Why Gear Does and Doesn’t Matter

What is the need for the biggest and best most expensive gear? I was out and about this weekend and saw protesters for the Black Lives Matter movement in my town and made photographs in both digital format with a Nikon D610 and 35mm and 120 film in a Leica M3 and a Rolleiflex 2.8C.... Continue Reading →

Legendary Photographer and Almost His Rolleiflex Portait

I saw an excellent documentary at the Boulder Int'l Film Festival Saturday afternoon on Life Magazine Photographer Henri Dauman, who photographed so many legends, celebrities and statesmen, including Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Dennis Hopper, JFK and Jackie Kennedy, Elvis, and countless others. It's titled "Henri Dauman: Looking Up", and if you can, see it, it's... Continue Reading →

The Homogenization of Wedding Photos

To me, all wedding photos look alike right now. It feels like advertising for the art director. Whenever I see wedding photos in magazines or people's posts, it seems like a lot of the same photographs of the decor and flowers and table settings like still life/product shots, like the bride and groom are more... Continue Reading →

Photographing the Apocolypse

Maybe that's what I'm doing.  You never know.  Fred McDarrah was documenting Greenwich Village in the 1960s and didn't know he was in the middle of the many revolutions that were to come--1950s to 1960s, beat generation to Vietnam war generation, folk music to punk rock--he saw it all and photographed it. I'm reading his... Continue Reading →

DON’T ‘LIKE’ THESE PHOTOS!

I don't create photographs for likes. I make photographs that will still exist in 50 years, long after the swipe is through, through gallery and book projects. That's why I shoot on film, and make gallery-quality prints. These aren't for likes. I’m looking for two kinds of photographs to make, one for my Roy Stryker... Continue Reading →

Documenting Life’s Moments AKA Stories

I'm a journalist with a camera.  Or a storyteller with a camera.  I've come to realize photojournalism defines me.  My photography.  My approach to seeing the world. I was listening to a podcast with a street photographer and she said she documents what makes her think of her childhood.  Another photographer said they are drawn... Continue Reading →

What Are You Famous For?

PEOPLE, PASSIONS, SUCCESSES & DREAMS I'm working on a photography project where I put a question to people on the street. "What are you famous for?" Their answers can be current, or post-dated. WhatAreYouFamousFor.com - (Follow here, the photographs are much better displayed than on Facebook.) The question has made people consider what do they... Continue Reading →

I Am A Time Traveler & Photographer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kenneth Wajda Time Traveler/Photographer 720.982.9237 Time Traveler/Photographer Documenting 20-Teens Life for People in 2080s Kenneth Wajda, a time traveler and one of the most famous and influential American photographers of the 21st century, known for his American documentary photography, is now working to document life in 2017. His goal: To introduce America... Continue Reading →

Photography as Family Documentary Work

We don't shoot photographs.  We preserve history. I am keenly aware of this as I visit my family and photograph brothers and sisters, parents and children over the holidays.  We really are the family documentary photographers. As a photojournalist, capturing the story of a family in the everyday moments, whether shooting a formal dinner, playing... Continue Reading →

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