Phoenix Transect Project

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Kidist Abate

Kit Abate was born into the fog of the northern California Bay Area. Shortly thereafter she moved to the radiant Valley of the Sun. In accordance with her passionate pursuit of the visual arts Kit received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University. She is interested in the division between the public persona and the private self. Kit currently lives, works, and sits on her roof in Tempe Arizona.

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Katie Belous

Katie Belous is a native Phoenician and a student of urban planning at Arizona State University. Her primary area of concentration is community development, and she is interested in the creation processes and performance of public space within the greater Phoenix area.

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Karina Benessaiah

Karina was born in Athens, Greece before being whisked away to West Africa by her parents. In quest for new adventures, she decided to head out to the great north in Quebec, Canada for her undergraduate (in environment and development) and then her master’s (in Geography). She moved to the Phoenix area in 2009 in parts to pursue her PhD in Geography and in parts to experience another climate extreme: from cold to hot. Karina seeks to understand how people adapt to rapid climatic, environmental and socio-economic changes, and how those intertwine from the local to the global, with the explicit ... [more]

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Liz Cantú

Liz was born in McAllen, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Master of Arts in Communication from Texas A&M University. Liz moved to Arizona in August 2007 to pursue a doctoral degree in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Growing up on the border between the U.S. and Mexico has encouraged Liz to explore the richness, complexities, and diversity of the borderlands. Her research interests include the construction of Latinidad in United States media; transnational flow of cultural industries between the U.S. and Mexico; and immigration issues.

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Edgar Cardenas

Edgar Cardenas is an artist-scientist. Born in California, raised in Wisconsin, educated in New England and the Southwest. He studied Psychology at Gordon College (BA), Industrial/Organizational Psychology at University of New Haven (MA), and is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Sustainability, with one foot in the School of Art at Arizona State University. Edgar’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries as well as in scientific journals. He believes the next creative mashup should be between art and science so he works in both spaces. Specifically, his work explores the ecological, cult ... [more]

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Daniel Cavanaugh

Daniel Cavanaugh, an Arizona native, is a recent graduate (Spring 2010) from Arizona State University with a BFA in Photography . He currently works as a photographer and web designer for the university's Global Institute of Sustainability. His interests lie in the intersections of social justice and sustainability. Born and raised in the desert, he is fascinated and frightened by the expansion of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, it's youthful history, and the forgotten histories of this land.

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Bryon Darby

D. Bryon Darby was born and raised in the high desert mountains of northern Utah. Initially trained as a graphic designer, Darby received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University in 2001 before switching his primary focus to photography. After working for most of a decade as a commercial artist in the advertising and editorial fields, Darby went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University in 2011.

Darby's work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally including recent exhibition ... [more]

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Sean Deckert

Sean Deckert was born in Culver City, California in 1984 and grew up in southern Illinois with his mother and sister. He left to attend Arizona State University for a Bachelors in Fine Arts, where he studied under Betsy Schneider and Mark Klett. His development of portraiture and landscape involves techniques that require multiple technology combinations, complex layering of information, and holographic aesthetics that usually employ conceptual installation methods for the final piece. His work has been exhibited extensively in Phoenix and Los Angeles with upcoming exhibitions booked in multip ... [more]

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Renee Dennison

Renée Dennison is Dine (Navajo) and was raised on the Navajo Reservation in a small community, Tohatchi, New Mexico. She is born to the Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle people) and for the Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House people). She moved to the East Coast at twenty-four years old and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Maryland and her Master’s degree (MBA) in finance and investments at the George Washington University while working for various Native American organizations in Washington, DC. After ten years of East Coast life she moved to Phoenix, Arizona and continued her ... [more]

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Cory Fitzgerald

Cory Fitzgerald was born in southern Illinois, and raised in Tucson Arizona. He is a current photography student attending Arizona State University. He photographs throughout the phoenix area.

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Stephen Gittins

Steve was born in Newport, South Wales in the United Kingdom where he lived until moving to Arizona in August 2008. He is currently studying a Masters of Fine Arts in photography at Arizona State University. He studied Documentary Photography at the University of Wales Newport where he received his Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Degree.

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Pam Golden

Pam Golden is a Photography MFA candidate at Arizona State University. She worked previously as an obstetrician/gynecologist in Tucson, Arizona, and for the U.S. Forest Service in the Selway-Bitterrot Wilderness of Idaho. Her photographs of people and landscape mark our shared passage.

