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John Hoover

John Hoover began his career as a traditional black and white photographer and used a large format view camera for portrait, landscape and architectural image making. With the evolution of digital photography John incorporated the new technology into his work.

A shaping force in the development of John’s creative vision was the training he received in large format photography, which John credits as teaching him the patience and contemplation necessary to distill the essence and emotion of the world he sees through careful composition.

For five years John worked as the Director of Photography at The Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts (VisArts), a non-profit community arts center located in Rockville, Maryland, starting first as a volunteer and then moving into a full time staff position. The photography program at VisArts originally began as a traditional darkroom facility staffed with volunteers and offered a handful of photography classes for adults. John worked diligently to expand the scope and capabilities of the program.

By forging partnerships with both corporate sponsors and professional photographers, John obtained donations of equipment and materials which enabled VisArts to outfit a professional shooting studio and offer state of the art digital and traditional printing capabilities. John expanded the photography educational program by organizing classes, workshops, and seminars led by internationally renowned photographers such as Bob Krist, Bruce Barnbaum, Joyce Tenneyson, and Clay Blackmore, thus further enriching the photo experience at VisArts. John initiated an annual Photography Exhibition curated by Frank Goodyear of the National Portrait Gallery, and professional photographers from the Cannon Explorers of Light, Clay Blackmore, Eddie Tapp and others, which brought the work of aspiring photographers as well as seasoned professionals to the art center.

For his work at VisArts John was awarded the 2007 Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Award by the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council, recognizing the contributions he made in improving the Photography Department to the point of national recognition among professional photographers and industry specialists.

In 2009, in partnership with The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) and funded by a grant from the Trawick Foundation, John taught photography to adolescents enrolled in the Leadership Empowerment and Action Program (LEAP), a youth development program for foster and adopted youth and their families in Montgomery County. In addition to teaching John collaborated in the design of the photography curriculum and hired the staff of photography educators who participated in this highly successful and rewarding community outreach project.

Currently John is an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Montgomery College in Rockville Maryland and a working freelance and assignment photographer specializing in portraits, travel, architectural and event photography.

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