Ron Zak (b. 1946, Pittsburgh, PA) is a photographer, teacher and traveler who works to reveal moments of irony and interconnectedness in his images of diverse cultures and environments. After serving in Vietnam 1965-67, Zak left the Steel City to attend college in San Francisco. He earned a MA from SF State University in 1976 and presented his first solo exhibition titled “The Human Condition” at SFAI’s Walter and McBean Gallery. In 1979, Zak moved to Sonoma and started doing photography for newspapers and magazines. His teaching career began in 1979 at Napa Valley College where he mentored many students who became professional and established photographers. From 2005-2017, he lead the photography department at Solano Community College and for the past thirty years Zak has coordinated travel courses for photographers to such locations as China, India, Cuba, Indonesia, Burma, Argentina, Paris, New York, and Vietnam.