John Wawrzonek images from The Hidden World of the Nearby
There is easily enough material for a book in my 43 years in photography and fine art printing. As time allows I will add more stories to this web site.
But most important to me are the people who have worked with me, made many projects possible, and took on the most difficult tasks while I wandered with my camera.
In 1984 while I was working for Bose 1/2 time (and managing the introduction of one of their singular products), I had my first exhibit of dye transfer prints at a photography lab on Route 128 outside of Boston. During the exhibit Michael Conrad, one of the lab technicians, asked me if I needed help, which I definitely did. Michael worked along side of me for 25 years and took on many difficult projects. This body of work would not exist without him nor crucially the sale of prints in the lower seven figures. Michael made 32" x 40" dye transfer prints which I think is unique independent photographers. Then there is the long and I think extraordinary story of conversion to digital and trying to find a substitute for dye transfer printing.
Michel's sister, Rose Morticelli, administered our sales and kept the operation running smoothly (without a smoothly running boss).
Mark Waters who took on many critical tasks especially retouching dye transfer prints before Photoshop.
Mark Doyle who played a major roll in our adventure when we became EverColor Fine Art. A group of angel investors had purchased my company to exploit a pigment transfer process that lasted until Agfa stopped making EverColor materials. That is a long story yet to be told.
Then there is Joe Holmes, a dear friend of many years, a superb photographer and with technical acumen that is astonishing even to an MIT grad. He has taught me much and continues to do so. He has helped me enormously in more ways than I can list here.
Stephen Gersh, who gave me my one crucial lesson in how to see.
Most important is my wife, Susan Ziegler, who for the last 27 years has kept my odd, difficult and often fragile ego together with love and extraordinary wisdom.
With deepest thanks to all.
—John Wawrzonek, July 5, 2017.
Bever Brook (which became Dreamed Brook) that Mike spotted one afternoon in July 1987.