Tad Yamashiro was one of three wonderful mentors I had within my photographic education. Tad was originally the assistant to Diane and Allen Arbus when they had their commercial photo studio before separating and following their own artistic paths. Allen became a well known actor. Diane as we know, became a well known photographer. Tad opened his own successful studio until he decided to follow his own photographic calling, supplementing by teaching at the School of Visual Arts. This is where I met him.
Tad was a powerful personality. Many students warned me against taking his class. Those that remained, said he was wonderful. You’ll never be the same. None of this fortunately scared me off. For me, listening to him was listening to my heart and soul, though as a young man, I could not express as succinctly as him. His class was not about technique. His class was about the images you placed upon the wall and what was filled in, that space between the viewer and the image. My imagery was much more abstract then, but most importantly, it taught me not to be afraid of the emotional interior within. Therein lies your truth. That which is yours and yours only. This and Barking 2 were taken in Acadia National Park, Maine. These images were done in homage to a great mentor and friend.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | September 23
Award Score: 65 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 17, Style 12, Skill 15)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Black & White Photography
Photograph Location: Acadia National Park, Maine | The United States
Photographer: Keith Goldstein (Hamilton Heights, New York City, New York) Registered
Keith Goldstein was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1957. Keith was interested in art for as long as he can remember, with his mother being his biggest influence and supporter, encouraging him in his earliest artistic endeavors. Keith’s first connection with photography came about in high school when he was given a collection of photography magazines to draw from. Instead of drawing from them, he began to read them, becoming extremely fascinated with the medium. It wasn’t until he dropped out of college after his second year, and was working in a warehouse, that he decided on photography as a means to creative expression. Keith began studies at night school with David Attie and moved into New York City, receiving his BFA with Honors in photography from the School of Visual Arts. It was there, working with Tad Yamashiro, that he began to experiment with a more emotive way of expression. Wanting to explore this further, Keith went on to continue his experimentation with Carl Toth at Cranbrook Academy of Art. After receiving his MFA in Photography, he subsequently moved back to New York City and began, through a course of personal experiences, to unravel everything that he knew and was for the next 15 years of his life. Keith has been exhibiting his work since 1980. His work has been published in many publications including – ABC News Australia, Now Public, Flak Magazine, JPEG Magazine, File Magazine, Snaps Magazine, SHOTS, Boulevard, Mercury Records, Diversion Magazine, Cadillac Motors, I Magazine, Penquin/Putnam, Simon & Shuster, St. Martin’s Press, and on many book covers. Keith’s tools to finding his place and exploring his feelings towards the world have always been simple – one camera and a couple of lenses. “Being unencumbered does allow you the most freedom”, he says. Keith has been making his living as fine art photographer, a stock shooter, a corporate event photographer, and a photo editor.
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