David Scheinbaum has returned to the College of Santa Fe to head its new CSF Photography Department and Marion Center for Photographic Arts. Scheinbaum has agreed to come out of retirement to return to the Marion Chair of Photographic Arts and directorship of the Marion Center, both roles he held for many years while at CSF. In addition, he will chair the newly formed Photography Department, which will become a separate academic entity from the CSF Art Department beginning in fall 2008.
With the creation of the new Photography Department, Scheinbaum and his colleagues will have the opportunity to reexamine the photography major and offer a comprehensive curriculum that will be committed to traditional processes as well as new media and digital imagery. With a holistic approach to photographic education, the Photography Department will educate students with a realistic and practical approach to the medium as well as how to live the day-to-day life of an artist. The program will emphasize using the medium as a means of personal expression and will be firmly grounded in the history of photography, utilizing the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Library, considered one of the finest resources in the country.
Scheinbaum has also been a private photography dealer in partnership with his wife, Janet Russek. Their company, Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd., which has been a long-time AIPAD member, will not be affected by Scheinbaum's new position and will continue to be managed by Russek.