Paul is a photographer and educator, passionately committed to further the goals of human rights, social justice, and environmental responsibility. A native West Virginian (born, raised and still living in Fayette County), he discovered photography at the age of 12 and through this discovery became the first male in his family to work outside of the coal mines. For over 15 years, he has worked to raise awareness about the devastation of MTR coal mining in Appalachia. He has photographed numerous other humanitarian issues throughout the United States, Mexico, Kenya, Jamaica, Russia, Israel, Laos, Thailand, Rwanda, Indonesia, Haiti and Iraq. He has had significant gallery exhibitions in Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Columbus OH, Minneapolis MN, Seattle WA and West Virginia. Paul has received numerous awards and recognition for his work.
Recent technology has allowed photography to be at the forefront of the democratization of the Press and Paul strongly believes in the power of photography to bring about social awareness and change. As a result, he has taught photography to extremely diverse groups of students- from street children in Indonesia and Rwanda to high school students on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in South Dakota to university students in Virginia. The common thread in Paul’s teaching philosophy is using photography as a means of understanding one’s self, one’s community/situation and the relationship that exists between the two. His projects serve as a remembrance, so time and history don’t diminish the true depth of horrific injustices, and as a call to action for positive transformation. The work inspires people to ask, “What can I do to change this?”