Randolph Community College Photography Alumni Spotlight: Mark Wagoner

Antique camera bellows overlooking cattails and a dragonfly.

            Mark Wagoner is a 1977 RCC commercial photography graduate; his class was the first to go on internships, which Mark found to be influential in his career. He went to Alderman Studios where he worked with some film productions. He has always enjoyed working with movies along with the still picture.

            Reminiscing about his experience of going through the program. “I would say as a student that my full attention was on photography…  But people like Jerry Howell and Bob Heist opened a larger world to me that helped me have a point of view that looks at the larger world. The effect was to teach me how to learn and not just do enough to get by.”

Mark is still involved with the photography program, “I made connections with students but also instructors that have made a big impact on my career, I ended up working on committees and serving as an advisor to the Photo Department.”

Mark has been involved on some really cool projects such as working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the 1980’s and series of portraits of North Carolina’s most influential women in the American Indian Community. He has found himself always pushing himself and finding new ways to reinvent himself and his photographic ability. “I would say a driving force for me is about being open to change, not assuming what you did last year will be okay or good enough…”

Portrait of Mark Wagoner

                                                          Mark Wagoner


Story by Joshua Komer, Class of 2015

As part of the Fall Journalism class, the Photojournalism students interviewed and wrote a short profile story on a Randolph Community College Photography Program graduate. We will feature a new profile each month over the next year.

A Visit With Burk Uzzle


Two men looking at gallery prints.

Photography program head Chuck Egerton and instructor Jay Capers visited Burk Uzzle at his Wilson, NC studio and home. Burk is a former member of Magnum Photos and photographer at Life Magazine.

Two men looking at gallery prints.

Nearing 80, Uzzle is still working, producing photos.

Peeling plaster from studio wall.

Uzzle’s studio is a former downtown auto dealership, he is working to peel paint and plaster leaving a wonderful backdrop for his work.

Burk Uzzle with camera.

And still likes to talk cameras. Most of his work is large format (8×10 cameras) “Digital is trying to protect me from myself, I don’t need it to,” he said as he talked about tonal range, “I have a light meter and know how to use it.” Even with his mirror less camera, he shoots manual exposure and focus with a Leica lens.

We are planning to host a Jerry Howell lecture by Burk at RCC this Fall!

Randolph Community College Photography Alumni Spotlight: Joey Seawell

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Photo by Joey Seawell

Joey Seawell graduated from Randolph Community College in 2004, majoring in the Commercial Photography concentration. Joey first found his interest in photography when he started taking pictures of his friends doing crazy tricks on their BMX bikes. When Joey attended the photography program, he interned at Widner Creative (now called the White Orange Productions) and at Exum Photo. Since Joey graduated, he has started a family, traveled many places, learned a lot about business and has photographed many, many people. He most recently traveled to Kauai, “It is the most amazing place I have ever seen. Truly magical.” Joey mainly focuses on lifestyle advertising projects and shoots with small dslr cameras and medium format cameras to capture still projects. For motion projects, he uses dslr cameras and also cinema cameras. His favorite projects so far have been his travel and southern culture projects. “I love meeting new people and documenting the culture around my home in the south.” Joey’s most challenging experience has been saying no to a job, sometimes a certain job just doesn’t work with everyone, even when it is really hard to walk away from it. Every day the list of things he would like to accomplish grows and grows. “I feel that I am on the right track.  The dream was to graduate and make a living with my camera; so far I’m living the dream.”

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Joey Seawell

 Story by Zoe Zielinski, Class of 2015

As part of the Journalism class the Photojournalism students are required to take, the students interviewed and wrote a short profile story on a Randolph Community College Photography Program graduate. We will feature a new profile each month over the next year.

Photojournalism I Illustration Assignment Illuminates and Educates As Photo of the Week


 Editorial Illustration by RCC Photo student Cate Gordon

Photojournalism I students were assigned to create an illustration to accompany a story on overworked students using the following story line. “According to guidelines endorsed by the National Education Association (NEA), a student should be assigned no more than 10 minutes per grade level per night. For example, a first grader should only have 10 minutes of homework, a second grader, 20 minutes, and so on. This means that a student in seventh grade should have no more than 70 minutes of work each night. Yet this is often doubled, sometimes even tripled!”

Learning to use symbols for words and creating an image that did not confuse a viewer if the image is a documentary picture or an illustration were key components of the assignment.

Cate created this week’s Photo of the Week, all in camera, in one frame, using only one light.