My love of black and white photography began in 1967 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 documentary photographer since 1971, when 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.
To me, 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 photography continues to capture and share the joy of living using whatever light is available. I document life with quiet and unobtrusive Leica M6TTL and M7 cameras, and a 35mm f1.4 lens, on Kodak Tri-X film.
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 one-third of the proceeds from my fine art image sales to charitable causes including Secours Populaire Français, Manna Soup Kitchen, and Jack Russell Rescue.
Fine art prints that I craft in a traditional wet darkroom range in price from $25 for a 4 x 6 print to $1,000 for a framed 11 x 14fiber-based print. 8 x 10 and 11 x 14 prints are accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity. To purchase fine art prints, please contact John Rehner via www.JohnRehner.com.
To view an exhibit of framed 8 x 10 prints of my Paris images, please click the image below.