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Senior photographer featured in UPAA Journal

May 28, 2013 : Liberty University News Service

Les Schofer, senior staff photographer for the Liberty University Marketing Department, was recently featured by the UPAA in its publication, "The Contact Sheet."

The University Photographer’s Association of America (UPAA) recently featured Les Schofer, senior staff photographer for the Liberty University Marketing Department, in its publication “The Contact Sheet.” As a decorated member of the UPAA, Schofer is the photographer serving his institution for the longest period of time and the only photographer to have recorded the start of his school and to still be photographing it today. The magazine’s back cover features one of Schofer’s most popular photographs of Liberty founder Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr.

Schofer has been instrumental in capturing Liberty’s history through photography, taking many of the university’s most iconic and beloved photographs. He arrived at the university in January 1973 as a student, fresh out of photography school in California. Though he has been capturing images for the university since he arrived, Schofer has done so in a variety of roles, beginning as a student with the yearbook his first semester.

The back cover of the publication features one of Schofer's most recognizable and beloved photographs of Liberty founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr.

The article highlights Schofer’s career with Liberty, as well as his relationship with Falwell and the impact it has had on him personally.

Thanks to Schofer, Liberty invested in digital photography in 1997, quite possibly becoming the first university to utilize digital images in its major publications.

The UPAA, founded in 1961, is an international organization of college and university photographers. Through networking and continuing education, the UPAA promotes excellence in photography as it relates to higher education. “The Contact Sheet” is published three times a year.

Read the article online (Schofer’s feature begins on Page 8).

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