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Bob Bennett


bobbennettphoto@yahoo.com

May 2000 - present
Digital Imaging Associate
A Marin County, California Photo & Digital studio

The studio clientele - primarily artists, who need their work documented, and need other various graphic support services, including 'artist edition' prints and other digital work - that's what I've been doing for the past 7 years.

My major responsibilties:
Scanning, prepping & color balancing files for artist edition output on Epson 9500, 9800, 10600 & 4700 printers. Working w/ large files (up to 700MB's or more) w/ many (over 20 is not unusual) adjustment layers.
Even though I was primarily a "B&W guy" for many years, I've become really good at this. It seems most artists are not very computer savvy, nor are they familiar with the inevitable compromises that must be made in translating 'art' into a reproduction of the art. Satisfying them can be a daunting task.
I've found that no matter good the 4x5 of a piece of art is, it never captures everything, & by the time it gets scanned, even more gets lost. And then the image file gets hit with a profile on the way to the printer...!
Somehow, I manage to make just about everyone happy, a vast majority of the time.

Dealing w/ clients throughout the process - After 25+ years in graphics & photography, my client/personal relations skills are excellent.

Myriad other tasks include: retouching and image manipulation of whatever sort is requested, dealing with the production logistics of all the various printers, and 15+ artists' edition jobs, working in a MAC OSX enviroment.
Program familiarities: Photoshop/CS2,Dreamweaver,'Imageprint'(Colorbyte) RIP, FTP transfer, a bit of Fireworks & Gifbuilder.

I am not, however, the person you want to have trying to troubleshoot O.S. or network problems, or do calibration and other highly technical things - never had any aptitude for that kind of thing, and it's too late to start now.

1997 - present

Digital Illustration
Web Graphics & Site Design,
& Multi-Media Development

Clients: Miller-Freeman Publications., BreakThrough Software, Photolinks, AtchisonNet, Meta Records, Wadsworth Publishing, & Mindforge, Inc., a multi-media development company, Greensboro, N.C.

Currently, I do my own various websites, and those of several longtime
east coast friends - go to the
web portfolio to check 'em out.

A Digital Illustration portfolio is here...

 


1986 - 1996
Photo-Illustration
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In a simple traditional darkroom,
I produced B&W photo-montage prints, up to 16"x20".

The assignment projects have covered a wide range of circumstances and resources: from a thumb-nail /concept (usually mine), and all original photography, to being given a pile of disparate elements, which must be incorporated into a preconceived finish, and all combinations of these extremes.

Assignment Clients have included: Guitar Player, Keyboard, SF Focus, San Jose Merc. News 'West' sunday magazine, Washingtonian, Regardies', and Kiplinger's magazines; SF Bay Guardian, MacMillan/McGraw Hill-NYC., and The Heritage Foundation.

1986 - present
Fine Art Photography

Applying the same techniques, I've produced a portfolio of over a 150 images from the raw film I've shot since moving to San Francisco in '92. This work, and that done while living in Washington D.C., has been seen in group shows from the Bayfront Gallery, at Fort Mason,SF, to the Tartt Gallery, in D.C.

Awards, Shows, "recognition of peers"

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1982-'91
Architectural Photographer
Freelance, in the Washington D.C. area.

Shot both interiors and exteriors of all kinds, on 4x5, for builders, architects, ad agencies, and magazines. Assignments led to awards in numerous competitions; Clients included: Brick Institute of America, Unique Homes Magazine, Milton Homes, Pulte Home Corp., and others.

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1976--'82
Advertising Art Director
Earle Palmer Brown, Bethesda, Md.,
Asst. A.D., W.B. Doner, Balto., Md.
(and several other ad agencies that no longer exist,
so far as I can tell:
Demaine-Lambert
& Soghigian/Macuga)

Experience with beer - (Carling Breweries), Food-(McCormick/Schilling), Hotels, Industrial products, Jewelry, Publications (The Washington Post was an E.P.B. client), Retail (I once directed Crown Books CEO Robert Haft amidst a pile of bestsellers), Real estate,and Financial Institutions.
I did everything from full page newspaper ads to billboards, trade magazine ads, mailers, & package design for focus groups. Concepted for, chose, and directed both illustrators and photographers (including dealing with models, props, and locations)...
& whatever else it took to get the right mechanical out the door on time,
even if it meant I had to write the headline myself.

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Education

St Paul's School, Concord N.H., Class of '69

American University, Washington, D.C. - 1969-71

Northern Virginia Community College/ Alexandria , Va.1973-75.
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