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Program Meeting | Speaker Ross Knight on People Photography

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I believe, “life is lived in moments, not poses.” This is an important key to understanding my work. Moments are fleeting but poses are planned and seldom in danger of being over-looked. In this presentation I will share tips on how to capture authentic photos of people. We will explore how preparation and mobilization in the field combine to enhance your photographic eye.

Over the last 10 years I have traveled nationally and internationally to observe, participate in and capture the social ceremonies of people. One of the most memorable trips was a wedding I documented in India. I spent a month there and instead of staying in a hotel, I decided to live with the couple’s grandparents. This provided me with an intimate access to the culture that I cherish to this day. I will share how this assignment changed my thoughts on people photography and the human experience.

Ross Oscar Knight is an artist who has an intense passion to understand humanity one photograph at a time. He combines his curiosity of universal love and spirituality to fuel his thirst to explore different culture. Knight has the ability to observe and distill human emotion down to its very essence. His strength in communication through imagery was born out of a childhood speech impediment. Since he believes life is lived in moments and not in poses, mobility and time travel are recurrent themes in his work. Whether in rural Alabama or a remote village in Africa, he uses his camera as a tool to forge new relationships and to frame stories ever-present in people's lives.

Knight is a trusted member of the Professional Photographers of America and his images have appeared in various media outlets across the globe. Notably, CNN, Oprah Winfrey, HGTV, the NBA, Forbes, Fox Business News and LIVESTRONG have featured his photographs. The photo stories he produces have received interests from 20th Century Fox and Lifetime Television. As a philanthropist he supports cancer research and is active in mission trips around the world. As a speaker he hosts 3 photography workshops annually. His mission is to Build Community Through Photography. Knight will publish his first book in 2012 containing selections of his work from the past 10 years. Ross and his wife, Brandi, of 4 years reside in metro Atlanta with their 3 year old Weimaraner, Bauer. The couple is excited to be expecting their first child this September.

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