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Denis Defibaugh

Professor
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

585-475-7401
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Denis Defibaugh

Professor
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

Education

BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology

Bio

Denis Defibaugh Introduction/Biography

Denis Defibaugh is a tenured professor of photography in Rochester, New York, USA at Rochester Institute of Technology.

As evidenced by his participation in over 30 solo exhibitions in galleries, museums, and cultural centers, Denis is a photographer that continues to explore the potential of photography and to tell the story of culture. His recent work Afterlifes of Natural History was exhibited in Arles, France during Fotofest and featured in Smithsonian.com. The work Family Ties do not Die, The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico has produced three exhibitions in Texas and numerous shows in San Francisco, Miami, Rochester, Buffalo, Colorado and Montana. These photographs were published by TCU Press in his first book, The Day of the Dead. His documentary and travel photographs earned a Fulbright-Hays Travel/Study Grant to Mexico, and most recently a prestigious National Science Foundation award for research and to produce the Rockwell Kent and Early 1930’s Greenland, A Comparative View of Environmental, Social and Cultural Change in Contemporary Greenland. Future exhibitions and publications will highlight Defibaugh’s Greenland photographs. His recent work In the Footsteps of Kent was exhibited during Summer and Fall of 2017 at the Sisimiut Museum in Sisimiut, Greenland.

Beyond teaching at RIT, and lecturing internationally, he has presented workshops for Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Florida A&M University, SPEOS: Paris, RIT’s T&E Photography Workshops, and personally coordinated workshops in Cuba; Brazil, Oaxaca, Mexico; Surabaya, Indonesia; Seoul, Korea, and Greenland.

Defibaugh has been widely published and has produced advertising and editorial images for such clients as UNICEF, National Park Service, Coca-Cola, Polaroid, Delta Airlines, Eastman Kodak, and American Express.

 

email: dldpph@rit.edu

web: denisdefibaughgreenland.com

web: denisdefibaughphotography.com

585-475-7401

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Currently Teaching

PHAP-416
3 Credits
This course provides photography students the unique opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive workshop that travels to New York City, the center of the advertising photography industry. Through this field trip and accompanying lectures and studio visits, students will experience an introduction to the field of professional photography and related industries in New York City. The purpose of the trip is to provide a broad view of advertising and editorial photography within the city. Students meet with a variety of photographers, art directors, designers, filmmakers, photo editors, photographer agents, assistants, and RIT alumni. Photography studios, advertising agencies, graphic design studios, magazines, galleries, and museums will be visited during the one-week trip. Permission to enroll is required. The trip is a mandatory course requirement and requires an additional travel fee.
PHAR-599
1 - 3 Credits
Photography Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, will propose a course of study. Photography Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.
PHAP-403
3 Credits
This course is required for advertising photography students who are approaching graduation and are preparing to present themselves to potential employers. Students will narrow their field of interests to focus their work for an end-of-study portfolio. Existing and new work will be edited, sequenced and prepared to form a professional quality portfolio, promotional materials, a resume/cover letter, a market research paper and a business plan.
PHAR-352
1 Credits
This course will focus on implementing areas of special interest including new, advanced, and emerging visual communication course content. Potential topics include any area in industry practices, business and creativity, visual communications, studio and location lighting, production, editorial photography and documentary storytelling. This course can be taken multiple times but individual topics must be different.
PHGR-660
3 Credits
This course will offer students an immersive educational experience while traveling and photographing in Cuba. Through photographic assignments, related field trips, and lectures, this course will introduce students to a new culture and environment, and critically engage with the concept of travel photography. Students will be exposed to challenges found in available light situations where they will photograph environments, architecture, and the people of Cuba. A final portfolio and exhibition will illustrate effective visual documentation of Cuban culture. Permission to enroll is required. Travel fees will be required.
PHAR-560
3 Credits
This course will offer students the unique opportunity to participate in an immersive educational experience while traveling and photographing in Cuba. Through the use of photography, related field trips and lectures, this course will introduce students to a new culture and environment. Students will be exposed to challenges found in available light situations where they will photograph environments, architecture, and the people of Cuba. A final portfolio will illustrate effective visual documentation of Cuban culture.
ITDI-101
3 Credits
Designed to give students in the honors program out-of-classroom learning opportunities. All students are required to keep a journal, attend pre-departure meetings, and present their project at the end of the course. Each student will develop their own project in consultation with the faculty member based on their academic field and the location of the course.

