My mother knew I’d become a photographer when, after she got me a camera for my eleventh birthday, I photographed our neighbor’s garbage. I’m lucky I had the sort of mother who saw photographs of garbage as art – or at least as material worthy of documentation. I couldn’t help take notice of and record what I saw. Even mundane moments seemed significant once they’d been composed and framed:stepfather taking apart motorcycle, brother practicing his bowling stride, birds taking flight.
At 16, I was majoring in photography at Interlochen Arts Academy. I went on to do a BFA at California Institute of the Arts. After detouring through film and a masters from New York University in dramatic writing, I returned to photography with a story teller’s penchant for drama – seeking that key moment that is about to - or has just - occurred. When the moment works, the resulting photo is like a single frame movie that triggers reflection.
In the nearly four decades I’ve been shooting, I’ve used the medium to explore culture: our beliefs, our values, and our histories. I examine identity and the roles we play: super heroes, CEO’s, and senior Olympians. Senators, psychiatrists, and sex addicts; inventors, gamblers, factory workers, and those just making up their identity as they go.
I avoid categorization, carving out my own niche, a blend of editorial, fine art and documentary photography.My work has been recognized by American Photography, Communication Arts, PDN, Investigative Reporters and Editors, The New York Press Club, and the Society of Publication Designers. My portraiture and photo essays have been featured in Time, Newsweek, The Independent, Le Monde, Stern, Esquire, Fortune, Wired and National Geographic Adventure among others.