I started taking photographs when I was 10 and was given a used 35mm rangefinder camera. B&W Film was purchased in 100 ft bulk rolls and hand loaded into cassettes. My father set up a portable darkroom in the bathroom and I became the family photographer.
After receiving my degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and taking additional courses in color theory and printing at Rochester Institute of Technology, I began a long career designing photographic and graphic arts equipment. In 1971 I started working for Simmons Omega helping to design the first Dichroic color enlargers. I was given access to a complete color lab for testing, and began taking color photographs, using the lab after hours to print my own images.
Other projects included a color separation camera, automatic file and plate processing equipment and lighting systems for process cameras. For their Ascor division, I designed the first fan cooled studio strobe capable of recycling at the speed of the then new motorized cameras. I was part of a team that won the New York Graphics Art Society's award for environmental safety for the development of a mercury vapor lighting system to expose printing plates. Previously carbon arc lamps were used. More recently I helped to develop a computerized color control system for web offset printing presses.
5 years ago I purchased my first digital camera and renewed my interest in color photography. It also began, what I believe will be a lifelong learning experience with the digital darkroom.