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Ryan Heckel

Ryan was born and raised in suburbs of North Phoenix, where he spent his youth exploring the transitional area between the ecosystems of the hostile desert and the hospitable city. While exploring this space he became interested in understanding systems and how they function, particularly where conflicts arise. He received his BFA in Photography in the Spring of 2008 from Arizona State University.

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Caroline Hudson-Naef

Caroline Hudson-Naef grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. Having developed an interest in art at an early age, she pursued her fascination with picture-making at Arizona State University, where she recieved a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography. Caroline is drawn to photography because of the complicated way it connects with our world.

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Taylor James

Taylor James has spent time living in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and now the Southwest. Much of his work deals with humans and their interactions with the environment. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Photography and is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography at Arizona State University.

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Jen Kitson

Jennifer Kitson is a cultural geographer concerned with the becoming of place through practices of remembering and forgetting. She received a BA in Geography from San Francisco State University, an MA in Geography from California State University, Los Angeles, and is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban planning. As a California transplant, she is both familiar with and continuously astounded by the unfolding urban landscape in Phoenix. Her current research explores the ambivalence of nostalgic practice and performance in residential historic districts. S ... [more]

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Mark Klett

Mark Klett photographs the intersection of cultures, landscapes and time. His background includes working as a geologist before turning to photography. Klett has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Buhl Foundation, and the Japan/US Friendship Commission. His work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally for over 35 years. He is the author of fifteen books including Reconstructing the View (University of California Press, 2012), The Half Life of History (Radius Books, 2011), Saguaros (Radius Books, 2007), Yosemite ... [more]

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Katie Lehman

Katie E. Lehman was born and raised under the Arizona sun. From the small cowboy town of Wickenburg to the sprawling concrete desert of Phoenix, Katie explores the intersection of culture and sub-culture with varying sentiment. She is currently pursuing her BFA in Photography at ASU as well as her BA in English Literature. She has been published in various media outlets and exhibits at local galleries around town.

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Daniel Leivick

Daniel Leivick is a landscape photographer from California. He is an MFA candidate at the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He graduated from Stanford University in 2009 where he studied mechanical engineering before pursuing an art degree. He has shown work at galleries in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Phoenix.

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Jane Lindsay

Jane Lindsay was born and raised in rural West Texas. She received BA in Communication from University of Texas Arlington in 1985, MA in Clinical Psychology from Regis University in Denver 1997. She is currently working onher MFA in Photography from Arizona State University. Jane investigates the idea of using photography as a vessel for understanding social interactions and human rights issues. Her new interested in photography is to document social issues and different stages of human development over time. She has exhibited her work across the United States and in Europe.

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Tracy Longley-Cook

Tracy Longley-Cook completed her M.F.A. degree in Photography at Arizona State University in the spring of 2007. Tracy received her B.F.A. in Photography at the University of Washington in 1997, and also spent a year studying at the Maine Photographic Workshops, 1994-95. She has exhibited her work internationally, and has been published in View Camera Magazine, Camera Arts and Alligator Juniper literary journal. Tracy is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

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Paho Mann

Paho Mann was born in 1978 on his parents homestead near Snowflake Arizona. In 1992 he moved with his family to Albuquerque New Mexico where in 2001 he received a BFA from the University of New Mexico. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe, AZ), Tucson Museum of Art (Tucson, AZ), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA) among others. Mann’s work is included in the Tucson Museum of Art’s permanent collection and has been commissioned for public art projects by the city of Phoenix. Currently, Mann ... [more]

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Bogdana Manole

Bogdana M. Manole is currently completing the PhD in Environmental Social Science Program at Arizona State University. Her research is centered on questions of water distribution and hydraulic fracturing methods of oil extraction in Kern County, California. She also holds a Master degree in Cultural Studies from University of Washington, where she researched indigenous recognition and sovereignty through the lens of political economy. She is a member of Cultural Studies Association, Association of American Geographers and Decision Center for a Desert City. She is involved in a number of resear ... [more]

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Virginia Martinez

Virginia Martinez is a rare species of Arizona native. Growing up in the desert she has seen it go from desolate to bombarded with other species of Chicagoans, Californians, and the such.

After a seven year journey with the U.S. Navy where she traveled to the east coast of the U.S., the seas of the Mediterranean, and to Korea, the “Land of the Morning Calm,” she came back to Arizona where she just completed her undergraduate degree in photography at Arizona State University.

Through her appreciation for the desert and her surroundings she has an urge to document ... [more]

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Haruna Miyagawa-Fukui

Raised mostly in Tokyo while spending her adolescent years in East Tennessee, peppered with the suburban life of the Quaker State, she feels at home transgressing the boundary of busy city life and tranquil rural life. Her Interests lie in the interface of what seem antithetical as the fault line is often the ground for innovation. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Sociology at School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University.

