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In 2017, the National Park Service announced that photographer Jarob Ortiz would be the staff photographer for the Heritage Documentation Programs. When the NPS announced that they would be hiring a staff photographer in 2015, they compared the position to the one that Ansel Adams held in 1941 when he began photographing national parks for the Department of the Interior. Of the 4,000 applicants, Milwaukee-native Ortiz impressed the NPS with his experience using large-format cameras, a skill he had learned at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and had honed during his work as a freelance architecture photographer. In this episode of the Milwaukee Public Television show 10thirtysix, viewers can learn more about Ortiz's craft and his new role at the NPS. Ortiz also describes his journey to what he describes as his "dream job." After serving in the Air Force for six years, Ortiz attended the photography program at MATC, drawn to the opportunity to learn how to use a view camera (as Ortiz notes, many of the other photography programs he looked at did not offer this opportunity) Here, he quickly impressed photography instructor John Gamblin, who is interviewed in the episode. For photography fans, this episode incorporates a number of Ortiz's photographs, along with a few historic photographs of national parks.
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GEM Subject
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Date Issued 2017-02-01
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Scout Publication
Date of Scout Publication 2018-04-20
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/0420

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