biography begins in the Sierras, a child on pack trips with my
parents, my photographer father, my writer mother. It begins in my
first views of the wild places that became the subject for my own
photography, but more than that, the places that have offered me a
lifetime of solace, of adventure, of joy.
Our childhoods set our paths. Finding
in them the directions we wish to go, the paths lead us deeper and
deeper into our lives. I was lucky. I watched my father do the work
that led me into my own work. I helped him in that work . . . as a
young child as his model, as a teenager, printing his black and white
I made my first photographs as a
teenager in the late 1950s, and had my first photographs published as
front and back covers of Arizona Highways when Raymond Carlson
was editor, and I was still in high school. There was never any
question of my career. My education in photography and in art – both
at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, and the Los
Angeles Art Center School of Design -- provided me with the formality
of a degree in photography, and an understanding of the technology of
the time, but I felt – and continue to feel – that my most profound
learning experiences were in the field. Even now, as the technology of
photography explodes in directions undreamed of in my early days, and
as I continue to learn, to expand in new directions, it is nature
that remains my teacher.
Although my work has been shown in
numerous exhibitions, including Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Phoenix
Art Museum, Center for Creative Photography, Museum of Northern
Arizona in Flagstaff , what is most enduring are the more than 50
exhibit format books I’ve published. The books allow me to share in
depth the subjects – the landscapes – that inspire me. Two of these
(and a number of articles) have been done with my wife, the writer
I am among the archived photographers
at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona,
Tucson, short-listed for this honor by Ansel Adams, founder, with John
Schaefer, of the CCP.
As a two-time Canon Explorer of
Light, I worked with the Canon Systems cameras that were the mainstay
of my 35mm work. Participation in a UNESCO/Panasonic sponsored project
to photograph World Heritage Sites propelled me into learning to
photograph with digital cameras. I revel in the freedom these cameras
bring. But, for me, photography—with any kind of camera-- is a matter
Perhaps, for me, all of life is that.
Which makes my biography quite simple. I photograph as I see. I see
what is wild. I care that my photography speak for the wild
beauty I treasure. I care that my children, Zandria and Marc, both
photographers, continue that legacy.
Do biographies have a beginning and
an end? Or do they simply have a continuing mission in the work one
does . . . . for me, the journey continues . . . .