Meet Aaron

Hello! My name is Aaron Lurth -sounds like earth but with an “L” in front.- I am from Iowa and I love the Midwest. I graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in Art, and from the University of Iowa with an M.F.A. in Photography and Graphic Design.

I currently serve as director of the department of Visual Media at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where I also teach in the Art Department. I have worked as a digital photo lab technician and as the operations manager for Photography Department at the University of Iowa; where I was a Virgil M. Beall Graduate Fellow in Photography.

While in undergrad, I studied on the island of Malta where I worked on a photo documentary, later used by the Red Cross, investigating refugee camps. It was this experience that solidified not only my love for travel, but my interest in travel/documentary photography.

For nine years, I was a photographer for the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) at AirVenture – the world’s largest air show. I have shot marketing campaigns for Luther College and was the photographer for the Cedar Rapids Kernals, the minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. I have also spoken as part of a panel discussion at the Society for Photographic Education conference, and presented work as part of group and solo exhibitions at a number of galleries, including Drewlowe Gallery at the University of Iowa, Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, Missouri, Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky, and Mpls Photo Center in Minneapolis.

My work has been used by National Geographic, ABC, NBC, CBS,, Time, The Des Moines Register, General Electric,, The Iowa Review, Photography Served, The Lutheran Magazine, and many more.

When I’m not at work working on photos you can most likely find me eating Chinese food, riding my motorcycle or creeping around at night with my camera.