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Amanda Mollindo

Amanda Mollindo is a photographic artist currently located in Tempe, Arizona. Amanda received a BFA in photography from Arizona State University in pursuit of her passion for the visual arts. She is interested in conveying relationships between people, concepts of place, and exploring her own family through photography.

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Chelsea Patchen

Chelsea was born in Washington State, but has called Arizona home for most of her life. She got her BA in Geography from Arizona State University and is currently a PhD student in Geography at the same institution. She is interested in urban political ecology, sensing urban natures, and art. She is currently researching how art events can lead the public to see their relations to urban nature and infrastructure in new ways.

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Carlos Perez-Rojas

Carlos is a Venezuelan Human Rights worker that just completed a Master's in Social Justice and Human Rights at Arizona State University under a Fulbright Foreign Program Scholarship.

Carlos' work is focused on intersections of oppression and his previous experiences include LGBTQ issues in his native Venezuela and housing for communities in extreme poverty conditions. Currently, Carlos is working on issues of homelessness in Arizona.

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Amy Richardson

Amy Richardson was born in Buckeye, Arizona in 1984. As a third generation Buckeye native, Amy was raised in a farming family. She lived there until 2004 when she moved to Tempe, Arizona to attend Arizona State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography in December of 2006.

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Sandra Rodegher

Sandra Rodegher is from Connecticut. She received her BA in Psychology from Central CT State and has a Masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven. She is currently a doctoral candidate in School of Sustainability at ASU. Her current research focuses on the role of influence and group dynamics on future-oriented deliberative processes and the associated ethical implications.
Prior to pursuing her PhD, she helped form the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Yale University and served as a consultant in leadership and diversity training.

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Jason Roehner

Jason Roehner spent his childhood camping and shoveling endless amounts of snow on the East Coast until he and his family moved to Arizona in 1998. His early fascination with the seemingly exponential growth of Phoenix led him to explore the relationship of the desert to its inhabitants. Jason graduated from The Herberger Institute for Design and The Arts at Arizona State University in 2008 and continues to contribute work to Phoenix Transect

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Nadia Sablin

Nadia Sablin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and immigrated to the United States when she was 12. She received her BFA at Rochester Institute of Tchnology and is now pursuing an MFA degree at ASU. Her work has been exhibited at the the SOHO photo gallery, Chelsea Art Museum, Northwest Center for Photography, and published in Black and White magazine.

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Jenea Sanchez

M. Jenea Sanchez in Intermedia artists from Douglas, AZ. Her work places the viewer in a liminal space where contemplation from multiple perspectives is encouraged. She explores the visual, psychological and environmental aspects of borders, landscapes and the image/role of women within dominant and displaced communities. Video, installation, performance and handmade cactus paper exemplify the various approaches used to engage in ideas that stem from Sanchez’s mutation of cultural ideologies into new avenues of exploration.

Sanchez is currently an Intermedia MFA candidate at ... [more]

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Juno Schaser

Jeanne (Juno) Schaser graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Schaser, who originally hails from Moose Lake, MN, currently serves as the Public Relations and Marketing Specialist at the ASU Art Museum, where she is responsible for publicizing exhibitions, events and programs at all three of the museum’s locations in the Phoenix metro area. When not at the museum, she continues to be engaged with the local art community and is a practicing photo-based and performance artist.

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Haylee Schiavo

Haylee Schiavo was born and raised in the beautiful rolling hills of Southern California. At the age of twelve, her family relocated to Colorado. Missing California's perfect weather, Haylee decided to explore a hotter climate by moving to Arizona and pursuing her passion in photography. Four years later, she graduated from Barrett the Honors College at Arizona State University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development. These disciplines combine her unfading interest in complex societal issues. Ultimately, her goal is to become ... [more]

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Robin Sendele

Robin Sendele likes to think of herself as three different people. There is the crazy fun party girl Robin, the deep-thinking fine art photographer Robin, and the travel blogger-type Robin. She expresses these different sides of herself in social media and photographic project aspects as a representations, rather than extensions, of her personality. With her degree in Art Photography, she has acquired the techniques and skills required to connect the interests of her viewers to the interests of her subject in question. Although there are various contradicting sides of Robin, she finds that com ... [more]

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Mattie Serna

Mattie Elizabeth Serna was born in Fallon, Nevada. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University Of Nevada, Reno in political science and environmental studies. She enjoys taking care of her two children and studying urban food systems. She is excited at explore all aspects urban agriculture in the Phoenix area as well as in other cities around the world. So far she has explored and photographed some of the community gardens in the Phoenix area and is excited to look into other kinds of urban agriculture such as backyard gardening and for profit urban farming enterprises. The powe ... [more]

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David Shannon-Lier

David Shannon-Lier is a Photographer from Massachusetts. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of fine Arts and is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts as Arizona State University. He currently lives in Mesa, Arizona with his Wife, Alison; their son, Emmett; and their dog, Olive.

