Photography found me in the 1960’s while working in the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago. In the 1990’s I studied with documentary photographers Amy Arbus, and John Goodman to further develop my craft and style of social documentation. The subjects I photograph are complex, as I often cover individuals who are challenged by physical, social, mental, or political disadvantages. Through my photography, I reveal the dignity, humanity, complexity, and courage of people who many don’t think about in their daily lives.
My photography offers a glimpse into the trials of humanity and the beauty that flows out of perseverance. I want to pull my audience into the lives of the people I photograph – not just to learn about their distinctive experiences, but to also see the human similarities that transcend imagined boundaries. In Cuba, I have photographed the Havana Santeria Community, the Cuban-Jewish Community, and an inspirational young woman with Spina Bifida. I have documented stories of war in Uganda, Burma’s struggle for democracy, and the orthotic treatment for disabled individuals in Coyotitan, Mexico.
My exhibits have been hosted by galleries from Buffalo, NY to New York City; Spartanburg, SC; Colorado Springs, CO; and Washington DC. My photos can also be found in the collection of theGeorge Eastman House in Rochester NY, The Spartanburg County Museum of Art in South Carolina,The Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY, as well as in private collections.