The Biography Of
Prince Spells (b. 1981)

A native of Philadelphia, Prince attended Germantown High School (1996-2000), where he studied Culinary Arts and Graphic Design. At Penn State University (2000-2008), Prince majored in Integrative Arts, with curriculum in photography, journalism, and psychology. On the Photo-Staff of The Daily Collegian (2003-2008), Prince began his photo-career, and went on from there to freelance for the Penn State Athletics Department, The Penn Stater Magazine, Fight on State magazine and other local publications.

In 2006 and 2007 Prince took part in a Penn State University sponsored service learning project where he photographed his first overseas photo-essay, "Ghetto Utility", in Arusha, Tanzania. That same year Prince was the photo-intern for The Press Of Atlantic City.

Since 2008, inspired by the ideology of civic journalism, Prince has focused exclusively on subsistence enterprise issues, producing photo-essays in China, Italy, and the USA in the interest of building the foundation for The Partnering Firm, a non-profit organization that serves the public interest by stimulating the artistic and entrepreneurial agency of independent workers, worldwide, through innovative initiatives that perpetuate the mutual improvement of society.

Degrees & Certificates:

Integrative Arts B.A., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2000 - 2008
(curriculum in journalism, psychology, and fine arts photography)

Work & Teaching:

The Partnering Firm - Philadelphia, Pa, Feb. 2013 – Present

Léman International School - Chengdu, Chengdu, China , Nov. 2011
(Freelance: Photography, Graphic Design)

Sobriety Through Outpatient, Inc, Philadelphia, Pa, Oct. - Dec. 2009
(Photo-Consultant/Computer Teacher)

Icicle Seafood, Inc., Dutch Harbor, Alaska , Jan. - Mar. 2009
(Fish Processing/Photo Project)

Penn Stater Magazine, University Park, Pa, Sept. 2005 - Jan. 2008
(Freelance: Sports, Portraiture, Events, etc.)

PA Campaign for Change, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. - Nov. 2008 (Voter Registration, Graphic Design, Campaign Photography/Videography)

Fight on State Magazine, University Park, Pa, Aug. - Dec. 2007
(Freelance: Sports Action, Portraiture, Events)

The Daily Collegian, State College, Pa , Jan. 2003 - Mar. 2007
(General Assignment Photographer)

United African American Community Center, Arusha, Tanzania, May 2006 & Jun. 2007
(Service Learning: Student Mentor, Yoga, Photography)

The Press of Atlantic City, Pleasentville, NJ , Jul. - Sept. 2006
(Photo Intern: Sports, News, Portraiture, Events)

Penn State - Comm. 269 - Intro to photojournalism, Univ. Park, Pa, Jan. 2004 - May 2006
(Lab Coordinator/Tutor: B&W film-developing, negative-scanning, Photoshop processing)

Awards & Exhibitions:

HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park, Pa , Jan. 2008 - Present
(Art on the Move: Ghetto Utility)

The Lisette Model Foundation, 2008: Grant to pursue a photo-project

Paul Robeson Cultural Center, University Park, Pa , Sept. - Dec. 2007
(Starving Artist Exhibition: Ghetto Utility)

Columbia Scholastic Review, 2007: 2nd place photo-story

Hearst Journalism Competition, 2006: 22nd place photojournalism

SPJ Mark of Excellence, 2006: 1st Breaking-news, 1st General-news, 3rd Sports 2005: 3rd General-news, 3rd Sports

Zoller Galleries, University Park, Pa , Feb. 2003
(Undergraduate Juried Show: Nude)


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