Dick Sanders USA, b.1946

18.02.2011 in11:43 in People, Portraits -->


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Here’s how it happened. I was born in Santa Monica, California in 1946. I remember my parents gave me a Brownie camera on my 6th birthday, probably because I wouldn’t leave my dad’s more expensive camera alone. I just loved everything about it: making pictures, looking at pictures, showing pictures. By age 13, I talked my mom into going to the camera store and buying some basic darkroom gear and chemicals, which I then set up in the bathroom after dark. My folks got tired of that soon enough. So, when I turned 14, they had my uncle come over and build a darkroom for me in the garage. It was heaven. I spent hundreds of hours there. By age 18, I started a freelance photography business, attempting to photograph people out yachting and selling the prints to them later. I soon failed at that. At age 22, after some time in college and the Naval Air Reserve, I landed a job with Sid Avery, who is best known for his Hollywood portraits of such stars as Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, and Elizabeth Taylor. Avery also did both of the famous “Oceans Eleven” publicity photos. When I worked for him, however, he was doing primarily advertising photography. We worked on big campaigns for Toyota, Coffee-Mate, Brown and Jordan, Mattell, and U.S. Steel. After about 18 months, I left the Avery studio and started my own business, shooting album covers, publicity, and trade-ad photos for the music industry. Some of the artists I met at this time were Blue Mitchell, Harold Land, James Taylor, and Barbara Streisand. But after awhile, I realized I loved photography too much to mix it with business, which I didn’t particularly like. So, I decided to switch careers, first to advertising sales, then to advertising copywriting, which I still do today. This move allowed me to pursue photography on a personal basis, which made me a lot happier. By the early 1990s, I decided to make “serious portraiture” the focus of my fine-art work, and that continues to this day. Photographers past and present that I admire are Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Mary Ellen Mark, and Flor Garduno. Today, I make my home in La Quinta, California with my fantastic Wife, Maryann Jane, and our Turkish cat, Poopieto. Beyond photography, my interests are movies, Italian food, and playing the guitar. That’s it in a nutshell!