Biographical Info

Winner of the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism, Breaking News Photograph for newspapers with a circulation under 50,000.

 

Winner of national and regional first place awards from National Press Photographers Association, New England Newspaper and Press Association and The Society of Professional Journalists.

 

Al was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Early on he studied music with Nedo Pandolfi and Bennie Pacienza. He later graduated from the Hartt College of Music, having studied with John Swallow of The New York Brass Quintet and earning Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees. He played professionally and taught music for 10 years, then went into real estate, general managing a large independent sales company, starting his own company in 1989 and in 1990 became Chairman of the Greater Hartford Board of Realtors. Until 2007 he was a builder of residential and commercial buildings. In 2008 he became a  staff photographer with The Chronicle, a daily newspaper covering northeastern Connecticut and publishing out of Willimantic.

 

While in his teens he was exposed to and greatly influenced by the photographs of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Paul Caponigro, Eugene Smith and others. It was then that he began the study of large and medium format black and white photography utilizing Ansel Adam’s Zone System teachings.