This website began in 1996 as a way to share my work and to explore new technology. I am a professor of biomedical photographic communications at R•I•T. My area of expertise is in photomicrography,
biomedical photography, and laboratory photography
used to gather and preserve visual information. The Forward Thinking Museum featured my work in a short video that can be seen on this link. I was also a featured presenter at TEDx Allendale Columbia School 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 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 on this link. I served as the chair
of the Lennart
Nilsson Award nominating committee from 1998 - 2011.
The courses I teach 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 on this 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 during the long, snowy, and cold Rochester winters. As my career has evolved, my professional work's theme seems to be that "I photograph very tiny things". You can see my photographs by following this link.
My career has provided me with many wonderful and often unexpected opportunities. I have been fortunate to have met many generous and inspirational people who opened doors for me. A few of my projects would be the RIT
Big Shot, the Images
from Science exhibition, and the Faces of Jewish Rochester. When possible, I exhibit my photography. I enjoy sharing science photographs that operate effectively in non-scientific
environments. Professional achievements that I am proud of would include: the 2003 RIT
Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching; the 2003 & 2008 College of Imaging Arts
And Sciences Gitner Prize for outstanding achievement in the graphic arts; the 2007 BioCommunications
Association Schmidt Award presented for lifetime achievement in the life sciences communications; and the 2010, Frank J Romano Innovation in Graphic Publishing prize.
I began taking pictures in 1973 when I bought my first camera with money earned from bagging groceries at a local supermarket. My life changed profoundly after discovering photography. 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.