Rod Lyons’ journey to fine art photography has been anything but traditional. A Los Angeles native he began his photography career more than 40 years ago as a photographer in the United States Air Force.
Since that time, he has done everything from portraiture to photojournalism to fine art. In 1978, Lyons graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism. Twenty years later he returned to the university to pursue a MFA with an emphasis in fine art photography.
After working several years as a freelance photojournalist and serving a brief stint as a newspaper managing editor, Lyons was determined to find a way to earn a living while following his passion of fine art photography. In 1993 he discovered a second calling—teaching photography! “Teaching has been a godsend for me, it put me in a position where I am expected to produce work, and yet I am able to help young people start their photographic journey.