I’m a vagabond artist roaming the globe in search of fine art with a penchant to add a sense of visual order to urban chaos.
Lately my photographic compositions incorporate weathered background textures often found in remote locales. In juxtaposition I overlay geometric shapes in motifs meant to instill a sense of random order while embracing a measure of fluidity that can stimulate a flux in eye movement. My matrix alignments integrate a rectangular array of quantities or expressions in rows and columns that are treated as a single entity manipulated according to particular rules frequently expressed in an organizational structure with two or more subliminal lines of command and communication permeating the composition.
I have a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. During the past two and a half decades (except for two very brief periods) I maintained no permanent residence while I photographed more than a hundred countries. My travel imagery has been published in excess of 85,000 times in most of the world’s leading travel publications, including National Geographic and Conde Nast Traveler.
I’m the original founder of the Stock Artists’s Alliance, a trade association that represented photographers worldwide in an exhaustive effort to challenge big business from usurping photographer’s rights. I’m also active in the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a lay Buddhist organization dedicated to peace, culture and education.
The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) gave me recognition as one of their chosen photographers for the “ASMP Best of 2012.”
Recent awards include:
2015 Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3) Silver Medal: Professional – Portrait/Culture Category.
2015 Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3) Bronze Medal: Professional – Portrait/Culture Category.
2014 American Aperture Award (AX3) First Place: Professional – Fashion Category.
Additionally, I have three published books:
“The Journey from Kamakura” is a poignant (and almost true) love story novel about a travel photographer who roams the globe in search of the ultimate experiences life has to offer. Along the way he becomes wildly successful and soon blows through a million dollars. Then in Bangkok he succumbs to self-destructive tendencies that propel him into an excruciating pit of suffering. Eventually he encounters a mysterious woman who re-ignites in him the determination to grapple with his weaknesses and who leads him toward revelations no photograph could every portray. In 2004 this novel won the silver category for “Best First Book / Fiction” in the USA at the Benjamin Franklin Awards.
“Penis Gourds and Moscow Muggings” is a non-fiction compilation of humorous episodes that celebrate cultural differences I encountered during marathon journeys that looped me around the globe several times.
“Thrill Me Rajasthan” is a fine art coffee table book with images that boldly use color within tight compositions to depict a serene, almost cosmic order in the otherwise wonderful chaos that is everyday life in India.
Follow my escapades and perspectives:
See my iconic travel imagery from past years at GETTY.
Love Story Novel
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The San Francisco Examiner
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