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Photo grads earn national recognition

Three recent graduates from RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences received national recognition last spring.

Photo District News, a popular trade publication, has included the trio in its "Thirty Under 30: Young Photographers to Watch" feature. Recent work by Brian Doben '96, Sang An '96 and Shannon Taggart '98 appeared in the March 2001 issue of the magazine.

The annual profile presents a cross-section of talented young photographers, all under the age of 30. The editors of Photo District News made their selections based on the photographers' ability to create inspiring images without the power of a famous name or an award-winning portfolio.

"They are truly among the shooting stars of photography," says Bill DuBois, RIT photographic arts chair. "These are the up-and-coming people of the future, and we're very proud to see our former students achieving such heights."

Brian Doben spent several years as a photography assistant before venturing into a successful freelance career in New York City. Doben has traveled throughout the Western Hemisphere on assignments, and his work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, New York Magazine and Travel and Leisure Golf.

Sang An followed a similar path to success. He worked as an assistant prior to his current career as a studio photographer in Manhattan. The South Korea native has developed an expertise for capturing still-life images that have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, and GQ.

After leaving RIT, Shannon Taggart spent time in London on a scholarship from the Alexia Foundation for World Peace. Since returning to this country, Taggart has worked at the University of Rochester as a publicity photographer and will begin teaching advertising photography at RIT this fall. She recently sold a photo to Random House that appears on the book cover for Lying Awake, a novel by by Mark Salzman.