Greg made his first photographs with a vintage Argus C3 camera given to him by his father nearly 50 years ago. A Yale graduate and history of art major, Greg was privileged to have been mentored by two of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Ansel Adams and Walker Evans. During this period, Greg worked primarily in black and white using an 8x10 Deardorff view camera and did his printing in a traditional darkroom, sometimes employing vintage printing methods such as platinum printing. Greg's iconic image "Anne, 1976" was acquired by the Yale University Art Gallery for its permanent collection in 1977, making Greg the youngest artist to have work in the gallery's permanent collection at the time. Temporarily putting the life of an artist aside, Greg earned his Juris Doctorate, becoming an attorney and successful businessman in New York City. Over the years however, photography remained his true passion and calling.
Today, Greg creates stunning photographic pieces capturing the beauty and drama of our planet and even the universe beyond. He does whatever is required, travels to remote locations and often works under challenging conditions to realize his artistic vision. Some of Greg's pieces require months of planning and preparation to execute. His breathtaking images of the heavens capture starlight that left distant suns aeons ago. In essence, these images are a time machine, a magical window into the distant past and across the vast expanse of light years, space and time. Through technical mastery of the medium and decades of experience, Greg pushes the limits of photographic imaging technology while at the same time remaining true to the traditions of classical painting. His beautiful atmospheric landscape pieces celebrate light and color in a manner that evokes the great landscape painters of the late19th century such as Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran.
For Greg, photography has been and continues to be a lifelong spiritual journey of discovery that we are fortunate to have him share.
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"Greg is a gifted artist who understands the soul of nature's art and how to let her light paint for the camera. His creative process demonstrates that rare combination of technical brilliance, patience and creative vision that all masters possess. Among the qualities I respect most in an artist's work is originality. A question I ask is, "Did the artist demonstrate a unique and deliberate vision in their creative process, whatever the subject matter?
"Greg has done a masterful job accomplishing that very thing. His work clearly demonstrates to the viewer the many hours spent visualizing a potential image and how to bring this vision to reality. His work is both original and compelling.
The great enjoyment I feel when I study Greg's pieces is what led me to that first love I experienced as a youth when I discovered the ability of the camera to see more than what the human eye physically can perceive.
As you contemplate his work, notice the subtle and delicate hand of an artist with a deep and intuitive feel for beauty, who is in touch with his inner being, the camera and the spiritual." ~ Jeff Mitchum