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Biography

Joe is retired from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked as a physicist for 35 years. Towards the end of his career he worked mainly in geophysical well logging. He was a founder and past President of the Minerals and Geotechnical Logging Society. He is a co-author of the book Well Logging for Physical Properties.

After retirement Joe took up serious photography and is a member of the Livermore Valley Camera Club and the Contra Costa Camera Club. He is past President of the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs He administers a study group for the Electronic Image Division of The Photographic Society of America (PSA), and is Director of the PSA Print of the Month contest and past Chair of the Yerba Buena Chapter of PSA..

In 2007 he was elected to the Honor of Associate of PSA (APSA). In 2009 he was awarded the Distinction of Proficient (PPSA). In 2015 he was elected to the Honor of Fellow (FPSA). Twenty of his articles have been published in the PSA Journal, and two portfolios have been published in the British magazine Digital Photo Art. In 2009 he received the Charles Keaton Memorial Award in recognition of his PSA publications. He made a presentation, "Rust, Rubbish, and Reflections" at the PSA 2008 Annual Conference. In 2012 he passed the PSA course "Judging Beyond the Rules" and is now a "qualified judge." In March of 2013 his work was chosen for the Distinctive Image feature of the PSA Journal, and in September he received the Pictorial Print Division Service Medal. In September of 2014 he made the presentation "The Innovative Image" at the Annual Conference.


Joe is a docent emeritus at Point Lobos State Reserve in California, one of the most photogenic places in the world.

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Joe has studied with, among others, Freeman Patterson and Richard Martin, has taken a course in Miksang photography, and has been greatly influenced by the work of Ernst Haas.

Joe lives near San Francisco, and was married to Jean for 51 years until her sudden death in 2008. They have three children, Ed, Marti, and Dorothy. Recently Joe developed a condition that makes it painful to walk more than about a half mile at a time, but is still able to shoot by wandering around with a walking stick.

Artist Statement

I started making photos and using the darkroom in about 1947, and after retirement I took up serious photography and joined some camera clubs. When I started in serious photography I went the usual route. I made pictures, took them to my camera club, got critiques, and slowly improved. I took a course with Freeman Patterson and this greatly improved my work. I photographed the usual subjects, like sunsets, the Golden Gate Bridge, mountain lakes, wildlife, and famous buildings, and accumulated a number of awards.
Then one day I went to a talk by the Canadian photographer Richard Martin, and my photographic world changed. He taught me to photograph subjects that most other photographers ignore, like rust spots on junk cars, trash in the street, peeling paint on walls, and unconventional views of unimportant buildings. I learned to love to make images in which the subjects are recognizable and enjoyable, but are less important than the abstract shapes and colors that make them up. What I enjoy the most is finding images that other photographers don’t see. I make no attempt to follow the rules; I shoot to please myself. But I must admit I am particularly happy if others tell me that they enjoy my work, or, even more, if they emulate it.