I have been a documentary photographer for over 30 years.
My passion for photography began with photographing tourist attractions in my town, Santa Barbara, CA. The first workshop I took was in the 70's in Yosemite with Ansel Adams and Yousuf Karsh. Working for various newspapers, I used my press pass to photograph Joan Baez, Kenny Loggins, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Marley, and many others performing at the local arena.
I was also blessed to have traveled extensively, hired by most Airlines and sent to many countries around the world.
Strangers on the street mesmerize me. My eye scours for subjects separating them from the crowds, while drawn to the simplicity of space that surrounds them. Emotions also play a pivotal part, capturing one's private moments of stories untold. Creating art on the street fuels my heart.
Although various methods are used in shooting street photography, being unnoticed has been my preference, whereby not altering the moment. Although I often do have contact with my subjects, the dynamics change as "posing" for the camera becomes the norm once subjects are engaged in conversation. For my own work as well as with teaching, capturing that split second, fleeting moment of time creates a more genuine outcome (perfectly described by Henri Cartier-Bresson): "A great photograph has a musical feel, and a single photograph tells lots of stories and can transfix a moment in time's flow. You just have to live and life will give you pictures."
I've taught composition and framing skills to every age group for the last 20 years. Sundays in NY, the newest venture, is a street photography workshop bringing participants on inspiring excursions on the exciting streets of NY. Ninety-five percent of the photos showcased here were shot using film. With my classes, we shoot with digital so the images can be instantly viewed by me with suggestions, tips, feedback, valuable info for improvement.
My work has been published in hundreds of magazines and publications around the world. I have written articles on Composition, Simplicity in Framing, The Importance of Self-Editing, Judging Contests, Image Critiquing, "The Art of Seeing." Look for the upcoming Kindle books on these topics. I am also co-founder of the 18 year old website, photoworkshop.com, the first member portfolio based, educational website.