Philip David Heying

Philip David Heying

Fellow: Awarded 2022
Field of Study: Photography

Competition: US & Canada

Photographer Philip Heying, born in 1959 in Kansas City, Missouri, learned the basics of photography in middle school. In 1983 he earned a BFA in painting from the University of Kansas.

During college Philip was introduced to William S. Burroughs and met Albert Hoffman, Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin and Timothy Leary.
In 1985 Philip crossed the Atlantic on a coal freighter to live in Paris. The experience of learning a new language and culture had a profound effect on his photography.

He returned to the United Sates to live in Brooklyn from 1997-2008. He worked for and became friends with Irving Penn, Joel Meyerowitz, among others, and did his own freelance editorial and advertising photography jobs.

In 2008, Philip returned to Kansas. He became a professor of photography at Johnson County Community College. He taught three curricula and managed the photo facility. He completed nine photographic book projects and had prints acquired by the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and Spencer Museum of Art.

In 2019, after his father died, he moved to Matfield Green, Kansas. He is currently working on a project, titled “A Survey of Elemental Gratitude” which will be completed in four to six years.

Photo Credit: Laura Diane Cobb

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