Life Magazine and National Geographic of the 1950-60’s inspired me to learn photography. The photography in these magazines was simply magnificent and remarkably realistic.
In the late 1970’s I was able to audit classes under John Kleinman at Art Center in Pasadena, CA. John was instrumental in advancing my photography skills to a highly professional level. In 1979 I apprenticed to master printer Joseph Benjocky from Hungary for nine months. There I gained skill in print re-touching, negative re-touching in B&W and color, film processing and push processing using color film as a black and white source, wet negative printing, masking for color development, eye re-touching, applying photographic makeup, large film format printing and processing, photo copying and restoration… and much more.
During the 1980’s I worked in Hollywood professionally, creating many album covers for the music industry and photographing over 400 celebrities during studio sessions, radio interviews and on television sets for ABC.