Cole Thompson

13.12.2011 in11:38 in Landscapes, People -->


Born in 1954
At 14 years of age, I knew that I was destined to be a fine art photographer.

While living in Rochester, NY, I stumbled across an old building associated with George Eastman, which
led to my reading of his biography. Before I even completed the book, I knew that I was going to be a
photographer and for the next 10 years, photography was my complete existence. If I wasn’t taking pictures
or in the darkroom, I would spend countless hours looking at every book and image I could find. There was
nothing in my life except photography.

Even at this early age I found myself drawn to a particular style of image, one that would literally cause a
physical reaction in me. They were dark images created by Adams, Weston, Bullock and others. I
knew that I was destined to create such images.

I am often asked, “Why black and white?” I think it’s because I grew up in a black-and-white world.
Television, movies and the news were all in black and white. My heroes were in black and white and even
the nation was segregated into black and white. My images are an extension of the world in which I grew up.

An important early influence in my life and my art was the poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley.

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