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Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Defibaugh, Denis. "North by Nuuk, Greenland After Kent." Proceedings of the USA-Greenland Research and Educational Workshop. Ed. NA. Nuuk, Greenland, Greenland: n.p..
Invited Article/Publication
Defibaugh, Denis. "Interview with Denis Defibaugh, an American Photographer." Shandong Pictorial Magazine. (2018). Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Afterlifes of Natural History." Quil Image. (2017). Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Afterlifes of Natural History." 照片 2.PNG. (2015). Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "From Prostitutes to Polkas, A Rememberance of the Historic Range Rider Lodge in Silver Gate, Montana." Big Sky Journal. (2014). Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Illuminated Manuscript." Selections. (2014). Print.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Defibaugh, Denis. Professor. Jun. 2017. Sisimiut Museum, Sisimiut, Greenland. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Professor. Dec. 2016. Stank Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Afterlifes of Natural History. 1 May 2015. View Arts Center, Old Forge, NY. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Afterlifes of Natural History. Jan. 2014. Cornell University, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Gallery, Ithaca. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Day of the Dead. Sep. 2014. Longmont Art Museum, Longmont, Co. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Day of the Dead. Nov. 2012. Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site, Topeka. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Eye for an Ear. Jul. 2012. Galarie Huit, Arles, France. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Natural History series. Apr. 2012. Spectrum Gallery at Lumiere, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Human+Time+Space. Mar. 2011. DOB Haulamphong Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Dia de los Muertos. Oct. 2011. Sioux Falls Visual Arts Center, Sioux Falls, SD. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. George Eastman House Benefit Auction. Oct. 2011. Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City. Exhibit.
External Scholarly Fellowships/National Review Committee
4/25/2016 - 6/15/2017
     Polar Field Services
     Amount: $65,000.00
12/15/2015 - 11/30/2017
     NSF
     Amount: $650,000
12/1/2015 - 11/30/2018
     National Science Foundation
     Amount: $645,155.00
National/International Competition Award Winner
Frear, Denis Defibaugh/ Lorrie. Creativity International Awards. Best of Show Award to Positive Negative Magazine. Lexington, KY, 2015.
Frear, Denis Defibaugh/ Lorrie. RIT. Frank Romano Award. Rochester, NY, 2015.
Defibaugh, Denis and Lorrie Frear. 43rd International Creativity Awards. Best of Show International Award to Positive Negative Magazine. Louisville, KY, 2014.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Defibaugh, Denis. "Afterlives of Natural History." Exhibition lecture. Cornell University. Ithaca, NY. 20 Mar. 2014. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Day of the Dead." Day of the Dead lecture. Washburn University. Topeka, KN. 30 Oct. 2012. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Dia de los Muertos." Center of Latin American Studies lecture series. Kansas University. Lawrence, KN. 31 Oct. 2012. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Day of the Dead." Midland College lecture series. Midland College. Midland, KY. 27 Oct. 2012. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "The Professional Portfolio." ASMP-WesternNY. ASMP-WesternNY. Buffalo, NY, Buffalo, NY. 21 Jul. 2011. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "The Emotion of Light." Pensacola State College Artist Workshop. Pensacola State College. Pensacola State College, Pensacola, Florida. 25 May 2011. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Celebration of the Dead." Sioux Falls Visual Arts Center. Sioux Falls, SD. 29 Oct. 2011. Lecture.
Book Chapter
Karas, Vanja. "Natural History series." Eye for an Ear. London, England: UBYU, 2012. Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Denis Defibaugh." Human+Time+Space. Bangkok, Thailand: DOB Haulamphong Gallery, 2011. na. Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Day of the Dead/Celebrating the Dead." CNNphotos Blog. cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/01celebrating-the-dead/: CNN, 2011. na. Web.
Journal Paper
Defibaugh, Denis. "Interview Documenting the Day of the Dead." NPR, The Daily Picture Show, National Edition. (2012): online. Web.
Formal Presentation
Defibaugh, Denis. “From Soft Light to Modernist Light.” Minnesota State University Moorhead Community College Arts Symposium. Moorhead, MN. 18-20 October 2010. Presentation.