was first captivated and intrigued by photography when, as a
child, I looked through the little prism finder on an old
Kodak folding camera, and suddenly saw it as the portal
through which I could enter unknown places, see new faces.
I started photographing more than casually in college, with
my first decent camera, a Nikkorex with a 50mm lens that
produced B/W images I can still look at today. I was
lucky to avail myself of the advice and expertise of my good
friend Ray Frayne, a professional photographer and superb
printer who, after a long career in one of the largest US
corporations, is still a willing and perceptive critic of my
I eventually lost access to Ray’s darkroom, and for many
years I loaded my cameras with Ektachrome, or Agfachrome.
I have never outgrown my fascination with the camera as
object and mechanical marvel, and I have kept and still use
all the ones I have acquired, from a Nikon F2Sb, to Retina’s
IIIc and ReflexIV, to a Nikon F4s. But I missed the
ability to print, and I started to shoot digitally with a
Nikon D1X and printing on an Epson 1280. My current
choices are the Nikon D3 and the Nikon D200, and the Epson
2400 with Ultrachrome inks,
and, best of all, the fabulous Nikon lenses I have
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My formal training is in
science, and I recently retired from an academic career.
I have been showing my work since 2005, and my current
credits include the cover photos for Clavier Magazine
(July 2007), The Piano magazine (January, 2008), and
Clavier Companion magazine (July 2009), as well as
the still photography work for three DVD’s. The images are
on the Commercial and Commissioned Work Gallery accessible
from the main page. I have been the official photographer
for the International Keyboard Festival and Institute at the
Mannes College, NYC, since 2007.
After viewing my Gallery, I invite you to visit my
www.perlucem.com, where you will find many more examples
of my work. I print on Luster or Matte Archival
quality paper in standard sizes. The actual images
vary in size, as dictated by subject and composition
considerations in cropping. I welcome your inquiries
to help you select the medium and size you will find best.
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