I was born in the Gary Indiana, a city dominated by steel mills and a lack of artistic culture. In spite of that, I began studying the violin at the age of ten, and my father frequently took us into nearby Chicago to visit The Art Institute and to walk around downtown where, in a city with a rich architectural history, he would talk about the buildings we looked at.
At about age fifteen, I became interested in photography and fortunately our high school had a photography class, so I took it every year as an elective. After high school, I studied professional photography at an art school in Milwaukee, going on to get my BA and MFA in fine arts and photography at Indiana University where I worked with Henry Holmes Smith whose students included Jerry Uelsman and Jack Welpot among others.
Immediately upon graduation in 1969, I was drafted into the Army, but at the height of the Vietnam War, I had the good fortune to be assigned to bases in Savannah, Georgia and Munich, Germany. Although I never pursued a full time career as a photographer, I continued my photography while working in sales with the DuPont Corp., Olympus Camera and Konica Camera. For the last 25 years I have been associated with Ifshin Violins, One of the largest violin dealers in the World, where I sell, appraise and write about string instruments and do extensive photography. I've also been writing articles related to violins for Strings Magazine, and international magazine now based here in Point Richmond.
My photography has been centered on architecture, travel and other special projects, such as still life and long time exposure studies.
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