RICHARD K. KENT is a professor at Franklin & Marshall College, where he teaches courses in Asian art history, Chinese lyric poetry, and the history of Western photography. He received his B.A. in English literature from Oberlin College, and then taught English and English literature at Tunghai University in Taiwan. He studied Chinese art and archaeology at Princeton University, earning his Ph.D. He has published essays about Chinese art and American photography. An award-winning photographer, Kent works in long series of pictures, which sometimes continue for decades, to document the transformation of landscapes and places over time.