Architect and Photographer Leonard Volk Shares Words of Wisdom

Leonard Volk visited with Upper School Photography students last week to share his passion for “personal photography.” A shutterbug since 1950, Volk purchased his first camera, a Leica IIIC, during a gap year in Europe. Over the next 67 years, he has amassed a collection of what he calls “small pleasures,” many found right in our backyard. “Each person responds to images in their own way,” he said. View the video of the 30-minute program here
While photography has been Volk’s hobby, he spent his “business” career as an architect “building places to live and work” for 34 years. Now he considers himself a full-time photographer, though he stresses that his work is about passion, not business or money.
The author of the book everyday, Volk combines essays on the art of photography, as well as memories of his international travels and life in Dallas in what he calls an “open letter to beginning and casual photographers.”
He shared many sage pieces of advice with students, including “Find those images that speak to you and express your own unique individuality. When you make prints of what you care about, your unique self is revealed and your caring shines through to affect others.” 
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