. 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.