My career in photography began in 1971 while working as a Longshoreman on the docks of Hampton Roads, Virginia. In 1979 I made the decision to move to Atlanta, Georgia which was becoming a bustling city with big opportunities for a commercial photographer.
There, I started a studio in the theatrical district doing commissioned portraits. In the evenings, I dedicated myself to teaching photography with master photographer, Neil Chaput ‘de Saintonge at his Morning Side school, ‘The Southeastern Center for Photographic Arts’. I taught large format and 35 mm classes and conducted nature workshops on the barrier islands off the coast of Georgia. My specialty is character studies, studio and theatrical portraits and capturing the ever growing evidence of disappearing landscapes.
After 45 years of photography I still use film, thus my email analogdavis. I use a Canon F-1, 35 mm that I purchased in 1970 and a wooden and brass Wista 4 X 5 field camera. I have stayed true to a documentary style I learned at ‘The School of Visual Arts’ in NYC, always emulating the FSA photographers that I idolized such as Walker Evans that documented the Great Depression and Dustbowl eras.
I hand-process my black and white film and print my images on silver-gelatin fiber base paper using an antique 4 X 5 enlarger I purchased in 1980 from the Fulton County Crime Lab in Atlanta for a mere $75.00. The colors one sees in my photographs have all been applied with Marshall oils and Prisma color pencils.
I feel humbled and so very fortunate to have had the pleasure of meeting, learning and working with so many great photographers of my time.