Andrew Borowiec has taught since 1984 at the University of Akron's Myers School of Art, where, in 2009, he was named Distinguished Professor of Art. He has also worked as a photojournalist, as the staff photographer for the International Center of Photography, and as Director of the University of Akron Press. 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. His photographs of America's changing social, industrial, and post-industrial landscapes have been exhibited around the world and are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Nelson Adkins Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, and Smithsonian Museum of American Art, among others. His previous books include Along the Ohio, Industrial Perspective: Photographs of the Gulf Coast, and Cleveland: The Flats, the Mill, and the Hills.
David Giffels is the author, most recently, of The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt whose other books include All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House, Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron, and, with Jade Dellinger, Are We Not Men? We Are DEVO!. A long-time columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal, he is now an assistant professor of English at the University of Akron. His essays have appeared in books such as The American Midwest and The Appalachians and in The New York Times Magazine and Wall Street Journal. He was also a writer for the MTV series, Beavis and Butt-Head. His literary awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for Literature, the Ohioana Book Award, and the Associated Press's "Best News Writer in Ohio" award.
Eric Paddock has been Curator of Photography at the Denver Art Museum since 2008, where he has organized solo exhibitions by Edward Ranney, Robert Benjamin, Garry Winogrand, Laura Letinsky, and Chuck Forsman, among others. From 1982 to 2008 he was Curator of Photography and Film at the Colorado Historical Society, where he curated more than two dozen exhibitions of seminal historical photographs. He is the author of Belonging to the West, and his photographs are held in the permanent collections of the Amon Carter Museum, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Smithsonian American Art Museum.