Claude Cookman enjoyed a professional career of more than 18 years in journalism, primarily as a picture editor. He earned an MFA in art history and a Ph.D. in the history of photography, both from Princeton University. For more than 24 years he taught visual communications at Indiana University, where he is now a professor emeritus. Among his service activities, he is most proud of serving on the board of the Kinsey Institute for six years, including two years as chair. In retirement, he enjoys cooking and drawing. He hopes to return in his next incarnation as a pastry chef.
Throughout his career, Indiana University artist-educator Osamu James Nakagawa has captured profound life changes in his photography. As an exhibition of Nakagawa’s work opens October 13 at IU’s Grunwald Gallery, IU Professor Emeritus Claude Cookman observes how Nakagawa’s striking imagery reflects “death and life, grief and joy, past and future.” Click here to read the full story.