- University of Alaska FairbanksProfessor Emeritus, present
- University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Tanana Valley Campus
- Anchorage School District
- Alaska Pacific University
- Wandering In America: Stephen Cysewski (current)
- Wandering In Seattle: Stephen Cysewski (current)
- Wandering In Thailand: Stephen Cysewski (current)
- Exploring Digital Photography (current)
- Wandering In Anchorage: Stephen Cysewski (current)
- Wandering In Alaska: Stephen Cysewski (current)
- Creamer's Field Journal (current)
- Wandering In Tacoma: Stephen Cysewski (current)
- Wandering In Asia: Stephen Cysewski (current)
- Wandering In Fairbanks: Stephen Cysewski (current)
- gmail.com (current)
Resume and Brief History
I create photographs because I enjoy it. I attach myself to the world through photographs. I started taking photographs when I was a VISTA volunteer in Shaktoolik in 1967. I have continued to take photographs, with a few gaps because of family and career, since then.
The idea of Wandering that I use in my web sites is not an affectation, I love to immerse myself in situations that I respond to, I take photographs of what I respond to. My purpose is to show things the way they are, or really to show things the way that I see them. I want to share the diversity of my responses, humor, awe, beauty, disgust, irony, joy, and even boredom. I want to respond to a situation and not impose myself into it. On my web sites I show my photographs as a series of images, as they would be experienced in sequence, by location and in some cases by time.
I am not a conceptual photographer, I follow a more traditional path of responding to a situation with my feelings, values, and personality. I am interested in the ordinary the every day, and the mundane. When we look at old photographs it is not the scenic that we are moved by, it is the small ordinary details that resurrect memories.
I grow through the process of photography. Photography is a cyclical process that leads to deeper insight and more appreciation of the world I experience. When I find a situation that excites me I go back again and again to experience it from different perspectives.
I have three broad themes that I consistently photograph:
Buildings and structures that reveal peoples personality, eccentricy, history and beauty
People, their personalities, and their relationships, in public places
Natural form, line and juxtaposition
Many of my photographs of Fairbanks are inspired by the history of the “town photographer” Usually each community has a town photographer that defines a town at a specific period of time. Every Sunday, in the Fairbanks New-Miner, they publish old photographs of Fairbanks. I want to provide the photographs that will document Fairbanks in its current time and place.
I have also visited and documented many different Alaskan town, towns in the Pacific Northwest, towns in the United States, and locations in Asia and Europe. I approach my photography with the same purpose, expressing my experience of a place, expressing things the way they are. I want to show how I experience my world and, if I am true to that experience, other people respond to it. I like it when people say "that is the way that it is."
Education and Training
I have a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy and a Master’s of Liberal Arts. I have studied photography deeply and consistently since the early seventies. I have an extensive library of photography books that I use for inspiration. I also taught digital photography courses through the Community and Technical college.
Ten of my photographs were included in the Mighty Tacoma exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum
My Wandering In Tacoma photographs were featured in the City Arts magazine.
I have had a First Friday Exhibition at the Community and Career College.
My Seattle and Tacoma photographs are in the Tacoma Public Library's Northwest Room & Special Collections
All my other photography are in the Rasmuson Library Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives
- Alaska Pacific University
- Western Washington University