Renowned Photojournalist Shares Images and Inspiration
Award-winning photojournalist Don Doll, S.J., whose work has been featured in National Geographic and eight “Day in the Life” books, shared his photographs and the inspiration behind them at an exhibit and lecture series.
Father Doll discussed his 50-year career as a “Jesuit photographer” — what he also refers to as a “vocation within a vocation” — at three lectures in October, part of the University's Kania School of Management Jesuit Lecture Series.
Select images from his recent work for the Jesuit Refugee Service were on display on campus.
The breadth of Father Doll’s 50-year career includes two books and National Geographic articles on Native Americans, as well as images documenting the work of Jesuits for the Jesuit Refugee Service in 40 countries.
“I photograph to tell the stories of people who have no voice. Hopefully, I can help others understand and work to change unjust social structures,” said Father Doll in a 2010 article in the National Jesuit News.
A respected international photographer, Father Doll’s many awards include the Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact on Photojournalism (1997), the Nikon World Understanding through Photography Award (1976), and the Nebraska Artist of the Year Award (2006), among others. His photographs also include an annual fund-raising calendar for the Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, S.D., among other award-winning calendars.
Father Doll’s work is celebrated in “A Call to Vision, A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World,” (2012) the final book in the Vision series that includes “Crying for a Vision,” (1976) and “Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred sites of the Sioux Nation” (1994).
Father Doll is a professor of journalism at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., where he holds the Charles and Mary Endowed Jesuit Chair. The lectures and exhibit were part of the Kania School of Management’s Jesuit Lecture Series. It is sponsored by the Arthur J. Kania School of Management and the Jesuit Center.