I'm LRY which stands for Larry and comes from my days playing the Atari
video game Missle Command. I came up with this because I didn't think my
real initials looked as cool on the high score list!
I've worked as a professional photographer for about eight years
starting as a freelancer with the New York Times in Seattle back in the
day and then interning with photo-oriented newspapers such as the former
Copley Chicago chain. Along the way I earned a master's degree in
photography and photojournalism from Ohio University's School of Visual
Communication. My master's thesis was a retrospective of "legendary"
(he's still kickin') Magnum photographer Alex Webb's work through 1990.
Based in Seattle, I now shoot mainly magazine work and weddings, with a
wee bit of time here and there for personal work. I also teach a
photography class in the art department at Seattle Pacific University.
Most of my photography involves revealing people just as themselves with
a minimum amount of production. I've dabbled in stock and commercial
work but editorial (magazine), photojournalistic, and documentary work
is where my heart is. Call it the beauty of everyday life, for lack of a
better title. Former National Geographic photographer Sam Abell called
it (and his book) the Photographic Life, and it was his vision that
inspired me to pick up a camera and try to earn a living with it. Well,
"there can be only one" Sam Abell but it is in his photographic and
philosophical footsteps that I have tried to follow.
So what am I doing on Photography Review? I guess you could call me a
FOF, or "friend of the founder/Francis". We rode the Bay Area hills
together for years, but suddenly i just found photography to be more
compelling (gasp!) than mountain biking or high-end audio (I ran
Audioreview.com for a brief stint). New cameras, yes! New bikes, sadly
Other irrelevant information:
Favorite gear - whatever is quietest and fastest
Favorite light - changing storm conditions with sunbreaks
Favorite lens - Canon 70-200mm f4 L, but this changes
Favorite negative - Fuji NPS & NPH, Neopan, Kodak TMax 3200
Favorite positive - Fuji Provia & Sensia, Kodak GX & VS Ektachromes
Favorite photo books - Sam Abell's, Magnum Degrees, National Geographic
books, Alex Webb's
Finally, from the shameless plug department: My website is at
www.Lchenphoto.com and if you know someone who is looking for advice
on buying a digital camera, my ebook "Take Control of Buying a Digital
Camera" version 2.0 is found along with other useful Mac-oriented advice
at http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol/buying-digicam.html. I hope you
get something useful from my opinions. Cheers!
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