Joe Coyle - Photographer
I have been a photographer since the early 1960s. My background in landscape and cityscape photography began in Germany and continues throughout the U.S. I have also done catalog illustration, wedding and portrait photography. In the late 1960s and early 1970s I did some freefall photography and once assisted in a National Geographic shoot, helping the late Ron Church trigger remotely-positioned cameras while hanging from a strut on the outside of an aircraft while in flight. This gave me an appreciation of the effort sometimes required to "get the shot".
I used film for many years employing formats ranging from 35mm to 4X5 sheet film, and acquired extensive darkroom experience. I finally switched to digital media in 2001.
After retiring from a law enforcement career and relocating to Flagstaff in 1991, I began to photograph classic automobiles in addition to vintage aircraft and landscapes.
All of my images are printed using archival materials — pigment inks, which are rated by the Wilhelm Imaging Research Corporation as having colorfastness ratings exceeding 100 years for color, 250 years for black & white; acid free papers, mats and mount boards.
I personally complete each step of my presentation process. I photograph images with a Canon EOS 5D digital camera. I process my RAW files using software from several different sources including Adobe Photoshop CS5 and many NIK Software plug-ins. (RAW digital files are similar to negatives in that they must be processed prior to printing, unlike JPEG files.)
I print each of my images on Epson and Canon large-format printers, I cut my own mounts, mats and glass and I build my own frames. For this reason much of the high overhead normally incurred producing gallery presentations is reduced allowing me to keep my prices in check.
I am indebted to The Artists' Gallery for affording me a venue to display the products of my passion. I am lucky enough to live in an area that is surrounded by unimaginable beauty and glad to be able to share it with you.