A Short Biography

 

My conversion to the life of a photographer began in 1958 when I was 19. One day I came across some portraits made by a friend, Matthias "Mo" Oppersdorf.  I was transfixed by the light in these photographs and what it revealed about his subject and I instantly resolved to pursue that light.

 

Not long after I purchased my first camera, a used Leica IIIf, and the journey began.

That journey took me to the US Army for 2 years, then Art Center School for a year in 1962, and then onto a seven year career as an architectural photographer and photo printer in Cambridge, MA, New Hampshire, and New York City. I had my first exhibition in a long shadowy corridor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH in 1967. 

In 1969 I returned to my native city of Washington DC, started a short-lived gallery, and in 1971 joined the faculty at the Corcoran School of Art where I was one of the founders of of their Photography Program. I remained at the Corcoran for 27 years, learning much from interesting photographers of all ages and skills.

 

After retiring from the Corcoran, I moved to the U.K. in 1999 and started  photography workshops in Norwich under the title Beyond The Image. Former students of those workshops started a photography gallery in Suffolk also called Beyond The Image which is still in existence. After returning to the US in 2004, I continued teaching Beyond the Image classes at Photoworks in Glen Echo, MD, a suburb of Washington DC. 

  

In the 1970s I began a parallel career as a photography critic, publishing many articles in such publications as the Washington Post, Art in America, and the Times Literary Supplement.  I also wrote an introduction to five books, including Nancy Rexroth's recently republished book, Iowa. 

Along the way, my work ( much of which is on these pages) was shown in many places including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Virginia Museum of Art, the Katzen Art museum at American University,  the Sainsbury museum in the U.K. and the Kathleen Ewing gallery in Washington. My work is in the collections of the Phillips Collection, the Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress, The Katzen Arts Center, the J. Paul Getty museum, the Menil Collection in Houston, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in France.

 

Awards have been a Corcoran Workshop program grant, 1971-73; a materials grant, the Polaroid Corporation,1973; a Fellowship grant, the Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, Va 1995; a Bader Fund grant, 2008; two artist's awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, 2015 and 2018. 

     

I retired from teaching in 2013, and soon after moved to the shores of the  Chesapeake Bay, where I remain an avid photographer pursuing the mysteries of  that light which first transfixed me so many years ago.

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