Suzanne Mapes is a freelance photojournalist and has been working as a professional photographer since her graduation from the University of San Diego in 1992. Her career started as a photojournalist at the Orange County Register, where she focused on the communities of Newport Beach, Irvine and Costa Mesa.
When she left the Register in 1997, she spent three years in New York City working for the Associated Press as a photo editor, freelancing and working at Time Magazine’s “Time For Kids” edition.
In 2000, Suzanne returned to California where she spent has spent time at the Daily Pilot in Newport beach before going out on her own as a freelance photojournalist. In the past six years, she has photographed for the New York Times, Associated Press, Orange County Register, Long Beach Press Telegram, local and national magazines.
She has also built up a successful business of photojournalsitic-style weddings and corporate and private clients who come to her for real-lifestyle type of imagery.
Suzanne began teaching photography at Long Beach City College in 2000 and still teaches a documentary class there. This is her first year at CSULB, where she jumped in to teach advanced photojournalism. She hopes to give students a real-life feel for working in the industry, which is extremely competitive and exciting.
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JOUR 300 – BEGINNING PHOTOJOURNALISM – Tu – 6-9:50PM – LA4-107
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