Paul D. Van Hoy II resides in Rochester, NY where he received his MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2007 Paul received world-wide recognition as Microsoft’s Pro Photographer for 2007. Also in 2007, Creative Quarterly recognized Paul as their ‘Photographer of the Year’. American Photo Magazine recently profiled Paul’s MFA Thesis Series ‘Bystander’. Paul’s work has been widely published in manyother photographic magazines, including After Capture, PDN, Digital Photo Pro, CMYK, Photographer’s Forum, Professional Photographer, American Photo, Camera Arts, and Creative Quarterly Magazine.
At my core, I’m a portrait photographer, a hunter/gather of forms, faces, and expressions. I am most interested in vulnerability and rare moments of discontinuity in which defining moments materialize and disintegrate almost simultaneously. For me, this is what photojournalism is all about. Interaction with strangers through an image capture device changes the dynamic of an already ambivalent relationship. It is crucial that the photographer be improvisational not only on a technical level, but his or her spontaneity should also extend to the persuasions necessary to gain the momentary trust of a desired subject.”
Forbes, Health and Wellness Magazine, Brides Magazine, Wedding Style, Men’s Health Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, DKNY, Jones New York, Fossil Inc., Redmond Publishing Group, Cherbo Publications, AGE Fotostock Inc., Vectren Energy, Sunoco Inc., Old National Bank, Fifth Third Bank, George Eastman House Museum, Tucker Publishing Group, Starmark International, Greater Rochester Visitors Association.
Currently, Paul works as a commercial photographer, educator, and exhibiting artist in the Western NY area. His local clients include the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film as well as the GRVA (Greater Rochester Visitors Association).
Rochester Institute of Technology MFA Fine Art Photography
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