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I was born and raised in the great Midwest (Iowa and Kansas). I showed an interest in art at an early age, drawing, painting and making constructions of all sorts. I attended the University of Texas in Austin,where I received a B.S. in Chemistry in 1973. Despite my interest in the arts, I decided to pursue a career as a research scientist, and received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1978. Throughout college and graduate school, I continued to draw and paint in my spare time. In 1978 I moved to Little Rock, Arkansas for postdoctoral study, where my interest in photography took root, largely because my laboratory had its own darkroom. In 1982 I moved to Chicago, to take a position at the University of Chicago, where I did research until 1993, when I left to tutor children on the south side of Chicago for eight years. With the advent of digital photography in the late ‘90’s, my interest in photography was renewed, and in 2003 I earned a Certificate in Digital Photography from Columbia College, Chicago. Since then, I have shown my work in numerous solo and group shows throughout the country and internationally. I currently live in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago with my patient and very supportive wife, Dr. Charmane Eastman.


Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Medical College of Virginia, 1978
B.S. in Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 1973


"Hot 100 of 2022" by Your Daily Photograph, 2022
"Hot 100 of 2021" by Your Daily Photograph, 2021
2nd place, "Primary Shapes," L.A. Photo Curator, 2020
Juror's Prize, "The Found Object," Praxis Gallery, 2019
Finalist, Critical Mass 2017, Photolucida
Award of Excellence, "Water," North Shore Art League, 2017
Finalist, 9th annual Pollux Awards (alternative processes category), 2016
Best in Show, SAN Members' Show, 2014
Solo exhibition, Wilmette Public Library, 2012
1st place, Bauhaus Inspired Photography, Filter Photo at Chicago Photography Center, 2010
Award of Excellence, SAN Members’ Show, 2010
Special Award, SAN Later Impressions, 2008
Top-Rated Artist, The Artist Project, Artropolis, 2008
Curator's Choice, Chicago Art Open, 2007
1st place, National Juried Photography Exhibition, 12 12 Gallery, 2007
2nd place, Body of Work category, PhotoSpiva, 2007
Award of Excellence, SAN Members’ Show, 2007
Juror's Selection, Positive-Negative, Center for Fine Art Photography, 2006
1st place, Your Best Shot, Popular Photography & Imaging, July 2005
Curators’ Choice, Around the Coyote festival, 2004

Published Photographs:

Portfolio Showcase Volume VIII (c4fap; exhibition catalog)
Photo Noir (exhibition catalog)
Animalia (exhibition catalog)
100 Artists of the Midwest (book)
Green Art: Trees, Leaves, and Roots (book)
Contemporary Photo Impressionists (book)
The Herald (Harold Washington College)
Chicago Reader
Chicago Tribune
Popular Photography & Imaging
CameraArts, Artists’ ShowCase
GW Review
The Sun
Seeing in Sixes (book published by LensWork)
AAP Magazine
SHOTS magazine

Gallery representation/affiliation:

Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IL
CollectorWorks, Santa Monica, CA


Block Museum, Northwestern University
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (Midwest Photographers Project; 2005-2007)
Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis (Flat Files; 2009-2010)
Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Rush University Medical Center
Numerous private collections