A Photographer’s Life

I’m a Boston-based photographer with decades of experience shooting newsmakers in politics, business, entertainment and sports, during some of the defining events of this century. As an embedded photographer with the Massachusetts Army Reserve in Iraq, I spent weeks in-country moving with troops through forward areas, documenting the war, as well as the soldiers fighting it. I covered the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Boston Marathon bombing, creating award-winning images that told the stories of the victims and the heroes involved in those events. How did I get all that experience? It started with a degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which I used over the last 25 years to create acclaimed stills and video for a variety of organizations and publications. Twenty of those years were spent as a staff photographer for the Boston Herald where I photographed presidents, mayors, celebrities, and more playoff games, Super Bowls, World Series, and collegiate contests than I can count. It has been the full-on journalism career of my dreams. I still have a  presence in the news business by occasionally freelancing for the Boston Globe. However, these days my bread and butter is politics and event photography. I’m having a blast working with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on his photography team. I’m also proud to count MassBio and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts among my regular clients. Life after the Herald is good. I’m living proof.
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7 Replies to “A Photographer’s Life”

  1. You forgot to mention your coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, John 🙂 Almost 15 years since, I remain impressed by your professionalism and skill, but it’s the caring way you share life through your lens that makes you unique and wonderful! As a new subscriber, I look forward to your blog. 😎 Good stuff!

    Lisa.

    1. Thanks for your kinds words and thanks also for bringing up Hurricane Katrina. I didn’t include it in this post but I certainly could have. You hung in there with us and you didn’t even have too! I’m not writing that story but I do tell it once in awhile!

    2. A writer friend of mine just helped me edit this biography post and we included Hurricane Katrina this time. Thanks again for your note!

  2. I’ve been a fan for many years, you’ve always been a cut above the rest. Looking forward to following your blog and noteworthy career. Best of luck with both!

  3. I know squat about blogs, but I do know good journalism and compelling photography. Have followed your work almost as long as your wife has been my cousin. You continue to inspire…

  4. John, I knew you in college and was your roommate for a year afterward, but we went our own ways afterward. Right after my 1999, automobile accident, you and Diane came to see me. Thanks for being my friend again. As a photographer myself, I see and admire your accomplishments in the field of work you pursued. What I did not know are the details you shared in this biography. Thanks for the lesson in how you’ve achieved your success and made the world a better place by contributing your photography and communication skills. I look forward to seeing your photography and reading more of your stories in the future.

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