My interest in photography was sparked when I read The Eye of Eisenstaedt, the story of how Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt sees, and how he worked with people. Shortly after that, my Aunts Margaret, Julia and Evelyn gave me a Kodak Instamatic camera that I used to document family vacations and Robert Kennedy's campaign stop in Northwest Indiana just a few weeks before he was killed in 1968.
In 1971, I joined seniors at Lew Wallace High School who walked out and marched down Broadway to protest a teachers' strike that would have prevented them from graduating. The Glen Park Herald bought my pictures, launching a 40-year career in documentary photography. Through associations with fellow news photographers, I began photographing weddings and other events.
Since then, my photos have appeared in various newspapers, Midwest Flyer magazine, Sports Illustrated, and have been exhibited at the Beverly Art Center in Chicago, Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, Colorado and the Rangefinder Gallery in Chicago.
Gelatin silver prints of my photographs of Paris, Lucky, and the West are in homes and offices worldwide, and have been favorites at auctions benefiting various charities including the Friends of Anton, the Ursuline College Art Therapy El Salvador silent auction, and Recovery Resources. As photographers, we're always "taking" pictures, and I'm privileged that my photos have been able to give back.
In 2005, I returned to my roots in black and white photography, and continue to work exclusively with Kodak Tri-X black and white film. To achieve a fine art quality print, I develop my own film and craft hand-made fiber-based prints in a traditional wet darkroom. Each print is accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity.
My work continues to focus on capturing life's joy on the street, in diners and cafes, as well as at weddings and other events. Because they're such a great opportunity to photograph happy people, I continue to document a select few weddings.
It's truly a blessing to be able to "see" the joy of living, and make the world a better place by sharing that joy, one hand-crafted print at a time.