MKRUGGIE

Location:
East Hampton, New York

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About the Artist:
Born: San Diego, California - 1951
Military Service: 1970-73
Photography Degree: 1980
Moved to New York: 1989
Current Project: Along the Rails (a series of images of people and places that are seen alongside the railway tracks of America

Artist Statement:
I knew I wanted to be a photographer when I first saw the “street” photographs taking by Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand and Lee Friedlander. Their subject matter of everyday life and their method of quick shooting drew me into the medium. Since those early days of inspiration, I’ve always been fascinated in how walking through the urban landscape and taking pictures of people in public places never ceases to amaze me.

In most of my work, I strive to get that one singular image with perfect composition: in other words, visual equilibrium. In other subjects with a more traditional bent, I strive to put together a cohesive body of work that makes sense of the subject matter as a whole. Over-The-Road truckers, Pennsylvania slate quarrymen and Montauk surfcasters are a few of the subjects I have photographed.

The significance of my photographic journey has yet to show itself to me, but I shall continue to be a photographer, as it has become a compulsion and an irresistible need to do it.

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