My journey to self expression
Like many other photographers of my generation I was introduced to the magic of photography by my father. He was an avid amateur who went to regular meetings of the Winnipeg Camera Club. He even won a first place in a competition judged by Ansel Adams no less. At around 7 or 8 I was handed a Kodak Brownie 620 box camera. I still have it. The images I took on a family trip through the Canadian Rockies were eerily like the images I make now. Maybe I haven’t gotten any better in the last 60 years.
Fast forward through school yearbooks, college newspaper, local newspaper, advertising / commercial photography, stock photography and finally fine art photography. 50 years of learning, honing, taking my bumps and I still feel I have a long way to go. Fortunately my photography students think I have it all figured out (I don’t). As an artist, I like many in the art world are riddled with feelings of inadequacy. It’s what keeps us striving for the best image we can create. Humble artists are much nicer to be around than those that think they are on top of the world anyway.
For those that are impressed by such things I should mention I have been published in various magazines such as Black and White Photography (UK) and B&W Magazine (US), industry and sports. My images have been in too many shows to mention and also hang in several private collections.
The photographers who have influenced me the most over the years have been a wide variety. Edward Weston, Bourke-White, Brandt, Friedlander, Kertesz, Mapplethorpe, Barnbaum, Kirby and Sexton are the mainstays.
Many of the images you see here are for sale. All prints will be made to current archival standards. Most black and white images will be printed in a traditional darkroom using silver gelatin papers and selenium toned for permanence.
All images contained within this site are my own, copyright 2022 Eric Rose. No images may be reproduced without my written permission. Licensing rates are available.