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Meet Rich Smukler of Rich Smukler Fine Art Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rich Smukler.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Rich. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It all started with the Brownie Hawkeye camera that my parents gave me as a young boy. And it never ended. My camera has been my quiet friend over the years, making a wonderful company as I traveled the globe. It has been there to fight off what might otherwise have been lonely times.

From the salt flats of Badwater Basin in Death Valley to the swamps of Florida; the rocky shores of Maine to the abandoned silver mines of central Mexico; the magnificence of Bryce and Zion Utah, the slot canyons of Paige, Arizona or the urban puzzles of such cities as Miami, Manhattan, Montreal, Philadelphia and San Diego, just to name a few. From the lavender fields of Canada to the wonders of Paris, Provence, Tuscany, Amsterdam, East Africa and China, I haven’t been everywhere, of course, but my camera and I have logged a few miles.

And then there have been the galleries, the museums, openings, lectures, workshops and of course, the fellow travelers found along the way. And all the faces, some reluctant, shy, exuberant, trying out for a role in my personal theater.

Millions have gone before me and many more will follow. Why take that sucker shot of the Eiffel Tower, the Amalfi Coast, or the morning sun rising over the buzzing swamps? Because it is my personal journey, my personal vision. I was there and it became embedded in my memory bank forever.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The changeover from film to digital presented a technological challenge which took some time to overcome. In spite of one’s general aesthetic ability to see and judge what might be a quality image, there are three areas that a fine art photographer must master: 1). use of the camera, 2). the editing process and comfort level with your computer 3). and finally, the art of printing. Not until you have climbed these mountains, can you feel connected to the overall process without being stymied by intellectually thought. After many years of trying and failing can you at last produce the image that you suspect might be your personal masterpiece.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Rich Smukler Fine Art Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a solo photographer specializing in fine art imagery. My works are exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. I also teach fine art appreciation through photography as well as conduct private, customized photo tours. I am extremely pleased with my photographic presence in Europe, with recent exhibitions in Rome, Northern Tuscany, Vienna, and with exhibitions scheduled in Barcelona, Spain and Verona, Italy.

My studies in Tuscany led me to a great love for the European photo scene, especially in Italy. What sets me apart is my abstract expressionistic work which blends photography with an appreciation of fine art abstractions. I am most proud, however, with any influence that I may have on students that I lecture and work with, a joyful and fulfilling experience.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck is a MAJOR role in life in general and no less in my life as a photographer. There have been so many happy accidents and some not so wonderful. Being in the right place at the right time, images that fail or succeed that you hadn’t planned on, dropping and breaking lenses and other equipment in out of the way places, unexpected turns in the weather leading to magnificent photographic opportunities, meeting fellow travelers on the way who provided inspiration and wonderful memories, and last, but not least, the many wonderful mentors and teachers who have taken me to the current chapter in my life.

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