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Andrew Borowiec was born in New York City in 1956 and grew up in Paris, Algiers, Tunisia, and Geneva. He received a B.A. in Russian from Haverford College in 1979 and his M.F.A. in Photography from Yale University in 1982. He has worked as a photojournalist, as the staff photographer for the International Center of Photography in New York City, as Assistant Director of Workshops for the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France, and as Director of the University of Akron Press. He has taught at Parsons School of Design, The New School for Social Research, Oberlin College, and the University of Akron's Myers School of Art, where, in 2009, he was named Distinguished Professor of Art. He has received fellowships in photography from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Ohio Arts Council. In 2006, he was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize. For more than three decades he has photographed America's changing social, industrial, and post-industrial landscapes. His photographs have been exhibited around the world and are in the permanent collections of the Chicago Art Institute, Cleveland Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, and Smithsonian Museum of American Art, among others. His other books of photography are Along the Ohio (John Hopkins University Press, in association with the Center for American Places, 2000), Industrial Perspective: Photographs of the Gulf Coast (Center for American Places, 2005), and Cleveland: The Flats, the Mill, and the Hills (Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2008). He lives in New York City and Akron, Ohio, with his wife, Andrea.


David Giffels was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1964 and raised there. He received his M.A. in English from the University of Akron. Currently, he is an assistant professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Prior to his academic career, he was a longtime columnist for The Akron Beacon Journal, and he has also written for Grantland, The New York Times Magazine, Redbook, Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. His essays have appeared in Rust Belt Chic (RBC Publishing, 2012), The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Indiana University Press, 2006), The Appalachians: America's First and Last Frontier (Random House, 2004), and West Point Market Cookbook (University of Akron Press, 2008). Giffels is the co-author, with Jade Dellinger, of Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! (SAF Publishing, 2003), and, with Steve Love, Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron (University of Akron Press, 1998). His other books include Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life (Scribner, 2018), The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt (Scribner, 2014), and All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House (William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2008). Giffels has been interviewed and appeared on National Public Radio, The Atlantic, and WordPress, and his recent awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature, the Ohioana Book Award, and the Associated Press's "Brest News Writer in Ohio" award.





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