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I've been making my living through various forms of photography since 1970. The first four years was spent as a motion picture documentary cameraman in the Air Force stationed in Colorado Springs, Vietnam and Thailand. Then it was two years as a television news cameraman at the ABC affiliate in Colorado Springs.

I returned to the Arizona desert where I had lived for five years prior to entering the Air Force. I settled in the Phoenix area, earned a degree in Visual Communications Design from Arizona State University, and did some contract work with an audiovisual production company.

Then in 1984 I started my business as a freelance photographer. I have found a small measure of success by letting my interests guide my work rather than what sells. I play at what I would be doing even if I wasn't working.

For example, during the early 1980's I felt compelled to get a good picture of Halley's Comet which was to be at its best in the spring of 1986. I built a hand-cranked sky tracking device to make time exposures and experimented with simple photographic techniques to combine sky images with foregrounds to add interest and perspective.

These images, and subsequent efforts, led to having my work published in Time, Life, National Geographic World, Nature, Reader's Digest, Outdoor Photographer, Backpacker, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy and other magazines. I've also authored more than a few portfolios for Arizona Highways, and had work appear in their books, calendars and cards.

In early 2002, I moved to my current home near the foot of South Mountain Park in Phoenix. Hiking and exploring in the park has gotten me in touch with the wealth of Hohokam petroglyphs in the area, fueling a long time interest in rock art and Native American sites.

Currently, my work has gone completely digital. The new medium has meant a rethinking of how I approach photography. I have found a new enjoyment in making and even looking at my images. I see so much more in them than I ever did when viewing transparencies on a light table. I expect to explore the boundaries of this virtual photographic rebirth for many years.


All images are copyrighted by Frank Zullo. Please do not use without written permission.