I was born in Brooklyn in 1947, learned the rudiments of photography in the early 1970s, began to draw in 1981, and to paint in oils in 1988. Painting and drawing continued to be my chosen media of expression until photography began to reassert itself in 2009. Photography has been my sole medium of expression since 2013. The focus of my painting and drawing is self-portraiture, while that of my photography is taking pictures on the streets of New York.
Chemistry and library science are the fields in which I was formally educated. After fifteen years combining those subjects working in academia and industry (during which I also pursued my interests in art), I worked for eleven years at the Frick Art Reference Library. With the advent of my second one-person exhibition of paintings (1997), I left the Frick to concentrate on making my work.
Most of my art education took place at the International Center of Photography’s school, library, and museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the New York Society Library; dozens of New York galleries; and of course the Frick Art Reference Library and the Frick Collection. I took classes for a couple of years at the Art Students League, the National Academy of Design, and the School of Visual Arts.
The 1981/82 Guggenheim exhibition of the works of Giorgio Morandi and the 2013 documentary film on Saul Leiter In No Great Hurry were vitally important to me, coming as they did as I was contemplating, first, pivoting from a career in business to focussing on my art and, second, devoting more energy to photography and less to painting and drawing.
My wife Willa Cox is a painter and printmaker (her website is willacox.com). Discussions with Willa about her works and my works and all the works we have seen together have been as important to me as any resource I mentioned in the preceding two paragraphs.