In the summer of 1976 I worked as a dishwasher at Hamilton’s Lake Store #4 in Yellowstone National Park. To this day it remains the best summer of my life.
I began my career as a documentary and editorial photographer in 1978. At the University of Kansas I won first place in the feature and honorable mention in the picture story categories in the College Photographer of the Year contest and was awarded a summer internship at The Los Angeles Times. I stayed for a year.
A 1980 finalist in the William Randolph Hearst National Photojournalism Championship I was a portfolio selection by National Geographic Magazine for one of its three collegiate internships.
As a staff photographer at The Kansas City Star I was a member of the Pulitzer Prize winning team for my photographs of the Hyatt Regency skywalk collapse. While completing my Liberal Arts studies at the University of Kansas I was awarded NPPA’s Ehrenreich scholarship and as a staff photographer with The Tulsa Tribune I won the Oklahoma Press Association’s Picture of the Year.
Since 1987 I've been a contract photographer for several publications, including: The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Fortune, National Geographic, New Letters, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, LeMonde and Der Spiegel.
In addition to documentary and editorial work, I produce multimedia pieces used in campaigns for ongoing humanitarian relief work in the Philippines, Haiti and Uganda. My photographs have been used on numerous magazine and book covers and my tobacco growers series was featured in Communication Arts magazine photography annual.
My best work is found in the accomplishments of my kids. Rachel, who completed her Master’s degree at Lewis and Clark College in June 2015 and Sam, who completed his Master's degree at Hunter College in 2020.