This Week in Photos: The Cover Shot

December 10, 2020

Yvonne Gay

A table is filled with plates of cheese, salad, soup, and cake.
Photo credit: Gentl and Hyers

Bountiful bowls of leafy greens, soups, pastries, and cheeses were creatively stylized on a rustic table and photographed for the spring 2013 issue of the Oberlin Alumni Magazine (OAM). This front page image is just one of many examples of the artistry involved in this long-standing publication’s cover designs.

Photography and graphics help illustrate some of OAM’s most memorable feature stories such as then First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2015 inauguration speech, Maxwell Ryan’s dorm room designs, and the college's involvement with Japanese American students who were displaced by forced relocation during WWII. 

Established in 1904, the magazine is published three times a year by the Office of Communications under the direction of editor Jeff Hagan ’86. This series revisits the publication’s most recent front page images.

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Big Science: The spring 2017 issue of the OAM features a color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of a breast cancer cell that shows the overall shape of the cell's surface at a very high magnification. Photo credit: Science Source/Science Photo Library
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Home Field Advantage: A night drone shot of the Austin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex was taken soon after the facility was completed. The complex was featured in the winter 2015 issue of the OAM. Photo credit: New Vision Media


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Words and Music: The Gospel According to James McBride: Members of the Good Lord Bird Band are featured on the cover of the summer 2014 issue of the OAM. Pictured from left Keith Robinson, guitar; James McBride ’79, saxaphone; and Trevor Exter, bass. Photo credit: Peter Hapak
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The Food Issue: The spring 2013 issue of the OAM is filled with essays, profiles, recipes, and an array of delectable photos, as demonstrated on this cover of the magazine featuring breads, dips, cheeses, and sauces. Photo credit: Gentl and Hyers
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Oberlin Civil Rights Stories: This photo of Marcia Arnoff ’65 and fellow students was taken in Ripley, Mississippi. The student crew worked to rebuild a Black church that was burned to the ground. The photo appears on the cover the OAM summer 2012 issue. Photo credit: Bill Hudson
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Rhiannon Giddens '00 of the Carolina Chocolate Drops is featured on the cover of the spring 2011 issue of the OAM. Photo credit: Julie Knight

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