Josˇ Azel is the founder and President of A/Q. He received a BA from Cornell University. There he began shooting pictures for the annual. After completing his Masters in Journalism at the University of Missouri, he joined the staff of the Miami Herald. From 1981, until recently, Azel has been a freelance photojournalist for international magazines such as, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Life, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Geo Magazine. In 1993, together with Bob Caputo, he founded a hybrid company called Aurora and Photos Productions, involving traditional photography and digital media. The photographic evolution has allowed A/Q to establish itself as a company that is helping define the future of visual narratives in the digital age.
He has been a speaker on the National Press Photographer's Association Flying Short Course, as well as The Project Symposium through the Santa Fe Center for Visual Arts. He has judged the University of Missouri's Photographer of the Year Competition and its College Photographer of the Year Competition. During the 2000-2001 academic year the University asked him to participate in a new Professional in Residence Program, bringing real-world experience into the classroom. As a speaker about photojournalism and digital media, he has addressed audiences at National Press Photographer Association's Digital Conference and PhotoPlus West and East. The MIT Media Lab in Cambridge has also invited him to speak on "The Convergence of Technology and Story Telling." As a consultant on photojournalism and multimedia, Azel has worked for Apple Computer, Inc., Scholastic Inc. and Time Inc.
Azel, as president of A/Q has overseen the start-up and operations of the company from a staff of one to its present staff of ten. The company is the exclusive North America representative of Bilderberg Archiv der Fotografen, a German company that archives one million photographs, the work of more than 50 photographers.