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, and aerial photography.
While I still accept assignments, I spend much of my time traveling and working on personal projects.
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