Bio

After Philadelphia's Charles Morris Price School of Advertising & Journalism, Philadelphia Museum College of Art, three years in the Army (including 18 months in Eritrea doing the African version of "Good Morning Vietnam" from a 7,628-foot mountain top); then back to Philly for a year as Account Executive/TV producer/Copywriter/Art Director at Ball Associates Advertising Agency followed by two years at WIP Radio as Publicity Director and voiceover announcer... I entered Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles in 1968.

With VA educational benefits good for only two and a half years, I had to complete the four-year BFA in the shortest time possible... two years and nine months. While in school, I assisted film director/cinematographer Haskell Wexler and photographers Cal Bernstein and Roger Marshutz. During my final semester, I opened and managed the West Coast office of Wide World Photos, the commercial division of The Associated Press, which I continued for three years.

After graduation, I worked with designers Charles and Ray Eames while sharing a studio with Jim Britt, MoTown's premier L.A. photographer.

In 1973 I substituted for a photography teacher on sabbatical. Like everything in life, one thing led to another, and soon I was teaching at East L.A. College, Cal State University, Mt. San Antonio College and L.A. City College. Meanwhile, my client list was expanding, and I opened a solo studio specializing in advertising and illustrative photography.

At night and weekends, I squeezed-in graduate work at The Annenberg School for Communications at USC, picked up a teaching credential at UCLA, and became a Professor of Media Arts.

Eventually, full-time teaching swapped places with doing.

In 2001, I retired and spent a year "decompressing" in an old-growth redwood grove in the northwest corner of California, near the town of Eureka. Then I was off to New Hampshire and a radically different and enjoyable life in a rustic post-and-beam house surrounded by trees and bordered by hundreds of acres of wildlife refuge.

Now I'm re-experiencing the joy of photography, unencumbered by publication deadlines and academia.



Permanent Collections:

New London Hospital, New London, NH
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital, Lebanon, NH
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Newbury Public Library, Newbury, NH

Exhibiting Member, Rockport Art Association (Massachusetts)
Artist Member, Center for the Arts Lake Sunapee Region (New Hampshire)
Continuing exhibitor, The Gallery at Prospect Hill, Sunapee, NH

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1965... Long before the movie with Robin Williams, this was "Good Morning Ethiopia," at KANU Radio & TV, Eritrea (a province of Ethiopia at that time), part of the US Armed Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS).

Preparations for a wedding reception in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. Canvas is suspended between two houses. The bare ground is covered with soft, aromatic palm branches and hay. The air was thick with extremely spicy red "zigney" stew bubbling in three very large kettles. Tree sap incense wafted sandalwood and honeysuckle scent, mixed with deep dark aromas from the barrels in the center that were filled with fermented home-brews called soowah (primarily teff and other grains), and tej (primarily honey).

More than five decades have passed, and I can still smell Asmara, and smile.

My "Beetle" at a switchback 21 kilometers down the road between Asmara at 7,630 feet, and the Red Sea port of Massawa, a few days after Ethiopia switched from left-side to right-side traffic. (Photo by Sandee Schuster)
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