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Don Doll, SJ

Professor: Photojournalism, Holder of the Endowed Heider Chair


Don Doll, S.J. is a Jesuit priest and well-known photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, [Hunters of the Bering Sea, June 1984, and The Athabascans along the Yukon, February, 1990] and a number of the Day in the Life of… books, including America, California, Italy, Ireland, Passage to Vietnam, and Christmas in America. He was introduced to both photography and to the Lakota people when he was assigned to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota as a young Jesuit. Two of his books on Native Americans are: Crying for a Vision [Morgan and Morgan, 1976, Dobbs Ferry, NY], and Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation [1994, Crown Publishers, New York]. His Vision Quest CD-ROM was published in 1996, and the Vision Quest Exhibit has opened in 20 cities.

In May of 1997, Fr. Doll was awarded the prestigious Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, for his many years of work with Native Americans. On January 31, 2006, Doll received the “Artist of the Year,” award given biannually at the Governor’s Awards luncheon sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council.

Fr. Doll has been active in the National Press Photographers Association. He was a speaker on the 1976, and the 1981 Flying Short Course. He has received special recognition in the Nikon “World Understanding through Photography” Award [1976], the Robin F. Garland Award, [1988], lst Place Magazine Feature in the 1988 Pictures of the Year. And he was a Pictures of the Year judge in 1989. He also served as a faculty member for eight of the annual University of Missouri’s Professional Photojournalism workshops.

Since 1969 Doll has lived and worked at Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska, where he is a professor of Journalism holding the Charles and Mary Heider Jesuit Chair.  A recent project, “The Jesuits” has taken him around the world. One of his stories from this project, “Finding Ernesto” aired in November 1999, on ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel. In 2003 he completed a series of landscape and panorama photographs of the Lewis and Clark trail between St. Louis, Missouri, and the Pacific Ocean near Ft. Clatsop.

In 2005, Doll photographed Jesuits assisting Tsunami victims in India and Sri Lanka, and for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. In 2008 he photographed refugees in Burundi, Rwanda and the Congo. In the spring of 2009 he photographed along the Darfur border in Eastern Chad among the Sudanese refugees. In 2010, he photographed JRS activities in Thailand, Indonesia and East Timor; in 2011 he photographed for JRS working with Iraqi refugees in Ankara, Turkey, Aleppo and Damascus, Syria, and Amman, Jordan.

My Classes

JMC 375 Photojournalism A & B 3 credits
JMC 378 Photojournalism II: Picture Editing A 3 credits

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