I am a professor, photographer, and writer. I direct the interdisciplinary program Direct Encounter with the Arts at Western Michigan University (WMU). I split my time between Michigan and New York City.  This year I launched a new course, The Skilled Observer in Art and Science that reflects my passion for both areas. Western Michigan University recognized my acumen as a teacher with the WMU Distinguished Teaching Award, in 2013.

I do concurrent research in many areas. Dr. Anna Bergqvist, (professor of philosophy in the UK), and I wrote a peer-reviewed paper in 2014,  entitled, “Cognitive Penetration in Art and Medicine,” in 2014. The paper was presented at the 4th Annual Medical Humanities Conference at WMU. In September 2015, I delivered a lecture entitled “Gimme Shelter – Sacred Space Through the Eyes of an Artist,” at a retreat for Hazon, in Falls Bridge, Connecticut.

My newest photographic body of work is entitled Boundaries of Eden. This work was shown first, in a one-person exhibition at Canvas Chicago, in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL, in 2013. Work from this series was included in two group shows in New York during 2104 – 2015.  Boundaries of Eden was featured in an one-person exhibit at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, at WMU, from February 18 – April 21, 2016.

Before coming to Western Michigan University, I ran a photographic business in New York City, and taught photojournalism as an adjunct professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. My speciality for many years was location photography done on assignment in Italy for American and Italian clients such as Smithsonian and European Travel and Life, The American Express Company, and many more.

I earned a BFA degree from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA degree from The Ohio State University. I grew up in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, playing in the woods, visiting Thomas Edison’s laboratories in West Orange, and making trips to the Museum of Natural History in New York City.

CONTACT me here:  269 377.1545  solomon.paulr@gmail.com


Campi Vicino Casamassella 2014

All photographs copyright Paul R. Solomon 2016