I was born in NYC 1958 and studied oil painting with Nicolai Abracheff who was one of Picasso's contemporaries and a noted cubist as well. Went to Music & Art high school but unfortunately dropped out to pursue "art" on New York's subways. I am completely self-taught in photography, although I did use all three of the books written by Ansel Adams (The Print, The Negative and The Camera) I recommend these books to anyone interested in learning photography.
I started taking photos of the NYC streets while I was driving a Yellow cab back in '84.The things I had been seeing late at night were so intense, that I always found myself saying "I've got to buy a camera!"
A few years later instead of considering myself a cabdriver with a camera, I knew I was a photographer with a taxi.
My monograph, The Urban Prisoner, was published by Sanctuary Books in 2004
Published in Popular Photography, Photographica, Hamburger Eyes and many other publications. Had a solo exhibit 4/2004 at the now defunct jan van der donk gallery which was in Chelsea. The Peninsula Arts Center in Newport News had a solo exhibit in 2005. Harper Levine of East Hampton New York has represented my work since 2007.
The 82 minute documentary “More than the Rainbow” came out in 2012 and covered much of my life’s story, and had interviews with Ralph Gibson and several other prominent artists. Several of my prints are in the collection of Todd Oldham and Richard Prince.