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maureen Fitzmahan

Fine art photographer

I bought my first camera when I studied at 上智大学 Jōchi Daigaku, Sophia University, in Tokyo. In the 1960s, if you wanted to buy a Japanese camera, you went to Akihabara, a small district in Tokyo known for its manic streets.  Cameras everywhere.  Used and new.  Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Yashica.  It was there that I bought my first Nikkormat and a 50 mm Nikon lens.  I learned to develop my own black and white photos, with a massive Omega enlarger, and I studied copies of Ansel Adams’ The Negative and The Print.

Of course, none of this answers the question of why I like working in photography.  I trained to be an attorney. I taught university and high school.  Yet, none of these professions fit into my passions box.

I love photography - the black and white images that I find on the trains of Nagoya, or the village in Romania, or the parks and back alleys of New York City, or in the eyes of my daughters.  I am sometimes surprised by the stories that my little black camera finds.  I usually meet a bit of myself in those photos.  As I work making photography, I am in a quiet place.  I feel at home.

Maureen B. Fitzmahan

The Pittsburg Dock