Ken is a native of Rochester, New York where he was raised in a Kodak family, with his father being a patent attorney who authored many color film patents. He began developing and printing his own photographs at age seven and worked college summers in Kodak chemical plants manufacturing polyester film base and purifying solvents used to make film.
Ken divides his time between Rochester and Houston, Texas. In Rochester, Ken is a member of the Board of Trustees of the George Eastman Museum, where his serves on the Executive, Photography, Technology, Conservation, Eastman Legacy, and Audit Committees. In Houston, he is a director of FotoFest and is active at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), where he is a long-time member of the Museum Collectors and Photo Forum patron groups, which purchase artwork MFAH.
His volunteer work includes lecturing on photographic techniques and history, and supporting the art community by photographing public art for artists, including James Surls.