My career started as a portrait photographer. I am essentially self-taught, a slow way to learn any craft, but it was the only path I had. At a couple of points early on, I studied with master photographers Joe Zeltsman and Jay Maisel. in 1982 I moved to an artists' enclave on Rhode Island Avenue in Washington, D.C. and started my transition to advertising and editorial photography. I did editorial portraits of political heavy weights during the Reagan administration; Libby Dole, Ed Meese, Robert Bork, Ralph Nader and others. On the flip side of the spectrum were my portraits of jazz and blues icons Joe Williams, Branford Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, B.B. King and more. My work got more diverse, shooting everything from exploding soda bottles to a stunt pilot doing barrel rolls over treetops in Pennsylvania. For the past several years my assignments have been architectural, travel, aerial and food oriented.
Nus Feminins is my current project; a series of nudes of women of all size, age and ethnicity. To maintain the integrity of the photographs, the subjects are not retouched. Scars, stretch marks and body art are all part of the beauty of the natural nude.
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