I began this website in 1996 as a way to share my work and to explore using new technology.
I am a professor of biomedical photographic communications at R•I•T and my specialization is photomicrography,
biomedical photography, and laboratory photography
used to gather and preserve visual information. The Forward Thinking Museum featured my work in a 2011 short video that can be seen by following this link. I was also a featured presenter at a TEDx event at Allendale Columbia School in February 2013. I currently serve as the associate administrative chair of the world renown School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.
September 1986 I was hired as an instructor in the Biomedical Photographic Communications department. I served as the department chair from 1989 until the summer of 2010. While at RIT, I have taught numerous undergraduate courses for almost 3 decades. I also teach a variety of workshops including Digital
Imaging using a Light Microscope sponsored by KTH and Karolinska
Institutet located in Stockholm Sweden - the home of the Nobel Foundation. You can see photographs from my many visits to Sweden by following this link. I also served as the chair
of the Lennart
Nilsson Award nominating committee from 1998 - 2011.
The courses I teach at RIT investigate applied scientific photography and communication problems. These
explorations have resulted in various presentations and publications during my 40+ year photography career. A sampling of my publications can be found at publications link. In 2007, I served as the editor-in-chief
of the Focal Encyclopedia
of Photography-fourth edition. I love microscopy and have a wide range of imaging experiences using insturments produced by Nikon, Olympus and Zeiss. Sometimes I am interested in photographing snowflakes using microscopes during the long, snowy, and cold Rochester winters. As my career has evolved, I have come to share "I photograph very tiny things". You can see my photomicrographs by following this link.
My career has provided me with many wonderful and unexpected opportunities. I have been fortunate to have met many generous and inspirational people who opened doors for me that created life changing outcomes. A few of my photography projects include the RIT
Big Shot, the Images
from Science exhibition, and the Faces of Jewish Rochester. I also exhibit my photography and I enjoy producing/sharing science images that operate in non-scientific
environments. Several professional achievements that I am proud of would include being the recipient of the 2003 RIT
Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching; the 2003 and 2008 RIT College of Imaging Arts
And Sciences Gitner Prize for outstanding achievement in the graphic arts; the 2007 Schmidt Award presented by the BioCommunications
Association for lifetime achievement in the life sciences communications; and the 2010, Frank J Romano Innovation in Graphic Publishing prize for my role as the advisor of the BPC Bulletin.
I began taking pictures in 1973 when I bought my first camera with money earned from bagging groceries at a local supermarket in my hometown of Utica, New York. Examples of my earliest work can be found in my Utica, New York - 1973 project. You can see other examples of my photography by following this link: Galleries. In 1983, I married Laurie S. Peres and have 2 wonderful children, Jonathan and Leah.