“People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.”
Today’s blog post is for Ken Kobre, the Photojournalism professor at San Francisco State University who is the best instructor I’ve ever had. After seven inspiring, and sometimes grueling photography and journalism classes with him I graduated and we became friends. I’ve always admired Ken’s ability to engage and challenge students to do their absolute best. He set the bar high for excellence and students had the choice to meet that standard or repeat the class. This fueled me every semester and was good training for my future photography career.
Ken lives what he teaches. He and his lovely wife, Betsy Brill are a dynamic duo — he continues to author and she edits the widest-selling text book on Photojournalism in the world (“Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach”), and he’s also the inventor of Professor Kobre’s Lightscoop. His new documentary on Associated Press photographers will be aired soon.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take Ken’s portrait.