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Awards and Recognition: Distinguished Faculty Award 2007

picture of Jeffrey A. Wolin Jeffrey A. Wolin

Jeffrey A. Wolin, Ruth N. Halls Professor of Photography in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, is both photographer and ethnographer, chronicling the stories of Holocaust survivors, Vietnam War veterans and recent immigrants in Indiana, among others. His work is in the permanent collections of over 30 institutions including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, and Chicago’s Art Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art. Exhibitions of his photographs have crossed the globe, reaching as far as Italy, Poland, Australia and Japan.

Wolin’s first post as a professional photographer was with the Kalamazoo Police Department in Michigan, which he held shortly after completing his bachelor’s at Kenyon College in 1972. He then moved to Rochester, New York, where he completed a master’s of fine arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1977 and served as head of photographic services for George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film from 1976 to 1980.

Wolin joined the Indiana University faculty in 1980. He has since received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in addition to a Guggenheim fellowship. His published books include Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust, Ancient Provence: Layers of History in Southern France, and Inconvenient Stories: Vietnam War Veterans.

His teaching and service record match that of his professional excellence: Wolin has served two terms as director of the Henry Radford School, and last year was named an Honored Educator by the Midwest Regional Society for Photographic Education.