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About the Artist

My career in photography began at Antioch College in 1980. I have worked in various fields related to photography, including as a photographer for a weekly arts newspaper, in graphic arts, photofinishing, and teaching. I have also worked as a contractor, taxi driver, and land surveyor, among other things. I've been employed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation since 1998.

Edward Pierce, large format fine art photographer

Although I had been making personal photographs from the start, it was in 1992 that I acquired a 4"x5" view camera. It was a perfect match for me as I developed a contemplative approach to photography. Also in that year I attended the Zone VI Workshop taught by Fred Picker. In 2005, with the help of a generous grant from the Vermont Arts Council, I attended a two week workshop with John Sexton at Anderson Ranch in Colorado. Both workshops have helped tremendously to sharpen my skills and refine my perception.

I now work mostly with my 4x5 view camera. Lately I've also been using a Pentax 67 for handheld work. I find a quiet joy in searching for potential photographs, tending to look for them in places I simply love being in. Once I've found something of interest, I experience a centering calm as I visualize the final print, set up the camera and carefully compose the image on the ground glass. While printing, I take as much time as I need to produce a print that feels right. I am an amateur in the true sense of the word; I make photographs simply because I enjoy doing it.

 
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