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KEN BUCK


Serendipity marks the genesis of Ken’s photographic career.  In 1968 Ken became the recipient of a secondhand camera, the gift of a friend bound for England after completing her education in the United States.  Her departing words to Ken: “Here, you’re an artist. You’ll find a way to use this.”

This began a visual journey now marked by more than 30 group exhibitions, 6 solo shows and numerous awards, grants and commendations.  Ken has moved freely between commercial assignments (editorial, public relations, corporate and stock photography) and a more poetic world guided by personal vision.  His commercial work has been reproduced by more than 100 publishers, including Addison-Wesley, Allyn and Bacon, Brooks/Cole, Curtin and London, D.C. Heath and Company, Encyclopedia Britannica, Grolier, Incorporated, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Harper and Row, Holt, Reinhart and Winston, Houghton Mifflin, John Wiley and Sons, Little, Brown, MacMillan, McGraw-Hill, Random House, Silver Burdette, St. Martins Press and Thomas Nelson.  His personal work is included in the permanent collections of AT&T, the Prudential Insurance Company of America, the Polaroid Corporation, the Getty Museum, the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design and the National Gallery of Canada.

In 1980 Ken received a Polaroid Collection Program Grant.  During the same year he was a finalist for a photography fellowship sponsored by the Artists Foundation in Boston.  By this time premier collectors Lee Witkin and Sam Wagstaff of New York had purchased photographs.  Curatorial consultants, designers, architects, dealers and other artists soon followed.

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“The idea of transformation is always in my mind when I work. Whether dealing with social or natural landscapes, reassessment of the ordinary via eternally changing events—light, juxtaposition, the ‘decisive moment’—carries the possibility of seeing in a way which transcends the commonplace. I rarely think in terms of ‘theme’ but am content to bump unexpectedly into what interests me. That becomes the point of departure in search of essence, elegance and viewpoint.”

Ken has teaching experience, having served as a visiting critic at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and an instructor in black and white photography at Lasell Junior College in Newton, Massachusetts and Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts.  Ken pursues assignment photography under the business name KEN BUCK Photography. Specialties include people, event and print photography incorporating portraiture, editorial and public relations, corporate meeting, convention, wedding, magazine, calendar and promotional photography.

Ken received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design's Department of Illustration. His initial photographic education began at Imageworks School of Photography and Related Media in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 

TECH NOTES

Photographs were taken with Canon film and digital cameras. Film images were scanned using a Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED scanner.  All photographs, black and white and color, were processed in Photoshop.  Color photographs were printed on an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer.  Prints and mounting materials meet archival specifications.

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