John A. Chakeres received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Ohio University in 1977 in both photography and printmaking. During that period he also studied with Ansel Adams and later worked as an assistant to Adams in his workshops. He has published three books of his photographs, Traces: An Investigation in Reason, 1977, D’art Objects: A Collaboration. 1978, and Random New York: An Unscripted Walk, 2008. Chakeres’s current photographs explore the concepts of formalism and found objects in context of photography. His photographs have been included in numinous exhibitions and publications. They can also be found in a number of permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Southeast Museum of Photography, Monterey Museum of Art, and Tweed Museum of Art. He has also taught photography, printmaking, and digital imaging at Ohio University, Columbus College of Art and Design, and Columbus State Community College.