I was trained as a photographer in the Air Force in the 1950s. After my discharge in 1959, I worked as a professional for several photography studios in Salt Lake City for a number of years.
A number of (uncredited) photos were published in national magazines for Goodyear Tire and Champion Sparkplug ads featuring Mickey Thompson’s and Craig Breedlove’s land speed record attempts at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the 1960s.
I also shot several record album covers for Rosalie Sorrels on the Folkways Label.
Moving to San Francisco in 1962 I found it difficult to get decent work in photography and ended up with a 30 plus year career in the steamship supply business. After leaving that business, took a position as the executive secretary for the Practice Leader of Retirement Practice in the San Francisco office of a major insurance/employee consulting firm. I retired 3 years ago and now have time for serious photography once again.
I have never stopped taking photos, but without easy access to darkroom facilities, and being unwilling to invest in the cost of creating my own, I was subject to the whims of commercial photofinishers. Not a satisfactory arrangement.
Having discovered digital photography a several years ago when, I bought a Canon A-10, I decided to try my hand at the field again. Especially now that my computer is my darkroom.
A Canon Powershot G5 was my next camera followed by a Canon Digital Rebel EOS 300D single lens reflex.
I prefer the 35mm format, but have worked with everything from 8 x 10 view cameras to Minox “spy” cameras.
Canon cameras have been my preference over the years, but I have owned and used Leica, Nikon, Miranda, Bronica, Rollie, Speed Graphic, Minolta, Yashica, Minox and several others I have forgotten.
My first serious camera was Canon L1, purchased in Japan in 1958. I still have this camera and use it from time to time.
Most of my recent work has been done with the Digital Rebel. I generally shoot RAW format and Photoshop Elements 4 is used almost exclusively for processing and editing my images, my electronic darkroom.
I have recently had several articles published in Double Exposure, Robert Farber’s photoworkshop.com’s on-line magazine,
Please visit my website, www.currier-photos.com and check out my gallery.