Professor Emeritus, Indiana University Media School. Photojournalist, author, and educator Steven Raymer — a long-time National Geographic Magazine staff photographer and senior editor — taught visual journalism, media ethics, international newsgathering, and reporting war and terrorism at the Indiana University Media School, retiring as a tenured full professor in 2016. More recently, Raymer has been a visiting professor at Zayed University School of Communication and Media Sciences in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Currently he is teaching media ethics, values, and responsibilities as an emeritus professor at the IU Honors College and Media School and completing a new book.
After serving in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army, he joined the staff of National Geographic in 1972, launching a career that has taken him to more than 100 countries. From famines in Bangladesh and Ethiopia to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Raymer’s photographs illustrated more than 30 bylined National Geographic Magazine articles, as well as numerous other Geographic articles, books, and multimedia presentations. His many publications include Redeeming Calcutta: A Portrait of India’s
Colonial Capital, published in 2013 by Oxford University Press; Images of a Journey: India in Diaspora, published in 2007 by Indiana University Press; Living Faith: Inside the Muslim World of Southeast Asia, published in 2001, and St. Petersburg, a 1994 book about the imperial Russian capital. He also is photographer of The Vietnamese Cookbook, published in 2000, and Land of The Ascending Dragon: Rediscovering Vietnam, published in 1997. In April 2018, Indiana University Press published his photographic memoir, Somewhere West of Lonely: My Life in Pictures. His upcoming book, to be published by IU Press, is titled The Pub, Britain's Enduring Institution. The Cambodian Refugees project is an exhibition on which he is working.