ASHEBORO (December 18, 2015) – Randolph Community College’s Department of Photographic Technology will present its next Jerry Howell Lecture Series event on Thursday, Jan. 21. RCC Photography graduate Raymond McCrea Jones will speak at 7 p.m. in the Photography Imaging Center on the Asheboro Campus. The event is free and open to the public; please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raymond-mccrea-jones-guest-lecture-tickets-20023687388
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It will also be the opening of Jones’ photography show of images from the project in the Photo hallway gallery, which will be open until Friday, March 4, Monday through Friday when the college is open and classes are in session.
Jones graduated from RCC in 2004 and transferred to the University of North Carolina where he studied visual communication in the journalism school. He graduated from UNC in 2006.
Jones said his first staff job as a professional was at the New York Times, first as an intern. He was offered a staff position after 10 weeks. “That was during a major reorganization in which the paper was trying to figure out how to integrate the growing web operation with the traditional print operation,” said Jones. “I saw that as an opportunity and a challenge. In my free time at night and on weekends, I started working on stories on my own and then pitching them to editors I worked with.” The first one that got picked up was a bicycling audio slideshow, which Jones shot and produced.
Jones said that following a commercial assignment at Fort Benning, Ga., he became fascinated by the singular rite of passage known as boot camp, by which ordinary citizens are turned into military instruments. He created the stunning photographs in the Birth of a Warrior exhibit, which chronicle the transformation of 162 young men from across the country into U.S. Army Delta Company 2/47. His first widely published photobook “Birth of a Warrior: Ten Weeks in Basic Training” was published by University Press of New England in September 2015.
The Jerry Howell Lecture Series honors the memory of Randolph Community College photography program co-founder and long-time chairman Jerry Howell. The series is funded by the Photography Challenge Fund, administered by the Randolph Community College Foundation.
RCC’s Asheboro Campus is located at 629 Industrial Park Avenue. Take the McDowell Road exit from 220 Bypass and follow the signs.