Professional Photography Program Faculty

The faculty of the Professional Photography program consists of two full-time faculty members in addition to its adjunct faculty. Full-time and adjunct faculty members are working photographers specializing in a variety of photographic disciplines.

Derek Johnston, Professor and Program Director

His fine art landscape work has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL. He has been honored with a Colorado Council on the Arts Grant in Visual Arts and is included in the critically acclaimed anthology, Photography’s Multiple Roles: Art, Market, Document, Science, published by the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Derek’s work is inspired by the beauty and complexity of the natural world. The product of this inspiration has various manifestations. Portfolios include traditional landscapes, studies in natural history, and conceptual works based on landscape issues and natural forms. Derek is no stranger to adventure and has spent over two decades wandering and exploring wild places in search of images and inspiration.

Derek matured as a photographer in the age of film and still uses traditional photographic processes on certain portfolios. With his Fourteener project Derek took on the arduous task of photographing all of Colorado’s fourteen thousand foot peaks and was produced primarily with a 4×5 view camera and black and white film. A sense of idealism and commitment to revealing more than just the geography of these majestic mountains resulted in over 15 years of climbing and photographing. Working in all seasons with extremely variable weather conditions, Derek has spent countless days upon end in high places waiting for the perfect combinations of light and weather.

He is a member of the Society for Photographic Education and the American Society for Media Photographers. See more work at

Joseph Gamble, Photography

Joseph Gamble is a professional photographer, photo educator and writer based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. A professor of photography at the Isaacson School of New Media at Colorado Mountain College, his work has appeared in Fortune 500 annual reports, newspapers, magazines and web sites including The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Fortune, Garden & Gun, MSNBC,, Nature, NY Times, Photo District News and USA Today. His fine art photography hangs in several private collections and has been exhibited at the SNAP Orlando Photography Festival, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Mariani Gallery and the Scarfone-Hartley Gallery.

Joseph holds an MFA from the Savannah College of Art Design and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College. Prior to his work in photography, he worked as a journalist with Dow Jones Local Media Group and Rodale Press. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Explorers Club, the National Press Photographers Association, the Society for Photographic Education and the University Photographers’ Association of America.

His portfolio appears online at

Klaus Kocher, Digital Media Production, Photography, Graphic Design

Klaus teaches at the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College, an emerging center for digital media education in the Digital Valley, Aspen, Colorado. Named for Walter Isaacson, the Isaacson School draws a wealth of local talent and knowledge into the classroom to train upcoming digital storytellers. Klaus is freelance photographer, based in Glenwood Springs, CO.