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About me …

I was born in New Jersey in 1955.  Educated in a small Quaker school, I learned the basics of photography - when I wasn’t misbehaving in the dark room. I later moved to Philadelphia and received a BA in Communications and Theatre from Temple University, and an MFA in Photography from the University of Delaware.  During the period between college degrees, I was active with a group of performance artists based in Old City, Philadelphia, documenting their work, and began my own photography work in earnest at that time. 

I taught various levels of photography as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia from 1989 to 1994.  During that period I was also the Director of the Book Trader Gallery in Philadelphia - one of the few galleries in the city focused on photography at the time. As part of the exhibit schedule, we organized annual photography benefit auctions for non-profit groups fighting the AIDS epidemic. Seeing the impact of successful fundraising, I joined a small group to start up a re-sale store, Thrift for AIDS, to help raise additional funds. By the mid-90’s, I left teaching and took a hiatus from exhibiting, and began full time work in the non-profit sector as a fundraiser.  I have since served on the boards of AIDS Delaware, the Photo Review, The Print Center, and currently I am a trustee for the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. In 2017, I retired from my day job in fundraising, relocated to the beach in Delaware and have returned full time to my photography calling. 

About my work …

My earliest photography work began with a strong interest in the performing arts as seen in my Performance Views. I wanted to document, then later create, staged events and images to reveal alternative realities.  This approach led to the early Transformer series -reflecting my development as an artist while embracing my perspective as a gay man.  These images focus on the process of becoming - moving from one state to the next.  

Towards the end of the 1980’s, I continued my directorial approach with the portrait format in the Shroud series. As the AIDS epidemic spread, this work explores darker states of mind in response to human tragedy.  Layers of decay, disease, protection, survival, and healing emerge through the masks. This veiling can be interpreted not only as shrouds of death, but also as layers of protection. The silver prints are further manipulated in the darkroom process to echo these qualities.  

In the early 1990’s I focused on the male figure. Continuing in directorial manner in the Figure Conundrum series, I was less interested in taking straight-forward nudes than in making new figures.  As a response to male nude censorship at the time, I challenged myself to make erotically charged images without actually showing genitalia.  The silver prints are printed life size.

Following this work, I began photographing sculpture from the Greek and Roman periods in the Apollonian & Dionysian Re-Views project. Selecting and framing more by instinct than trying to record accurately, I chose those pieces that projected a strong energy.  I was attracted to the Apollonian / Dionysian paradox of order and chaos as a frame that illuminates the core challenge of our human nature.  The silver prints are unique as the continuous tone negatives are layered with graphic arts film to emphasize the flat interpretation of a three dimensional sculpture.

In more recent work, I have been drawn to the landscape as an expression of change.  The Fluid State series moves more into abstraction, and the resulting images still reflect my deep interest in the impermanent and transitory nature of all things. These photographs also span my transition from analog silver print work to digital pigment prints.  

EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • Members exhibit, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

  • Innovative Means Photography from the Collection, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

2014

  • Philadelphia Photographers: 1975-1985, Santa Bannon Fine Art Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

2010    

  • Daydream Nation, The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

1995    

  • Solo exhibit, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ

1994    

  • Faculty Exhibit, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

  • Group exhibit, Carspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DE

1993    

  • Photography Twelve, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

  • Photographs from the Collection of Carlton Willers, University of Iowa Art Museum, Iowa City, IA

  • Fronts + Backs, Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • Group exhibit, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA

1992    

  • Group exhibit, Trenton State College Gallery, Trenton, NJ

  • Group exhibit, Puchong Gallery, New York, NY

  • Group exhibit, Neikrug Gallery, New York, NY

  • Faculty Exhibit, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1991    

  • Solo exhibit, Photography Department, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • Group exhibit, Kampo Cultural Center, New York, NY

  • Group exhibit, Zone One Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1990    

  • Solo exhibit, Level Three Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • Young Americans, F/Stop Gallery, Bath, U.K

  • Imprints, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

  • Imprints, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

  • Faculty Exhibit, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1989   

  • Solo exhibit, Book Trader Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • Dark Light, Susan Isaacs Gallery, Wilmington, DE

  • Group exhibit, Zone One Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1988

  • Fantasy, Illusion and Grotesque, Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA

  • Group exhibit, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA

  • Persona, Level Three Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • Art Fighting AIDS, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA

  • 63rd Annual Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

1987

  • Group exhibit, Janvier Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

  • Selected Photographs, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

  • Photography Six, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

1986

  • Group exhibit, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • Fine Art Photography ’86, North Museum, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

  • 62nd Annual Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

1984   

  • Woo World Performance Views, Morris Gallery, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1982  

  • Woo World Performance Views, Marion Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1980

  • Facing the Mask, University Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

SELECTED ARTICLES AND CATALOGS

  • Photographs from the Collection of Carlton Willers, exhibition catalog, Jo-Ann Conklin, The University of Iowa Art Museum, 1993,

  • Photo Metro, Letter from Philadelphia/NewYork No. 18, A.D.Coleman, November 1990.

  • The Photo Review, Photography In and Around Philadelphia, A.D Coleman, Fall, 1990.

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, An Exhibition of Contrasts, Miriam Seidel, June 8, 1990.

  • Portfolio Magazine, Possible Reality, Linda McGreevy, February 7, 1990.

  • Imprints, exhibition catalog, Linda McGreevy, Old Dominion University Press, 1990.

  • Welcomat, Flesh, Fish, & Photos, Jennifer Crohn, January 10, 1990.

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, Staged Portraits, William P. Scott, May 17, 1989.

  • The Photo Review, The Delaware Portfolio, Spring, 1988.

  • The Photo Review, Annual Competition, Summer, 1988.

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sixteen Artists Showcase Philadelphia, Victoria Donohue, August 12, 1988.

  • River to River, Portfolio: Thomas Moore, November, 1987.

  • Introduction to Visual Literacy, Deborah Curtis, Prentice-Hall, 1986.

COLLECTIONS

  • The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

  • Millersville University, Millersville, PA