My early photography education was self-conducted in series of basement darkrooms thrown together as I moved from place to place in my younger days. My objective then simply was to get control of making black and white prints from rolls of 35mm black and white film. It didn’t take long to figure out that I needed to master camerawork as well as darkroom work.

It wasn’t until I took classes at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT that my camera and darkroom skills reached a level where I could begin to think in terms of using light to make photographs rather than simply using photographic instruments and materials to make prints. It was as if I had finally acquired a rudimentary sense of dancing with light after having struggled through the process of learning a minimal repertoire of photographic dance steps.

After New Haven, I took classes at the John C Campbell Folk School in North Carolina followed by a substantial independent study project at the University of Minnesota.


I am an intuitive photographer, and I can’t say my photography descends directly from the following influences’, but I do hope to achieve a similar visual sensibility as exhibited by these artists.


Eugene Atget

Anne Brigman

Walker Evans

Robert Frank

Dorothea Lange

Henri Cartier Bresson

Lee Friedlander

Stuart Klipper

Valerie Jardin

Peter Tunley