John Trobaugh

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John Trobaugh (born 1968 in Lansing, Michigan) is a photographer based in Birmingham. Trobaugh received his bachelor of fine arts with honors in 1996 from UAB and went on to study photography at the School of Visual Arts. In 2003 he received his Masters in Fine Art from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

His photography has been published in Art Papers, selected as the cover artist. He has also been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post and The Advocate as well as The Birmingham News and World of Wonder, among many others.

While teaching at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Trobaugh's works depicting 12" toy dolls in homoerotic poses were taken down by administrators before a planned exhibition. The incident gained national attention over the issue of censorship. Trobaugh was forbidden to discuss the incident in his art appreciation class. He later resigned his post.



  • Potentially Harmful: The Art of American Censorship, funded by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts with local support from the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, and the Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Artists and Scholars Fund, the College of Law, the Ethics Center, Women's Studies, African American Studies, the Department of Communications and additional private donors.

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