Walter Calahan, photographer and photo journalist, has a career that has taken him all over the world. Calahan will share his experiences in a keynote presentation, “The Myth of Thinking Outside the Box: A Conversation about Creativity,” on Monday, Oct. 28, at Penn State York. The program, at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, is free and open to the public. Calahan is visiting campus thanks to Maureen Muller, assistant professor of business at Penn State York, who happens to be a personal friend of his. Calahan is stopping in York before heading across the country to do speaking engagements and share his craft.
Calahan’s presentation is a visual memoir of the people who taught him that all creative problem-solvers are masters of their domain. His photographic career has taken him under the Atlantic Ocean aboard a U.S. Navy Trident submarine, down lava tube caves in Idaho, canoeing the Okefenokee Swamp of Georgia and into surgical clinics for Afghan refugees in Pashawar, Pakistan. Not surprisingly, he has experienced many exciting moments during his career, such as being launched off the deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier but has also enjoyed more simple subject matter, like taking photos of children learning to tap dance.
Hundreds of magazines have used his work including National Geographic, Time, Fortune, The Smithsonian, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair to name a few. Calahan has also illustrated publications and done advertisements for General Electric, Yamaha and Harvard School of Business.