The unique aspect of photography that sets it apart from other visual art media (save cinema) is that the camera produces a literal image for the subject. For the fine art photographer it is also the crucial and ongoing challenge to make unaltered photographs that are intelligent and compelling. A photograph is full of facts, but is also capable of containing great mystery. This is what I strive to embody in all my work. To go beyond the surface—the appearance of the subject—and suggest that there is more to be known, is for me, most important. I find the natural world endlessly fascinating, inexhaustibly rich with suggestion and mystery.
“Photography has been a passion for me for more than 50 years. I’ve always preferred to work with black and white film and produce silver gelatin prints.
“After working as a photojournalist for about 15 years, I was dissatisfied with that type of photography, finding my artistic sensibilities and preferences taking me into fine art where I've worked ever since. I work now in terms of ‘projects’, which are self-generated ideas and involve me for a few months or, in a few cases, years. The ply of natural light on anything has long fascinated me and for years now I’ve regarded such light as the real subject of my work.
Accomplishments / CV
In addition to being a founding member of CIVA;
1972 - 1982 Assistant Professor of Art, Wheaton College, IL
1964 - 1967 Staff Photographer, LOOK Magazine, New York City
1960 - Present Photographer
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2014 Convent of the Servite Order, Orvieto, Italy. "Light from Light"
2006 Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles. "Street Shots: New York's Financial District in 1965"
2005 Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston. "Bob Dylan: Unscripted"
2003 The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts. Gordon College. Wenham, MA "Selections from the Italy and Dangerous Beauty Collections"
1978 The Art Institute of Chicago. "Spaces and Intersections"
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design, Chicago, IL. "A Lasting Vision: Photographs from the Institute of Design 1971-2001"
2015 South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI. "Face2Face"
2015 Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA. "living arrangements"
2014 The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA. "Face It: The Photographic Portrait".
2007 Sande Webster Gallery. Philadelphia. "Documentary Photography".
2006-07 The Norton Simon Museum. Pasadena, CA. "The Collectable Moment".
2006-07 Farmani Gallery. Los Angeles. Holiday Group Show.
2005 Sony Ericsson Proud Galleries. London, U.K. "The Official Bob Dylan Exhibition".
1987 The Art Institute of Chicago.
1981 The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.
1980 The Gilbert Gallery. Chicago.
1979 The Atlanta Gallery of Photography. Georgia.
1975 N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago
1970 The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C.
The Development of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Inside the Atria in Rome. With Sofia Cavalletti
Forever Young:Photographs of Bob Dylan. With Dave Marsh.
C.S. Lewis:Images of His World. With Clyde Kilby.
Flannery O'Connor:Images of Grace. With Harold Fickett.
The Steps of Bonhoeffer: A Pictorial Album. With J. Martin Bailey.