JOHN WAWRZONEK was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island in 1941. He received S.B., S.M., and E.E. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began photographing while working in engineering and marketing at Bose Corporation in Framingham, Massachusetts. He was part of the start-up group at Bose and led its acoustic engineering, advertising and marketing efforts for several years as well as developing electronic systems for NASA.
Wawrzonek is largely self-taught in photography and printing. His technical background made that part of photography and printing relatively straightforward.
His photographic expertise was developed over several years of exploration with a desire to find his own subjects and style. He made particular use of the benefits of the large format view camera and high quality lenses to capture texture and color accurately. He built his own dye transfer lab designed to maximize the potential of the process and to minimize its technical difficulties.
John used the dye transfer process from 1978 until 1993 when Kodak discontinued making the materials. Following dye transfer John became CEO of EvercColor Fine Art specializing in unique pigment-transfer archival prints. EverColor continued operation until the mid-1990s when Agfa discontinued making the materials. Both were victims of the advent of digital technology.
Today John prints on an archival ink jet (gigclée) 10-color printer. The Boston Globe described John as a “virtuoso” for the quality of his work.
Henry David Thoreau, Walking, 55 photographs by John Wawrzonek, The Nature Company, Berkeley, 1993 (seven printings)
Henry David Thoreau, The Illuminated Walden, 62 photographs by John Wawrzonek, text edited by Dr. Ronald A. Bosco, Suny, Albany, Friedman/Fairfax, New York (for Barnes & Noble, two printings), 2002