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Paul Mobley

Paul Mobley

Paul's presentation is an entertaining, inspiring pictorial journey of a city boy who traveled 200,000 miles and spent five years photographing hundreds of farmers, ranchers, centenarians, community leaders, veterans and firefighters all over America.

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  • About

    Paul Mobley is an award-winning photographer who has traveled the world to capture and celebrate humanity.  His early training began at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, and continued in the New York studios of such leading photographers as Annie Leibovitz and David Langley, where he apprenticed for many years before embarking on his own career. 

     In 2005 Paul set out to capture everyday heroes through the world.  From Farmers and ranchers, to medical doctors giving of their time to help in Haiti, to former POW’s, to teachers, to firefighters who braved the towers in New York City on 9/11.  Paul shares the images and the stories behind them, inspiring us to realize that we all can make a difference in the world.

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    In 2005 Paul set out to capture the soul of rural America.  Traveling across the country Mobley and his camera were welcomed time and again into the homes of over three hundred farm families who graciously shared their personal histories and private thoughts, along with the fruits of their labor. 

    Paul’s presentation is an entertaining, inspiring pictorial journey of a city boy who traveled 100,000 miles and spent three years photographing hundreds of farmers and ranchers all over America.

    While showing photographs, Paul tells the stories behind the pictures of America’s unsung heroes; the men and women who put food on our table. Audiences laugh, cry, and are inspired as he moves from story to story, farm to farm, ranch to ranch from Alaska to Louisiana and Florida to Maine. 

    From Walter Jackson, a 104-year-old Florida citrus farmer; to Patsy Fribley, a stockyard dealer from Montana; to Aaron Bell, a young 9th generation organic dairy farmer in Maine, Mobley’s exquisite photographs, and narrative reveal the true face of American farming and remind us what it means to live with simplicity, contentment, and decency in a world that so often forgets. Visit after visit, Mobley came to know the independent farmer’s spirit from both behind the lens and across the dinner table. The result, American Farmer:  The Heart of Our Country, won the 2009 Western Heritage award for “best photography book” from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

    Keynote | Entertainment | Inspirational | Motivational

    ​This program highlights different farmers and ranchers than the original American Farmer program, and communicates their desire to leave a legacy to their families and communities.

    This is a ‘don’t miss’ program!

    Keynote | Educational | Entertainment | Humorous | Inspirational

    This program highlights the wisdom of more than fifty extraordinary Americans, who have all celebrated their one hundredth birthday. How can we live to be 100?

    Paul Mobley has taken his camera on the road once again, this time to photograph America’s oldest and wisest citizens. Mobley traveled to all fifty states to find these indomitable, extraordinary centenarians. In this inspiring collection of intimate and powerful portraits, direct quotes, and personal stories, we learn that wisdom is the reward for perseverance. The centenarians in Mobley’s stunning portfolio are eyewitnesses to a century dominated by world wars and conflicts, space travel, and cultural and digital revolutions. Their stories are inspirational, educational, and deeply touching. In them, we are reminded that love, loss, hope, and grief are essential ingredients in a full life and that humor can get us through the worst of times. Mobley’s heartfelt portraits are a beautiful tribute to this unique assemblage of Americans. There are more than 70,000 centenarians in the United States alone. Each of them has touched others with their gift of long lives. This program is a celebration of this generation and an inspiration to the rest of us.

    Keynote | Entertainment | Humorous | Inspirational | Motivational

    In 2010, photographer Paul Mobley and author and editor Katrina Fried set out to find fifty Americans who had made it their business to improve the lives of others. The result is a book and program profiling some of America’s leading social entrepreneurs whose energy and nonprofit organizations have changed the lives of millions around the world, very often one at a time. 

    From activists who have rallied the support of hundreds of volunteers to bring such necessities as clean drinking water, economic support, and urgent medical care to developing nations, to educational leaders who are using their gifts to elevate the opportunities of the poor and disadvantaged, to crusaders of equal rights and women’s advocacy, these are remarkable everyday citizens. Fried  and Mobley interviewed this eclectic and passionate group of people and now share their stories, personalities, journeys, and causes. 

    You will meet heroes such as infectious disease specialist, Gary Slutkin, who returned from Africa (where he reversed the Aids epidemic in Uganda) to reduce street violence in Chicago with stunning success through his organization CeaseFire; Geoffrey Canada, the founder and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, whose pioneering efforts to reform education in one of New York’s most impoverished neighborhoods has touched thousands of students and families; Susan Burton who after fifteen years in and out of the justice system, rehabilitated herself and started A New Way of Life, which provides housing and support services to formerly incarcerated women in South Central Los Angeles; and Roy Prosterman, a man who has devoted an entire lifetime to securing land rights for the poor throughout the Third World.

    Don’t miss award-winning photographer Paul Mobley who brings a grace and epic quality to his images of these remarkable people. Traveling the country to capture his subjects where they live and work, Mobley has created a body of images that harnesses the spirit and energy of giving.

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    “I love his portraits because they show a person’s heart and soul. They also show how much Paul loves his work!”

    NBC Today Show Willard Scott
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    “I just got back. Our audience "LOVED" him, as I knew they would. Rich, I truly wish you could have been there to watch how the evening unfolded. You could have heard a pin drop in the room. As Paul began his presentation, there was a little noise in the room, however, about 5 minute in, the audience settle down and Paul had fully engaged their attention. From that point, no one moved.....there was just breathing, the sound of Paul's voice, the vision in the pictures, and the connection between Paul and his audience. I'm quite sure each attendee's thoughts were tied to their farms and ranches; friends and relatives. It was an awesome thing to see and experience. Between the room and Paul's presentation, it was magic!”

    AgriBank Barb S.
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    “I heard Paul speak in Wasco, Oregon at our wheat COOP dinner. I was tired...it had been a long day...and didn't know what to expect from the speaker. Some years are, frankly, not so great. When Paul told us what we were going to see for the next hour, I almost groaned. Hour? Seriously? And then he started his talk. It was so good that, at the end of the hour, I didn't want him to stop. I tried to tell my girlfriend (We're at a writer's retreat) how he held everyone's attention, but it is hard to describe.”

    Farm Co-op Kathy M.
I love his portraits because they show a person’s heart and soul. They also show how much Paul loves his work!
NBC Today Show Willard Scott