I began photography fulltime in 1970 after two previous failed attempts to come to terms with cameras. The first was in the 1950s with a very small camera that took circular pictures. I never saw the pictures. The camera had an unfortunate voyage thru a washing machine with my first roll of film. The second attempt was in the 1960s when I joined a high school photography club hoping to make photographs similar to the painting of Rene Magritte unaware of the technical difficulties this would involve. I quit the club.
In 1970 I received a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern University. Shortly after that I saw Jerry Uelsmann's first book of photographs. He had achieved what I only dreamed of in high school. I became a fulltime photographer. During that next year I also saw the work of Minor White and Robert Frank. These three photographers continue to be my principal influences.
My photography consists of both photographing people as well as spaces.
I work in a wide variety of styles traversing back and forth between them. My daily focus is on the production of new photographs and teaching. My stock photographs have appeared in textbooks by every major publisher in the United States as well as a variety of newspapers, magazines, annual reports and advertisements. My art photographs have been exhibited in Boston area galleries and museums including Addison Gallery of American Art, the Fogg Art Museum and the Griffin Museum of Photography. My work is part of the permanent collection of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. I currently teach photography at Middlesex Community College. My stock photography is represented by Alamy, Getty and Shutterstock.
This site was launched August 12, 1995
Last revised February 6, 2020
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