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fotoVisions ~ david greenfield, photographer

making the ordinary ... extraordinary

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“Small crinkled edged black and white photos of Europe filled albums and boxes in my home when I was growing up. They were the product of my father's work with a Leica III rangefinder camera in various refugee centers after WWII. These simple pictures represented the world from which I came and were very special to me. The look and feel of those photos, as well as 35 mm photojournalism from the 40’s and 50’s continue to influence my ‘through-the-lens’ vision today. Although my work is frequently pictorial, I strive to emulate masters of the medium like Cartier-Bresson, Eisenstaedt, Capa, and Kertész as they capture ‘the decisive moment’. Whenever and wherever I travel, the images I record and subsequently transform into artwork via the digital or ‘wet’ darkroom are often my most precious souvenirs. Thoreau once wrote that he could not fully appreciate the beauty of a nature scene without composing poetry to reflect his impressions. I do not fully savor what I encounter until my vision, or ‘the moment,’ is esthetically captured for presentation. Whether here or abroad, I strive to record what may be the ordinary and attempt to present it as extraordinary.”

David is currently in the encore phase of his career. For almost forty years he maintained a periodontal practice and teaching appointment at Harvard's School of Dental Medicine. During this time in addition to remaining engaged in a variety of community projects, he continuously pursued his passion for photography. With periodontics now playing a lesser role in daily life, David channels increased energy into his photographic art frequently pairing imagery with writing to create photo-essays for exhibition and web viewing. He also works with various not-for-profit organizations to advance their missions using photography. When film was the light-sensitive media of choice, David's eye was attuned to B&W image capture. With images now customarily recorded digitally, his portfolio has expanded and is replete with color. His greatest photographic joy during the 'film era' was experienced shooting with a vintage Leica III circa 1950 formerly used by his father.