Jay Seldin (@phototraveler8) is a fine art photographer, photo travel entrepreneur, and instructor. Jay has spent the bulk of his career as a teacher, whether teaching graphic design and photography at the high school level, or more recently conducting workshops and photo tours all over the world.

This conversation tracks Jay’s early career and how he got into teaching, his accidental discovery of the Macintosh, how he transitioned into leading workshops and tours, and how Prescott learned the graphic design trade in 1998–99 as a high school senior.

Check out Jay’s photography on his website, or check out his photo workshops via his company page

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Environmental Portraits in Cuba, by Jay Seldin

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“That mouse made all the difference in the world.”

—Jay Seldin

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  • The Original Apple Macintosh
  • Adobe Photoshop 4.0
    Adobe Photoshop 4.0
  • QuarkXPress 4.1
    Quark 4.1
  • Aldus (later Adobe) Pagemaker
    Aldus Pagemaker
  • Mac Draw
    Mac Draw
  • Mac Write
    Mac Write
  • Matt Kushner, now an animator
  • Sally Warner, now an oceanographer
  • Prescott credits his time on the newspaper staff as his first true graphic design role
  • Bluelines
  • Guildscript, Columbia High School’s literary magazine
  • Columbia High School had the first computer graphics lab in the state of NJ
  • Continuous Tone Print
  • Jay’s purpose-built studio above his garage
    Jay Seldin in his studio

    Jay Seldin in his studio, surrounded by gear and his work

  • In addition to printing, Jay also does mentoring/tutoring in his studio
  • The principal activity is [still] teaching
  • The workshop trips gained momentum slowly, with interest among friends
  • ICP asked him to run programs
  • It takes a year for Jay to put together a good workshop
  • The Newark Museum
  • Cuba Cultural Travel

“When you go to a museum, there's no Cuban art. Because of the Embargo.”

—Jay Seldin

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Tools

Techniques

  • Learn on your own, and then teach it others
  • Get a local “guy” who knows the area you’re looking to photograph
  • Gather ideas from your past customers/attendees

Habits

  • Travel with someone who’s part of the “system” as well as some who aren’t
  • Wake up early, have coffee, and read the [physical] paper

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Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 17+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.

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