Born in Israel, the son of concentration camp survivors, Jack moved to the US when he was four years old and grew up in Rochester, NY. With a newly minted BFA cum laude degree in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and after assisting some of the top photographers in New York, Jack opened his studio in 1980 and has become a well-know and respected commercial photographer. His creative problem solving photography has helped promote products and services for many companies such as Tylenol, The Wall Street Journal, Hyatt, Toys "R" Us, Kodak, Canon, Epson, Reader's Digest, Crest, AT&T, L'Oreal, Playtex, Johnson & Johnson, several Time Magazine covers, and numerous other Fortune 500 companies.
The author of several books including "Studio and Commercial Photography- A Kodak Pro Workshop" book, published by Silver Pixel Press, is chock full of "insider" information about the advertising photography business. It explains in a conversational tone, how work progresses from concept to finished photograph.
He is currently writing a column for Photoshop User Magazine with lawyer Edward Greenberg, called "The Copyright Zone". His insightful articles on photography were previously found in his popular "ProVision" column in Petersen's Photographic for over 4 years.
A popular lecturer and teacher, Jack's intelligence and wit are evident in the numerous lectures and workshops that he gives to professional groups and colleges around the country and abroad. In his talks, Jack shows how creative thinking helps solve his clients' visual needs. Jack's lectures and workshops are well known for his open, direct style of communication, not to mention for his sense of humor. As an early advocate of digital photography, Jack has a direct and "plain English" approach in explaining digital photography to both beginners and experts.
Believing that photographers should be pro-active in the photo community, he has been very busy in that community. Jack is currently the Chairman and a Past President of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). In the past Jack has served as President of the New York chapter of Advertising Photographers of America (APA), sat on the Joint Ethics Committee in New York, and served as Board Member of ASMP/NY.
Along with many other awards, Jack was very proud to receive the IPC (International Photographic Council) Leadership medal for "Excellence in Studio Photography" at the United Nations. Jack was appointed a guest professor at Shandong University of Art and Design in Jinan, China. He is also a Mo-Tse Grand Master Photographer in China and proud to be named an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography.
Jack is honored to be both one of the original "Canon Explorers of Light", one of the original "Epson Stylus Pros", host of the Epson Print Academy Track One, and a Sandisk "Photo Master". Jack also does Beta testing and consulting with Canon, Epson, Mamiya, Microsoft, X-Rite, Leaf digital backs, and Adobe.