Retallack Photography

John by David Boyer

John by David Boyer.

  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 Liberal Arts At Northern Michigan University
  6. Studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology, BFA degree
  7. I freelanced in New York City shooting for magazines & ad agencies
  8. Begin teaching career at the School of Visual Arts in NYC
  9. Accepted a teaching position at RIT which led to Tenure in the
    School of Photographic Arts & Sciences
  10. Quit working at RIT (early retirement)
  11. 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...

Since retirement from RIT (aka quit working for RIT) I have been working in the Book Arts mediium and am finding some success. My books are photographic in nature, of course.

I am also working full time in Fine Art photography and have been exhibiting nationally and locally as the opportunities arise.

I live in a loft on Saint Paul Street which is really a small photostudio with kitchen, bath and bedroom attached. My two cats love the space. Me too!

Most of what I shoot is lighted with electronic flash, all is digital. This year I have pointed my commercial business in the direction of photographing for artists. Digital copies of books and paintings. I have photographed in galleries and made video’s from that work. Look Here


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

Photography for Artists