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.
I’ve been a photographer since the Glen Park Herald bought my pictures of fellow students at Lew Wallace High School who walked out to protest a teachers' strike that would have prevented seniors from graduating.
Photography is about using light to preserve life’s most cherished moments and memories, and I rely upon the tonal range and texture of black and white film printed on traditional silver paper to do that.
My photographs capture and share the joy of living using whatever light is available, on Kodak Tri-X film with quiet and unobtrusive Leica M6TTL and M7 cameras, and a fast 35mm f1.4 lens.
Prints of my Paris images have been exhibited at Chicago’s Rangefinder Gallery, Stephen Bartels Gallery in London, the Stephen Bartels Gallery-Leica Gallery Joint Exhibit, the Friends of Anton charity auction at Christie’s, Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, and are in the permanent collection at John Rehner Gallery.
Inspired by what fellow photographer Bill Allard said after his picture of a tearful Peruvian shepherd boy motivated National Geographic readers to donate over $7,000 to replace the boy’s flock of sheep, “As photographers, we’re always taking pictures, once in a while we get a chance to give back,” I donate my share of the proceeds from my fine art image sales to charitable causes including Secours Populaire Français, Durango's Manna Soup Kitchen, and Multiple Breed Rescue.
To take a one-minute tour of an exhibit of my Paris images, please click the arrow below.
Hand crafted prints range in price from $25 for a 4 x 6 print to $1,000 for a framed and matted fiber-based 11 x 14 print. I provide a signed certificate of authenticity with every 8 x 10 and 11 x 14 print. For more information about prints, or to purchase prints, please contact John Rehner via this link.
So I can give full attention to the present moment, I’m available only by surface mail, and am not on social media. #DeleteFacebook
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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