Paul Liebhardt began his professional life in 1962 serving in a management role on America’s early manned spaceflight programs at the Johnson Spaceflight Center in Houston, Texas. In 1973 he made a “mid-course correction” becoming a free-lance photographer. One of his first assignments was provided by the Institute for Shipboard Education. A 1978 globe-circling voyage convinced him of the soundness, relevance and importance of the kind of education offered by Semester At Sea. Since that initial voyage, Paul has served as a faculty member teaching photojournalism on nine additional SAS voyages, written three books on the history of shipboard education, and instituted a documentary photography curriculum (which included leading three month each student expeditions to China, India, West Africa and the Mekong River) at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.
Paul has traveled extensively in over 40 countries. He shoots about 4000 stock images a year. He is represented by the Corbis Photo Agency and the Pearson Education Image Bank. He most recently taught a course on the History of Photography at Oregon State University and published his fourth volume of images in a book titled TWO.