Phillip Roeder |Photographer

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“Selected Works: 2010 – 2016

Thursday, January 5, 2017 – Thursday, February 23, 2017

Meet the Artist Reception | Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 1-4 pm


Phil Roeder has worked for 30 years in public relations and communications, primarily in and around the public sector. Today he is the director of communications for Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa’s largest school district. His work experience includes serving as deputy chief of staff of communications for Governor Chet Culver, as a spokesperson to U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Max Baucus, and as a deputy to Illinois State Treasurer (and former Governor) Pat Quinn.

As a photographer, Phil’s work has been exhibited in Iowa and published around the world. His photos have earned awards at the Iowa State Fair photography salon and in the Capture the Heart of America photography contest, and he was presented with the merit award at the most recent Des Moines Exhibited show. He has more than 200 photos available through Getty Images. Phil’s work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Wired, Forbes, Vice, US News and World Report, and other news outlet

Phil attended Arizona State University and the University of Iowa, and is a 1981 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. He is married to Mary Tabor, a judge on the Iowa Court of Appeals and MCHS graduate. They are the proud parents of three children: Oliver, a writer for FiveThirtyEight/EPSN in New York City; Hannah, a neurology resident at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City; and Sam, a law student at Georgetown University in Washington, DC


My goal is to make simple, honest photographs. When armed with a camera, I look for the potential in anything and anybody to become a compelling image. This selection of photographs is an example of my work towards that goal. From Iowa landscapes to urban street-scapes and from museum-goers to sports competitors, these and other images capture what I find to be simple, yet compelling, moments and perspectives.  My approach to the art and craft of photography is best summed up in a comment by the famed street photographer Garry Winogrand: “I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs.” These selected works are a part of the world I see.

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