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Paul Mobley

Paul Mobley

While showing photographs, Paul tells the stories behind the pictures of America’s unsung heroes.

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    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. 

    Join Paul Mobley on an extraordinary visual journey through America. With an unparalleled dedication to preserving the stories of everyday people, Mobley has spent decades documenting the diverse tapestry of American life and celebrating the resilience and authenticity of its people.

    Recognized as one of the most talented and influential photographers of our time, Paul Mobley’s powerful images have not only captured the essence of rural America but have also become iconic representations of the American spirit. From the wide-open landscapes of the Midwest to the bustling streets of small-town communities, Mobley’s lens reveals the untold stories and hidden beauty that often go unnoticed.

    From his early beginnings as a portrait photographer, Mobley has honed his craft to create captivating and evocative images that resonate with viewers on a deeply emotional level. His photographs have been featured in prestigious publications and exhibitions worldwide, showcasing the profound connection between people and their environment.

    In his engaging keynote presentation, Paul Mobley reflects on his personal journey and shares the triumphs and challenges he has encountered along the way. With raw honesty and profound insights, he delves into the heart of his creative process, revealing the stories behind the images that have captivated audiences around the globe.

    Paul invites audiences to immerse themselves in the stunning visual narratives he has carefully crafted throughout his career. His collection serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of America’s heartland, offering a glimpse into the lives and dreams of its inhabitants.

    Moreover, Paul Mobley discusses the transformative power of storytelling, emphasizing the importance of preserving our collective heritage through visual representation. By shedding light on the ordinary individuals who make up the fabric of our society, he inspires us to appreciate the diversity, resilience, and inherent beauty of our shared human experience.

    Prepare to be captivated by Paul Mobley’s extraordinary storytelling ability as he transports you to the heart of America’s heartland. This keynote presentation is a must-see for anyone seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the people, places, and values that define our great nation.

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    Keynote | Educational | Entertainment | Humorous | Inspirational

    Join award-winning photographer Paul Mobley on an extraordinary visual journey through the heartland of America, specifically focusing on the lives of American farmers. In 2005, Paul embarked on a mission to capture the soul of rural America, traveling over 100,000 miles across the country to document the stories and experiences of over three hundred farm families. Through his lens, he brings to life the true heroes of our nation—the men and women who tirelessly work to put food on our tables.

    In his captivating presentation, Paul shares the fascinating and inspiring tales that lie behind his remarkable photographs of American farmers and ranchers. As a city boy immersing himself in the agricultural world, he offers a unique perspective, blending personal anecdotes, humor, and profound insights into the lives of these unsung heroes. From the southern warmth of Florida to the rugged landscapes of Alaska, from the vast ranches of Montana to the picturesque farms of Maine, Paul’s photographs and narrative transport audiences from one compelling story to another.

    Prepare to laugh, cry, and be inspired as Paul unveils the intimate details and untold stories of the people he encountered on his three-year journey. Meet Walter Jackson, a remarkable 104-year-old citrus farmer from Florida, whose wisdom and resilience leave a lasting impression. Discover Patsy Fribley, a stockyard dealer in Montana, whose commitment to her work embodies the enduring spirit of the American farmer. And be inspired by Aaron Bell, a young 9th generation organic dairy farmer from Maine, who represents the future of sustainable agriculture.

    Through Paul Mobley’s exquisite photographs and his heartfelt narrative, the true face of American farming is unveiled, reminding us of the values of simplicity, contentment, and decency that often go unnoticed in our fast-paced world. Paul’s encounters with these farmers extend beyond the lens, as he forms deep connections and gains an understanding of their spirit, both behind the camera and across the dinner table.

    Paul’s remarkable work in capturing the essence of American farmers resulted in his celebrated book, “American Farmer: The Heart of Our Country,” which received the prestigious 2009 Western Heritage award for “best photography book” from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

    Prepare to be moved and inspired as Paul Mobley shares the remarkable stories and captivating images that pay homage to the extraordinary lives of American farmers. This keynote presentation is a testament to the indomitable spirit and unwavering dedication that sustains the heart of our country.

    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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    “We had a great event and Paul was by far the star. His presentation really moved a lot of the audience as they could undoubtedly relate to the stories he told about his journey across the American farmland. He even managed to bring tears to a couple of the audience members. I heard nothing but great accolades for Paul for the rest of the day and evening on Saturday. A great find for sure.”

    Netafim USA Will O
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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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    “Paul is AMAZING! We had tears, we had laughter and everyone left with huge smiles. One of our attendees was IN THE BOOK! I will always recommend Paul for our events in the future”

    Corteva Agriscience Rachel C.
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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 heard Paul speak in Wasco, Oregon at our wheat co-op 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.

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We had a great event and Paul was by far the star. His presentation really moved a lot of the audience as they could undoubtedly relate to the stories he told about his journey across the American farmland. He even managed to bring tears to a couple of the audience members. I heard nothing but great accolades for Paul for the rest of the day and evening on Saturday. A great find for sure.
Netafim USA Will O