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Photography Is Not Just an Art, It Is Telling a Story

I just liked the mood of the shot – tranquil and lovely.”

Kyoto, Japan © Paul SlaughterKyoto, Japan © Paul SlaughterFor those of you who love to take pictures and may be thinking of photography as a career, look to Paul Slaughter. To say Slaughter loves what he does is an understatement. He has traveled the world and is recognized internationally as a great photographer and has spent the bulk of his adult life capturing the world on film. He has an incredible eye for capturing that special moment. Like the time he spent the morning in a sandy marsh in Spain to get the right light, mood and feel of the moment in a photograph. Slaughter says “Photography is not just an art, it is telling a story and every time you look at the picture you are there once again. My mother, who was from Romania, taught me to love the beauty in life, no matter where you are or what your circumstances. And, I have been very fortunate to do just that.

Dizzy Gillespie © Paul SlaughterDizzy Gillespie © Paul SlaughterThis is one of my favorite shots of Dizzy Gillespie. He was a dear friend and inspiration to me. The photograph was taken in 1975 in a room backstage at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California. I caught Dizzy when he was about to light his cigar.”

I first met the renowned jazz trumpet player, Dizzy Gillespie, in 1968 at the home of Arthur and Joyce Dahl at Pebble Beach, California who were great supporters of the arts. Arthur encouraged me in my photographic career. I got to hang out with Dizzy at Monterey Jazz Festivals, and at concerts in Paris, Helsinki, and California. I always felt so fortunate to know Dizzy and be with him. Throughout the years I would call him at his home in New Jersey just to chat. He was always warm and courteous and could be very funny when he wished to. Dizzy was a devoted member of the Baha'i Faith as am I. We not only shared the love of jazz but a belief in the oneness of humanity as well.

Moon Setting Canyon de Chelly Arizona © Paul Slaughter Moon Setting Canyon de Chelly Arizona © Paul SlaughterWhen asked what makes a good picture, Slaughter replied “Technique and knowledge of the camera are most important ingredients in creating a successful photograph. Combine this with one's vision and ability to see something unique in a landscape, an abstract image, or a portrait is the difference between a good and a great photograph. Like any art it takes practice, and more practice.

 Paul’s hard work has paid off in many different ways, the satisfaction of a job well done, fulfilling his dream and being able to teach his photographic workshops. His credits are many and include The Art Directors Club of New York City "Gold Award"  in their 65th Annual awards for his photographs featured in the Final Report of the XXIII Olympiad. His exhibit at the World Trade Center in Hong Kong has been a great inspiration to budding photographers. Eastman Kodak presented Paul their prestigious “Steuben Glass Award” for his photography displayed at Epcot Center in Disney World.  He has been published in numerous books and magazines.

Paul SlaughterPaul SlaughterIn 1984 Paul was the Official Photographer for the Los Angeles Olympic Committee.  Assignments have taken him to over 75 countries.  He has a classic photographic collection of the jazz greats. He now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely wife, Ineé and their son Alexander.  He has taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Paul was commissioned to do the photography for the book, “The Baha’i Faith: In Words and Images” which will be released by Oneworld Publications of Oxford, England later in 2009.

View Image Portfolios Online at: - You may also like to visit the Verve Gallery of Contemporary Photography in Santa Fe, which represents  Paul and internationally known photographers.

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