Joel Whitaker is an artist and educator who lives in Dayton, Ohio. His artistic and scholarly interests are in the making of photographs and photo related objects. He remains active in photography through his teaching, ongoing study of the medium, and the development of photographic projects. In 2009 he was one of eight Ohio photographers selected to participate in a NEH funded re-photographic survey of FSA photographs of Ohio. In 2008 his work was highlighted in the Elements of Photography, and in 2006, his work was selected for inclusion in Photography Now/One Hundred Portfolios – An International Survey of Contemporary Photography. His work is in several public collections, has been exhibited extensively in the US, and received several state, regional, and university grants.