Skip Cohen University Presents “Why?” with Daniel J. Cox

Posted Sep. 7th, 2016 by Daniel J. Cox

One of the truly most rewarding parts of joining the Panasonic Lumix Luminary team is the amazing array of talent associated with the brand. One such gentleman who’s become a good friend is Skip Cohen, the driving force behind the web portal Skip Cohen University (SCU). Skip’s an amazing man who has a long list of accomplishments that include being President and

An evening dinner at the Cox's with Skip and Shiela on the right and NE Explorers Denis and Barbara Prager on the left. Tanya my dear wife in the middle.

An evening dinner at the Cox’s with Skip and Sheila on the right, NE Explorers Denis and Barbara Prager on the left, and Tanya, my dear wife, in the middle.

CEO of Hasselblad for twelve years as well as President of Rangefinder Publishing for seven years. Along with his deep history in the photographic trade, he’s also a born teacher and educator and I feel very fortunate to have come to know him and his lovely wife Sheila.

Brandy, the families golden retriever sitting on the banks of the Missouri River after a duck hunt in South Dakota. We had a very unproductive hunt and I named this print Empty Skies as Brandy looked out over the river hoping for a change in luck.

Brandy, the family’s golden retriever, sitting on the banks of the Missouri River after a duck hunt in South Dakota. We had a very unproductive hunt and I named this print Empty Skies as Brandy looked out over the river hoping for a change in luck.

This past week Skip invited me to be a part of series he produces on SCU called “Why?.” “Why?” is an ongoing educational podcast that talks to some of the world’s leading photographers, typically about a specific image they’ve captured. My mom and dad were in town when Skip contacted me and it made me think of one of my favorite images I captured when I was just 17 years old and still living at home.

My mother Marlene Cox the left, me in the middle and father Jack Cox on the right in our conference room at Natural Exposures and Polar Bears International offices in Bozeman, Montana

My mother Marlene Cox on the left, me in the middle, and my father Jack Cox on the right, in our conference room at the Natural Exposures – Polar Bears International offices in Bozeman, Montana.

A solid family has always been one of what I consider my secrets to success. My father was a successful businessman and consummate hunter and gatherer, and Mom a longtime watercolor and oils artist. When I talk about support, I’m specifically thinking about educational and moral support. Though my father earned a good living, he was always adamant about making

The cover of the Eddie Bauer catalog that got my career moving in the right direction. Eddie Bauer used this image for the cover but also contracted me to produce a series of 550 limited edition prints that were promoted on the back of the catalog. The prints sold out in less than three days.

The cover of the Eddie Bauer catalog that got my career moving in the right direction. Eddie Bauer used this image for the cover but also contracted me to produce a series of 550 limited edition prints that were promoted on the back of the catalog. The prints sold out in less than three days.

me understand there are no free rides. Dad loaned me $60.00 to help pay for my first camera but I paid him back in less than three months. In short, I had incredible moral support and a solid home to live in until I left school, but when it came to paying for my photo adventures, that was all on my own. No trust fund in the Cox family I’m happy to say.

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With Mom and Dad visiting, I thought their participation in the podcast might be inspirational, so I checked with Skip and he loved the idea. So without further fanfare I offer you a link to the Skip Cohen University podcast “Why?” with Daniel J Cox. Click on the image above to be taken to SCU “Why?.” Or click on “Why?” With Daniel J. Cox

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  1. deniseOn Sep. 13th, 2016

    It’s simply a fantastic shot!

    • Glenn AsakawaOn Sep. 13th, 2016

      I completely concur. Great moment. Hope your dog is getting some residuals from this modeling opportunity!

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    Fred KurtzOn Sep. 7th, 2016

    Great pod cast Dan. I listened to the whole thing. It was fun hearing your parents. And by the way, Kathy went nuts over your photo. She totally loved it.

    • Portrait of Daniel J. Cox

      Daniel J. CoxOn Sep. 8th, 2016

      Thanks as always for your kind words and support Freddy. Tell Kathy I’m grateful she loves our dear golden retriever Brandy. See you soon in Iceland.

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