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Photography: 1971-1981

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  • Photography  1971-1981
  • <img class="yui-img" src="yui-tmp-img">                  Prior to doing visual identity design & naming, I was a commercial advertising & corporate annual report photographer. I maintained a studio in Cleveland, OH for a short time in the late 1970's.

    The color photos shown here are scans of original printed ads done for advertising agencies & other publications.  The b&w photo journalistic photos, again, are scans from the original 11x14 archival prints. All the photography shown here was done PD, ( pre-digital ) using Nikon F2 cameras, 4x5 & 8x10 view camera equipment. Kodak 35m Tri-x b&w was my film of choice because these photos were all taken in natural light.

    Since these scans are copies of copies, the quality is degraded to some degree.  I still have a good deal of color transpariencies I need to convert to digital for inclusion here when I can.

    I used Kodachrome 35mm film, (no longer made), for my annual report work & Kodak Ektachrome sheet film for the studio work.

            My earliest interest in photography began in 1969.  I loved Photo-journalism especially, because of the graphic quality and feeling that b&w gives. The inherent stark quality simply works best for certain subject matter.

    I was primarily self-taught, although I did attend The School of Visual Arts in NYC.

    My photographic idol was, & remains, W. Eugene Smith. Most older photographers know of his monumental contributions to the field of reportage & photo-journalism.  He photographed WW2 including many famous photo essays for LIFE magazine in the US & for other publications. Eventually he created  Minamata, his masterpiece, a book about the toxic & deadly effects of mercury poisoning in Japan.

    Gene was attacked and suffered multiple permanent injuries by goons from the very company he was exposing as a mercury polluter.  Unchecked mercury poisoning causes permanent nerve and muscular damage.

     I'm lucky to have a signed copy from the original printing in 1975.  I would urge all interested in the human spirit, especially photographers, to become aware of Smith's work.


    I use the word idol very judiciously as I do with genius... he was both.  Mother Teresa is my personal choice, as someone to admire.

    Please enjoy...
  • Anti-war protest, Summer 1970, Washington, DC  This group of about 3,000 people arrested demonstrates their "high" level of cognitive potential.
  • NYC, Summer, 1973  "First Smoke"
  • NYC 1971, along the Hudson River    "Down & Out"
  • NYC 1971, along the Hudson River  "Down & Out" 2
  • NYC  Winter 1972  Grand Central Station, lower level   "My Name is Mary"
  • NYC  Winter 1972 42st. Cafeteria                       "Pardon My Thoughts"
  • NYC  Summer 1973  First Ave.at 4th st. Lower East Side            15 year old daughter of a Fortune Teller
  • NYC  Summer 1973  First Ave.at 4th st. Lower East Side            14 year old daughter of a Fortune Teller
  • NYC  Summer 1973  First Ave.at 4th st. Lower East Side                "The Mom/Fortune Teller"
  • Georgetown, Washington, DC  Summer 1970                    "I'm sorry...I didn't get your name."
  • NYC  Summer  1972  in front of Macy's on 34th st.  " I need your help"  Shot at noon time...printed for emphasis.
  • Welch, W. Virginia  1973        "I'm poor, but I'm somebody"
  • Welch, W. Virginia  1973        "I'm poor, but I'm somebody" 2
  • Welch, W. Virginia  1973         " Do you like my outfit...I wear my Sunday best everyday."
  • Welch, W. Virginia  1973        "I'm poor, but I'm somebody" 3
  • Welch, W. Virginia  1973       Yes, I really was in Cucumber, W. Virginia
  • Welch, W. Virginia  1973       A fine example of country graffiti.
  • Welch, W. Virginia  1973        "I'm poor, but I'm somebody" 4  No toilet...no paint...no hope.
  • Welch, W. Virginia  1973        "I'm poor, but I'm somebody" 5
  • Awarded "Best in Show" 1981 Cleveland Society of Communicating Arts.  Somehow, I put a light in this apple. How easily this could be done today.
  • This won a regional Addy award or best poster in 1981. See 1981 on this hand-carved rocking horse. This was done for a  show horse event (jumping).