Joseph Cosby International Portrait Photographer
Born at the start of WWII, he got his first real camera about 25 years later. Pentax T-2, 50mm 1:1.4 lens. BxW films, dark room, the works.
His first assignment with the camera was shooting for a no-nonsense editor with a small trade magazine. Fortunately, he had an unlimited film budget. That’s where he learned the craft of photography. Eventually, he switched to Kodacolor ASA 25 as his standard. He sold his first image in 1969 - Magnolias at Night.
He has never taken an art or photography course. In the late 80’s he stopped shooting altogether for more than 10 years as he needed to understand why he was drawn to the lens. Was it merely a paying hobby or a passion?
As he began to understand the scope of this driving force, his focus became more intense and his craft emerged into an art beyond that of good photography.
Social and global issues at a deep level drew his sights as he and his wife, Sheila, continue to travel the globe. The equality of women, disparity of wealth, tribalism, search for identity, spirituality, transcendence -- are all embraced as themes of his collections: Namaste, Juan Valdez, Ali Baba, Mother Earth, etc.
Since he began his journey in earnest, he has lost an eye- making him focus even more on his subjects, traveled widely on four continents and been featured in one-man shows at galleries in Washington DC, Dallas TX, Bellingham WA, Steamboat Springs CO, Santa Fe NM and Antigua, Guatemala. He is now certified as a Nikon Professional Photographer.
Over the years he was principal photographer for the Emerald City Opera and the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra.
Most recently he has traveled to Tibet, Ethiopia, Burma, Chile, Peru, and Cuba and is planning a shoot in Iran in 2016. He and his wife now live in Santa Fe, NM.
He is neither a photojournalist nor a travel photographer. His collections are not focused in a place or time. Instead, each collection is designed to elicit from the viewer a sense of wonder, perhaps unease, and identification with the subject. And yet, he is more than a portrait photographer as the passion of the artist’s understanding of his subjects, hopefully, infuses into the viewer’s inner-self.
“I don’t want to tell you what to think. Only what to think about.” Joseph Cosby