” — Dorothea Lange
Laura L. Camden is a professor at Northern Arizona University (NAU), where she teaches courses in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. Her creative and research interests focus on international photojournalism, American studies ethnography, and editorial photography. She is the author of the 2006 book Mennonites in Texas: The Quiet in the Land (Texas A&M University Press), and her photographic archive is housed at the University of Texas at Austin’s Briscoe Center for American History. She has been an award-winning professional photojournalist for the past 25 years, covering such events as the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush for Reuters News Pictures in Washington, DC. Before coming to NAU in 2007, she taught at the University of Montana and the University of Texas at Austin. Laura completed a documentary project based on fieldwork that she and her students conducted at the Mainpat Tibetan Refugee Settlement in northern India in December 2012.
In 2014, she taught abroad for a semester at the University of Wollongong in NSW, Australia, where she helped set up a faculty and student journalism exchange program. The United Nations published her collaborative curriculum from this exchange in a book titled, Teaching Journalism for Sustainable Development:New Syllabi.
For the last ten years, she has led photojournalism study abroad programs in Mainpat, India, San Sebastian, Spain, Havana and Trinidad, Cuba.
Most recently, Laura and her photojournalism students worked on a “Shoot Back” project where they taught eighth-grade Navajo students at the STAR school photographic and storytelling skills as they documented their lives in the Southwest corner of the Navajo Nation and the surrounding rural area. This project culminated in a photography and multimedia exhibit on the NAU campus for the community to view.
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