Biography 

I am an enthusiast photographer; focusing on black and white landscape photography I am by education and training a chemist.

I served in the Air Force in Greece and at McCord AFB WA, mustering out in 1969 as a captain. The journey took me to Texas, Colorado, Kato Ahai Greece, and finally Tacoma WA. It was an interesting and turbulent time to serve.

My professional career has been in the pigment industry serving the ink, textile, plastics and coatings industries. I have held both commercial and research management positions

My working life took me too many countries assisting customers in the application of pigments

I’ve authored over ten articles that were published in domestic and foreign industry journals. I also have made presentations to both domestic and foreign technical societies. The most interesting was conducting two Web based seminars.

Essentially self-taught, my formal studies in photography were with two Cincinnati photographers,

Kasack Panofsky; focusing on the general aspects of photography

Mitchell Katz; learning the basics of black and white printing.

Master of photography online course Street Photography with Joel Meyerowitz

Now retired, I have a small consulting business and devote my free time to photography and a small Victory Garden.


Artist’s Statement 

The images chosen for this exhibit, were selected from the many taken during visits to several European cities, Paris, Strasbourg and Rome. They related by the fact they are architectural street photography.

The use of black and white imaging was used for its unifying effect particularly when photographing the architecture of old cities. Allowing the focusing on the visual elements: tonal variations. textures, and, shapes without the distraction of color.

The oldest image is that of the “Victor Emmanuel Monument in Rome” It started life as a Kodachrome slide in 1965. Converted recently to a black and white digital image. The detail lost in the bright white of the limestone facade in the slide becomes apparent when viewed as black and white image. The dark clouds bring an urgency to the group climbing the stairs.

The most recent image “Rainy Day” was taken in Strasbourg Taken for the emptiness of the shopping street. The detail at the end of the of the street and the hanging planters, originally the focus of the image becomes of the secondary interest. The woman walking with the umbrella becomes the focal point of the picture.

The image “Rue de Montpensier, Paris”. Initially the picture was taken for the cafes at the end of the street. The focal point was to be the “Charles De Gaul” looking cook in front of the Pizza shop. The bar next door is full while the pizza shop is empty, this creates a sense of melancholy when viewing the image.

I am by education and training a chemist. A consultant to the ink, textile and coatings industries in the use of pigments and dyestuffs in coloring a variety of materials.

My photographic interests are in landscape and architectural photography and the creation of “watercolour paintings” from photographs.


Exhibitions

Huls America Calendar single image “Tower Bridge” 1992

Wachung Art Center Exhibit 2005 (Juried)

Hillsborough Library Solo Shows 2004, 2006

Hillsborough Art and Culture Exhibit, 2005 (first place black & white), 2006, 2012 second place, 2013 third place, honorable mention. Judges choice, 2015 honorable mention

Montgomery House 2006, 2007

Digital Arts Exhibit New Providence 2006

Princeton Medical Center 2006

General Health Care 2006, 2008

Princeton Alliance Church 2006, 2007

Gallery 125 Juried Exhibits – winter 2007, summer 2007, fall 2007, 2009

Straube Center “Digital Images” Fall 2007 (Juried)

Duo Dolce Bakery solo exhibit 2007

Grounds for Sculpture 2008 (Juried)

Gallery 14 2014 (Juried)

Phillips Mill 2008 (juried)

Morristown Art Center “Colorific “2008 (Invited)

Old York Cellars 2013

Artists Framer 2014

Sussex Community College 2014


Website: Rafaphoto.zenfolio.com

Email: Pmarvuglio@comcast.net