My story starts with a camera; a Minolta SRT 101 I bought during military service in Japan. Living in Japan was as important to the development of my photography as the camera itself. I practiced Zazen and studied Buddhism and Taoism from masters while learning photography.
After military separation, I attended Syracuse University on the G.I Bill. On my way to earning my Bachelors and Masters Degrees, I took four courses in photography that included color & b+w printing techniques.
I accepted a position as an Instructor of Photography at the State University of New York/Tompkins-Cortland. A year later I became the Director of PhotoVisions Gallery, a photographer's cooperative gallery in Syracuse. As director, I was responsible for the curation of eight photography exhibits during my term of office. Following my exhibition of new color work at the Everson Museum of Art, photographs from my exhibit were entered into their permanent collection.
After the Everson exhibit I decided to make photography a full time career and opened my first studio. I was interested in art and still life photography so I made a portfolio and dropped it off at a few local advertising agencies. My first paid assignment aired on television for eight months.
I moved to California and opened a new studio specializing in commercial product and food photography, that served local, national and international clients.* My work was used on packaging, annual reports, television and magazine advertising, brochures and trade show displays. The Art Directors and Designers of Orange County, ADDOC, presented my business with awards for advertising photography on two separate occasions.
In national competition I won the Gold Award for Magazine Photograph of the year for a double page spread appearing in Orange Coast Magazine. A feature length article on my work including photographs and my working methods ran nationally in Studio Photography & Design Magazine.
While working as a commercial photographer, I continued to show my artwork, exhibiting in twenty - five shows in the U.S. and Canada. Covid 19 had me locked down for awhile, but I'm out there again creating new work. I am excited about the images I've captured in the past few months. These new photographs could be the foundation for another exhibit.
*A Partial Client list:
Allergan, Apple Macintosh, Avis, Beatrice Hunt-Wesson, Bentley Mills, Breyers, Coca Cola, Del Mar Avionics, FireTrac, F.X. Matt Brewing Co., ICN Pharmaceuticals, Ingram Micro, Knudsen, Lawry's, Marathon, Inc., Philips Electronics, Ocean Pacific (Swimwear), Orange Coast Magazine, Quantum Health Resources, Taco Bell, TRW (Northrop Grumman).