ARTIST’S STATEMENT

A native New Yorker, I was taken with photography from the time my late uncle Sam gave
me a primitive film developing kit on my Thirteenth Birthday. Despite college, a stint in the
Army with the First Cavalry Division, followed by Law School and a private practice, I, somehow, returned to my first love, the photo arts, and have been so engaged for over
forty years (oops, gave my age away).

For me, photography is the art of exclusion. The photographer has the power to create in her or his camera what is wanted to be exhibited. It is a heady power. It is the serendipitous confluence of the eye, brain, sensitivity and the action of the finger on the shutter release. Cartier-Bresson, William Klein, Robert Frank and others have that gift. It has been my goal.

I have photographed extensively in my home town and also in various parts of the world; China, Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark, Surinam and Japan to name some. My work has been reproduced in textbooks, compilations, even advertisements and book jackets. I have taught photography for many years in various venues: The New School in NYC; Art Department at New York University and, lastly, for over 16 years as Assoc. Prof. at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC, retiring in 2006 for health reasons. For ten years, until 1999, I mentored children of color in photography for the NAACP program entitled, “ACT-SO”.

My work is in the Permanent Collection of the International Center of Photography (ICP),; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Museum of the City of New York; Photo Archive of the NY Public Library and numerous professional and private collections. Also, I exhibit widely.

I am interested in the humanity and compassion of people, especially children. I hope that my work is reflective of my intent.