My life, up to now!!
My father was a well-known and well-traveled photographer who had quit photography to raise a family and become a building contractor. 1971 was not a good year to be in the building business, so he looked for something else to do. He called some of his old friends in the photography business to ask for work. One of them was the team publicist for the Chicago Bulls, who hired my father as the team photographer. When he came home after the first game he photographed, the perks he told me about were too much to resist (free parking, free admission, and the best seats in the house). At that moment, I decided to become a sports photographer!
I learned on the job, and soon figured out that I could translate my excitement to my love of music. In 1975, I started going to concerts and shooting pictures. Figuring out how to earn a living doing this was more difficult, but through perseverance I started acquiring magazine and newspaper clients, and began working with record company publicity departments. During the 1980’s I was a frequent contributor to Creem Magazine, along with many other music magazines (Rolling Stone, Circus, Hit Parader) as well as many mainstream magazines, including Newsweek, Time, People, Playboy, Ebony and Entertainment Weekly. I also started contributing to album art, both at the major label level (Ozzy Osbourne, Alanis Morissette, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter) and to many indie labels (Alligator, Delmark and Blind Pig).