For the last five decades, photography has been one of the center pieces of my life. Since my first published image in my junior high newspaper, I have been fascinated by the printed image. Whether an 8×10 print I made in my home darkroom or one of my images published in Life magazine, my photographic experience has allowed me to document my life and the world around me. While the subject matter of my commissioned work has been influenced by clients, it is the self-selected subject matter of my personal projects that has allowed me to develop my creative vision. In many cases, the topic was how people interacted with their community included politicians being politicians, citizens volunteering or projects that benefit the community. To bring my vision to my image creation I follow two guidelines from photographers I admire, Minor White and Henri Cartier-Bresson, ‘previsualize’ the image and capture the decisive moment. Emory University Library Archives acquired my 1970s silver gelatin print collection of the political, social, business, sports and life styles of Atlanta. This acquisition gave me the confidence to start a larger project. My next undertaking is to edit and digitize the collection of 500,000 black and white and color photographs I have made over the last 44 years. The access I had to document many of my subjects is unheard of today. My goal is to publish my snapshot of history in a hard cover book and to create a gallery exhibit to showcase the stories I have covered.
Categories: Visual Arts, Photography
Zip Code: 30075