Shortly after completing college, Charlie decided to change directions and pursue a career in photography. Other than a deep appreciation for the photographic image he had no experience in the field. He wandered the streets trying to see if he was capable of creating quality photographs, to see if he could teach himself how to take a good picture. Gathering up his confidence, he then set out to freelance as an editorial still photographer. He spent a few more years enhancing these skills when a filmmaker hired him to shoot production stills on a documentary project. Finding cinema as interesting as stills, Charlie pursued that branch of photography by first working in documentary, educational and industrial film. He eventually moved to Los Angeles and continued to have success as a Director of Photography in dramatic television and independent film. All during this time he never stopped capturing still images. His love of natural locales caused him to shift his subject of interest from urban landscapes to natural ones.
Archival Pigment Print on Canson Platine Rug Paper
The photo is taken at the busiest street in Shanghai, Naking E. There is a small street train that takes people at the short journey down the road and at least temporarily provides the visitors a place of solitude away of the street hustle and bustle.
Suki Medencevic was born in Derventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He earned his masters degree with honors in cinematography at renowned National Film School (FAMU), Prague, Czech Republic. In a desire to further his career as a cinematographer, Suki decided to move to Los Angeles, CA and worked primarily in the production of motion pictures and television. His love for still photography is something that was always a part of Suki’s professional and personal life. The most recent photography exhibit “Windows to the World-Windows to the Soul” was a big success in Los Angeles and it is currently on the tour in Europe. In 2010 Suki became a member of American Cinematographers Society, the ASC, world’s most prestigious cinematographers’ organization. He is a member of the ASC Photo Gallery comity and very actively participates in its programs. Suki is a proud father and a husband and currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA.
This photograph was shot at Porte de Clignancourt, in Paris, walking from the flea market back to the metro, in 1973, using a Pentax I had borrowed from a friend. I was testing my abilities, deciding whether to invest in buying a camera of my own. I made the purchase shortly thereafter.
Born in Budapest and raised in Montreal, after graduating from college, Ivy Ney settled in Paris. Working as a film extra, Ney borrowed a 35mm camera with a half of unused film. By the end of the long day, Ivy had finished shooting the roll and discovered her natural talents. Very soon, Ney had her first photography job. Ney moved to Los Angeles where she became known for her fashion photography. Ney is the recipient of the Art Directors Club Merit Award for Editorial Photography. Her photography has been displayed in galleries around the world and has been published in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
In 1999 I photographed the pillars in a monastery that had been converted into a college in the Italian baroque city of Lecce. I loved the idea of information, either religious or academic, being learned in the shadows of these pillars.
On the day in 1999 that I photographed the pillars, I was at a large lunch party celebrating my show of architectural photographs at the Accademia in Lecce. When the party was in full swing, I excused myself and exited through the kitchen. When I finished photographing the city, I returned through the kitchen, and, in true Italian style, no one noticed I had been missing.
Jenny Okun has had a studio in L.A. for 28 years and her artworks are represented by Craig Krull Gallery in Bergamot Station. Jenny’s artworks have been shown in more than sixty plus international exhibitions and are in numerous private and public collections. Commissions have included the J Paul Getty Center, the Tate Modern, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is now working on images for projections on the main Dorothy Chandler stage for the LA Opera with Placido Domingo.
Ray Olson was raised in San Diego, CA and it was here that he was first given an all-access photo pass by a local music promoter. This partnership lasted several years, and he photographed hundreds of musical shows until he moved to San Francisco to continue his music industry photography. Ray remains passionate about live musical performance, and his work has been featured on the covers of music magazines worldwide, album covers, tour books, and musical instrument advertising campaigns. He is also a landscape photography enthusiast, and has taught lighting seminars, color management seminars, classes on portraiture, and on large format camera technique. He has spoken as a panel member at The Foto 3 conference on the future of the camera and is currently a Professional Imaging Product Specialist with Leica Camera, USA.
Silver Gelatin Print. Printed by Artist in 2019, Signed in ink on recto, printing notes on verso.
Tompkins Square Park was always a very interesting place to photograph. I was never interested in shooting any of the homeless people though. To me everyday park patrons better represented the pulse of the park and its surrounding neighborhood. The man reading the paper first stood out to me because while so much else was going on around him, he was determined to quietly read his paper. He wants to enjoy being in a public park, but clearly doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone. I tried to frame him that way, by keeping his face hidden by his paper, balancing his need for privacy while being in a very public space. I developed and printed the image myself in the wet darkroom at SMC, using Ilford’s Multigrade FB paper.
Los Angeles and New York City based “street photographer”, Damon Pablo, has been out taking photographs for the past twenty-five years. His work focuses on documenting private moments experienced in public and the feelings these images evoke. He was a recipient of PDN’s “Curator Award” in 2017, which honored outstanding and undiscovered fine art photographers - and his work was shown at the Milk Gallery in NYC. Damon shoots only black and white film, using a Leica M7 rangefinder and just one lens - a 35mm Summicron. He is still printing in a traditional darkroom and on any given day he can be found out wandering the streets with his camera in hand - and his pockets full of film.
Neal Preston is one of the most highly respected photographers in the history of the music business. His career in photography, which started in high school and continues to the present, has spanned well over 4 decades. Through his body of work Preston has made a significant contribution to the pop culture histories of multiple generations. His archive stands as one of the music industry’s single most elite (and extensive) photographic collections.
Herb Ritts began his photographic career in the late 70s and gained a reputation as a master of art and commercial photography. In addition to producing portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone, Ritts also created successful advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Gianni Versace, and Valentino just to name a few. His work often challenged conventional notions of gender or race and captured social history and fantasy within noted individuals in film, fashion, music, politics, and society Herb Ritts passed away on December 26th 2002.
When Time Magazine hired me to cover the 1976 Evil Knievel movie, Lauren Hutton had transitioned from her success as a top fashion model to building a career as a film actress. The experience of being on the set of a feature film is much like watching paint dry. Lauren and I sat in the shade talking for hours. Since the role Lauren was playing in the movie was that of a photographer we also spoke a lot about the technical aspects of photography and what it was like to be a photographer. We discovered we graduated in the same year from rival high schools in Florida. We knew similar people but had never crossed paths in our youth. The more we talked the more Lauren was able to relax in front of my inquisitive lens. To this day, this image and the memory of the time I spent with Lauren that day is one of my favorites as a photographer.
Al Satterwhite is a veteran photographer who has been published in major magazines such as Life, Time, Sports Illustrated. His photographic prints are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, LACMA, George Eastman House and numerous private collections. The Smithsonian showcased his work in 2014 in American Cool. Satterwhite lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two Zen-Masters, both of them cats.
John Simmons is an Emmy award winning Cinematographer working here in Los Angeles and is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). John was born in 1950 in Chicago, he began taking photographs at the age of 15. His work as a newspaper photographer at the Chicago Daily Defender Newspaper led to the art of his street photography, inspired by Roy DeCarava, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gordon Parks and his mentor Bobby Sengstacke. He attended Fisk University in Nashville Tennessee on a Presidential scholarship and graduate school at University of Southern California School of Cinema. His photography is in many prestigious permanent collections around the world.