John Schott was an active exhibiting photographer from 1968 to 1980. At the University of Michigan he studied photography with Phil Davis and did graduate studies in the Department of the History of Art. During this period he photographed and hung out with then-emerging photographers Nick Nixon and Lynne Cohen. He was a Junior Fellow in the University of Michigan Society of Fellows from 1972 to 1975. In addition to photographing and studying the history of photography in these years, he moved to New York City where he co-directed with E.J. Vaughn in 1973 the feature cinéma vérité documentary, America's Pop Collector: Contemporary Art at Auction, now considered the leading film on the '70s New York art scene. In 1975 he received an Individual Artist's Fellowship in Photography from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1978 he co-directed with E.J. Vaughn the feature cinéma vérité documentary, DEAL. From 1991-1993 he was the first Executive Director of ITVS, the Independent Television Service. In 2003 he was Executive Producer of the 3-part national PBS special, American Photography: A Century of Images, a series that has been broadcast around the globe. Since 1979 he has been a Professor at Carleton College in the Department of Cinema & Media Studies where he teaches video production, film history, new media and photography. Recently, he has returned to digital photography.
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