BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology
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.
February 5, 2020
RIT photography professor documents Greenland’s changing landscape
Contemporary Greenland is the subject of a new collection of photographs and essays by RIT photography professor Denis Defibaugh, who spent more than a year on the island. North by Nuuk: Greenland after Rockwell Kent, published by RIT Press, documents scenes from daily life and from nature, such as an Inuit hunter and his sled dogs, stark landscapes and portraits of the people who live in remote communities.
November 7, 2019
Photography students get taste of industry with NYC, DC trips
The New York Times. White House Photo Office. Magnum Photos. And much more. Students met with the most well-known news organizations, agencies, artists, studios and alumni during the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences' annual networking trips to NYC and DC.
April 17, 2019
Earth Day feature: Painting a picture of a planet in peril
City Newspaper features photography professor Denis Defibaugh.
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