|Dates: ||1957, 10 May - |
|Born: ||US, CA, Los Angeles|
"I can‘t imagine being anything else.
Being a photographer, specifically a photojournalist, has enriched and defined my life by providing me with a creative medium that allows me to express my social concerns, values and outlook on the world. Being raised by Eastern European parents who were forced to leave their homelands because of the Holocaust, gave me a perspective on geography and geopolitics that formed the bedrock of my own desire to understand and see the world. By seeking out and photographing a wide range of subjects, it has also helped me to understand my own life and the culture I grew up in. I was greatly influenced by photo essays I saw in National Geographic, Life and Look magazines when I was a kid, and was moved by the idea of storytelling using multiple photographic images. I was also profoundly influenced by Renaissance painting and the dramatic use of chiaroscuro. I photograph in all mediums, but prefer black and white, and especially love silver gelatin printing, where the drama of light and shadow reflects the content of my images." (April 2006)
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