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Christopher Rolinson

Associate Professor of Photography, Photojournalism

Chris RolinsonContact Information


  • M.F.A., Film and Digital Technology, Chatham University
  • M.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, Point Park University
  • B.A., Art, Slippery Rock University

Courses Taught

  • Photojournalism I
  • Photojournalism II
  • Documentary Photography
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Studio Photography
  • Specialized Photography
  • Coordinate Internships


Christopher Rolinson discovered his passion for photography at Slippery Rock University after a tour of duty in the U.S. Army. At Slippery Rock, he merged fine art photography with communication and politics. Upon graduation, he practiced photojournalism at the Steubenville, Ohio, Herald-Star.

While an adjunct at Point Park, Rolinson spearheaded significant changes in the photography and photojournalism programs. He grew the programs from their infancy to well over 100 students. In 2010, he coordinated major realignments in curriculum to reflect the ever-evolving media and photography landscape.

Rolinson has introduced new courses, collaborations and partnerships to expand and diversify the photography and photojournalism program. He also has facilitated Heart Gallery exhibitions in partnership with the Three Rivers Adoption Council. In partnership with the Father Ryan Arts Center, he coordinated a travelling exhibition that featured student work centered on the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He also plays an active role in the visual and multimedia marketing for the University.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Pittsburgh Press Club
  • American Legion
  • National Press Photographers Association
  • The Society of Photographic Education
  • The American Society of Media Photographers
  • Gigapan Magazine, contributing editor

Selected Presentation

  • "Long Term Projects for the Professor," National Press Photographers Association, 2010

Selected Works and Expeditions

  • Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh, photographer and videographer
  • Inauguration of President Barack Obama
  • G20 Pittsburgh Summit
  • Amistad National Recreation Area Artist-in-Residency
  • Aftermath of war in Kosovo and Serbia
  • Transition to capitalism and democracy in Hungary and Slovakia

Research Interests

  • Narrative storytelling
  • Visual Ethnography
  • Experimenting with methods to further develop functional non-linear interactive documentary and photojournalistic gigapixel photographs
  • Filmmaking

Selected Award

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