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David Wagner

My first inspiration came from my own family. Both my grandfather and my father were photographers at different times in their lives. I started taking pictures with a hand me down Olympus trip half frame 35 mm. My grandfather later gave me a Kodak Retina IIc with Schneider Kruznach lenses. I took some great photos with that incredible camera. I saved up to buy a Canon T70 with a couple of lenses for more versatility and then I earned my first job as a freelance photographer for the local paper covering sports events. In university I switched to Nikon and began shooting weddings and parties while shooting freelance for newspapers and magazines. National Geographic magazine was a source of great inspiration for many years.
My first experience in a darkroom happened when my grandparents brought some family heirloom glass negatives to our house in Texas. My grandfather, father and I worked late in the night cleaning mildew and fungus from the negatives and printing from them. Many were 8x10 so printing was actually pretty easy once the exposure times were determined. I fell in love! In my twenties I worked in a custom lab making large custom black and white prints and of course working on color print and E6 developing. When I transferred to the University of South Florida I was hired originally as a staff photographer and later became the Photo Editor. I managed our small staff of photographers and our black and white darkroom. I was one of the first, if not the first to successfully push TMAX 3200 to ISO 27000 and print very usable 5x7 prints.
I have traveled the world, always seeking the local experience and eschewing the usual tourist trip. My true love is working behind the camera. With that in mind, my preferred medium is film. I will shoot digital if requested, but I prefer the feel that film gives.
Prints available upon request.

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