Statement

I opened my commercial photography studio in 1986 in New York's Chinatown. In a few short years I enjoyed the success of a fashion photographer with an impressive number of national ad campaigns and editorial shoots in my portfolio. What I was most happy about, however, was that, even as a commercial photographer, I never lost sight of the integrity of the image. Even when working commercially--perhaps even despite of it--I was always true to creating the most expressive and elegant image I could. Often, the most difficult client I had to please was myself. I believe that attitude was at work behind my most famous and successful work.


Since 1996 I’ve also been doing work as a multimedia installation artist. The pieces combine still photography, sound and electronics to create an environment with specific themes revolving around what is often overlooked or unnoticed, either in the past or the present.  I do this by tapping on the power of memories, peripheral vision, and overheard sounds and conversations.


I interchange the format and subject matter freely, depending on what best communicates what I wish to express. I try to make the images bypass the picturesque and instead reconnect the viewer with a different understanding of a feeling or memory—one that may have always been present but passed by.


A central preoccupation of my work is to examine what people see every day but often take for granted. I hope that in my work they'll see something they've missed or feel something long forgotten, far in the recess.  The images aim to awaken memories and reconnect with a more nuanced understanding of the immediate surroundings.