About Joel Seligmann, the photographer
I have been taking and printing photographs since I was in my teens in the early 1960s. In every place I've lived from then on, I have managed to set up a darkroom. That usually meant small apartment bathrooms with darkened windows, the strong, sour smell of chemicals, enlargers on toilets, and long strips of negatives hanging to dry next to shower curtains. In 1973, when the family (my wife, Michele, our two sons, Jacob and Dan, and I) moved into our home in Port Chester, NY, I found an old, abandoned darkroom already set up in the basement; trays with dried hypo and developer had seemingly waited there for me, left by someone who lived in the house back in the fifties or before. I cleaned up the nine-by-five space, added a fan and running water, put up a poster, and it became my photographic work place for the next twenty-five years. Until the digital revolution.

In 1977, I started a one-photographer photography business called the Shadow Box. I photographed weddings, bar mitzvahs, camps, schools and the like over many a weekend. (Although I've now cut back on those jobs, I will still shoot a little event here and there.) During the week, for my main occupation, I taught eleventh-grade English at Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck, NY. Over the years, I was also the district's in-house photographer, computer coordinator, and resident amateur astronomer. In addition to English, I taught electives in science, computer applications, music and, of course, photography and the darkroom. I retired from teaching in 2007, after forty years at it.

We are now in the digital age. A revolution, certainly. When I was a child, I played brittle, scratchy shellack 78-rpm records with a brass needle, and today music is heard in stunning clarity with no need for a single moving part. And now, from my distinctly analog darkroom days to my latest digital imagery and on to the World Wide Web, I have the chance to show the work I have done over all these years. One person with a camera, taking pictures in a suburb just north of New York City and as far west as Alaska, as far east as the Dead Sea, and as far up as seven miles above the sprawling earth.

Thank you for visiting; enjoy your stay and please return. I hope to have more for you to see in the near future.