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Born in Pontiac, Michigan in 1959


1984 Graduated Webster University, Missouri. B.A. Arts Management
1994 Began taking photographs with large format camera
2001 Founded the Blue Room Gallery, a nonprofit art space in San Francisco, CA
2007 Founded the Paul Mahder Gallery in San Francisco, CA

2011 Paul Mahder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • St. Gregory’s of Nyssa, San Francisco, CA
  • Magnet, San Francisco, CA
2004 Darnell Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
  • Mussi Artworks Foundry, Berkeley, CA
  • St. Gregory’s of Nyssa, San Francisco, CA
1999 – 2005 Pacific Showrooms West, Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA, Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX
  • Professional Medical Bldg., San Francisco, CA
  • Lierre Theatre - Paris, France
  • Bay Club Bank of America Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Peter Alexander Art & Furniture Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • St. Gregory’s of Nyssa, San Francisco, CA
  • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
  • Architects & Heroes, San Francisco, CA
1998 Kenneth Winslow Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis, MO
1996 Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, MO
1995 Center for Photography, St. Louis, MO
1994 Center for Photography, St. Louis, MO

2009 Paul Mahder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, CA
2007 Paul Mahder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Photo NY, New York, NY
  • Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle WA
2001 – 2005
  • Blue Room Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Radiant Light Gallery, Portland, ME
1999 Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, CA
  • Schweig Gallery, St. Louis, MO
  • Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis, MO
  • Center for Photography, St. Louis, MO
  • Center for Photography, St. Louis, MO

works in private collections (partial list)

Barry Mandel, St. Louis, MO
Bill Mahder, Paris France
Charlie Wallis, San Francisco, CA
Clayton Crawley, New York, NY
David Baughan, San Francisco, CA
David Jenness, Santa Fe, NM
Don Soffer, St. Louis, MO
Di Rosa Preserve
Elizabeth Brooks, San Francisco, CA
Gary McDonald, San Francisco, CA
Gina Loukedis, San Francisco, CA
James Heath & Rachel Darnell, Santa Fe, NM
Jon Atkins, St. Louis, MO
Dr. John Golenski, San Francisco, CA
Leesy & Jon Taggart, Piedmont, CA
Louise & Monte Zweben, San Francisco, CA
Melvyn & Dorothy Lefkowitz, St. Louis, MO
Milt Byers, San Francisco, CA
Peter Alexander, San Francisco, CA
Peter & Jacqueline Caswell, San Francisco, CA
Richard Bradley, San Francisco, CA
Rene di Rosa, Napa, CA
Rev. Rick Fabian, San Francisco, CA
Rich & Sandy Shapero, Woodside, CA
Ron Freiwald, St. Louis, MO
Sue Premer & Lee Garner, FL
Tish & Milan Momirov, San Francisco, CA
William Farmer, San Francisco, CA

August, 2011 Artbusiness,“ Natural Conversations”
January, 2011 “Why Photographs Work,” by George Barr (featured photographer)
May, 2008 Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris – 2 Honorable Mentions
May, 2008 Kellicutt International Photo Contest – Third-Place
February, 2008 Best Magazine, 8 page article
August, 2007 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris – Honorable Mention
July, 2007 Photographer’s Forum Magazine Annual Contest – Finalist
May, 2007 Royal Photographic Society, London, 150th Annual Exhibition Finalist
April, 2007 Art of Seeing – Creative Photography 2007
December, 2006 Focus Magazine, 4 page spread/bio
October, 2006 International Photography Awards, 3 Honorable Mentions
June, 2006 First-Place, International Juried Photo Competition: Nudes
May, 2006 Bay Area times – feature article
September, 1998 Blue Magazine, 8 page spread/article

I come to photography through music.

Composers like Barber, Bartok and Brahms have a particularly strong influence on me with their rich musical textures and complex layering. I am also a composer and have discovered that music can feel as beautiful to my fingers as it sounds to my ear. Certain chord progressions and harmonics reveal moments of timelessness and endless creativity. These are moments of presence that change my life.

Do these moments happen only in music or can light, texture and color create “photographic songs” that can inspire similar experiences?

Like great music, I believe great photographs tell powerful stories that transport the viewer to an experience, an opportunity to connect with the past, present and future, and the chance to better know oneself.

My work begins with questions. What is the essential reality of our being and our relationship with nature? Is it sacred? How is it evident and can I capture it in a photograph?

Is it possible to create sensual and divine “clothing” by layering textures from the natural world on the human form? Can I celebrate the sensuality of the human form without depicting it as merely naked?

For example, layering textures on the human body masks individuality, revealing essences and subtleties unseen in single images. This process detaches a figure from the contemporary context and carries it towards a more timeless and contemplative plane. Ironically, intricate textures and layering can uncover the simple and pure.

I am looking for a photographic language that goes beyond the sentimentality of “oneness with all things” to opening an actual dialogue and learning experience between nature and us. For example, what does the 400-year-old tree bark have to say about my skin? What is my emotional response to decay, age or the lines on my face? Is it a thing of beauty as in the tree?

I think of myself more as a photographic explorer, discovering as much as I create. I am curious about unseen realities. When I dream of flying it seems completely natural, so what happens to that “nature” when I awake? How real are things I imagine, how real can they be? These questions inspire me to photograph the human form in motion and in flight.

Presence can appear direct and immediate as in the images of flying nudes, or it can be subdued and mysterious as in the textured nudes and textured landscapes. Even when our sense of self and presence are overcome by nature, I believe we are present in every element... our story, as yet untold.

I am grateful and honored by the trust given to me by those I photograph because I approach photography as a hallowed act. My work represents these shared moments of “truth telling” and the unearthing of the visible world, for the mystery of the sacred within it.

Technical Considerations

My photographs are taken with the large format, 4 x 5”, Wisner Technical Field Camera. This film size delivers superior image quality and clarity and permits my work to be enlarged to wall- sized prints without a blurred or grainy appearance. Some photographs are single black and white or color images, while others are combinations. With these, I create layered perspectives of the human form and textured landscapes. These photographs are unaltered by any digital process or printing technique. What you see is what I assembled by hand on my light table. Prints are made using an Océ Lightjet 430 on Fuji Flex archival material and limited to editions of 15. Within each edition I offer a range of sizes from 16 x 20”, to as large as desired. I have worked as a professional fine art photographer for over 17 years. My work has been shown internationally in museums, galleries and churches and in private collections worldwide.