Retallack Photography

  1. Born in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; I became a Yooper
  2. Got my first camera, age 10
  3. Joined a MASH unit (US Army) and was trained as an X-Ray technician
  4. Stationed in Germany during the Cold War
  5. Studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology, BFA degree
  6. I freelanced in New York City shooting for magazines & ad agencies
  7. Begin teaching career at the School of Visual Arts in NYC
  8. Accepted a teaching position at RIT which led to Tenure in the
    School of Photographic Arts & Sciences
  9. Quit working at RIT (early retirement)
  10. Continue freelancing in photography,
     doing things I always wanted to do.

I am a photographer of people with experience in editorial and advertising.  I'm comfortable working with direction either from a distance or on site. My portraits are about the subject, they are character studies. They should be fun to look at...

To me each photo session is a social event and I enjoy the dynamics. Each moment is precious and is an opportunity to produce significant images. Given all this... sometimes a meaningful photograph... is just a matter of pushing the button at the right moment.

Most of what I shoot is lighted with electronic flash, all is digital. FYI: my camera delivers a 36 mb file. My studio is located Downtown Rochester NY.

I am currently photographing on a number of self generated projects which will eventually arrive at my portfolio.


Email to John
or call 585.313.1407

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Images from my book


Commercial Samples

Veterans Project

Portraits for Businesses

Special Project: Whispers