About the Author

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Michael F. O'Brien
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Blurbarian Since February 2008
Name Michael F. O'Brien
My Web Site http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/myshot/gallery/26350
Location Waikoloa, Hawaii, U.S. A.
Gender Male
My Occupation retired art and photography teacher
My Bio Michael F. O'Brien lived and worked in Seoul, Korea from August of 1963 to June of 1997. He grew up on a dairy farm in the beautiful wooded hills of northeast Iowa. At age twenty-four he left the corn fields of Iowa for the rice paddies of Korea. Those rice paddies fascinated and excited him with their ever-changing patterns and through them he learned, also, to love the Iowa corn fields he had left behind. He is a retired art and photography teacher from Seoul American High School in Yongsan, 8th U.S. Army, in Seoul, Korea.

Mr. O'Brien's credits include Far-Reaching Fragrance - Photographs of Korea, a collection in coffee table book form of photographic insights into traditional Korea. He has also co-authored a high school photography text, The Photographic Eye - Learning To See With A Camera.

1984 - John F. Kennedy Center Fellow for Teachers of the Arts.

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Ellot Porter and his wonderful photography books were a huge influence on me. I also took a week long class from him at the Maine Photographic Workshop at Rockport, Maine.

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