My journey in photography started many years ago in 1972. Like so many others I was enchanted by the notion of capturing real life on film. I enrolled in a night school darkroom class at my local community college. I was amazed at the process of exposing a piece of photo paper, dropping it in the developer and waiting for the picture to appear, which was magic.
I learned that most things in the darkroom were governed by the phrase “time and temperature.” You could bend that rule a little but not too much.
Those who know me understand that I bend as many rules that I can. Sometimes I even break them. This served me well throughout my career. Sometimes it’s even gotten me in trouble. Little trouble. Not big trouble.
I began my photographic life working for newspapers and wire services. That meant for most of my fifteen years in the business I worked with black and white film. Eventually, the newspaper world turned to color photography. Then, most newspapers failed. I had moved away from newspapers well before they crashed. First to agency work and then to my own company.
My company, Laskowitzpictures, LLC., grew and did fairly well. I don’t talk about money, but I did well enough to buy a house and another house. We lived in one house. The other house was an investment.
I managed to do this by saying “no” a lot. I picked clients with whom I wanted to work. Some of them are:
Microsoft, Motorola, Apple, Red Stripe Beer, Budweiser, Chivas Regal, Blue Note Records, Capitol Records, Getty Images – Creative, American Express – Travel, Visa, New Orleans EMT, The Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Labarre Associates, BCC, Lonely Planet Trade Books, National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Traveler.
Today, all of my work is made in color. I rarely make digital pictures in color to be converted to black and white without thinking about it first. The two genres require different mind sets.
I accept assignments, license images for commercial use and sell pictures for private use.
Hire me, license my work or buy my pictures.
Ray@raylaskowitzpictures.com 505-280-4686 Or talk to me in the comments.
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