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.