Joel Aronson

Joel Aronson
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Joel Aronson's Biography

Marketing Area:
Local
Hobbies/Sports:
Photography, Hiking, Spending Time with Family and Friends
Education Degrees:
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Thomas Edison State College, NJ
Affiliations Awards:
Taiwan Veterans Badge of Honor Association; The American Legion
Work History:
Chinese Language Specialist, United States Air Force
Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
The most gratifying aspect of his career is working as a photographer, professor and active community service member.
Number Of Years In Profession:
58
Number Of Years In Current Position:
58
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
He attributes his success to his survival skills, pursuit of photography and education; which gave him the ability to interact with people in a very positive way.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
He became involved in his profession after he discovered his talent for taking photographs as a teenager at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, NY. He saw photography as an opportunity to direct teachers, academic and sports leaders to pose and smile while he took their photographs.
Extended Bio Profile:
Mr. Aronson taught commercial, fashion and general photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City from 1969 to 1994. When he retired in 1994, he was a full professor and the chairman of the photography department. During those years he also did freelance, commercial and editorial photography assignments, working out of his home studio. Some of his New York photo subjects were actors and models. Prior to pursuing teaching and photography as careers, he had been in the United States Air Force for over five years where he trained as a Chinese language specialist for various military intelligence duties in Taiwan. In his spare time, he also did some photographic projects for Air Force publications. He has been awarded with letters of thanks and appreciation from: Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson, for photographs of her and her husband vice president Lyndon B. Johnson, while they were visiting Taiwan in 1961, from Jaqueline F. Kennedy, sent by her secretary Nancy Tuckerman, for a photograph he gave them of the Riderless Horse at President Kennedy's funeral; from Robert F. Kennedy, for a portrait of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, that was made by one of his military colleagues who chose to remain anonymous; and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for having sent her printouts of his James Madison High School website, as she had attended that school a few years before him. Now in retirement, Mr. Aronson is active in educational presentations about photography at his local library, and at other community venues. He is also active in county community service, as a member and current chairperson of the Morris County Advisory Council for Aging, Disabilities, and Veterans. He is also a member of the Morris, Sussex, Warren HIV Advisory Committee. He also participates in the annual New York City AIDS Walk. He feels that it has always been an honor to meet all kinds of people, to photograph and to teach. The most unusual honor he has received is one he shares with eleven other Americans. Each of them have several pages of personal accounts in a history book recently published by the government of Taiwan, for their military service there during the 1958 Quemoy Crisis.
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, Mr. Aronson hopes to continue finding themes to photograph and become involved in community projects.
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