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Stroebel and Zakia honored for contributions to photo education

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Leslie Stroebel Richard Zakia

Leslie Stroebel ’42 (photo science) and Richard Zakia ’56 (photo science), professors emeriti of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, received the Kenneth Lassiter Excellence in Education Award for 2007-08 from the Photo Imaging Education Association, a division of the Photo Marketing Association.

The award, announced at the PMA national convention, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to photographic education and whose professional lives are exemplified by outstanding character, substance and purpose. The award is named in honor of Kenneth Lassiter, a founder of PIEA who worked for the Eastman Kodak Co. for nearly 36 years in a variety of capacities, beginning in 1957.

Stroebel taught photography for 44 years at RIT, during which time he was chairman of the Professional Photography Department and the Department of Imaging and Photographic Technology. He has written numerous books and articles, including Photographic Materials and Processes and Basic Photographic Materials and Processes, (both with John Compton, Ira Current and Zakia). He is co-editor of The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Third Edition, and author of View Camera Technique, Photographic Filters and Dictionary of Contemporary Photography (with Hollis Todd).

Stroebel was the lead instructor of the Materials and Processes of Photography course at RIT for more than 30 years, teaching a large number of students over the years and also his fellow faculty members. Graduates of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences often mention the course they took under his leadership as invaluable.

Stroebel received the Raymond Bowman award for excellence in teaching from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology in 2003. He lives in Rochester and enjoys playing bridge on a regular basis with fellow retirees.

Zakia has taught in many areas of photography including fine arts photography, graphic design and multimedia design. During his 34 years at RIT, he served as chair of the Fine Art Photography Department and Graduate Program in Imaging Arts and for a six-year period was director of Instruction Development and Media. Prior to teaching at RIT, Zakia was a photographic engineer in development and research at Kodak. He is a recipient of the Eisenhart Outstanding Teaching Award and the author/co-author of 12 books on photography, including The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 101 Experiments in Photography, The Zone System Manual, and Perception and Imaging and has collaborated with Hollis Todd, Glenn Rand, Stroebel and others on several additional books.

Zakia started his teaching career at RIT in 1957. His early contributions were in the areas of tone reproduction and sensitometry and this later developed into an interest in the Zone System and tone control in pictorial photography. His interests later shifted to photographic interpretation and semiotics. Zakia lives in Apex, N. C.