A conversation on Fotofest and fine art photography with Rod Slemmons, the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago from 2002 to 2011. He also taught undergraduate photo history and graduate seminars there in the Photography Department. Rod is currently Curator at Large for MOCP and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as Acting Director of the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College. Rod taught photography and the history of photography for 12 years at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was National Chair of the Society for Photographic Education from 1990 to 1994. Slemmons was named as Honored Educator at the SPE National Conference in 2007. Previously he was the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Seattle Art Museum for 14 years. Rod trained at George Eastman House and the Rochester Institute of Technology, 1976 – 78. He also has an MA in contemporary literature.