Pictures and Stories

Full Course Title: 
People and Places: Pictures and Stories of Our Place
Course Number: 
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
130: TR 11:00-12:15PM (Crosby)
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
131: TR 3:30-4:45PM (Zibisky)
Fall 2017
The Arts
Civic Engagement

Students will read about the Appalachian region, use the resources of the Special Collection in the library, and have several visiting collaborators who will address the documentary process. Several of the noted photographers who have worked in Appalachia will be studied. Considering the photography of the people indigenous to our region, their culture and lifestyle, and those who have documented these things is an approach that will permit students to develop insight and a stronger relationship with the community in which they live. The concept of the picture as story will be developed. Students will be expected to use both images and writing to demonstrate their understanding of the material covered.


Cheryl practiced photography in New York City for 10 years before finding her way into the Commercial Photography Program at Appalachian State University. While in New York she enjoyed capturing photos of her neighbors, their fury companions and the colorful urban life that surrounded her. Her first assignment was for New York Magazine where she photographed new restaurants, chefs and food. She is now mostly a food and interiors photographer. Cheryl remains active in her photography career by taking assignments regularly for regional magazines and various hotels around the country. Past and present clients include: Real Simple, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Wine Spectator, Garden & Gun, Disney Family Fun, Cooking with Paula Deen, Our State Magazine, Walmart World, Sony, RR Donnelley, Tortuga Bay Resorts, The James Hotel, The Surrey Hotel and Cornelia Spa.

David Crosby is a native of Western New York which he fled after shoveling snow for 18 winters. A graduate of Duke University (BS in psychology) and Savannah College of Art and Design (MA in photography), he is a lecturer in the Art Department's Commercial Photography program. In addition to First Year Seminar, he teaches advanced studio classes (fashion & beauty), history of photography, and each May leads 16 undergraduates on a 3 week summer course in Italy. David has run a commercial photography studio in Hickory since 1984, shooting annual reports, corporate-industrial and advertising photography for regional and national companies. He has a son who is a senior in college and a daughter who is a writer in New York. He loves art, literature, music and Beauty, most of all. Oh, and all things Italian!

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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