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Glenn Zucman

The Corsair

Hello! I’m Glenn, a Nonfiction Photographer. In the 1970’s the average American saw about 500 advertisements in a day. Today it’s about 5,000. If "you are what you eat", then our relentless diet of so many fictional images must be poisoning our perception of reality. Fashion, Beauty, Foodstagrams, and more. All of these highly manufactured and highly curated images portray a reality that doesn’t exist.

I love Nonfiction Photography like Photojournalism, Social Documentary, and Street Photography because they bring us a little bit closer to life as it is actually lived. Manufactured images of manufactured lives can create feelings of isolation and depression. Nonfiction images, even if difficult, remind us that we are part of humankind and that we are not alone. It is my great privilege to be a Corsair staff photographer this semester. There are 30,000 stories on the SMC campus. We can’t tell them all in a single semester, but I’m committed to helping tell as many of them as possible.

WordCamp Santa Clarita ’19

Hello! I’m Glenn Zucman, a Free Culture artist. I believe in inclusive, Open Source art forms like Street Photography, Social Practice, and Public Art. Forms that include an active audience as co-creators in works that explore the depth and diversity of humankind.

I’ve created dozens of WordPress "Art Websites". WordPress is the perfect tool for projects like Runaway University, Medici University, Letters to Skynet, Love Beach and others. The technical power and functional ease of WordPress make it ideal for these projects. Perhaps more importantly, as an Open Source platform that respects freedom, WordPress is a tool that is completely consistent with my values as a creator.

I’ve taught art at Long Beach State University for the past 14 years. At the beginning of this year I launched the Nonfiction Photography Workshop, a Meetup group for photographers interested in photojournalism, documentary, and street photography.

TEDxCSULB 2017

Hi! I’m Glenn Zucman, a Los Angeles based Artist & Arts Educator. My work includes Representational-Abstract Painting, Graphic Printmaking, Video Installation, Robot Artists, and Avatar Identity. Most recently I’ve been interested in Public Art, Social Practice, and Civil Rights in Cyberspace. I’ve produced the Arts Interview radio programs Border Patrol for American Public Media, and Strange Angels for KBeach Radio. In the past 12 years I’ve taught 4,695 students at CSULB. Across this time I’ve come to believe that education cannot be taught by lecture, like pouring oil into an engine, but instead must be an individually discovered path.

Jane’s Walk ’17

Hi! I’m Glenn Zucman, a Los Angeles based Artist & Arts Educator. I’ve always been interested in portraits and identity. In the past I’ve made portraits with paint, with video installations, and with radio conversations.

Over time my interest in portraits and identity has evolved into a passion for speech. I’ve come to appreciate how incredibly fragile speech is. When Tehran issues a fatwa against Salman Rushdie, when Beijing imprisons Ai Weiwei, when Moscow incarcerates Nadya Tolokonnikova, when DC sentences Chelsea Manning, how many countless others get the message to self-censor? To never think an unauthorized thought? To accept things as they are? To think twice before telling the truth?

Speech is not only courageous acts on a national stage, it is also small acts of expressing identity. It is the desire to tell your story. The confidence to believe that anyone might care. In recent years I have tried to focus on projects that give voice to as many extra/ordinary individuals as possible.

WordCamp OC ’17

Hi! I’m Glenn Zucman, a Los Angeles based Artist & Arts Educator. My work includes Painting, Printmaking, Video, Installation , Robots, and Avatars. I’m currently interested in Public Art, Social Practice, and Civil Rights in Cyberspace. I’ve used WordPress to support my teaching at Long Beach State University, and to create the alternate colleges Runaway University & Medici University. I’ve helped students use WordPress to create their own ePortfolios.

Rhiannon Aarons, Glenn Zucman & Bree Olson at the University Theater at Long Beach State University.
Rhiannon Aarons, Glenn Zucman & Bree Olson at the University Theater at Long Beach State University.