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Gigapan: Christopher Rolinson

The term 'environmental portrait' has several meanings. In this issue, with some help from my students at Point Park University, we chose to explore the environmental portrait in the traditional sense of the term.

We wanted to pioneer a new way of gathering information as a tool of reportage. We aimed to make a connection with the reader or viewer. We gather information and interviewed subjects the way a traditional photojournalist would.

If we are successful in questioning, the story to accompany the image will practically write itself, reflecting the passions of the people in the image.

Guest Editor:

As a photojournalist Christopher Rolinson documented day-to-day life in the sometimes gritty communities situated along the Upper Ohio River Valley. He has documented the war ravaged Former Yugoslav Republic of Kosovo and has returned to the region two more times to document and understand the diverse cultures of Eastern Europe.

In 2004 Rolinson began documenting Pennsylvania's state parks and wild places. While a U.S. National Parks Service Artist-in-Residence he documented the hard-scrabbled landscapes and culture of the desert border region.

Christopher Rolinson, Assistant Professor of Photography and Photojournalism, Point Park University Christopher can be reached via email at

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