From an early age growing up in Miami, I was captivated by the worlds depicted in the pages of Life, Look and National Geographic magazines. Photos of different types of people and cultures fascinated me. I found an outlet for my passion through Documentary Photography at the University of Florida where I graduated in 1979. I continued my studies under eminent photographers like Mary Ellen Marks, David Allen Harvey and Steve McCurry.
Photography has transported me to places I never would have imagined – inside a housing project with a crack addict and her 7 children; throughout India with mahouts and elephants; in a propeller plane with ‘Brothers to the Rescue’ searching for refugees; camping among the southern tribes of Ethiopia and meeting some of the transformed men in Sing Sing Prison. All of these people have shared their lives and their stories with great generosity.
Traveling and working with NGO’s in India and Southeast Asia has been exciting and enriching. I’ve recently worked with The Elephant Family and the Wildlife Trust of India. The people’s survival under such harsh conditions and their amazing perseverance is inspiring. The beauty, spirituality and colors of the Eastern world and Africa draw me back again and again.
My work has been published in the New York Times, Tropic Magazine (Miami Herald), The Independent, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Wanderlust Magazine, and Loft Magazine. I also have participated in various gallery shows at Michael Kohn Gallery, in Los Angeles; Marguilles Warehouse in Miami, FL.; and the Moro Palazzo with GAAFoundation in Venice. My photography book India’s Elephants was published in 2013.