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Lara Shipley

Lara Shipley received her bachelors in photojournalism from the University of Missouri and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Photography at Arizona State University. Before coming to graduate school she was a photography producer for National Geographic Online and a freelance photographer in Washington D.C. She has been published in a wide array of publications such as the Miami Herald, Mother Jones, the Atlantic Monthly online and the Washington Post.

She is from a small town in Missouri and likes this quote from Jane Smiley: "Missouri is a place I could not have ... [more]

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Karen Streicher

Karen spent a lifetime on the shores of Lake Michigan before leaving for the arid southwest. She currently resides in the Phoenix area but as an avid traveler and nature enthusiast her photography adventures still follow the lead of her own two feet.

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Buzzy Sullivan

Buzzy Sullivan explores the interaction of humans and place. He grew up in Montana, which is often known as “The Last Best Place” and is also home to the largest Superfund site in the United States. Montana’s duality of pristine wilderness and toxic remains formed his interest in the human/nature interface. Buzzy received his BFA in Photography from Oregon College of Art & Craft in 2013, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Photography from Arizona State University.

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Alison Sweet

Alison is from one of the many small remote towns in Idaho, hers being Idaho City, Idaho. Living in an old mining ghost town, she developed a strong interest in American Western history, it's sometimes strange people and its curious stories. In her visual work she tries to be aware of the mythology of the west and embrace its contradictions while still retaining some romanticism for the landscape that is her home. Alison creates mixed media prints, videos and installations.

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Susan Tatterson

Sue Tatterson moved to the United States from Australia in mid 2001, spending 12 years on the East Coast in Baltimore, before moving to Arizona in 2013. Captivated by the abandoned structures that littered the landscape she photographed and wrote the book Spirits of the Abandoned for her MFA thesis at the University of Baltimore, which she completed in 2008.

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Adam Thorman

Adam Thorman was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his BFA in Photography from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2003 and his MFA from Arizona State University in 2009. His work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Sam Lee Gallery in Los Angeles, Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, IN and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ. His work is in the permanent collection of SFMOMA. He has taught at Prescott College in Arizona, Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley and he is currently teaching photog ... [more]

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Joe Trevino

Joe Trevino is native born Arizonan currently pursuing his MFA at Arizona State Univeristy. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography in May of 2006. Currenlty he\'s working on a few different projects exploring different processes involving the landscape as his subject matter.

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Kelsey Vance

Originally from Northeastern Connecticut, Kelsey Vance is new to the desert Southwest climate. She received her B.F.A. in photography from Maine College of Art in 2006 and is now working towards her M.F.A. in photography at Arizona State University.

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Zixuan Wang

Zixuan(Summer) Wang was born in Northwestern China. She is interesting in landscape designing, arts and photography. She had achieved a bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a master of Fine Arts in China. In 2016 spring, she earned another Master of Landscape Architecture at ASU. She believes as a designer, it is important to find the balance and interrelationship between nature and human. Also, her works explores the relationship of art, culture and ecology.

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Scott Warren

Scott Warren explores the increasing pressure on land and life in southern Arizona as a result of the hardening of the U.S.-Mexico border. Scott is a historical geographer having completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in geography at the University of Nevada and Montana State University, respectively. He is pursuing the PhD at Arizona State University, and his interests in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands stem from personal and academic pursuits that have taken him throughout the American West and Latin America.

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Chad White

A native to the west coast by birth and habit, Chad's work has extensively drawn from spaces reflecting relationships between boundaries of culture and the natural environment. Chad received his BFA in photography from the University of New Mexico, an MFA in Photography from Arizona State University and exhibits work nationally. Chad currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Whitney Zamá

Whitney Zamá currently studies at Arizona State University in pursuit of her MFA in photography. She examines notions of order and facad by photographing home interiors and body grooming ritual. Born and raised in San Jose, CA she moved to Utah where she received her BA in Communications with emphasis in broadcasting from Brigham Young University in 2001.

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