“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
– Marc Riboud
My love of photography began when I read The Eye of Eisenstaedt. Shortly after that, my aunts Margaret, Julia, and Evelyn gave me a Kodak Instamatic camera for Christmas. When Bobby Kennedy came to Northwest Indiana in 1968, I took his picture with that camera, which I still have.
My photography career began in 1971, when the Glen Park Herald bought my pictures of fellow students at Gary, Indiana’s Lew Wallace High School who walked out to protest a teachers’ strike that would have prevented seniors from graduating. That led to photographing weddings, the World Series, and later, to service as a Navy officer.
After using Kodachrome and Ektachrome for years, in 2005 I brought a roll of Tri-X film on a trip to Wisconsin to photograph great grey owls. The resulting images brought me back to my roots in black and white.
Photography is about using light to preserve and share life’s most cherished moments, and I continue to rely upon the tonal range and texture of black and white film printed on gelatin silver paper in a traditional wet darkroom to express that.
My prints have been exhibited at Chicago’s Rangefinder Gallery, Stephen Bartels Gallery (SBG) in London, the SBG-Leica Gallery London Joint Exhibit, the charity auction for the Friends of Anton, Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, and are in the permanent collection at John Rehner Gallery.
Thank you to Alfred Eisenstaedt, Elmer Budlove, Bill Allard, Elliott Erwitt, Marc Riboud, and Kent Reno for your example and inspiration. Thanks to Dewitt Jones for teaching me to celebrate what’s right with the world.
Hand crafted gelatin silver prints range start at $25 for a 4 x 6 print. A matted, framed fiber-based 11 x 14 print is $999. One of the world’s finest master framers, John Rehner, mats and frames my prints.. Every 8 x 10 and 11 x 14 print is accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity. For more information about fine art prints, or to buy a print, please contact John Rehner via this link.
Want to make better pictures? Always wear your camera, and keep your phone in your pocket. To paraphrase Belgian photographer Gabriel Delobbe’s wisdom: “Every moment you spend looking down at your phone is a moment you’re denying yourself the gifts of life that are waiting to be observed.”
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“There’s nothing finer than putting a piece of paper in chemical and seeing an image come up. That’s magic. They used to burn people at the stake for that.” - Stanley Greene