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Roger Camp is a photographer and educator. Initially self-taught, he began photographing in ernest on a transcontinental bicycle trip he planned and executed at age 15 (1961). Accompanied by his twin brother, Roderic Ai Camp, the political scientist, they rode from Orange, California to Dayton, Ohio and the following year to Victoria, B.C., Canada. The trips are chronicled in a two-part article in The American Geographical Society’s Focus (Fall & Winter, 1990).
Roger Camp is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in English (1967) and a master’s degree in English (1969) from the University of Texas, Austin. He also holds a masters and master’s of fine arts degree (1973,1974) from the University of Iowa in photography.
He started teaching English at Eastern Illinois University (1969) followed by a dual teaching position in English/Photography at the Columbus College of Art & Design (1974). Camp taught American students at the Cite Universitaire de Paris (1990) and directed the photography program at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA (1977).
Camp was a Danforth Fellow in Black Studies (1969), a Visual Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown (1982), held a summer seminar Fulbright to Brazil (1988) and is the recipient of the Lecia Medal of Excellence in documentary photography (1992).
Camp is the author of three books.
500 Flowers, Dewi Lewis Media, released in 2005.
Roger Camp: Heat, Charta/DAP, released in 2008.
An Index to American Photographic Collections, George Eastman House, 1982
MacMillan Biographical Encyclopedia of Photographic Artists & Innovators, Macmillan, 1983
Security Pacific Collection 1970-1985: Selected Works, 1985
“A Sense of Wonder: The Photography of Roger Camp,” Darkroom Photography, (September, 1987)
“Work of Two Artists Contrasts Pier Life,” Los Angeles Times, (November, 1987)
Swimmers: Seventy International Photographers, Aperture, 1988
Marquis Who’s Who in the West, 2002
Graphis Alternative Photography, Graphis, 1995
Shoreline: The Camera at the Water’s Edge, Graphis, 1996
Flora: A Contemporary Collection of Flora Photography, Graphis, 2002