Shannon Ayres is a fine art photographer and instructor who lives and works out of the Washington, D.C. area. He teaches several popular photography courses for the Smithsonian Institution where he has earned rave reviews for being well-prepared, engaging and enthusiastic. He received his MFA from the Academy of Art University in 2007. Shannon's own work is in the lyrical documentary tradition of Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander.